Newborn Driving Lyrics

put it to ya
news at night at five
photo satellites
big, black blotch of rain
everyone complains
daylight come and it’s gonna put it to ya
mirror on the wall gonna say what a fool would
gold-filled hills with mines
workers wait in lines
go home to their wives
dream of golden skies
daylight come and it’s gonna put it to ya
mirror on the wall gonna say what a fool would

whole, wide world
paid my bill with labor on the floor
best meal I ever had
clean hands out of the sink
wash off all the dirty money
and never been, never been, never been…
flip the way to read a welcome mat
it’s a whole, wide world of rugs
so what about the lawnmowers
at least nobody here’s at war
and never been, never been, never been…

newborn driving
lights inside the lanes
through the night, through the day
in front of the car
my mind is running ‘way
every sign I see says to me
“you’re not there”
that’s not what I learned
from the last book I read
circles of breath do not stop
when you want it
starting and stalling and flowing
and falling down
eyes out of the dark
new to see, new to me
deep like a bright star
older than old can be
sweet scent of mountains
from a kiss on the head
that’s not what I learned
from the last book I read
circle of breath do not stop
when you want it
starting and stalling and flowing
and falling down

sweet, sweet things when you’re gone
Nadine in Idaho says
this is far as I go
my belt’s are broke
my time is up
someone will love me here
somebody needs me here

give me a new heart
and let me run
’cause everybody says
sweet, sweet things when you’re gone
but they don’t doubt where you went wrong
and they cry, cry all the day long
but they find another way home
rust on a dollar bill
stuffed in the ashtray
weathered-out windshield
it’s ready to give
tapes for a travel-day
tea for the tillerman
it’s quiet as snow
it’s all in the past
’cause everybody says
sweet, sweet things when you’re gone
but they don’t doubt where you went wrong
and they cry, cry all the day long
but they find another way home
….I rolled my bones and fell on fours
saw my soul in redwood forests
tops of trees below the sea
higher than I’ll ever be…

drove me here
nobody drove me here
nobody’s drivin’ me ‘way
and that’s a fact
I’ll set-up camp in your mind
until you find time for me

we could be in a mess
it could get worse than this
and that’s a fact
I’ll set-up camp in your mind
until you find time for me

mood in the clouds
oil in puddles and halos of light
purple soothes into gold
it’s a rain-stained world
beat, like a drum
dark as the dream of a sin
this is the morning
this is the noon
this is the night of the day
moon through the window
the deep peace of dawn
woke up a baby again
mood clouds mist down
dream day sound cars
work hands say mind
ocean in walls
leaves on the drains
trucks take a turn
and throw up a wave off the street
newspaper piles and chalkboards of specials
smear like tears on a clown
drenched to the bone
dogs, boots, and shoes
hours and hours to dry
when from over the hills
the voice of a friend
cuts through dry as a bone
mood clouds mist down

dream day sound cars
work hands say mind
ocean in walls

come rain or shine
if I were a wreck
if I were a wreck on the road
would I know your face
without my eyes
would I know your name
better than mine
come rain or shine
if I were a threat
if I were a threat on the home
would I know your face
without my eyes
would I know your name
better than mine
come rain or shine

‘neath your tattoo
I see the scar ‘neath your tattoo
I see what you’ve been coverin’ up
swimmin’ in the water
driver thought he saw you
hit you with the motor
right upon your shoulder
it’ black and blue
‘neath your tattoo

hey, what’s the one
hey, what’s the one
hey, what’s the one
that I once knew?

sorry if I say what I see
sorry if the topic’s taboo
let’s talk about the government
or songs on the top-ten
or dream about a road-trip
if I could get some wheels
for me and you
‘neath your tattoo
hey, what’s the one
hey, what’s the one
hey, what’s the one
that I once knew

worn round your eyes
red rings worn round your eyes
with sleep within the way you lean
upon your elbows on the bar
lower and lower into dreams
red, red, red rings
worn round your eyes
red, red, red rings
worn round your eyes
corners lit with signs of pilsners
with familiar sights and scenes
of everybody smiling in the sunlight
younger and happy every year
red, red, red rings
worn round your eyes
red, red, red, rings
worn round your eyes

….in my mind the world is fine
and everyone wants me around
here is where I do my thing
but please don’t ask me what that is
gone upon a restless song
barely heard from other rooms
I felt the wind upon my face
clear as rain but never shaved…
I don’t think that I’m burnin’
no, I don’t think I’m on fire
and no, I don’t think that I’m burnin’
hear no, see no, feel no heat at all

five hours in
five hours in
five more to go
with dust in the lungs
and dirt in the shoes
clawin’ at the earth
stones ‘gainst the plow
in the dance of a father
raising children and food
never been sad ’bout
what I must do
aging like oceans
the seasons are flowing
beyond and over and
all the way through
never once a rest
can never stop the day
the sun falls in the water
comes up shining new

never been sad ’bout
what I must do
a fire of pride
I can’t let it live
and it feels like love
throwing it in pool
never been sad ’bout
what I must do

Comments are closed.