Lyrics from Empathy and Comedy

Nothing is Yours, Nothing is Mine 

My brother and me on the seashore, Still in the age of wonder 

Such colors we’d never seen before, and of them we made a plunder 

We carried those sea stones back home, across seven states 

But of all those magic colors, there was not a trace 

You lasso the moon,   you won’t see it shine 

Nothing is yours, nothing is mine, nothing is yours, nothing is mine 

You may be a bigshot billionaire, with your own jet airliner 

Buyin up houses everywhere, full of expensive china 

Losin your cool when they get, your order wrong 

You know all the best attorneys, but not the best songs 

Check out the birds,  you won’t hear them whine 

Nothing is yours, nothing is mine, nothing is yours, nothing is mine 

My children and me will see as one, I know they’ll give me their blessing 

Some good things are free like havin fun, jumpin in leaves and laughin 

But some things you have to pay for, so we go to work 

And there’ll be another day for, just goin bazerk 

So sing like a bird,  and feel like you’re flyin 

Nothing is yours,  nothing is mine, nothing is yours, nothing is mine 

 

 

Revelry 

Sometimes I don’t feel,  this thumpin heart of mine 

But I love you,  I’ll prove it every time 

Daydreams can feel more real,  than dayjobs and deadlines 

But I’d love to,  daydream side by side 

Sometimes I don’t feel,  like talkin on the phone 

But I love you,  so I pick up and say hello 

Yeah I know that’s the deal,  and I know where I’m at home 

And I’d love to,  never let you go 

Revelry, well I know it won’t be long 

Till you drop in on me 

Dancin free, like we don’t know right from wrong 

But just what’s meant to be 

Sometimes I don’t feel,  like singin these old songs 

But I’d love to,  if you’ll just sing along 

Some guys cheat and steal,  just to have more empty homes 

But I’d love to,  have just this one with you 

Revelry… 

Sometimes don’t you feel,  like we got swept away 

In a river, that only flows one way 

Riddles hold what’s real,  like how did we end up here 

But I love you,  forever and today 

 

 

Little Brother is Watching 

Little Brother is watchin, with a billion eyes 

Anything you’d wanna hide 

Could be busted open wide 

Just over night 

Little Brother is watchin 

Catch you by surprise 

You’d better act as though you mother 

Sees the way you treat your brother 

Cause she just might! 

Broken web you been spinnin 

Left a sticky mess 

Cookin the books and getting burned 

Well it looks as thought you learned 

It from the best 

You can think you are winnin 

When your time is passed 

And the truth you thought you’d crushed 

Grew like weeds and spread like rust 

It never rests 

Little Brother is watchin 

Every glass eye sees 

Yeah the truth will set you free 

But if you don’t turn the key 

Enjoy your stripes 

Little Brother is watchin 

Fearsome fast and free 

You’d better act as though your mother sees the way you treat your brother 

Cause she just might 

You better act as though your brother sees the way you treat your mother 

Cause he just might 

You better act as though you lover sees the way you treat another 

Cause she just might 

And he just might 

And we just might! 

 

Empathy and Comedy 

Empathy and comedy 

May they fill the lives that come to be 

All this sugar in the sand 

Extracted by the ones who stand up 

For this humanity 

Comedy and empathy 

That double bill is still a rarity 

The pacifist who killed our pride 

Made us laugh until we cried 

The blessed hilarity 

Empathy and comedy 

Let them combat all this misery 

All this screamin in the dust 

Bringing things from bad to worse 

These macho men and drama queens 

But comedy and empathy 

Let you laugh off all your apathy 

And you’ll be grateful if you try it 

To be gentle and a riot 

With graceful delivery 

Empathy and comedy 

Maybe they can save democracy 

When the news is rather bleak 

And the ads they run for weeks 

Just drain the economy 

But comedy and empathy 

May be the only freedoms that stay free 

The silver lining of a laugh 

Even if it’s all you have 

Can stand up to tyranny 

 

Hook and Line 

What did they tell you today?  Did you question what they say? 

The ones who feel by the way, lost their soul connection 

Any time you’re swept up in a crowd, you check out 

Why not shine a light on every doubt? Bring it out 

Open minds and hearts hold every key, and they’re free 

Every war they start starts 2 or 3, history 

Is the writing on the wall 

When in Rome, rise and fall 

What did they tell you to say?  Are you sayin it today? 

They’d buy and sell you away, with their repetition 

From Iran to Land of Liberty, you can see 

Always someone tryin to pull your stings, with their schemes 

Maybe it’s the corporate machine, on your screen 

Or recruiters for Sunni extremes, but it seems 

Such a shame to take the bait 

Hook and line, greed and hate 

 

All the Old legends 

There’s a song for the freeway 

There’s a song for the heartbreak 

There’s a song for the song’s sake 

A song for the loss of the thrill 

And there’s a song that you’re writin 

There’s a song still in hidin 

If you don’t try to find it 

Probably nobody will 

(Chorus #1)  Don’t bar the door she ain’t goin nowhere 

She’s seen better days but she smiles anyways 

Sayin go on and go where the lonely go dear 

Those swingin door might let a song through 

All the old legends are leavin us here 

They gave us their best then they laid down to rest 

Rivers of whisky and buckets of beer 

And the songs that we all sing along to 

There’s a song for a dragon 

And there’s a song to imagine 

There’s a song out of fashion 

That keeps getting better with age 

There’s a song for Muskogee 

There’s a song for the lonely 

There’s a song tryin to show me 

The key to that long lost refrain 

(Chorus #2)  The Muse is amused by her poet’s despair 

He’s seen better days but he tries anyways 

Sayin  “I’ve got to go where the lonely go dear 

Those swingin doors might let a song through 

All the old legends are leavin us here 

They gave us their best then they laid down to rest 

Rivers of whisky and buckets of beer 

And the songs that we all sing along to 

There’s a song for the changes 

Black birds and Brown Angels 

Blues caught up in tangles 

Ribbons that fall from the hair 

Heart of gold tryin to stay free 

Diamond shinin like crazy 

Purple rain kind of and hazy 

Fallin from heaven knows where 

(Chorus #3) You give all you got till you get what you need 

It all seems sublime when she whispers a rhyme 

Sayin I’ll meet you down where the lonely go dear 

Those swingin doors might let a song through 

All the old legends are leavin us here 

They gave us their best then they laid down to rest 

Rivers of whisky and buckets of beer 

And the songs that we all sing along to  

 

 Maybe It’s the Weather 

Maybe it’s the weather but I been feelin overcast and grey 

I don’t think I’m alone in 

Lookin up and groanin 

It’s just that it feels that way 

Even if I never saw another golden sunlight ray 

If I could see your dark eyes 

I wouldn’t mind the dark skies 

And you could kiss the clouds away 

Maybe it’s the weather but I can’t get you off my mind tonight 

The way the restless wind blows 

Rain against my windows 

Just shows me how I’ve been so dry 

If a star was fallin I’d be callin it my guiding light 

Clouds hang around and cover 

Skies of star-crossed lovers 

And I can’t see no stars tonight 

Maybe it’s the weather but I don’t see me getting out today 

I’ll hold up in my shelter 

Remembering how it felt here 

When I had you here to stay 

Rain don’t last forever and the sun will shine again, they say 

If I could hold you to me 

It wouldn’t seem so gloomy 

And you could kiss the clouds away 

 

The Stage by the Bar 

I give thanks for the kindness of strangers 

They open their mangers, put tips in my jar 

Songs have their lines and their changes 

Days have their dangers, nights have their charms 

And the hours run circles round me 

Flowers fade fast when they’re free 

Stars come and go, on with the show 

Love is the one trick I know 

I give thanks for the road that I’ve traveled 

The gold and the gravel, got me this far 

Songs find a way to unravel, I’m back in the saddle 

The stage by the bar  (chorus) 

 

Rainbow Children 

Turned on the news today, then I wondered what I’d done that for 

It’s another doozy of a day with the bombins and the guns and war 

Then the president will have his say, and he’ll say it like he just turned 4 

How did findin meanin get this hard? 

I walked out to feel the day and to hear a little morning song 

They sing it out as they jump and play and they never heard of singin wrong 

There is something make you feel alright when every other little thing feels wrong 

Rainbow Children, dancin in the yard 

I started thinkin what the world could be if it didn’t have to be so tough 

If hungry people had their needs for free and all the wealthy said enough’s enough 

People say it isn’t nature’s way, but you’ll never see a greedy wolf 

How did greedy people get this far? 

If you take all their BS for true, well I guess that that’s the true you get 

If they get you in their game you’re through and you’re losin any way you bet 

Somethin true that I’ll bear witness to, a son and daughter sunny day duet 

Rainbow Children, dancin in the yard 

 

Get Over That Wall 

Alright I get it you like the way he gives ‘em all hell 

I’ll give him credit he can give ‘em all hell pretty well 

You think he’d slap your back and by you a beer 

Call the waitress fat and bartender queer 

And then you’d hang on every word that he said 

To himself in a mirror 

Well hey if that stuff makes you yell yehaw 

What’s the use of tellin you that he’s all flaw 

But before you cast your ballot better think how you’ll get over that wall 

Alright I get it he’s sayin the stuff you’ve felt all along 

Deck stacked against you and the cards you’ve been dealt are all wrong 

So let the fascist guard your liberty 

Huddled masses yearning to breath free 

We’ll send their asses back from whence they came 

Accept Norwegians and Swedes 

Well hey if that stuff makes you yell yehaw 

What’s the use of tellin you that he’s all flaw 

But before you cast your ballot better think how you’ll get over that wall 

What if we let it get a little more like daytime TV 

What if we said piss on our future, and our history 

Let Jerry Springer moderate the debates 

Come out swingin for the United States 

Instead of slingin all that mud let ‘em wrestle 

In it for a change 

Well hey if that stuff makes you yell yehaw 

What’s the use of tellin you that he’s all flaw 

But before you cast your ballot better think how you’ll get over that wall 

 

My Name is Truth 

Please pardon me 

I hate to beg your spare change, but I gotta eat 

Seems hard to see 

I still recall the strange days they called me elite 

My name was spoken with reverence 

Held in the highest regard 

Leaders enlisted my leverage 

Knowing I’d bestow rewards 

You ask me my name so I’ll tell you 

You knew me well in your youth 

These days I don’t know what they call me 

All the same my name is Truth, All the same my name is Truth 

These days it seems 

Positions of power are bought, with no thought for me 

Was it a dream? 

I still recall how they fought, and sought only me 

Children were taught to respect me 

A reverence for me was instilled 

Now they don’t know where to find me 

I don’t know if they ever will 

You ask me my name so I’ll tell you 

Just don’t expect any proof 

These days I don’t know what they call me 

All the same my name is Truth, All the same my name is Truth 

You ask me my name so I’ll tell you 

You knew me well in your youth 

These days I don’t know what they call me 

All the same my name is Truth, All the same my name is Truth 

 

Truth is a Pathless Land 

You’ll be walkin on your own before long little child 

Even while you’re holding my hand 

Truth is a pathless land 

I’ll be holding you in my heart and mind 

In a way that you have yet to understand 

Truth is a pathless land 

All the beauty of the earth 

And an ever-changing sky 

Have filled my eyes 

And I’ve tried to sing my songs 

For the preciousness of time 

But still she flies 

And you’ll be walkin on your own before long little child 

Even while you’re holding my hand 

Truth is a pathless land

 

Lyrics From Can't Help But Wonder

(c)2016

Troublesome Times

Troublesome times, anywhere you travel its troublesome times

Changes on changes, pavement on gravel, money on minds

The people shout more, the more they stop listenin

Who is gonna hear the whisperin pines?

Troublesome times, anywhere you travel its troublesome times

 

River of Time, have you been polluted by man unkind?

We build on your banks, but you just flow through it, leave it behind

The things that ought to change will hold on for ages

Things that ought to stay the same always change

River of Time, have you been polluted by man unkind?

 

Troublesome times, anywhere you travel its troublesome times

Hard to hear the chimes of freedom through the clamor

of angry closed minds

While we’re tossed on the storm out on this ocean

May you be strong, beware and be kind

Troublesome times, anywhere you travel its troublesome times

 

Aint Much Changed

 Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

We still meet up, knock down a few cold ones

They built a new prison, between the two old ones

It ain’t much has changed round here since you been gone

 

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Once a week, we meet in a group

We get together and, hula-hoop

It aint much changed round here since you been gone

 

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Fat cats takin, all our money

Still cackling cause they, think its funny

It ain’t much has changed round here since you been gone

 

Ain’t much has changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much has changed round here since you been gone

Same TV shows to bore us

Same re-runs, same Chuck Norris

It ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

 

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Few new wrinkles on the, same faces

Few new tattoos on some, strange places

It ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

 

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

Still stuck in the, same traffic

Still shocked by the, same static

It ain’t much changed round here since you been gone

 

The Old Man in the Moon  

 

I’ve seen a billion buildings

All tryin’ to scrape the sky

I have to hold my laugh in

To think they think they’re high

And I’ve seen nations who revered me

But they all ended way too soon

I see everything so clearly

For I’m the old man in the moon

 

And I’ve heard all of your love songs

And there’s three or four I dig

All the ones that sing about me

I guess I made it big

Ah but if you saw what I’ve seen

You’d sing a different tune

No one knows just what the night brings

Like the old man in the moon

 

And I’ve been through every window

And I never make a sound

And I guess no one ever will know

The times I been around

And you’ve caught me in your gravity

But I’m hip to all your doin’

A tawdry tragic comedy

For the old man in the moon

 

 

Eyes of Love

Man of the woods, found a foundation

Strong as a soft open smile

In your hard hands, the best of creation

Beautiful woman and child

 

Sweet are the times, we share our hearts and minds

Seeing the eyes of love

When life’s unkind, we will come home to find

Welcoming eyes of love

 

Woman of heart, woman of wisdom,

Woman with healing hands

Where do I start, how can I tell you

That you may understand

 

You are the one, I’ll always look upon

Only with eyes of love

Sweet are the times, we share our hearts and minds

Seeing the eyes of love

 

Although the forest, is full of shadows

There is a light that shines through

On the young timbers, so that they can grow

I know that I can grow too

 

Because the light, is shining on me

Out of the eyes of love

You are the one, I’ll always look upon

Only with eyes of love

 

The Radio These Days

Well where is the love on the radio these days?

There’s mountains of music just wasting away

This country’s been blessed with a billion great songs

So why do they keep playing Bang a Gong?

 

We shouldn’t have to listen to Barracuda

5 times a day if we’re not in the mooda

And the same goes for Ratt, and White Snake and Poison

Take the tight pants off boys and put corduroys  on

 

These days don’t it seem like the radio’s sole function

Is to decrease uniqueness while increasing production

But I don’t feel like workin, I feel more like dyin

Every day, when they play that some song by White Lion

 

And where is the love on the radio these days

Jimi Hendrix did more than just Purple Haze

And the DJ keeps sayin he was born to rock

But I bet he just says that when he’s on the clock

 

And where is the love on the radio now

Rock and Roll ain’t a brand on a corporate cash cow

But even if it was, and it just said “moo”

It still would sound better than the swill that they spew

 

And where is the love on this radio abyss

Only one place, and that’s public access

So send your contributions, to keep em around,

And thank em for being the saviors of sound

 

The Great Reuniting

 

There’s been a great reuniting

On the banks of Galilee

‘Cross the river Jordan

They’re together again

Doc and Merle and Rosalie

The songs of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Like our souls they’ll never die

And the heavenly ring

Of that old steel string

Unbroken in the By and By

 

Were the old time founding fathers

There to greet you at the golden gate?

Were the Singin’ Brakeman

And Uncle Dave Macon

Among the angels there to celebrate

Troubles trials and tribulations

You had ‘em plenty in your pilgrim years

Now your life crown is won

And you’re back with your son

And you both see straight and clear

 

There’s been a great reuniting

Of a soulful family

On a high mountain wind

Carried to Beulah Land

Where their cares have been set free

Salt Creek will keep on runnin’

Deep River never will run dry

And those old mountain blues

Still proclaim the good news

That the soul will never die.

 

 

Not Made of Stone   Words and music by Jay Brown

 

Precious people in my life

I don’t want to see a world

Without you

I found out that my home

Is a feelin’

Than I get any time when I’m with you

 

Every day is a gift and a thief

Every loss is also a relief

Every dream that I’ve ever achieved

Has left me with one less dream

 

I know we’re not made of stone

Winds of time have no trouble

Sweeping through

And everything I’ll ever hold

Will be healing me

While it’s breaking this true heart in two

 

I know we’re not made of stone

But I don’t want to see a world

Without you

I found out that my home

Is a feelin’

That I get anywhere when I’m with you

 

Jack’s Song

 

Once there was a boy, he was wise beyond his years

Wiser than most old men that I’ve known

He was full of love for life, and death he did not fear

He always seemed to know where he was goin

 

He was just a boy, he had a smile so free

But he was something like the man from Galilee

 

Everywhere that he did go he preached the holy word

Praising God in pain as well as pleasure

Never one for judgment he was meek yet self assured

Always with his eye upon the treasure

 

He was just a boy, no whiskers on his chin

But he was something like the man born in Bethlehem

 

Like the morning sun he shined his light for just a while

Fading from our view to new horizons

Close your eyes and you will see his handsome holy smile

Hear his words of mirth and mysticism

 

He was just a boy,  he loved to eat ice-cream

But he was something like the man called the Nazarean

 

Once there was a boy, he was a teacher to us all

Worthy of our tears and celebration

Bound together we shall be, all creatures great and small

Strengthened by the pain of separation

 

The child of a carpenter, and mother Mary

And he knew that he had not much time to tarry

 

Free Given Fruit

 

Soldiers slay each other in the battlefield beyond our door

Many use their bodies to destroy and bring more misery

In our hidden chamber there is nothing we are fighting for

Here we use our bodies for the pleasures that were meant to be

 

In times of no safety

Your soft sighs sustain me

The taste of free given fruit

 

Men of darkness taking what they want and leaving only pain

Like a hungry ghost upon the earth who’s never satisfied

When their time is finished they will see that it was all in vain

Never having known a woman’s passion with no fears to hide

 

These men have such hatred

Because they’ve not tasted

The taste of free given fruit

 

Dance Till We Drop

 

We’ll dance till we drop rules and reservations

We’ll dance till we drop heady hesitations

We’ll dance till we drop every non-elation

When we dance till we drop

 

We’ll dance till we drop spinal rigiditus

We’ll dance till we drop tryin to win uptightest

We’ll dance till we drop all that don’t delight us

When we dance till we drop

 

Get up and get down with me

Lock in with the tambourine