Ghosts of the Great Highway

LYRICS

  1. Glenn Tipton
  2. Carry Me Ohio
  3. Salvador Sanchez
  4. Last Tide
  5. Floating
  6. Gentle Moon
  7. Lily and Parrots
  8. Duk Koo Kim
  9. Si, Paloma
  10. Pancho Villa

 

1. Glenn Tipton

Cassius Clay was hated more than Sonny Liston
Some like KK Downing more than Glenn Tipton
Some like Jim Nabors, some Bobby Vinton
I like them all

I put my feet up on the coffee table
I stay up late watching cable
I like old movies with Clarke Gable
Just like my dad does

Just like my dad did when he was home
Staying up late, staying up alone
Just like my dad did when he was thinking
Oh, how fast the years fly

I know an old woman ran a doughnut shop
She worked late serving cops
But then one morning, baby, her heart stopped
Place ain’t the same no more

Place ain’t the same no more
Not without my friend, Eleanor
Place ain’t the same no more
Man, how things change

I buried my first victim when I was nineteen
Went through her bedroom and the pockets of her jeans
And found her letters that said so many things
That really hurt me bad

I never breathed her name again
But I liked to dream about what could have been
I never heard her calls again
But I like to dream

2. Carry Me Ohio

Sorry that I could never love you back
I could never care enough
On these last days

Her tears fell on her pages found me well
On her words I don’t know what
To do or say

Wading through warm canals and pools clear blue
Where Tuscarawas flowed into
the great lake

Riding back where the highway met dead tracks
The ground is now cement and glass
so far away

Heal her soul
Carry her my angel
Ohio

Green green youth
what about the sweetness we knew
what about what’s good, what’s true
from those days

Can’t count to all the lovers I burned through
So why do i still burn for you
I can’t say

Sorry that
I could never love you back
I could never care enough
On here last days

heal her soul
Carry her my angel
Ohio

Children bless
Gather round the home she rests
Opal and Gold are her midwest
Moon and Sun

Flashes bringing on, my open eyes to lightning storm
A touch of mist felt soft, felt warm
On my face

Gray vague dreams, a million miles ago you seem
A star that i just don’t see
Anymore

Words long gone, lost on journeys we walked on
lost are voices heard
Along the way

Sorry for, never going by your door
never feeling love like ours
Anymore

Heal her soul
Carry her angel
Ohio

3. Salvador Sanchez

Salvador Sanchez
arrived and vanished
only 23 with so much speed
owning the highway

Mexico City
had so many
but none quite like him
sweet warrior
pure magic matador

Pancho Villa
would never rest
til 1925
he closed his eyes
til Manilla stars would rise

Ghosts of the Phillipines
choirs and angels sing
Ukelele strings
play for his legend
Iloilo king

How have they gone
Fell by leather
All alone,
or bound together

Benny “kid” Paret
came a good way
climbed to grey skies
to lift his hands
stopped by the better man

Eyes of Las Villas
cry for sons
lost on distant shores
unforeseen horrors
Struck and delivered him

how have they gone
Fell by leather
all alone,
all bound together

how have they gone
fell by leather
so alone
or bound together

4. Last Tide

Every bird fall weak on lifeless ground
Every eye swelled from tears ever clear
Every seed broken in Spring lived till Fall
All your babies be around to see them growing up

Will you be here with me my love
When the warm sun turns to ash
And the last tide disappear
All darkness near

I kept quiet so you’d think my heart was tough
I never showed you if I loved you enough
The dreams I had yeah I kept but I wouldn’t dare
Share with you for fear of things still living in me

Will you be next to me my love
When the cold moon vanishes
And the last cries no yells
For it to hear

5. Floating

Come to me my love
One more night
Come on
Cause I don’t wanna be without
Without you

In the air tonight
So cold and strange
Winter of loss
When I have changed
She is floating out too soon
So soon

In our room
Inside
With these ones
I want to hide
She is floating out too fast
Too fast

Come to me
My love
One more night
Come on
Cause I just wanna talk with you
Again

Come to me
My love
One more night
Come on
Cause I just wanna hold you close
Again

6. Gentle Moon

smile down on us sun, show your rays
when things come undone
all animals lead, us to light
when we can’t see
stars, saturn and moon, glow for those
who cannot get through
rain fall and voice sound for those of whom
still are not found

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them

black sky and black sea, lighten up
when we can’t breathe
all dreams escape fire, over worlds
fly but won’t tire
slow down on us wind, hold us still
when everything spins
all secrets and lies, let them out

dreams escape fire, they won’t tire
dreams escape fire, they won’t tire

gentle moon, find them soon
gentle moon, find them soon

all calendars pass, days die off
and hope cannot last
but if love was like stone, then yours was mine
through to my bones
but how can we give back to those
with whom we can’t live
when will the flame break
and spare the good people it takes

souls escape fire, they rise higher
souls escape fire, they rise higher

gentle moon, find us soon
gentle moon, find us soon

7. Lily and Parrots

here she comes breakin through my window
in the early morning hours
for the moment, i am disrupted
but in time she’ll make me smile

all the wonderous animals
roamin’ round the earth
bring us songs of calm
they do no wrong
they do no wrong

you don’t know just how much i miss you
yah my stomach aches in your absence
i don’t know what i’d do without you
cause i’d have no one to follow

you are my love
i hold you above
everything and everyone
yeah everyone
everyone

hear outside all the kids are playin
they’re my wake up call each day
look at them,
their little lives begining
i have watched them over years

blooming like sweet roses
dryin their wet noses
no thought of the cold
yeah i feel old
i feel old

yesterday we found a hidden passage
and i opened my sleepy eyes
through the trees parrots swept up past us
and the gardens there smelled good

all the pretty houses
decoratively coloured
tonight i want no other
than my own
than my own

8. Duk Koo Kim

looking out on my roof last night
woken up from a dream
i saw a typhoon coming in close
bringing the clouds down to the sea
making the world look gray and alone
taking all light from my view
keeping everyone in
and keeping me here with you

around you now
i can’t sleep no more baby

around you still
don’t want to leave yet

woken up from a dream last night
somewhere lost in war
i couldn’t feel my feet or hands
i didn’t feel right anymore

i knew there I’d die alone
with no one to reach to
but an angel came down
and brought me back to you

i’d rather leave this world forever
baby
than let life go the way it’s going

watching an old fight film last night
Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim
the boy from Seoul was hanging in good
but the pounding took to him
and there in the square he lay alone
without face without crown
and the angel who looked upon
never came down

you never know
what day could pick you
baby
out of the air
out of nowhere

come to me once more my love
show me love I’ve never known

sing to me once more my love
words from your younger years

sing to me once more my love
songs that i love to hear

birds gather ’round my window
fly with everything i love about the day
flowers, blue and gold and orange
rise with everything i love about the day

walk with me down these strange streets
how have we come to be here
so kind are all these people
how have we come to know them

9. Si, Paloma (Intrumental)

10. Pancho Villa