The Soft Sell

 

You say you’re coming home with me tonight

That’s the first clear sign that the girl ain’t right

You see the boy with the checkered past

Most girls can’t run too fast

You’re the one comes barreling through the lights 

So I guess I’d better tell you about my place

Truth be told it’s a damn disgrace

Ripped the floor up, tore out the walls

Hit a snag and abandoned cause 

But I’m living in my head so it just don’t phase 

 

So don’t believe me baby, don’t be taken in

I’ll lay the Soft Sell on you, I only play to win

Don’t you listen when I tell you in sincerity

You could do better, you could do better than me

You could do better than me 

 

Some days you can hardly take a note

Some years are full of tears and that’s-all-she-wrotes 

You know the next one’s gonna go fast

You know you’ve lost everything that’s past

You know the moment is the antidote

It’s just a couple blocks from end to end 

From the 5 and 9 to the 7-10

Some folks they’re living good lives 

But don’t know it ‘cause they aim too high

My American dream is an American Friend 

 

So don’t believe me baby, don’t be taken in

I’ll lay the Soft Sell on you, I only play to win

Don’t you listen when I tell you in sincerity 

You could do better, you could do better than me

You could do better than me 

 

There’s a big old hole and a lonely soul

And the child is lost in space

But you tell yourself 

You can’t be everywhere and in one place

So as the years go by I hope

you’ll seat me at your table

I’ll bring the Lilac Wine 

And something sweeter with no label 

Grievings From San Jose

 

I’ll fly into the town again

Touchdown brings me down again 

Luego mes Guiones

Hello smog and sickness 

Where I’ll see your shadows on the wall

I’ll look for you in every car

I’ll swear you’re gonna break and call

But you won’t though

 

And now I’m downtown San Jose

Got a long wait for the train

Now I’m downtown San Jose 

Got a long wait for the train 

 

Ran into Martine again

Prancing by her sea of men

Do all these jungle beaches 

Bring such strange queer numbers?

Like the one who couldn’t tell a lie

If it smacked me right between the eyes

I feel exiled in the sunrise

No muy bueno 

 

Now I’m downtown San Jose

Got a long wait for the train

Little Tica girl calls me honey

Now I’m downtown San Jose 

got a long wait for the train 

I don’t want to spend this money 

 

I sometimes wonder if we could

I know we probably never should

But I’m still writing chapters

That you have long since skimmed through

And the Costa Rican jungle cries

To those who’ve led such scattered lives 

And they’d like to leave it all behind 

But they don’t though

 

And now I’m downtown San Jose

Got a long wait for the train

Little Tica girl calls me honey

Now I’m downtown San Jose 

Got a long wait for the train

I don’t want to spend this money

Now I’m downtown San Jose

Got a long wait for the train 

King Rut

 

So what’s a day in your life like now? 

After all of this time’s gone by?

When you went away

That’s when you finally stayed with me

Foolish me

So what are folks in your life like now?

Are they hard as I was back when?

Well I’d like to tell you I’ve changed since then

And I’ll sure tell you….

(As soon as I can)

 

The more that people change

The more I stay the same

I’ll always be your Good King Rut

You can come to Good King Rut 

 

So what’s a good thing to buy you now?

Still into the incense, the candles, I Ching, and the Tao?

Or are you reading some how-to guide

On when to double down

And when to let it ride? 

 

The more that people change 

The more I stay the same

I’ll always be your good King Rut

You can count on good King Rut 

 

Well I could tell you with a tear in my eyes

But I haven’t really cried in years

I could tell you an elaborate lie 

Like a poet or a balladeer 

But if you wanna know when and why

It was when you left ‘cause I disappeared 

 

So what do people you see say now?

When they ask are you with that guy?

Do you say you left me

It’s sad but true

“Cause my love needed room

Yours just outgrew

 

The more that people change

The more I stay the same

I’ll always be your good King Rut 

You can call me good King Rut

Bring it home to good King Rut

You can come to good King Rut 

Like a Tree

 

I wouldn’t say I was so strange to love

Maybe I just never saw enough

It wasn’t clear between the moms and dads

I never knew what kind of love they had

I tried to show some love the way I’ve known 

My world had been so small 

But now it’s grown

But here again I’ve missed the point

I wish I’d filled my verse with counterpoint

I’ve learned to listen and it’s taught me well

A private world is just a private hell

 

And you know I’m alone 

Like a tree going down in the forest

Does anybody hear me hit the ground?

Because you know I’m alone 

Like a tree going down in the forest 

Does anybody hear me make a sound? 

 

You shut it out and it just shuts you in

You live without it and you die within

We must be here to help increase the bliss

We might as well make some good out of this

‘Cause I’ve sucked enough to know 

With energy 

What I take from the world comes out of me

And I’ve missed it if it came out trite

I’m trying to forget myself tonight

 

But do you find you’re alone

Like a tree going down in the forest?

Does anybody hear you hit the ground?

‘Cause you know I’m alone 

Like a tree going down in the forest 

Does anybody hear me make a sound?

 

“Cause Gaya’s an eternal energy

I’m a part of you and you are me

And i’m drunk with all the pain and light

But I know we’re on to something real tonight

 

But do you find you’re alone

Like a tree going down in the forest?

Does anybody hear you hit the ground?

‘Cause you know I’m alone 

Like a tree going down in the forest 

Does anybody hear me make a sound?

Make a sound

Make a sound 

Beware My Love

 

Beware my love 

What you think you’ll find

Beware my love

When you go searching for a new light

Take care my love

The bag of bones and all the blood slides

 

Cause I don’t know the things 

That go through your mind

Are you here or will you leave me behind? 

Beware my love

 

Beware my love 

I think you take it kind of lightly

Beware my love

You’ve been looking for it nightly

I just want to keep you satisfied

 

‘Cause I don’t know the things 

That go through your mind

Am I here or will I leave you behind?

 

Beware my love

I’m trying to give you a fair warning about me

Beware my love

I’m not the kind

who’ll leave no room for mystery 

So forewarned is forearmed

Forewarned is forearmed 

 

I don’t want to leave it on the side

 

‘Cause I don’t know the things 

That go through your mind

Are you here or will you leave me behind 

 

Beware my love

I’m trying to give you a fair warning about me

Beware my love

I’m not the kind

who’ll leave no room for mystery 

So forewarned is forearmed

Forewarned is forearmed 

I’ve Been Ruined

 

Well I’ve been ruined by the rays of the sun

Lay on the beach and put your mouth on the gun

And I’ve been ruined by the things that they said

And I’ve been ruined by the fire in my bed

I’ve been ruined but i’m still gonna stick it out

 

Time’s a dragon breathing fire on my neck

The vultures gather and they all take a peck

I’m just another falling leaf in this world

The wind will blow and I’ll be lost in the swirl

I’ve been ruined but I’m still gonna stick it out

 

I’m down hard I’m out cold I’m moving up to the barrio

The dark streets they’ve got my number 

Chop me up and use my bones for lumber 

 

Good people worry about the crumbling lot

It’s gonna tumble and we’re gonna get shot

Hide in the basement with a years worth of cans

And let the zombies fight it out on the land 

I’ve been ruined but I’m still gonna stick it out

 

I’m down hard, so hung low

Not too well suited for video

The dark eyes are hard sunk

Young turks come meet the old punks

 

All I need is maybe 20 good years

Until the robots in my veins are in gear

And then I’ll live another 20 or so

And on and on like that forever it goes

I’ve been ruined but I’m still gonna stick it out

I’ve been ruined but I’m still gonna stick it out

Hollow Heights

 

You say you're slaving away 

and there's nothing to show

for the work you've done

You say you come and you go

But there’s nobody knows if you come undone

 

But you've been wrong before,

you've been wrong before

And we all know something isn’t right

Since your days at happy hollow heights

 

You cannot really believe in

All those things they held to light 

And you know there's no retrieving 

All the days you said you might

 

But you've been wrong before,

you've been wrong before

You say 1-2-3 the hell with me 

Cast yourself out of infinity 

They tell you an ancient tale

The makeup or the veil

And I think that something isn’t right

Since your days at happy hollow heights

 

You've been wrong before,

you've been wrong before

You say 1-2-3 the hell with me 

Cast yourself out of infinity 

You don’t give yourself a chance

You don’t even try to dance 

And we all know something isn’t right

Since your days at happy hollow heights 

Someone Like You and Me 

 

No one could find you in the Halcyon days

That feared you had drowned

when you floated away

But even before we were through 

I needed someone like you

“Cause all true believers

could lose faith one day

But all education never drove you away

I talked to my father he knew

I needed someone like you 

 

Someone like me would break my heart

I knew from the very start

The only way I could get through 

Is with someone like you

 

So run to the sister to take care of things

The car they don’t drive

and the doorbell won’t ring 

The only way she could get through

Is with someone like you

Down with a fever that don’t seem to break

Learned all the lessons

but they don’t seem to take

I talked to my father he knew

I needed someone like you 

 

Someone like me would drive me mad

So the opposite’s bound to attract

But maybe before this is through

I’ll be someone like you

Someone like me would break my heart

They say love is a tactical art

The only way I could get through 

Is with someone like you

 

Someone like me would break my heart

Say love is a tactical art 

The only way I could get through is with someone like you

Someone like me would drive me mad

So the opposite’s bound to attract

But maybe before this is through

I’ll be someone like you 

I Will Try 

 

I don’t know if I could take back half a lifetime

I’d give it all in a minute

For a minute back

I don’t know if I could reach you where you are now

Or make a difference so long after the fact

But I will try

I will try

 

On the day that you came all sang the angels 

And on the day you were gone all cried the storm

I don’t know if I can reach you where you are now

I don’t know how to tell you I want more

But I will try

 

I will try

To get a message through the time and space

I want to meet you in the state of grace

And get high 

 

Never you mind my love 

Wherever you shine my love I'll be here 

Never you mine my son

I know the best been done 

So just heal

 

 I don’t know if there’s a place of pure forgiveness

I don’t know if there’s a heart that runs so deep

I don’t know if I can reach you where you are now

I don’t know if I can sow what I need to reap

Before that morning I could not be caught for crying 

Just a movie or the music in the show

Now I know the pain of losing 

Pain of losing

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know 

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know 

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know 

Now I know I didn’t know I didn’t know