Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith
jesus_h_biscuit

Jennifer Nettles Band

Gravity:

Caught in the shadows, my head is spinning
everything's moving around and around
the people are betting and the loser that's winning
is the one who has dibs on my face in the ground

And I know "Hey, suck it up Girl"
And I know "It's perspective you lack"
But my list is red starfish and blue lizard's tails
And I mark one thing off and five more come right back

Well I like the concept of tight vacuum packed
Let's shove fifty pounds of shit into a ten pound bag
So that keeps me chasing my tail all around
And most of the time It's me being wagged

And I know I'm at the brow of my being
And I know it's so hard to look down
And I'm probably as free as I'll ever be
Still I choose to live like I'm gagging and bound

I wonder what it's like to walk around weightless
To jump for your heart and to never come down
To know the potential of true human will
Without all this damned gravity dragging us down

And I know one day we will wake up
And I know and start to live as ourselves
and not let the cowards of history claim us
and stop pointing our fingers at everyone else

Shift:

Nobody would've ever thought nobody would've ever guessed
that I would open my mouth and fire would breathe from my chest
"Now isn't she the girl that's all daisy and clover?"
"She's so easy to work with, she's so easy to push over"

And I will open my mouth and you can whore me out
'Cause the Yin, the Yin is what it's about
You say "Art" in this business and you might as well be flogged
"Justice" in this business and you can look for another job
But you say "Money" in this business and the suited worms will crawl
they will take all your sweat and make another strip mall

And it's gonna be tit for tat
and it's gonna be just fine
and it's gonna be how do you like that
look out 'cause I'm about to shift your paradigm

Guess I should have known guess I should have expected
you'd abuse your own family at best I'd be neglected
wasn't I baptized by fire to be braver?
cut my teeth on the devil, didn't need you as savior
and I did open up my heart and you did play me out
'Cause the Yin, the Yin was what it's about

You said art was your business, you believed in what I do
Justice as long as I made four times less than you
And money was so scarce and your family would starve
And we watched you drive away in fifty thousand dollar cars

I will keep my mouth shut and won't say a word
Buy him a drink little girl
Look out Look out Look out ...

Drag Me Down:

Watch them slink, slide low
Wicked come and wicked go
Wicked reap what wicked sow
and I don't mean maybe

Watch your step white boy
'Cause there are ghosts that I employ
and they will roll right through your veins
and it'll drive you crazy

No you don't have to drag me down
I am drawn to the bottom end
No you don't have to drag me down
After all, I descend

Maybe I'll bewitch, befriend, beguile
Be the big breath, last step, marathon mile
or be strung out, wrung out, or hung out to dry

Maybe I won't see my name in lights
Ask the corporate music factory why
Then next whiplash, pan flash, big bosomed wonder
I tell 'em all to "FUCK OFF" as I go under

By The Skin Of Her Teeth:

What more can I do for you
As I stand here naked before your eyes
To do what you will as you always will do
Should I roll up my sleeves
Or simply turn my head
Easy access for all the vampires
that secretly wish me bleeding and dead

(Just Ask) 'Cause I am a bleeder
(Just Ask) For all the bottom feeders
(Just Ask) I'll be here much longer
And I will be stronger than you know

How much longer can this last?
That she will play the mental punching bag for all of the blows he's received in the past
How much longer can she keep the peace?
Between these beauties that sprung from her belly
and the cycle that rages in the gut of his beast

(Just Ask) 'Cause she is a giver
(Just Ask) She'll stand and deliver
(Just Ask) She'll be here much longer and she will be stronger than you know

Or is it the anger that draws you to these songs?
'Cause I got notches in my belt for bruises that prove
That what you assume couldn't be more wrong
Or is it the struggle
A shared common grief
To see a lover; a mother; another woman get by
By the skin of her teeth

(Just Ask) They'll dub you a fighter
(Just Ask) A guts and glory writer
And you will fill up their hearts and you will fill up their needs
And they will love you darling
Until you succeed

Come Home Blues:

Well baby come on home
you know I got that itch
Well baby come on home
you know I got that itch
Come home and scratch my belly baby
watch my ankle twitch

Well baby come on home
you know I miss that smell
Pretty baby come on home
you know I miss that smell
Come loosen up my collar baby
watch me wag my tail

Well I ain't no saint, and you ain't no fool
I'll do to you what I want done to me
We'll practice that Golden Rule
Come home - there ain't a moment none too soon
Well since you been gone baby I been howlin' at the moon

Well baby come home
You know it's been way too long
Pretty baby come on home
you know it's been too long
Don't keep me siting and begging baby
Throw this bitch a bone!

Don't keep me sitting and begging baby
Quit tom cattin' and come back home to me baby

Page #2:

He said "You're one of those girls who's not too pretty
not too ugly, oh I guess you'll have to do."
And I said "You must be reading the story of my life, boy
and if you like the beginning wait til page number two."

'Cause some have tried to polish and many to refine me
Still others that would say all my edges are too smooth
And I'm stuck here in the middle just trying to define me
To rummage through the ruins and find some living peeking through

'Cause I have decided that here is where I'm staying
and no matter where I'm going here's where I will stand
And as long as I am breathing I'll sing my joy and my grieving
and I'll fumble with this guitar until arthritis takes these hands

And I wonder what will happen and how I'll leave this earth
And I wonder what of this life will have meaning
Will I go like my Grandma, rejoicing rebirth
or will I go like my Grandpa, kicking and screaming

But I guess in the meantime I should stop all this thinking
find peace in the searching whether lost or ever found
So if you want me I'll be with Gracie, laughing and drinking
raising toasts and raising spirits and smashing finished glasses down

'Cause I have decided that here is where I'm staying
and no matter where I'm going here's where I will stand
And like all the ones before us I'll raise my voice in holy chorus
and watch as the sacred circle begins where it ends

'Cause I'm one of those girls who's not too pretty
not too ugly, oh I guess I'll have to do
And I'm currently rereading the story of my life boy
And I can't wait to find out what happens on page number two

Cold-Sweat Scream:


I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
I been sleeping on a rich man's bed
I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
And in my dreams that pillow said...

She said "Why do you always fuss and fight?"
I said "We ain't got that long"
She said "Shut up and talk, we got all night"

I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
I been sleeping on a rich man's bed
I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
And in my dreams that pillow said...

When you turn out the light to your memory
Can you tell me just what do you see?
When you push back the cobwebs and fish out the mothballs
Are you still surprised to see me?

I'm the postcard and shotglass from Texas
I'm the wine stain that never came clean
Or a phone number left in a wad in your pocket
Dried and crumbled from the washing machine

I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
I been sleeping on a rich man's bed
I been sleeping on a rich woman's pillow
And in my dreams that pillow said...

She said "Why do you always fuss and fight?"
I said "We ain't got that long"
She said "Shut up and talk, we got all night"

When you turn out your lights in the evening
Can you tell me just what do you dream?
When you let go of all of your conscious defenses
Are your unconscious visions of me?
Do I ride in in Godiva splendor?
Do I waltz in and steal all your steam?
Do I crouch in a corner of your bedroom laughing
When you wake in that cold-sweat scream?

A Place For You:

There's a place for you beyond the space and time
that can cool the fires burning in your troubled mind
There'll be no crying there
There'll be no fear or fear or grief
But there is joy and there is laughter
and there is sweet relief
Now with both eyes closed I will jump with you into the great unknown

So let it go, let it leave, let it circle round about you
Let it know that you must breathe and it will have to live without you
Oh this pain that you bore you don't own it anymore
So let it go, oh let it go

There's a way for you beyond the dark path of present
It is a thousand points of light burning brilliant incandescent
There'll be no hurry there, there'll be no question where you're going
But there is time and communion and so much red wine flowing
Now you're almost there - you should know by now I would follow you anywhere

So let it go, let it leave, let it circle round about you
Let it know that you must sleep and it will have to live without you
Oh this pain that you bore you don't own it anymore
So let it go, oh let it go

Beyond the walls of comprehension past the door to understanding
There's a window on a peace that we call knowing
And it wasn't our decision and it is not what we are planning
But it set us on this path and it is ours now where we're going

So let it go, let it leave, let it circle round about you
Let it know that you can sleep so it will have to live without you
Oh this pain that you bore you don't own it anymore
So let it go, oh let it go
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