The Peach Truck Republic, Fenceposts
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Disk 1

Parson's Farm

She said I'd tell you, but you already know; that was ten years ago.
She said a better day would surely come. Well, I'm still waiting for one.
She said she'd tell me bout a happy home, said she gonna tell me but then she left me all alone.
That woman now she's ten years gone.
Tell me how I'm gonna get her on down there on the Parson's farm.

You looking like your father's son—the way you got it going on. 
He said you lucky boy to be someone; You seen how good I done.
He said there'd come a day when days was long, 
And since then, well, that been all I ever known... 
That man was never wrong.
He said she be more friendly with me down on the Parson's farm. 

Well I seen them marching on—Near ten thousand strong. 
They say that I'm welcome to join along—find out for my own.
Say it don't matter where I'm from, They say I'll be more happy down on the Parson's farm. 
Tell me what been going on; tell me that's where I belong.
Tell me what been going on; I know they singing and a clapping on down the Parson's farm. 

What's been going on down on the Parson's farm?

You tell me everything I'll ever need to know
You tell me how to see where your coming from
You tell me how to be a faithful son
You tell me tell me what's going on.

Tell me and I'll know



Clover Creek

Well I took her to the five and dime, said, "I ain't got no money honey."
She just looked me right in the eye, said, "Then find what's necessary." Yes she did.

Well I bought her a shiny ring. I put it on that pinky finger.
I think I thought of everything, even things I can't remember. Yes I did.

I speak not for confusion, say my baby ain't the evil kind.
She used to not ask questions until some other gander, well, he cut that line.

Call me a weak man, well I am. Excuse my need to ramble.
But you see I've been forsaken, Lord so call me Mr. Pitiful.

Oh yes I tried to please her cause I sure enough did love her 
still she said I did not treat her right, treat her right.



Canebrake Lane

I don't want to make you cry, now do I ?
Baby I'd just as soon die, now hadn't I?
I guess you seem somewhat unique,
the way you talk to me in your sleep.
I can tell by the way that you speak when you speak to me

Put a thorn right in my side, please tell me why.
Why you look to be so crucified? Tell me why.
Why after all you still seem to believe, and you would mistook my good deeds.
I can tell by the way that you speak when you speak to me.

I ain't about to go up on no trial, not for a while.
And while you cry for me crocodile, you don't smile.
You seem to know what I need; it could be less pleasant for me.
I can tell by the way that you speak when you speak to me.

You got this candy red apple that's caught in my eye 
My five and one sense is telling me it's all right
Don't need no snake in a tree cause I can see so easily
I can tell by the way that you speak when you speak to me



Bird-eye

She like that cat in the hat, he all tied up in a sack.
She got a question for my answer a favor when I scratch her back.
When I tell her that I love her she says, "Well don't you do me like that."
When I tell her that I love her she says, "Well don't do me like that." 

She put her a sugar in my coffee she throws a cigarette on my floor
She say she don't want my money, and she don't want no key to my door.
Well that flower's tasting sweeter than it ever tasted before.
Well that flower's tasting sweeter than it ever tasted before.

I should have known the first time I listened to my second mind
I'd a got a bird in my hand, a stitch of time to save me nine.
Now I'm just a dead man walking, a cage bird a doing time,
A dead man walking a cage bird a doing time.


An Herbal Remedies at the Bottle Tree Medley

Blind man's woman and her pictures,
Red is green for the blackest berry's color.
You so fattish and folded by your lover,
Springtime flower, chip there on your shoulder.

Bare feet in my naked hand to measure
And you and how you seemed to be so eager
I promised you I would give you shelter
You say it don't, oh no-no-no, it don't matter

Fancy you might one day find another,
And still you fill your mind's eye with laughter:
Dry ink is bleeding on your onion paper;
You know the fly come not to the boiling pot of water.

You read your fiction and then you figure:
Say "No never, my gentle man suitor."
Receiving gifts and leaving the giver,
You say that it don't, oh no-no-no, it don't matter

Did you see me scratch my name up on your mirror?
Did you feel the silver stinging on my fingers?
I don't draw no lines too mean for your pleasure. 
And you won't find no remedy without your lover. 

Ain't no bird of feather
And no faction on the matter
Can't be no fairer weather
What you want ain't never what you need 


The Tram Run Seduction (Parson's Reprise) 

The woman that I love she been 'bout ten years gone.
The woman that I love she been 'bout ten years gone.
Been ten long years that I been alone.
I know I need to get her down on the parson's farm.

Ten thousand people walking arm and arm.
Ten thousand people walking arm and arm.
Ten thousand people say they can't be wrong.
Say they gonna get down on the parson's farm.

The woman that I love she been 'bout ten years gone.
The woman that I love she been 'bout ten years gone.
I seen her coming walking down the road.
She say come on boy I'm gonna take you home.
Say come on boy let's get on the parson's farm.
Say come on boy let's get on the parson's farm.



Sally Mae's Parade

Sweet Sally Mae, what's that you say?
You say you 'd fade away, yeah you did Sweet Sally Mae.

Sweet Sally Mae, quite a mess you made
Your rainy day parade, for you Sweet Sally Mae 

Sweet Sally Mae, what's that you say?
You say you 'd fade away, yeah you did Sweet Sally Mae.

Sweet Sally Mae, I think you made your mistake
Right in the bed you made, for you Sweet Sally Mae

Sweet Sally Mae, what do you say?
Sweet Sally Mae, what do you say?
You say it ain't love, love you speaking easy
For love, love you got for me



Miller's Cove

A little change will go a long way
A ride on a Ferris Wheel and a smile on her face
It all seems so strange in a strange kind of way

Cloud come on the rise and end another day
I open up my tired eyes and taste cool rain
It all seems so strange in a strange kind of way

An hours time, any day. An open book, any page
Pressing matters and flowers—just the same
No need to change
No need to change

Yesterday and you came calling,
Pleased to leave me with you.
Today is the same, and I am sorry.
I've taken all that you had to lose.

Now what have you got to lose? 
Now what have you got to lose?



The Liberty Tree Expropriate

I wake up early come that morning
I'll rise up before the sun
put my v8 Ford on the road
move on down highway six one

I wake up early come that morning
I'll rise up before the sun
put my v8 Ford on the road
move on down highway six one



A Letter from Pine Grove

Let it rain, rain down on 
The seed I have sewn,
And shine, shine on, 
My song. 

Let it rain, rain down on 
The seed I have sewn
And my eyes will see
In the light, without shame, 
I stand beneath the tallest trees.


Disk 2

Tongue and Groove

Oh my oh my why do I try to abide mine by oh no good reason
Oh my oh my why do I try to try to lie on all my troubles for asking
Oh my oh my why do I deny my own right to take what has been given
Oh my oh my why do I make such haste to waste up every good reason
(Oh my oh my what is mine is mine is mine)



Beggar's Orchard


I ain't in no more deeper than I ever been my friend 
Who suspect to an eye for seeing when 
I got the number and I guessed the colors of him

I ain't in no nonsense whim no skinny thin man
No second sight no itching hand down in 
What has been the big question from him
—he who knows he knows when I been...

I been under the gun and beneath the thumb of him
Him belaboring my good fortune when
I got a number and I guessed the colors of him

I ain't in no nonsense whim no skinny thin man
No second sight no itching hand down in 
What has been the big question from him
—he who knows just when I been...

Wasting every reason, Mistaken just what I need
Wasting every reason I need



Ladderback

You been moving' fast thoughts for weeks,
Making' your plans and shaking' your hands,
Just trying' to find the name you lost in your sleep.
Your losing' what you want to keep.

All your old friends been leaving' you behind,
You wonder why and then blow bye
As you reassure the worries on your mind
—Them weighing' on your mind.

You'll believe it. You need them,
But it ain't you with balloons hanging moons.
You got a broken looking' glass and who is left looking' at you.
You sitting' in an empty room.

You better pick up on the right pieces, find all them right angles.
See you backwards, maybe sideward,
Picking' up the things you see are getting' harder to handle.
You burning' down on your candle.

You need to sit right down and think it on out
You'll see your situation



Goldleaf and Gravel

My boomtown ain't on no street of gold
All I know is to travel down the gravel road
Ain't no rainbow bridge telling on the way to go
The devil may care or the devil may leave it alone

I suffered hunger in a garden that was overgrown
Temptation at the fountain—and like a bird I've flown 
Gingerly come a stranger carrying a heavy load
The devil may care or the devil may leave it alone

The day begins when days on end are undone
I stand to chance the reason but I stand alone
They gonna get it going good until it's all gone 
The devil may care or the devil may leave it alone

When gold is on the gravel
When grace don't fall
When love has come to rescue me
I know I need to be a moving on 
I'll carry on



Digging on the Bottom

Here now come a rain, here come shine, I don't mind. No.

Likewise, down inside, well I don't feel obliged.
I got a reason for believing she been easy picking on me
& these tall, tall trees, leaf by leaf, are seeming out of reach.

Backbite, oh my, a syndication that ain't no lie 
Chit chat like that just put the shut right down—they heal my sight

Do-right besides oh me oh my oh no need to lie 
When dull discourse does not do for what I've realized
& I'm pleased to ease these tendencies you got concerning me
For reasons plain to see and plainly out of reach

Head-strong-box of reasons, nearly every reason why 
I break in a digging when I done been on the bottom side
I make my need need to be my yearn to concede
And you offer me a drink and hold it out of reach

My good friend, a friend of a friend, ain't been no friend of mine
And his poor soul I recognize an open eye up in the light 
I try what I (I think I) might more easily conceive
Like why the grass ain't growing greener right underneath my feet 

When I say Tin pan Alley 'bout two feet wide And I can't be standing on e-either side
The Tinsel Town of a man he done past me by say he ain't gonna save my life…
(I been digging on the bottom nearly all my life)



Flagstone Road

Oh my stars, oh my God and I,
An aeroplane up and away, so high,
A white cloud painted on the bluest sky,
Now all has gone quiet, well I can close my eyes.

Oh my stars, oh my God and I,
A highway sign, the right on either side, 
The fencepost drawing lines across the miles,
Now all has gone quiet, well I can close my eyes .

Oh my stars, oh my God and I,
The neon light may never cease to shine.
See the money burn, dancing in the dark of night.
Now all has gone quiet, well I can close my eyes .

Oh bright star, first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might
I know you shine for me, star-shine, shine star-bright
Now all has gone quiet, well I can close my eyes


In Splendor and Pastureland

Ain't that the way it ought to be. Everybody smiling everybody laughing.
Your sweetest smile my love we're dancing. Open heart and hand everybody laughing.



The Lower River Reconsidered

Don't call on me in the morning; I'll be sleeping
Don't call on me when the noon hour come around
Don't call on me in the evening; I'll be dreaming.
Call on me when the sun has gone down, and I'll rise for you.



A House on the Water

See all the happy people? Can't you hear them talking?
Ain't got no time for worries, worries no, it's all been forgotten.

Summer dress, summer girl—my back-country woman.
Ain't she sitting there crying, crying lord, about a love that she's forgotten? 

Old man I seen you going home. I heard the song you were singing.
And you're the singer, you wrote that song? Yes, and both will be forgotten. 

Bring me my sunny day; it's been a long time coming.
The clouds will roll, the rains will fall and leave it all forgotten.

You say "good-bye" to memories; you say "good-bye" to me.
And in the light of my memories, it's all the same to me.
Ain't no "good-byes" for me. 

Don't say good-bye, my love
Don't say good bye to me.

Say you and me we could waste our time,
No place to be or troubles on our mind.
We been together nearly all our lives;
I will hold your hand, my love, don't say good-bye.

Fenceposts

Did you ask me what's my worry?
You said I looked good, and then you hurried on your way.
You asked me to speak my mind, 
Smiled at me, and said I'm doing just fine now baby.
Tell you I don't need your sad eyes. I got my own lies. 
showing me your sunrise.
Sometimes a love it'll come brand new
And when it does, my love, I'll be calling on you.

Take me a little while and I'll know what to do
When I find out I'll tell you the happy news.
Unless I've been sadly mistaken,
I'll see you on the road less taken.

 

 

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