Lyrics to Songs from “Five Horses, Four Riders” (2009)

Something Must Of Happened

struck by lightning, trailed by hounds, hit by shrapnel, raised by clowns
just a little bit askew
something must of happened to you

shake it loose or make it crack. he ain’t ever coming back
everybody knows it too
something must of happened to you

what exactly does it take
bend the wrong way and you break
and you’re running out of glue

on a freeway in the dark, draggin’ metal, throwin’ sparks
somethin’ bound to bust in two
something must of happened

round the corner from insane, window open in the rain
searching on your knees for clues

said the angel to the snake: everybody makes mistakes
but to judge by your tattoo
something must of happened to you

Honey Man

honey man honey man do you have some honey for me
my baby’s comin’ home this morning
and I want to be as sweet as I can be

well I heard about this honey from flowers in the south
said when your baby kiss you she can taste it in your mouth
honey man
I want you to sell me a piece of comb
like the bee drawn to the flower I wanna draw my baby home

well you know the type of honey, the type I got in mind
that’s the type that makes your lovin’ strong and your disposition kind
well I’m sitting in my kitchen eating comb honey from a spoon
and my heart is beating faster so I know she’s coming soon

Give Satan A Chance

say they’ve dogged your bones and the road back home
is full of sticks and stones
say you’ve had success and you like it less
for its bitterness
well the water’s dark and it’s full of sharks
and as you disembark they call your name
let me clue you in: you’re only made of tin
so let the fun begin
give satan a chance

you’ve begun to shrink. it’s getting hard to think
and somethin really stinks
well ain’t it cumbersome when you can’t get numb
you see what you’ve become
I’m here to tell you
he’s a family man, got a big white van
why don’t you climb on in and take a ride
things are looking good, you got a livelhood
aren’t you glad you could give satan a chance?

say they’ve bled you white, you’re just an appetite
I hear you bark at night
are you doin’ all right?

Five Horses, Four Riders

five horses, four riders in the dawn outside my door
five horses four riders in the dawn
and they looked like vicious men for I saw their faces then
looked like murderers every one, boys
looked like desp’rate men every one

the captain said: sir we have come for your bride
we have come to take your bride home today
and we’re sent by a man with much power and much land
and god help you if you stand in our way, sir
god help you if you stand in our way

just then I saw my wife coming slowly down the stairs
just then I saw my wife coming slow
and she wore her hat and coat, with her scarf wound round her throat
and her bags were packed to go
and her bags were packed to go

she said: darling it’s true that I gave my heart to you
and my love for you will never fail
but another owns my soul and he’s cruel and he’s old
and to his deathbed I must sail
to his deathbed I must sail

then she shouted a command and the men grew meek as lambs
and they circled her like bees surround a queen
and as one they crossed a field and they entered a dark wood
where the sun has never been seen
where the sun has never been seen

well I thought I saw her wave just before she disappeared
well I thought I saw her wave just before
and I see her waning still as she goes behind that hill
to the black ship that waits by the shore
to the black ship that waits by the shore

Don’t The Moon Look Real

don’t the moon look real, don’t the moon look real
like a yellow wheel rollin’ down a deep blue hill
yet I know it’s fake, there’s been a huge mistake
’cause it only sinks so low and then it just stands still
don’t the moon look real like a wheel rollin’ down a hill

got me a dollar bill, and I know that’s real
’cause when I hold it tight it gives me a nightly thrill
yet I must confess it moves me less and less
’cause what I’m trying to find, nobody’s got a mind to sell
oh, don’t the moon look real like a nickel in a wishing well

the one I love is here and I can feel her near
and could that be a tear stoppin’ on my cheek as it falls
I must be genuine if all these tears are mine
but the man who’s cryin’ isn’t me at all
oh, don’t the moon look real like a tear that’s about to fall

Turn Your Heart In My Direction

turn your heart in my direction if you can
I am walking through an unfamiliar land
and these strangers that I see smile and wave their hands at me
in a gesture I can never understand

point your heart in my direction, let it speak
oh my need for your affection makes me weak
I will worry, I will rave til’ my will breaks like a wave
and I listen with the chastened and the meek

send your heart in my direction like a prayer
oh the earth and sky are cracked beyond repair
and the grinding of their chains is a deafening refrain
but send your signal and I’ll hear it anywhere

turn your heart in my direction, don’t you see
that to love you is the only thing for me
any other path I take would be simply a mistake
and this longing would consume what’s left of me

Weeds Like Us

today I passed a dreaming man dead asleep in a patch of grass
empty bottle by his hand, I thought of you as I hurried past
well I thought of you and I’m thinking still
about that hole you just can’t fill
every day’s an act of will
but weeds like us are hard to kill
weeds like us are hard to kill

I lost touch with you one day, watched you walk away from me
believe I failed you some way, let you go too easily
well I let you go, are you going still
you pick up speed as you roll downhill
sometimes men don’t leave a will
but weeds like us are hard to kill
weeds like us are hard to kill

Hew To The Roadside

you got to hew to the roadside honey if you wanna last
’cause the road is gettin narrow and the cars are comin fast

there’s just a narrow strip of gravel between the roadside and the ditch
just a few short hours of daylight ’til the sky turns black as pitch
you got to hew to the roadside

you could wander down the hillside, fall into a ravine
walk up on the highway, get hit by a machine
you got to hew to the roadside
honey that’s the only thing to do
well those woods are full of rattlesnakes
and they’ll bite right through your shoe

saw a dog with three legs, saw a man with one
I’m walking home on two legs just as fast as I can run
you got to hew to the roadside

Jack-a-hammer

jack-a-hammer jackhammer you can feel it in the ground
jack-a-hammer jackhammer just before she comes around
well she’ll hit you with a chisel and then she’ll
slowly grind you down

say there’s gonna be trouble, I can feel it in my gut
say there’s gonna be trouble, I can feel it in my gut
well she’ll kick you like a football
and then she’ll crush you like a nut

well you wake up in the morning and your eyes are full of grit
well you wake up in the morning and your eyes are full of grit
she’s tearing the wall of your house down bit by bit

she took her jack-a-hammer and she started to dig
through the night and some of the day
she dug so deep the gravedigger man got scared and he ran away
she kept on diggin and a-diggin till she fell
through the ceiling of the devil’s boudoir
said: buddy, your house is a hell of a mess
and your swimming pool’s on fire
jack-a-hammer jackhammer you can feel it in the ground
jack-a-hammer jackhammer just before she comes to town
well she’ll burn you like a pork chop
and then she’ll throw you to the hounds

Loser’s History

last night it was raining garbage
it landed on the houses and the trees
and the bums were out by morning to see what they could find
I told the kids to stay away though
might be some dangerous debris
’cause when junk falls from the heavens it ain’t no lucky sign
folks wandering around in a daze here
as though we’d lost some secret war
that the papers failed to mention and the textbooks will ignore

If we’d had three more cannon and a few more men
we could have won the fight
or a little more money or a lot more time

but it ain’t no use in second-guessing
the dead are just as cold as they can be
and the quick won’t give a nickel for a loser’s history

well they tell you that your vote counts
and that the system’s well-designed
but if you ain’t got the greenbacks you lose your place in line
this world looks just like the one we came from
but there’s more than meets the eye
for the future’s relocated and the past’s a lullaby

if we’d had ten more cannon and a lot more men
we could have won the fight
or a little more money or a lot more time

but it ain’t no use in second-guessing
the dead are just as dead as they can be
and the quick won’t take a lesson from a loser’s history

God came down from heaven

god came down from heaven a hundred years ago
turned into a school of fish in the gulf of mexico
emptied out Her office, left behind a note:
I made the river, now you can row the boat
god came down from heaven said it’s time to quit
now heaven’s gone downhill but hells come up a little bit

god came down from heaven, put the angels out of work
now they come to us as taxi drivers, waiters, motel clerks
limbo is a ghost town, purgatory too
the answer’s always: nothin
when the question is: what’s new?
god came down from heaven, said her work was done
now people goin crazy tryin to find another one

hell ran out of funding and the fires no longer burn
now sinners sit on rooftops and wonder what they’ve learned
someone plays a trumpet. someone starts to dance
still no food or water let alone a pair of pants
god abandoned heaven, not that we should care
far as I can figure, I will not be going there

When My Baby Wakes Up

well the sun came up, I’m gonna get me my sack and my rake
well the sun came up, I’m gonna get me my sack and my rake
when my baby wakes up, tell her I’ve gone huntin snakes

well the sun went down, gonna get me my rope and my dog
well the sun went down, gonna get me my rope and my dog
when my baby wakes up, tell her I’ve gone huntin hogs

when my baby wakes up
when my baby wakes up
tell her not to worry
tell her I’m comin home

heaven’s full of stars and the ground is full of bones
heaven is full of stars yes and the ground is full of bones
when my baby wakes up, she sure ain’t gonna wanna wake up alone


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