Dangerous Endeavor
Has It Really Come To This
Hollow Victory
If You Just Had A Mirror
I’m Waiting For A Miracle
Let’s Put The Dirty Back In Dancing
Sad Corners of Her Eyes
That ’67 Vintage Cadillac

DANGEROUS ENDEAVOR

I headed on down into
No man’s land
Just south of Hermosillo
I had fifty grand
In the back of my boots
And a pistol down in my waistband

Out in the desert
Where the cold wind blows
Ain’t no one to tell the story
Of what went down
‘fore the sun came up
And the moon all big and shiny

Chorus:
It was a dangerous endeavor
It was a dangerous endeavor

I left Mexico
And everything behind
And I ran while I still could
Headin’ for the border
With a change of my name
In the Texas Piney Woods

I settled in a town
With an ear to the ground
Where no one knows my name
Sometimes I wake in a cold, cold sweat
With a dream of them on my trail

Chorus

It’s been a few years
Since I crossed the border
With a hell-hound on my trail
I met a nice man
Gonna settle down
Gonna listen to the night birds wail

And I’m never going back
Down south of the border
And I’m never gonna tell him why
Like a rattlesnake buzzin’
In the heat of the day
It’s just better to let ‘em lie

Chorus

HOLLOW VICTORY

It’s a hollow victory
Down the hallway to hell
One you have to walk
On your own

It’s an empty hallway
Built on pain and misery
One they always said
would come around

When the candles have burned down
And the champagne is gone
Who will be the one
To stick around

Words you might have said
Too proud to say
Now you’re lying silent
In your grave

Your footprints on the backs
Of all those in your way
And the battered wrecks
Of those you left behind

IF YOU JUST HAD A MIRROR

If you just had a mirror
You’d never do what you do
You’d never cause the sorrow
You’d never do that to you
If you just had a mirror
You’d see the damage you’ve done
To all the ones you broke and shattered
If you just had a mirror

If you just had a mirror
You’d see your face as I do
With all the lines of anger
And pieces scattered behind you
If you just had a mirror
You’d see me fading away
You’d see the past turn into the future
If you just had a mirror

If I just had a mirror
I’d see I no longer care
I’d see the door close behind me
I’d see the road in my eyes
If I just had a mirror
I’d see the clock on the wall
I’d see the time go back to zero
If I just had a mirror

HAS IT REALLY COME TO THIS

Has it really come to this
Has it really come to
Which of us lies better
Has it really come to
Poker faces and letters

Chorus
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the day
Has it really come to which of us
Is gonna turn and walk away

I remember how it used to be
How it used to be when
We were two young lovers
Spending all our time
Underneath the covers

Chorus
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the day
Has it really come to which of us
Is gonna turn and walk away

Will there ever be a peace of mind
Will there ever be a piece of my
Heart returned
Or will the rest of time
Be all alone

Chorus
In the middle of the night
In the middle of the day
Has it really come to which of us
Is gonna turn and walk away

I’M WAITING FOR A MIRACLE

I’m waiting for a miracle
I’m waiting for time
I’m waiting for someone, somewhere
To turn the lights on
On this dark planet
In these dark ages
I’m waiting for a miracle, ooh ooh
I’m waiting for a miracle

I’m waiting for humanity
To bring out the best in me
And everyone of us
To hold hands in harmony
And to live in peace
And sweet empathy
I’m waiting for a miracle, ooh ooh
I’m waiting for a miracle

         Chorus:

In this world of plenty
We have all we need
The only thing in our way
Is you and me

I’m waiting for everyone
To turn their lights on
Like Diogenes
In search of honest
Inside of you and me
And all humanity
I’m waiting for a miracle, ooh ooh
I’m waiting for a miracle

        Chorus

LET’S PUT THE DIRTY BACK IN DANCIN’

It’s been too long
Since that gleam in your eye
Shined it’s little light my way
That old crooked smile
I haven’t seen for awhile
Let’s go out
And put the dirty back in dancin’

I’ll wear that little dress
You used to love
And put on my red cowboy boots
And that tight black tee shirt
Still looks good on you
Let’s go out
and put the dirty back in dancing

I filled up the piggy bank
With old pocket change
And I think that we’ve got enough
Any way our credits
Still good at the bar
Let’s go out
And put the dirty back in dancin’

That old juke joint
Down on river road
Has the coldest beer in the county
There’s sawdust on the floor
And a game of shuffleboard
Let’s go out
and put the dirty back in dancin’

Chorus:
There’s a full moon tonight
Everything’s all right
Let’s go out
and put the dirty back in dancing

SAD CORNERS OF HER EYES

I saw you
Standing there
Right next to him
Without a care
You looked so happy
Smile on your face
Sad corners of your eyes
Gave you away

His arm around you
One around his wife
She looked so confident
You looked so scared
Those old photographs
Never lie
Sad corners of your eyes
Gave you away

An old photograph
of Marilyn Monroe
With JFK
And Jackie too
She looked so fragile
Holding his arm
Sad corners of her eyes
Gave her away

        Chorus:
Too much sorrow
In her brief time here
More tragedy
than she could bear
Her bright smile
Lit up the world
But sad corners of her eyes
Gave her away

THAT ’67 VINTAGE CADILLAC

My mama she done told me
Papa done told me too
That curly headed man ‘ll
Make a fool out of you

The first time that I saw you
You had two girls in the back
And one more in the front
Of that Cadillac

        Chorus:
Well the top was folded down
Your hair blowing all around
In that vintage ’67 Cadillac
That two-tone cherry red
That will surely turn your head
In that vintage ’67 Cadillac

The next time that I saw you
You were driving all alone
So I flagged you down and
Hopped into that red -tone

You took me for a ride
Then you left me by the side
Of that road
In that vintage Cadillac

        Chorus

So I went out to the car lot
And I put my money down
Now I’m drivin’ round
In my vintage Cadillac

I passed you on the street
And it surely did feel sweet
With the top down
In my vintage Cadillac

        Chorus

Buscando Por Ti
Garden In The Sun
Guns and Money
Independence Day
I Sang Patsy Cline
Silence Speaks Louder Than Words
Stale Wine and Roses
The Bottle’s On The Table
This Time

Buscando Por Ti
SEARCHING FOR YOU

I’m a page without words
A sky without stars
A voice without tenderness
A heart that’s bare

My heart is crying
There is no one like you
But it’s too late
To ever see you again
But still my eyes
Are open every morning
Searching for you
Day after day

I’m searching in the river
In the depths of my being
In the passing of life
But I don’t see you again
I’m so alone each night
Remembering your face
But it’s too late
Too ever see you again

But still my soul
Won’t leave my body
Searching for you
Day after day

GARDEN IN THE SUN

I know nothing about love
All I’ve known is pain
But I know something about you
You’re gentle as the rain

Reaching for your warmth in the night
Is all that I will ever need
For I will be
For all eternity
Your garden in the sun, oh
Your garden in the sun

I have been like a moonscape
Hard and cold as ice
All my love on the dark side
And I have paid a price

Now my moon is turning round your sun
My heart has melted in your gaze
And I will be
For all eternity
Your garden in the sun, oh
Your garden in the sun

I have been like a fortress
Walls you cannot climb
Fired my cannons in the wilderness
To silence my own mind

All my guards have fallen from their posts
All the walls have tumbled down
And I will be for all eternity
Your garden in the sun, oh
Your garden in the sun

Fire and flood
Storms in the night
Troubled times like a hurricane
But I will be
For all eternity
Your garden in the sun, oh
Your garden in the sun

GUNS AND MONEY

Jesus fired the first round
A Christmas day surprise
He always aimed to kill
And he watched the blood run dry
Many a man had tried his hand
And fallen to his will
It was always for the money
And never for the love
Guns and money
Drowning in the blood of Jesus
Drowning in the blood of Jesus

The Virgin De Guadalupe
he wore around his neck
Couldn’t save him from the crossfire
That rained upon the land
They laid him on a hardwood floor
With a bullet to the brain
And one more through the Virgin
To show their disdain
Guns and money

Drowning in the blood of Jesus
Drowning in the blood of Jesus

The last time that I saw him
He had a pistol by the bed
With one in the chamber
And a nightmare in his head
He prayed to the Virgin Mary
But he prayed to no avail
‘Cuz it was always for the money
And never for the love
Guns and money

Drowning in the blood of Jesus
Drowning in the blood of Jesus

The sons and the daughters
With a legacy of scars
Haunt your streets and alleys
In your dirty little war
Do you really believe the saints you wear
Can be bought and sold in blood
‘Cuz it’s always for the money
And never for the love
Guns and money
Drowning in the blood of Jesus
Drowning in the blood of Jesus

I SANG PATSY CLINE

I was down in Colombia
In 1990
I went to all the parks
I had a really good time
I changed my plane
in Medellin Colombia
I went to change my plane
in Panama City
and I sang Patsy Cline the night Noriega fell

I was headed off the plane
Going to my homeward flight
When they came online
The airports closed for the night
They shut out the lights
And locked all of the doors
I stood there on the sidewalk
In my own private hell
And I sang Patsy Cline
The night Noriega fell

I caught a cab to town
With two guys on the flight
They offered me a room
Where I could stay for the night
We talked and drank tequila
‘til about midnight
I crawled off to the guest room
In the middle of the night
And I sang Patsy Cline
The night Noriega fell

I woke up in the moonlight
All the stars were shining bright
There were screams and AK47’s
Shattering the night
There were bodies laying everywhere
A terrible sight
We pulled another drink
From the bottom of the well
And I sang Patsy Cline
The night Noriega fell

I was walking after midnight
I was fallin’ to pieces
I was crazy and blowin’
In a wayward wind
I was south of the border
With leaving on my mind
And I sang Patsy Cline
The night Noriega fell

So if your down in Panama
You better beware
‘cuz they all got guns and money
And they really don’t care
Who is right or who is wrong
No one can ever tell
So I sang Patsy Cline
The night Noriega fell

INDEPENDENCE DAY

The rockets red glare
Fireworks bursting in the air
Oooh independence day

Freedom so precious
So hard won for us all
Oooh independence day

Rising from the ashes
Reaching for the sky
Oooh independence day

Ch
Independence day
Like a diamond from the coal
Independence day
Washed up on the shore
Independence day
Never looking back
On the ashes left behind
Independence day

Your hand slipped through mine
Like water from the dam
Ooh, independence day

The last time
That I saw you
You had another woman in your eyes
Oooh independence day

SILENCE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS

We waltz round the room
Like dancers in a barroom
Swinging and swaying
And twirling on high
You’re saying one thing
Your eyes say another
Your body’s a language
That’s easily denied

Silence speaks louder than words
And I heard nothing from you
But I felt it coming on like a slow moving train
The ground moving under my feet
And silence speaks louder than words

The first time I saw you
Your eyes danced around me
This way and that way
A tango for two
Two steps forward
And one step backwards
You glide round the dance floor
You follow and withdraw

When the players stop playing
And the dancers are leaving’
The bartender calls out
It’s closing time
Will you find your footing
Or waltz off with another
Leaving me there
In a danse macabre

STALE WINE AND ROSES

Stale wine and roses
All that remain of a dream
That waltzed through my heart
In the springtime
And left on the morning train

Time is an enemy
That strikes in the night
Leaving you old and grey
Love is a potion
That blindfolds the eyes
To the sorrow and pain

Stale wine and roses
All that remain of a dream
That walted through my heart
In the springtime
And left on the morning train

Now it’s coffee in the morning
And whiskey at night
Memories are all that remain
Of a time when the roses
Were fresh on the vine
Now the thorns are all that remain

Stale wine and roses
All that remain of a dream
That waltzed through my heart
In the springtime
And left on the morning train

THE BOTTLES ON THE TABLE

The bottles on the table
The writing is on the wall
The words said in anger
Just echoed down the hall
I know I could have done better
But I did the best I could
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
Oh, I wonder if he ever thinks of me

The bottles on the table
And time’s now standing still
The memories he left me
Now wander the room at will
The words that now are spoken
Are only to myself
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
Oh, I wonder if he ever thinks of me

The bottles on the table
My heart is in his hands
With the stars for a diamond
And the world for a wedding band
It’s too late for words of wisdom
For they’ll never raise the dead
And I wonder if he ever thinks of me
Oh, I wonder if he ever thinks of me

THIS TIME 11-17-2004

So many times I’ve fallen
Down on my knees
Hoping and praying
Lord let it be me
But then you came along
And I knew from the start
That all I ever did before
Was run away

Chorus
But this time
This time
This time
I’m gonna stay

I’ve found refuge in whiskey
Fast cars and wine
Taken in by a lover
When I’m on my last dime
But never before
Did I find peace of mind
And all I ever did before
Was run away

Can’t Fool An Old Fool
Carlos
Date Gets Shot
High Timin’ Girl
I’d Rather Miss Texas
San Antonio Express
Smuggler’s Moon
Telephone.

CAN’T FOOL AN OLD FOOL

Send me red roses
Flowers and perfume
All of your love
And kisses too
Send me the moon and
The stars up above
All of these things, my love
But you can’t fool an old fool

Through all of the years
I loved you so well
Where it all will end
Only time will tell
I gave you my heart, dear
You threw it away
Now it’s my turn to say, to you
You can’t fool an old fool

CARLOS

Carlos came from Neive
Just southwest of Bogota
The sun shone on the mountain
Like pride before a fall
The family business flourished
But Carlos wanted more
Than the fast armored cars
Or the gold the others wore
He sought to find his peace of mind
And freedom like the wind
He stared for hours into the fire
And wondered who would win
He worked the labs in the underground
‘til he bought a set of wings
Landed it in the city of angels
Early in the spring
We dressed him like a gringo
And sent him into town
Hid him in the mountains
To see the deal go down
But freedom Carlos couln’t buy
He soon found he’d had enough
Of guns and cheap hotel rooms
Then the harder stuff
Carlos flew to Tennessee
His lover by his side
Searchin for a farmhouse
A safer place to hide

Alvarro came from Neive
Just southwest of Bogota
The sun shone on the mountains
Like pride before a fall
His brothers all were murdered
His unborn child a casualty
His lover left behind there
In the hills of Tennessee
His eyes had turned to hardened steel
His clothes hung loose and ragged
His mind now wandered freely
Down paths no one could travel
When I asked him how it all came down
How this had come to be
He stared and said
“an open mouth invites bad company”

DATE GETS SHOT

Last Saturday night I went out on the town
With a little honey that I caught
We were sneaking out the back door when he fell out in the lot
Don’t you hate it when your date gets shot
Oh, don’t you hate it when your date gets shot

I took my baby home in the middle of the night
We were getting pretty heavy and hot
I thought it was a cherry bomb it hit him like a rock
Don’t you hate it when your date gets shot
Oh, don’t you hate it when your date gets shot

Chorus
Hate it when your date gets shot
Don’t you hate it when your date gets shot
It may seem funny but really it’s not
Don’t you hate it when your date gets shot
Oh, don’t you hate it when your date gets shot

I thought I’d look around in a better part of town
And I found a rich man with a yacht
We were about to set sail when it all went to pot
Don’t you hate it when your date gets shot
Oh, don’t you hate it when your date gets shot

I found a new man with a big piece of land
And a little yeller dog named spot
A stray ricochet up and took ‘em both away
Don’t you hate it when they both get shot
Oh don’t you hate it when they both get shot.

HIGH TIMIN’ GIRL

I was raised in the backwoods
Where I learned my evil ways
I don’t care ‘bout Christian livin’
I don’t care who’ gonna pay
And if you don’t like me sweetheart
You can go the other way

Chorus

‘Cause I’m a free ramblin’
Free gambling
High timin’ girl
I don’t care about no man
Gonna take me for a whirl
‘Cause I got Jack Daniels, George Dickle
And the king and queen of hearts

Now if you want to love me baby
I can tell you from the start
You better learn some brand new lines
That would break a woman’s heart
‘Cause I don’t want no second best
you can have all the rest

Chorus

‘Cause I’m a free ramblin’
Free gamblin’
High timin’ girl
I don’t care about no man
Gonna take me for a whirl
‘Cause I got Jack Daniels, George Dickle
And the king and queen of hearts

Now if you think I ain’t so ornry
If you think I’ll settle down
Then you just ante up your money, honey
And lay your cards on down
‘Cause I’ll bet you five to one
I’m a mean son of a gun

chorus

I’D RATHER MISS TEXAS

I was born in Del Rio
Just outside of Mexico
I never dreamed
I’d ever leave there
Then I met you passing through
And I had to go

‘cause I’d be lonely
I would be blue
If I was in Texas
without you
I would go crazy
What would I do
I’d rather miss Texas
Than you

I could live
In California
Make my home
In Tennessee
But if you died and went to heaven
That’s just where
I’d want to be

Leaving my Texas was
Almost more
Than my heart could bear
It wasn’t easy
But I made my choice
And there’s one thing
I know for sure
I would be lonely
I would be blue
If I was in Texas
Without you
I would go crazy
What would I do
I’d rather miss Texas
Than you
Ooh, I’d rather miss Texas
Than you

MERLE

Merle drove a pickup truck
Had a hat and boots and such
Now basically, he was just a regular guy
He had a ranch down south a ways
But every evenin you could hear him play
That upright bass
To the sound of a Texas band

Ain’t nothing like an upright bass
At the end of a hard working day
To set a man a rockin on his heels
Old Merle used to slap them strings
That band used to really swing
Every evening
After all the cows were in

Merle had a wife and kids
They helped him with everything he did
They did the ranch work
When he was ill
Merle passed away last year
There’s still a sound that’ll thrill your ears
Them slapping strings in a gentle evenin breeze

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS

In the quiet of the morning
With a lonely depot warning
San Antonio Express
Is moving out in number nine

It’s not the first time or the last time
We’ll be riding down this line
On this path we lead together
Each one going our own way

But with your storybook songs
And your guitar strumming time
And my fiddle bow
Riding you along
It’s just the tender smile you give me
In the early morning hours
When I’m asking you for one more ticket
Down the line

With your guitar you named Sarah
And my fiddle I call Sam
The marriage of these two
Is certainly more than ours has been
But it’s not the silence that’s between us
Or the life that holds us close
It’s a feeling that’s inside me
Like the words that you once said
You can follow me right to the sun
And I’ll never understand
I don’t want you
But I love you anyway
It’s just the tender smile you give me
In the early morning hours
When I’m asking you for one more ticket
Down the line

SMUGGLERS MOON

I turned sixteen on the highway
Heading down the road to old mexico
I shoved a pistol down into my pocket
And I never did look back little darling
I never did look back

‘cause I was flying down the highway
‘neath a smugglers moon
In a shiny black sixty nine Ford
I left a man lying outside of Del Rio
And I never did look back little darling
No I never once looked back

I met a man down in Monterey Mexico
He had a pretty good price on his weed
I threw a big bag into the trunk of my car
And I never did look back little darling
No I never once looked back

I took up with a man in Hermosillo, Mexico
A womanizer with the devils own tongue
He headed on over to Galveston, Texas
But I never could go back little darling
No I never could go back

TELEPHONE

Telephone, telephone
I’m a long way from home
Won’t you show me some mercy
Just on a loan
Telephone

Montana in the summertime
Texas in spring
But nothing seem to mean
Not a God damn thing
Telephone

If I could sail through your lines
Like the cold summertime
If his voice was as close
As the wind in your lines
I’d stand in the breeze
Driven by the wind
Telephone

Telephone, telephone
I’m a long way from home
Won’t you show me some mercy
Just on a loan
Telephone