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hope is a word (2011)

benjamin
gone crazy again
love is letting people be who they are
hope is a word
brick up the world
timepiece
herringbone
bitter man
sarah gray
jenny lyn
here she comes
talk to my old man

benjamin
three days ‘til benjamin
wednesday, thursday, friday then i’ll be home
and when this daddy leaves his boy it’s an awful kind of alone
i wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone
three days ‘til benjamin

three states ‘til benjamin
indiana, illinois, and ohio
on the night before i left i drew a map and put it on his pillow
and i guess i should use this time to brush up on my pokemon
three states ‘til benjamin

three hours ‘til benny-boy
13 songs, a chocolate stop, and a hundred miles
it’s an early haul tonight - oughtta make it home by 3:00 am
my good Lord willing and i don’t get myself lost in covington
three hours ‘til benjamin

three miles ‘til benjamin
the exit ramp, a couple of rights, then the gravel road
it’s snowing fiercely and i smile as our God paints the ground
and i brought my running shoes in case my junky van breaks down
three miles ‘til benjamin

three walls ‘til benjamin
in the back door, up the stairs and left into his room
he’s snoring softly and i smile ‘cause i’m a wealthy man
he’s snoring softly and i smile ‘cause i’m a blessed man
and i get down on my knees
and i pray - and i cry
and i kiss the boy
three days – three states – three hours – three miles – three walls
one kiss
for benjamin

gone crazy again
hello thanks for callin' - sorry i'm not in
i've gone crazy again
feel free to leave a message
who - what - where - why and when
i've gone crazy again

i've gone crazy again
i'm most likely with someone - thinkin' 'bout someone else
or hell i could be somewhere doin' somethin' i ought’nt
last night i dreamed i bought a bicycle just like mine
what is it about people never feeling satisfied?

hello thanks for callin'…

chances are real good that where ever i am i'm confused
i'm probably reasonin' to myself why
i won't do what i know i should do
last night i dreamed i met st. paul and that he understood
i told him i felt like a jellyfish - he said i should

hello thanks for callin'…

hopefully i am by myself - solitude is medicine
my plans to never feel this way again were jettisoned
last night i dreamed i was a carpenter and that i built love
i've heard that people sometimes do what they're capable of

hello thanks for callin'…

love is letting people be who they are
who are we? - surely we could see
soon as i let go of my version of you -
and you let go of your version of me
and we speak to each other - truthfully
talk about the road we’ve been travelin’ baby -
will it take us where we want to be?

days go by and the seasons change
change is easy - change is hard
life is learning how to love
love is letting people be who they are
maybe love is letting people be who they are

who are we? - surely we could see
as soon as i let go of my expectations of you -
and you let go of yours of me
in a younger time - in a younger place
we shared younger visions baby -
we were younger souls in our younger days

days go by...

who are we? - surely we could see
as soon as i get to the place where i accept you for who you are
and you get to that place where you accept me
‘cause we are who we are - love is what it is
no more squeezin’ - no more chokin’
just let go – step back - love and let live

days go by...

hope is a word
hope is a word we should never quit using
it’s when you don’t give up ‘cause you feel a solution
if life serves lemon after lemon – day after day
squeeze a bit of sugar and call it lemonade
hope is a word we should never quit using

hope is a word we should never quit using
it’s the light at the end of the tunnel of confusion
its why we keep on living when a loved one dies
‘cause memories are bigger than the pain inside
hope is a word we should never quit using

hope is everlasting
hope is here and now
hope is leaning - pushing - on somehow
pushing on somehow

hope is a word we should never quit using
its the simple change of heart that sparks a revolution
like when a man stops drinking ‘cause he loves his kids
we get one shot at life he figures this one’s his
hope is a word we should never quit using

hope is everlasting...

hope is a word we should never quit using
it’s the rain that waters a soul’s evolution
if we’re less than God intended then tomorrow we’ll try
good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise
hope is a word we should never quit using

hope is a word we should never quit using

brick up the world
it's been buggin' me all my life
the time has finally come - i'm makin' it right
starting right here and now
i'm gonna tear that sorry old house down

mamma there's a leak in the bathroom sink
if we owned a pair of pliers i could try and fix it
what do you think a real plumber might charge?
it doesn't matter boy we ain't got it

there's somethin' 'bout shaky ground
there's somethin' 'bout rotten wood
there's somethin' 'bout saggin' joists
makes me wanna brick up the world
brick up the world

mamma there's a problem with the kitchen floor
where the 'frigerator sits it's sinkin' in
what we gonna do about it?
go downstairs danny boy - make sure there's nothin' underneath

there's somethin' 'bout shaky ground
there's somethin' 'bout rotten wood
there's somethin' 'bout saggin' joists
just makes me wanna brick up the world
there's somethin' 'bout my love for trees
not to mention the chance for termites
the omnipotence of fire
makes me wanna brick up the world

it's been buggin' me all my life
the time has finally come i'm makin' it right
starting right here and now
i'm gonna tear that sorry old house down

there's somethin' 'bout shaky ground…

timepiece
something beautiful’s happened - late yesterday
i had the clarion moment
- when all the silly putty stripped away
i felt just like Moses - i had a plumber’s degree
i was full-on naked - save for my brand new timepiece
except for my brand new timepiece
you see i finally broke down - and i got myself a watch
and i know what time it is - i know what time it is

it’s time to stop talkin’ ‘bout my weight and lose it
it’s time to stop talkin’ ‘bout my big plan and use it
it’s time to stop preachin’ ‘bout my faith and prove it
it’s time to stop analyzin’ love baby - and just do it

i swear who needs carpet - i’ve got a wall to wall smile
the truth is very, very, very unpopular
- but it’s always in style
i was feelin’ so cool - man i was lookin’ so tough
she threw me two good knee high fast balls
then recommended i choke up - she suggested i choke up
“boy do you know what time it is?”
“i know what time it is”

it’s time to stop talkin’ ‘bout my weight...

something beautiful’s happened...

it’s time to stop talkin’ ‘bout my weight...

herringbone
we were the class of '83 - it was 1977
the year of "kiss alive II" - tom seaver’s no-hitter*
and you
of the four or five queens
you were the most gorgeous
it must have been your strawberry hair
red never hurts a mystery
and i was the geek
you were out of my league
but you'd say hi - when our eyes would meet
and you were kind enough to smile back at me
and that's been fuel enough for dreams
22 years now of dreams

if i built you a wall - around the garden of your home
if it took hundreds of hours of work -
if i did it all alone
if it reflected your beauty - if it reminded everyone of rome
then would you be convinced
even if it were laid on the herringbone?

i dream of you in “G”
k-i-s-s-i-n-g
“G” for God only knows the word
that describes the feeling i have when i wake up
tracy i wish you peace
girl i pray that you are happy
not just fine either - come on - not just doin’ alright
but deep, deep, deep, deep down truly, truly happy

if i built you a wall...

i’m not in love with you
and i’m not in sex with you
it’s simple what i want from you
i just want you to believe me
do you know how hard it is?

if i built you a wall...

*seaver’s no-hitter was actually thrown in 1978

bitter man
it's three packs a day
since she went away
a half-pint each night
since the fight to end all fights
his strategy calls to go for the body first
you see it'll help to make things worse
it'll help to make things worse

he could have been a good player but he owned a cheap guitar
a race car driver but he drove a shitty car
a straight A student if his folks had worked him hard
man he could've had a real life if she hadn't of broken his heart

he's a bitter man
he's a bitter man
he's a bitter man
will he ever smile again?

the phone rings around 10
it's probably work again
they already called around 9
threatened to fire him for the millionth time
he called his boss a dick
after he heard the phone line click
yeah after he heard the phone line click

he could have been a good player…

he's a bitter man…

he could have been a good player but he owned a cheap guitar
a long distance runner but it hurt to run that far
a straight A student if his folks had worked him hard
man he could've had a real life if she hadn't of broken his heart

he's a bitter man…

sarah gray
i’m feelin’ very sarah gray
responsible - just unresponsive
blinded by opportunities
that ain’t no deer in the headlights man that’s me
and i’m feelin’ very sarah gray
i’m pretty good at decisions
i just don’t like to decide
the trouble with second guessin’
is recallin’ all you’ve ever left behind

why aren’t we dancin’ yet?
tell the band to play “shook me all night long”
order up some potent spirits
we’ll celebrate how nothin’s ever really wrong
the black and white deadline is gonna wait another day
i’m feelin’ very sarah gray
i’m feelin’ very, very, very sarah gray

i’m feelin’ non-committal yeah
quite capable - just uninspired
i should go to bed early
but david i’m way too tired
i’m feelin’ very sarah gray
i do love the new challenge
but mostly i just like that it’s new
the trouble with success i read
you could run out of things to do

why aren’t we dancin’ yet?...

i’m feelin’ generational - i’m feelin’ all american
like baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, chevrolet
and smart bombs
a little wishy-washy - a little “oops, i missed...”
a little sarah - gray

why aren’t we dancin’ yet?...

jenny lyn
you take old lagrange road out to willow lake inn
there works a girl named jenny lyn
with the pretty blonde hair - sky blue eyes
face like an angel - my heart skips every time

for jenny lyn - jenny lyn
come girl let our love begin
jenny you - jenny true
do you feel the way about me that i feel about you?

i park my car - rush inside
pray-tell jenny flash that smile
two creams one sugar - your hopes and dreams
you’re all that i’m living for -
i pay to watch you breathe

jenny lyn - jenny lyn...

the damn place is crowded like you can’t believe
ain’t a snowball’s chance in hell of that sweet thang leavin’ early
but come back tomorrow buddy - bet i will
a black cat sits nose pressed to the glass -
little birdie sits on the window sill

like jenny lyn - just like jenny lyn...

here she comes
hey crash - i saw that girl today - you know the one i mean
long gorgeous hair - perfect blue eyes - dude she looks like miss california
like a movie star - yeah i saw her

and here she comes...

best friend – we’ve known each other 19 years now -
that’s over a third of our lives – and in all that time i’ve heard you talk about that girl a good 2,000,000 times -
you know - ridin’ our bikes in oldham county - you were ramblin’ and ramblin’ and i was listening too crash -
i was focused - i wasn’t just noddin’ my head and saying uh huh at the correct intervals -
but i didn’t know who you were talkin’ about -
the only thing i knew for sure was she must of had a beautiful soul -
‘cause like my mom used to say – birds of a feather flock together

and here she comes...

man too would it ever bring me down when you’d start in talkin’ about her crash -
i know it was the times you were hurtin’ the most -
you was in a bad way - i know you was in a bad way ‘cause you were calling me for advice -
and who does that crash? - who calls me for advice? -
you’d just broken up with your 1,000,000th crazy girlfriend yeah -
and you called me up and you said, “what’s wrong with me
is it my fault?” and i said, “no crash it’s not your fault - men are from mars -
we don’t mess up on mars - we just drink beer - and build stuff” -
i was trying to make you laugh - but i wasn’t funny - and you didn’t laugh -
yeah instead you got all deep and dark and introspective and intellectual - remember what you said?

if i am adam where’s my eve - if i am joseph where’s my mary
where’s the love of my life - tell me where
- where is my wife?

well here she comes …

i know there were times when you thought this day was never gonna come crash -
it takes good people a long time to find each other sometimes -
you gotta waller thru a lotta muck - but you prayed and i prayed and gerri prayed -
and sometimes it felt like the whole wide world was prayin’ -
Amen - hell yeah crash - and you know what else - God was listenin’-
‘cause God is smart crash - God had a plan -
it’s a good thing you ain’t famous yet - it’s a good thing you didn’t get the days of the new gig -
it’s a good thing you hated working construction and you quit that stupid, dirty job -
you got a job indoors in the air conditioning - and you sat right down beside the ketchup queen -
her favorite meal is tortilla chips crunched up on rainbow bread smothered in ketchup -
she’s perfect for you crash - perfect - and isn’t this a wonderful day? -
the union of two beautiful souls! - crash where i come from we say this is God’s will about to be demonstrated -
and love is about to be celebrated! - and i’m just happy to be here -
who’da thunk it? best man - yeah you and me hangin’ - all this time -
you look good too crash - let’s straighten up your bowtie and your cummerbund -
man i love that word cummerbund - say that with me crash “cummerbund” -
you look fantastic don’t worry about nothin’- except i wish you hadn’t cut your hair crash -
i told you not to cut you hair - you don’t listen - but you’re not nervous -
turn around - are you ready? are you ready? - here we go

here she comes - walkin’ down the isle

talk to my old man
somebody talk to my old man
he's chasin' his tail again - he's busy as hell again
mama says that probably means that he ain't gettin' nothing done
somebody talk to my old man
he's listened before i've heard
he likes it when you use grown-up words
like "you're alive but you ain't livin"
"plenty to give daddy you ain't givin'"

somebody talk to my old man
'cause there's only so much time and
there's way, way too much on his mind
mama says when he gets like this he's a moody son-of-a-bitch
please - somebody talk to my old man
he's not quite too far gone but you know this could go on and on
if he's happy he don't show it
he's got it made man - but you'd never know it

raise your voice - to my old man
'cause he talks and talks of settlin' down
but his feet ain't no where near the ground
mama says she's heard it before and
be prepared child we'll hear it all again
somebody take a swing and punch out my old man
‘cause the truth is its most beautiful
when we learn to use it like a tool
if the shoe fits - he can wear it
if the truth hurts he'll have to grin and bare it

please
somebody talk to my old man