The Ties That Bind: The River Collection

Album Info Track List
  • Released:
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Producer: Bruce Springsteen
  • 1 The Ties That Bind

    Lyrics

    You been hurt and you're all cried out you say
    You walk down the street pushin' people outta your way
    You packed your bags and all alone you wanna ride,
    You don't want nothin', don't need no one by your side
    You're walkin' tough baby, but you're walkin' blind
    to the ties that bind

    CHORUS
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind

    Cheap romance, it's all just a crutch
    You don't want nothin' that anybody can touch
    You're so afraid of being somebody's fool
    Not walkin' tough baby, not walkin' cool
    You walk cool, but darlin', can you walk the line
    And face the ties that bind
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind

    I would rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darlin',
    Than know the emptiness your heart must hide,
    Yes I would darlin', yes I would darlin',
    Yes I would baby

    You sit and wonder just who's gonna stop the rain
    Who'll ease the sadness, who's gonna quiet the pain
    It's a long dark highway and a thin white line
    Connecting baby, your heart to mine
    We're runnin' now but darlin' we will stand in time
    To face the ties that bind
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind
    You can't forsake the ties that bind

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  • 2 Sherry Darling

    Lyrics

    Your Mamma's yappin' in the back seat
    Tell her to push over and move them big feet
    Every Monday morning I gotta drive her down to the unemployment agency
    Well this morning I ain't fighting tell her I give up
    Tell her she wins if she'll just shut up
    But it's the last time that she's gonna be ridin' with me

    CHORUS
    You can tell her there's a hot sun beatin' on the black top
    She keeps talkin' she'll be walkin' that last block
    She can take a subway back to the ghetto tonight
    Well I got some beer and the highway's free
    And I got you, and baby you've got me.
    Hey, hey, hey what you say Sherry Darlin'

    Now there's girls melting on the beach
    And they're so fine but so far out of reach
    Cause I'm stuck in traffic down here on 53rd street
    Now Sherry my love for you is real
    But I didn't count on this package deal
    And baby this car just aint big enough for her and me

    CHORUS
    So you can tell her there's a hot sun beatin' on the black top
    She keeps talkin' she'll be walkin' that last block
    She can take a subway back to the ghetto tonight
    Well I got some beer and the highway's free
    And I got you, and baby you've got me.
    Hey, hey, hey what you say Sherry Darlin'

    Well let there be sunlight, let there be rain
    Let the brokenhearted love again
    Sherry we can run with our arms open before the tide
    To all the girls down at Sacred Heart
    And all you operators back in the Park
    Say hey, hey, hey what you say Sherry Darlin'
    Hey, hey, hey, what you say Sherry Darlin'

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  • 3 Jackson Cage

    Lyrics

    Driving home she grabs something to eat
    Turns a corner and drives down her street
    Into a row of houses she just melts away
    Like the scenery in another man's play
    Into a house where the blinds are closed
    To keep from seeing things she don't wanna know
    She pulls the blinds and looks out on the street
    The cool of the night takes the edge off the heat

    In the Jackson Cage
    Down in Jackson Cage
    You can try with all your might
    But you're reminded every night
    That you been judged and handed life
    Down in Jackson Cage

    Every day ends in wasted motion
    Just crossed swords on the killing floor
    To settle back is to settle without knowing
    The hard edge that you're settling for
    Because there's always just one more day
    And it's always gonna be that way
    Little girl you've been down here so long
    I can tell by the way that you move you belong to

    The Jackson Cage
    Down in Jackson Cage
    And it don't matter just what you say
    Are you tough enough to play the game they play
    Or will you just do your time and fade away
    Down into the Jackson Cage

    Baby there's nights when I dream of a better world
    But I wake up so downhearted girl
    I see you feeling so tired and confused
    I wonder what it's worth to me or you
    Just waiting to see some sun
    Never knowing if that day will ever come
    Left alone standing out on the street
    Till you become the hand that turns the key down in

    Jackson Cage
    Down in Jackson Cage
    Well darlin' can you understand
    The way that they will turn a man
    Into a stranger to waste away
    Down in the Jackson Cage

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  • 4 Two Hearts

    Lyrics

    I went out walking the other day
    Seen a little girl crying along the way
    She'd been hurt so bad said she'd never love again
    Someday your crying girl will end
    And you'll find once again

    CHORUS
    Two hearts are better than one
    Two hearts girl get the job done
    Two hearts are better than one

    Once I spent my time playing tough guy scenes
    But I was living in a world of childish dreams
    Someday these childish dreams must end
    To become a man and grow up to dream again
    Now I believe in the end

    CHORUS

    Sometimes it might seem like it was planned
    For you to roam empty hearted through this land
    Though the world turns you hard and cold
    There's one thing mister, that I know
    That's if you think your heart is stone
    And that you're rough enough to whip this world alone
    Alone buddy there ain't no peace of mind
    That's why I'll keep searching till I find my special one

    CHORUS

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  • 5 Independence Day

    Lyrics

    Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
    Nothing we can say is gonna change anything now
    I'll be leaving in the morning from St. Mary's Gate
    We wouldn't change this thing even if we could somehow
    Cause the darkness of this house has got the best of us
    There's a darkness in this town that's got us too
    But they can't touch me now
    And you can't touch me now
    They ain't gonna do to me
    What I watched them do to you

    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day
    All down the line
    Just say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day this time

    Now I don't know what it always was with us
    We chose the words, and yeah, we drew the lines
    There was just no way this house could hold the two of us
    I guess that we were just too much of the same kind

    Well say goodbye it's Independence Day
    It's Independence Day all boys must run away
    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    All men must make their way come Independence Day

    Now the rooms are all empty down at Frankie's joint
    And the highway she's deserted down to Breaker's Point
    There's a lot of people leaving town now
    Leaving their friends, their homes
    At night they walk that dark and dusty highway all alone

    Well Papa go to bed now it's getting late
    Nothing we can say can change anything now
    Because there's just different people coming down here now
    and they see things in different ways
    And soon everything we've known will just be swept away

    So say goodbye it's Independence Day
    Papa now I know the things you wanted that you could not say
    But won't you just say goodbye it's Independence Day
    I swear I never meant to take those things away

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  • 6 Hungry Heart

    Lyrics

    Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack
    I went out for a ride and I never went back
    Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
    I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

    CHORUS
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Lay down your money and you play your part
    Everybody's got a hungry heart

    I met her in a Kingstown bar
    We fell in love I knew it had to end
    We took what we had and we ripped it apart
    Now here I am down in Kingstown again

    (CHORUS)

    Everybody needs a place to rest
    Everybody wants to have a home
    Don't make no difference what nobody says
    Ain't nobody like to be alone

    (CHORUS)

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  • 7 Out in the Street

    Lyrics

    Put on your best dress baby
    And darlin', fix your hair up right
    Cause there's a party, honey
    Way down beneath the neon lights
    All day you've been working that hard line
    Now tonight you're gonna have a good time

    I work five days a week girl
    Loading crates down on the dock
    I take my hard earned money
    And meet my girl down on the block
    And Monday when the foreman calls time
    I've already got Friday on my mind

    When that whistle blows
    Girl, I'm down the street
    I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk
    When I'm out in the street
    When I'm out in the street

    When I'm out in the street, girl
    Well, I never feel alone
    When I'm out in the street, girl
    In the crowd I feel at home
    The black and whites they cruise by
    And they watch us from the corner of their eye

    But there ain't no doubt girl, down here
    We ain't gonna take what they're handing out
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk
    Baby, out in the street I don't feel sad or blue
    Baby, out in the street I'll be waiting for you

    When the whistle blows
    Girl, I'm down the street
    I'm home, I'm out of my work clothes
    When I'm out in the street
    I walk the way I wanna walk
    When I'm out in the street
    I talk the way I wanna talk

    When I'm out in the street
    Pretty girls, they're all passing by
    When I'm out in the street
    From the corner, we give them the eye

    Baby, out in the street I just feel all right
    Meet me out in the street, little girl, tonight
    Meet me out in the street
    Meet me out in the street

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  • 8 Crush on You

    Lyrics

    My feets were flyin' down the street just the other night
    When a Hong Kong special pulled up at the light
    What was inside, man, was just c'est magnifique
    I wanted to hold the bumper and let her drag me down the street

    CHORUS
    Ooh, ooh, I gotta crush on you
    Ooh, ooh, I gotta crush on you
    Ooh, ooh, I gotta crush on you tonight

    Sometimes I spot a little stranger standing 'cross the room
    My brain takes a vacation just to give my heart more room
    For one kiss, darling I swear everything I would give
    Cause you're a walking, talking reason to live

    CHORUS

    Well now she might be the talk of high society
    She's probably got a lousy personality
    She might be a heiress to Rockefeller
    She might be a waitress or a bank teller
    She makes the Venus de Milo look like she's got no style
    She make Sheena of the Jungle look meek and mild
    I need a quick shot, Doc, knock me off my feet
    Cause I'll be minding my own business walking down the street... watchout!

    CHORUS

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  • 9 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

    Lyrics

    Yesterday I went shopping buddy down to the mall
    Looking for something pretty I could hang on my wall
    I knocked over a lamp before it hit the floor I caught it
    A salesman turned around said, "boy, you break that thing you bought it"

    CHORUS
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    Mess around and you'll end up in dutch boy
    You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch

    Well I came home from work and I switched on Channel 5
    There was a pretty little girly lookin' straight into my eyes
    Well I watched as she wiggled back and forth across the screen
    She didn't get me excited she just made me feel mean

    CHORUS

    Well I called up Dirty Annie on the telephone
    I took her out to the drive-in just to get her alone
    I found a lover's rendezvous, the music low, set to park
    I heard a tappin' on the window and a voice in the dark

    CHORUS

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  • 10 I Wanna Marry You

    Lyrics

    I see you walking, baby, down the street
    Pushing that baby carriage at your feet
    I see the lonely ribbon in your hair
    Tell me I am the man for whom you put it there

    You never smile girl, you never speak
    You just walk on by, darlin' week after week
    Raising two kids alone in this mixed up world
    Must be a lonely life for a working girl

    CHORUS
    Little girl, I wanna marry you
    Oh yeah, little girl, I wanna marry you
    Yes I do
    Little girl, I wanna marry you

    Now honey, I don't wanna clip your wings
    But a time comes when two people should think of these things
    Having a home and a family
    Facing up to their responsibilities
    They say in the end true love prevails
    But in the end true love can't be no fairytale
    To say I'll make your dreams come true would be wrong
    But maybe, darlin', I could help them along

    CHORUS

    My daddy said right before he died
    That true, true love was just a lie
    He went to his grave a broken heart
    An unfulfilled life, makes a man hard

    Oh, darlin'
    There's something happy and there's something sad
    'Bout wanting somebody, oh so bad,
    I wear my love darlin', without shame
    I'd be proud if you would wear my name

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  • 11 The River

    Lyrics

    I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you're young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We'd go down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we'd ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don't remember
    Mary acts like she don't care

    But I remember us riding in my brother's car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I'd lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I
    Oh down to the river we ride

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  • 12 Point Blank

    Lyrics

    Do you still say your prayers little darlin'
    do you go to bed at night
    Prayin' that tomorrow, everything will be alright
    But tommorow's fall in number
    in number one by one
    You wake up and you're dying
    you don't even know what from

    Well they shot you point blank
    you been shot in the back
    Baby point blank you been fooled this time
    little girl that's a fact
    Right between the eyes, baby, point blank
    right between the pretty lies that they tell
    Little girl you fell

    You grew up where young girls they grow up fast
    You took what you were handed and left behind what was asked
    but what they asked baby wasn't right
    you didn't have to live that life,
    I was gonna be your Romeo you were gonna be my Juliet
    These days you don't wait on Romeo's
    you wait on that welfare check
    and on all the pretty things that you can't ever have
    and on all the promises

    That always end up point blank, shot between the eyes
    Point blank like little white lies you tell to ease the pain
    You're walkin' in the sights, girl of point blank
    and it's one false move and baby the lights go out

    Once I dreamed we were together again
    baby you and me
    Back home in those old clubs the way we used to be
    We were standin' at the bar
    it was hard to hear
    The band was playin' loud and you were shoutin' somethin' in my ear
    You pulled my jacket off and as the drummer counted four
    You grabbed my hand and pulled me out on the floor
    You just stood there and held me, then you started dancin' slow
    And as I pulled you tighter I swore I'd never let you go

    Well I saw you last night down on the avenue
    Your face was in the shadows but I knew that it was you
    You were standin' in the doorway out of the rain
    You didn't answer when I called out your name
    You just turned, and then you looked away
    like just another stranger waitin' to get blown away

    Point blank, right between the eyes
    Point blank, right between the pretty lies you fell
    Point blank, shot right through the heart

    Yea point blank, you've been twisted up till you've become just another part of it
    Point blank, you're walkin' in the sights
    Point blank, livin' one false move just one false move away
    Point blank, they caught you in their sights
    Point blank, did you forget how to love,
    girl, did you forget how to fight.
    Point blank they must have shot you in the head
    Cause point blank
    bang bang baby you're dead.

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  • 13 Cadillac Ranch

    Lyrics

    Well, there she sits buddy justa gleaming in the sun
    There to greet a working man when his day is done
    I'm gonna pack my pa and I'm gonna pack my aunt
    I'm gonna take them down to the Cadillac Ranch

    Eldorado fins, whitewalls and skirts
    Rides just like a little bit of heaven here on earth
    Well buddy when I die throw my body in the back
    And drive me to the junkyard in my Cadillac

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Open up your engines let 'em roar
    Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

    James Dean in that Mercury '49
    Junior Johnson runnin' thru the woods of Caroline
    Even Burt Reynolds in that black Trans-Am
    All gonna meet down at the Cadillac Ranch

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Open up them engines let 'em roar
    Tearing up the highway like a big old dinosaur

    Hey, little girlie in the blue jeans so tight
    Drivin' alone through the Wisconsin night
    You're my last love baby you're my last chance
    Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch

    Cadillac, Cadillac
    Long and dark, shiny and black
    Pulled up to my house today
    Came and took my little girl away

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  • 14 I'm a Rocker

    Lyrics

    I got a 007 watch and it's a one and only
    It's got a I-Spy beeper that tells me when you're lonely
    I got a Batmobile so I can reach ya' in a fast shake
    When your world's in crisis of an impendin' heartbreak

    Now don't you call James Bond or Secret Agent Man
    Cause they can't do it, like I can
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker - every day
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker

    If you're hanging from a cliff or you're tied to the tracks, girl
    Columbo split and you can't find Kojak
    True love is broken and your tears are fallin' faster
    You're sufferin' from a pain in your heart or some other natural disaster

    Now I don't care what kind of shape you're in
    If they put up a roadblock, I'll parachute in
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker - I'm in love
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker - every day
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker - with you

    So you fell for some jerk who was tall, dark and handsome
    Then he kidnapped your heart and now he's holdin' it for ransom
    Well, like a mission impossible I'm gonna go and get it back
    You know I would'a taken better care of it, baby, than that

    Sometimes I get so hot girl, well, I can't talk
    But when I'm with you I cool off , and I walk
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker, and I talk
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker, every day
    I'm a rocker, baby, I'm a rocker, every day

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  • 15 Fade Away

    Lyrics

    Well now you say you've found another man who does things to you that I can't
    And that no matter what I do it's all over now
    between me and you girl
    But I can't believe what you say
    No I can't believe what you say
    'cause baby

    CHORUS
    I don't wanna fade away
    Oh I don't wanna fade away
    Tell me what can I do what can I say
    Cause darlin' I don't wanna fade away

    Well now you say that you've made up your mind
    it's been such a long, long time since it's been good with us
    And that somewhere back along the line you lost your love and I lost your trust
    Now rooms that once were so bright are filled with the coming night, darlin'

    CHORUS

    You say it's not easy for you
    And that you've been so lonely
    While other girls go out doing what they want to do
    You say that you miss the nights when we'd go out dancing
    The days when you and I walked as two
    Well girl I miss them too
    Oh I swear that I do
    Oh girl

    Now baby I don't wanna be just another useless memory holding you tight
    Or just some other ghost out on the street to whom you stop and politely speak
    when you pass on by vanishing into the night
    left to vanish into the night
    No baby

    CHORUS

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  • 16 Stolen Car

    Lyrics

    I met a little girl and I settled down
    In a little house out on the edge of town
    We got married, and swore we'd never part
    Then little by little we drifted from each other's heart

    At first I thought it was just restlessness
    That would fade as time went by and our love grew deep
    In the end it was something more I guess
    That tore us apart and made us weep

    And I'm driving a stolen car
    Down on Eldridge Avenue
    Each night I wait to get caught
    But I never do

    She asked if I remembered the letters I wrote
    When our love was young and bold
    She said last night she read those letters
    And they made her feel one hundred years old

    And I'm driving a stolen car
    On a pitch black night
    And I'm telling myself I'm gonna be alright
    But I ride by night and I travel in fear
    That in this darkness I will disappear

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  • 17 Ramrod

    Lyrics

    Hey, little dolly with the blue jeans on
    I wanna ramrod with you honey, till half-past dawn
    Let your hair down sugar and pick up this beat
    Come on and meet me tonight down on Bluebird Street
    I've been working all week, I'm up to my neck in hock
    Come Saturday night I let my ramrod rock

    She's a hot stepping hemi with a four on the floor
    She's a roadrunner engine in a '32 Ford
    Late at night when I'm dead on the line
    I swear I think of your pretty face when I let her unwind
    Well look over yonder see them city lights
    Come on little dolly 'n' go ramroddin' tonight

    Come on, come on, come on little baby
    Come on, come on let's shake it tonight
    Come on, come, come on little sugar
    Dance with your daddy and we'll go ramroddin' tonight

    Hey, little dolly won't you say you will
    Meet me tonight up on top of the hill
    Well just a few miles cross the county line
    There's a cute little chapel nestled down in the pines
    Say you'll be mine little girl I'll put my foot to the floor
    Give me the word now sugar, we'll go ramroddin' forever more

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  • 18 The Price You Pay

    Lyrics

    You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
    You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks
    Out on to an open road you ride until the day
    You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay

    Now with their hands held high, they reached out for the open skies
    And in one last breath they built the roads they'd ride to their death
    Driving on through the night, unable to break away
    From the restless pull of the price you pay

    CHORUS
    Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
    Now you can't walk away from the price you pay

    Now they'd come so far and they'd waited so long
    Just to end up caught in a dream where everything goes wrong
    Where the dark of night holds back the light of day
    And you've gotta stand and fight for the price you pay

    CHORUS

    Little girl down on the strand
    With that pretty little baby in your hands
    Do you remember the story of the promised land
    How he crossed the desert sands
    And could not enter the chosen land
    On the banks of the river he stayed
    To face the price you pay

    So let the games start, you better run you little wild heart
    You can run through all the nights and all the days
    But just across the county line, a stranger passing through put up a sign
    That counts the men fallen away to the price you pay,
    and girl before the end of the day,
    I'm gonna tear it down and throw it away

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  • 19 Drive All Night

    Lyrics

    When I lost you honey sometimes I think I lost my guts too
    And I wish God would send me a word
    send me something I'm afraid to lose
    Lying in the heat of the night like prisoners all our lives
    I get shivers down my spine and all I wanna do is hold you tight

    CHORUS
    I swear I'll drive all night just to buy you some shoes
    And to taste your tender charms
    And I just wanna sleep tonight again in your arms

    Tonight there's fallen angels and they're waiting for us down in the street
    Tonight there's calling strangers,
    hear them crying in defeat.
    Let them go, let them go, let them go,
    do their dances of the dead (let'em go right ahead)
    You just dry your eyes girl, and c'mon c'mon
    c'mon let's go to bed, baby, baby, baby

    CHORUS

    There's machines and there's fire waiting on the edge of town
    They're out there for hire but baby they can't hurt us now
    Cause you've got, you've got, you've got,
    you've got my love, you've got my love
    Through the wind, through the rain, the snow, the wind, the rain
    You've got, you've got my, my love
    Heart and soul

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  • 20 Wreck on the Highway

    Lyrics

    Last night I was out driving
    Coming home at the end of the working day
    I was riding alone through the drizzling rain
    On a deserted stretch of a county two-lane
    When I came upon a wreck on the highway

    There was blood and glass all over
    And there was nobody there but me
    As the rain tumbled down hard and cold
    I seen a young man lying by the side of the road
    He cried Mister, won't you help me please

    An ambulance finally came and took him to Riverside
    I watched as they drove him away
    And I thought of a girlfriend or a young wife
    And a state trooper knocking in the middle of the night
    To say your baby died in a wreck on the highway

    Sometimes I sit up in the darkness
    And I watch my baby as she sleeps
    Then I climb in bed and I hold her tight
    I just lay there awake in the middle of the night
    Thinking 'bout the wreck on the highway

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  • 21 The Ties That Bind (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    You been hurt and you're all cried out you say
    You walk down the street pushin' people outta your way
    You packed your bags and all alone you wanna ride,
    You don't want nothin', don't need no one by your side
    You're walkin' tough baby, but you're walkin' blind
    to the ties that bind

    CHORUS
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind

    Cheap romance, it's all just a crutch
    You don't want nothin' that anybody can touch
    You're so afraid of being somebody's fool
    Not walkin' tough baby, not walkin' cool
    You walk cool, but darlin', can you walk the line
    And face the ties that bind
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind

    I would rather feel the hurt inside, yes I would darlin',
    Than know the emptiness your heart must hide,
    Yes I would darlin', yes I would darlin',
    Yes I would baby

    You sit and wonder just who's gonna stop the rain
    Who'll ease the sadness, who's gonna quiet the pain
    It's a long dark highway and a thin white line
    Connecting baby, your heart to mine
    We're runnin' now but darlin' we will stand in time
    To face the ties that bind
    The ties that bind
    Now you can't break the ties that bind
    You can't forsake the ties that bind

  • 22 Cindy (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    I pick you up with flowers when you get off of work
    It’s like you don’t even care, it’s like I’m some kind of jerk
    I take you out on a date and then you won’t even kiss me
    Boy, when I ain’t around I bet you don’t even miss me
    I don’t know why, I love you like I do
    I try and try, you treat me like a fool
    It makes me wanna cry, it makes me feel so blue
    But I just do, baby I just do

    I call you up just to pass the time
    Soon as you hear my voice you disconnect the line
    And when I call you back your mother says you ain’t home
    Cindy I know it’s you on the other end of this phone
    Now in this world, there ain’t another like you
    My little candy girl, so hardhearted and cruel
    I think that’s what keeps me coming back
    I’m a fool for you Cindy and I like it like that

    I came to get you last night Cindy at quarter to six
    Your daddy came to the door, he said Cindy got sick
    She got sent home from work with a note from the nurse
    My very presence would make your condition worse
    But it ain’t your health, ’cause honey you sure look fine
    Little girl it’s somethin’ else, that’s on my mind
    Whatever you’ve got, well you can give it to me
    ’Cause if it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me
    I don’t know why, I love you like I do
    You make me cry and feel like such a fool
    I guess I like it when you hurt me this way
    You dish it out and I just put it away

  • 23 Hungry Heart (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack
    I went out for a ride and I never went back
    Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
    I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

    CHORUS
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Everybody's got a hungry heart
    Lay down your money and you play your part
    Everybody's got a hungry heart

    I met her in a Kingstown bar
    We fell in love I knew it had to end
    We took what we had and we ripped it apart
    Now here I am down in Kingstown again

    (CHORUS)

    Everybody needs a place to rest
    Everybody wants to have a home
    Don't make no difference what nobody says
    Ain't nobody like to be alone

    (CHORUS)

  • 24 Stolen Car (Vs.1 - The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    Well I found me a little girl and I settled down
    In a pretty little house, in a pretty little town
    We got married and promised never to part
    Then little by little we drifted from each other’s hearts
    Now I’m drivin’ a stolen car on a pitch-black night
    And I’m doin’ my best to make it through
    Well I’m just sittin’ down here at the Stanton light
    I wanna get caught but I never do

    At first I thought it was just restlessness
    That would fade as time went by and our love grew deep
    But in the end it was something more, I guess
    That tore us apart and made us weep
    And I’m drivin’ a stolen car waitin’ on that little red light
    I keep tellin’ myself everything’s gonna be alright
    But I ride by night and I travel in fear
    That in this darkness I might just disappear

    She asked if I remembered the letters I wrote
    When our love was young and we were bold
    She said last night she read those letters
    And they made her feel a hundred years old

    There’s a river runs by that little town
    Down into the sea
    It was there in the shade I lay my body down
    As she flowed on so effortlessly
    Now there’s a party tonight out at County Line
    There’ll be dancing down at Seven Trees
    From these banks I can see those party lights shine
    Maybe she’s there, maybe she’s looking for me

    Last night I dreamed I made the call
    I swore to return and stay forevermore
    Once again we stood on the wedding steps at Victory Hall
    And walked arm in arm through the chapel door
    I can remember how good I felt inside
    When the preacher said, “Son, you may kiss the bride”
    But as I leaned over to touch her pretty lips
    I felt it all slip away through my fingertips
    And I’m drivin’ a stolen car through a pitch-black night
    I keep tellin’ myself everything’s gonna be alright
    But I ride by night and I travel in fear
    No matter what I do or where I drive
    Nobody ever sees me when I ride by

  • 25 Be True (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    Your scrapbook's filled with pictures of all your leading men
    Well baby don't put my picture in there with them
    Don't make us some little girl's dream that can't ever come true
    That only serves to hurt and make you cry like you do
    Well baby don't do it to me and I won't do it to you

    You see all the romantic movies, you dream and take the boys home
    But when the action fades you're left all alone
    You deserve better than this, little girl, can't you see that you do
    Do you need somebody to prove it to you?
    Well you prove it to me and I'll prove it to you

    Now every night you go out looking for true love's satisfaction
    But in the morning you end up settling for just lights, camera, action

    And another cameo role with some bit player you're befriending
    You're gonna go broken-hearted looking for that happy ending
    Well girl you're gonna end up just another lonely ticket sold
    Cryin' alone in the theater as the credits roll
    You say I'll be like those other guys
    Who filled your head with pretty lies
    And dreams that can never come true
    Well baby you be true to me
    And I'll be true to you

  • 26 The River (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    I come from down in the valley
    where mister when you're young
    They bring you up to do like your daddy done
    Me and Mary we met in high school
    when she was just seventeen
    We'd ride out of that valley down to where the fields were green

    We'd go down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we'd ride

    Then I got Mary pregnant
    and man that was all she wrote
    And for my nineteenth birthday I got a union card and a wedding coat
    We went down to the courthouse
    and the judge put it all to rest
    No wedding day smiles no walk down the aisle
    No flowers no wedding dress

    That night we went down to the river
    And into the river we'd dive
    Oh down to the river we did ride

    I got a job working construction for the Johnstown Company
    But lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy
    Now all them things that seemed so important
    Well mister they vanished right into the air
    Now I just act like I don't remember
    Mary acts like she don't care

    But I remember us riding in my brother's car
    Her body tan and wet down at the reservoir
    At night on them banks I'd lie awake
    And pull her close just to feel each breath she'd take
    Now those memories come back to haunt me
    they haunt me like a curse
    Is a dream a lie if it don't come true
    Or is it something worse
    that sends me down to the river
    though I know the river is dry
    That sends me down to the river tonight
    Down to the river
    my baby and I
    Oh down to the river we ride

  • 27 You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) (Vs.1 - The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    Yesterday I went shopping buddy down to the mall
    Looking for something pretty I could hang on my wall
    I knocked over a lamp before it hit the floor I caught it
    A salesman turned around said, "boy, you break that thing you bought it"

    CHORUS
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    You can look but you better not touch boy
    Mess around and you'll end up in dutch boy
    You can look but you better not, no you better not, no you better not touch

    Well I came home from work and I switched on Channel 5
    There was a pretty little girly lookin' straight into my eyes
    Well I watched as she wiggled back and forth across the screen
    She didn't get me excited she just made me feel mean

    CHORUS

    Well I called up Dirty Annie on the telephone
    I took her out to the drive-in just to get her alone
    I found a lover's rendezvous, the music low, set to park
    I heard a tappin' on the window and a voice in the dark

    CHORUS

  • 28 The Price You Pay (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    You make up your mind, you choose the chance you take
    You ride to where the highway ends and the desert breaks
    Out on to an open road you ride until the day
    You learn to sleep at night with the price you pay

    Now with their hands held high, they reached out for the open skies
    And in one last breath they built the roads they'd ride to their death
    Driving on through the night, unable to break away
    From the restless pull of the price you pay

    CHORUS
    Oh, the price you pay, oh, the price you pay
    Now you can't walk away from the price you pay

    Now they'd come so far and they'd waited so long
    Just to end up caught in a dream where everything goes wrong
    Where the dark of night holds back the light of day
    And you've gotta stand and fight for the price you pay

    CHORUS

    Little girl down on the strand
    With that pretty little baby in your hands
    Do you remember the story of the promised land
    How he crossed the desert sands
    And could not enter the chosen land
    On the banks of the river he stayed
    To face the price you pay

    So let the games start, you better run you little wild heart
    You can run through all the nights and all the days
    But just across the county line, a stranger passing through put up a sign
    That counts the men fallen away to the price you pay,
    and girl before the end of the day,
    I'm gonna tear it down and throw it away

  • 29 I Wanna Marry You (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    I see you walking, baby, down the street
    Pushing that baby carriage at your feet
    I see the lonely ribbon in your hair
    Tell me I am the man for whom you put it there

    You never smile girl, you never speak
    You just walk on by, darlin' week after week
    Raising two kids alone in this mixed up world
    Must be a lonely life for a working girl

    CHORUS
    Little girl, I wanna marry you
    Oh yeah, little girl, I wanna marry you
    Yes I do
    Little girl, I wanna marry you

    Now honey, I don't wanna clip your wings
    But a time comes when two people should think of these things
    Having a home and a family
    Facing up to their responsibilities
    They say in the end true love prevails
    But in the end true love can't be no fairytale
    To say I'll make your dreams come true would be wrong
    But maybe, darlin', I could help them along

    CHORUS

    My daddy said right before he died
    That true, true love was just a lie
    He went to his grave a broken heart
    An unfulfilled life, makes a man hard

    Oh, darlin'
    There's something happy and there's something sad
    'Bout wanting somebody, oh so bad,
    I wear my love darlin', without shame
    I'd be proud if you would wear my name

  • 30 Loose End (The River: Single Album)

    Lyrics

    We met out on open streets when we had no place to go
    I remember how my heart beat when you said I love you so
    Then little by little we choked out all the life that our love could hold
    Oh no

    CHORUS
    It's like we had a noose and baby without check
    We pulled until it grew tighter around our necks
    Each one waiting for the other, darlin', to say when
    Well baby you can meet me tonight on the loose end

    We didn't count tomorrows, we took what we could and baby we ran
    There was no time for sorrow, every place we went I held your hand
    And when the night closed in I was sure your kisses told me all I had to know
    But oh no

    CHORUS

    Our love has fallen around us like we said it never could
    We saw it happen to all the others but to us it never would
    Well how could something so bad, darling, come from something that was so good
    I don't know

    CHORUS

  • 31 Meet Me In The City (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    Hey girl I’m callin’ all stations, blowin down the wire tonight
    I’m singing through these power lines, I’m runnin’ on time and feelin’ alright
    Skippin’ over the currents in the air, reachin’ to see if you’re out there
    Come across your radio station, calling out nation to nation
    If you can hear me then say alright, and if you can
    Meet me in the city tonight

    I was busted for feeling no pain
    Charged with doin’ things I can’t explain
    Picked up for parole violation
    Locked with the boys in the subway station
    Handcuffed on the killing floor
    Transmittin’ from behind these jailhouse doors
    If you’re sick, if you’re tired, if you’re bored
    Then check the line, check the time, check the action, check the score
    Come and get me if I ain’t right, but if I am
    Meet me in the city tonight

    Everybody’s lost in romance
    Do you feel the way I feel
    I’m just searching, girl, for the blood, for the bone, for the muscle, for what’s real

    I was busted for feeling no pain
    Charged with doin’ things I can’t explain
    Picked up for parole violation
    Locked with the boys in the subway station
    I pushed my way through the heart of the crowd
    I shoved my way through the heart of the crowd
    Past the sign saying this is not allowed
    To where someone’s standing straight and shouting out loud
    Handcuffed to the jailhouse door
    Transmittin’ from the gallows floor
    If you’re sick, if you’re tired, if you’re bored
    Check the line, check the time, check the action, check the score
    If you can holler, then say alright
    If you can holler, then say alright
    If you can holler, then say alright
    If you can holler, then say alright
    If you can holler, then say alright, and if you can

    Meet me in the city tonight
    Meet me in the city tonight
    Meet me in the city tonight
    Meet me in the city tonight

  • 32 The Man Who Got Away (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    Last night I went to the Coronado
    I bought my ticket and I found my seat
    It was a new adventure straight from Hollywood
    Lights went down as I felt the heat
    They went tearin’ from the final scene
    Burnin’ rubber, spillin’ gasoline
    As the credits rolled away
    They were still chasin’
    The man who got away

    Every night for weeks and weeks now
    I beat the traffic, I beat the heat now
    For two hours I can believe
    The man who got away was me
    I went tearin’ from the final scene
    Burnin’ rubber, spillin’ gasoline
    As the credits rolled away
    They were still chasin’
    The man who got away

    Drove into Stockton, my radio went dead
    That’s when I heard what the newsman said
    Said: “armed robbery on the ten-hundred block
    Was two men involved and one man shot
    While his accomplice made the payday
    With a 45 he blew the cashier away way
    Last seen headed on the State Highway
    Drivin’ a late model Chevrolet”

    I went screaming from the final scene
    In a hail of bullets and flamin’ gasoline
    As the credits rolled away
    They were still chasin’
    The man who got away
    Man who got away, man who got away
    Man who got away

  • 33 Little White Lies (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    We met on open streets where we both had no place to go
    I remember how my heart beat when you said “Oh, Billy I love you so”
    Now, standing in the doorway, did you ever think that we could look this old
    Victims of the little white lies that we told

    We didn’t count tomorrows, we took what we could and ran
    There was no time for sorrow, every place you went I held your hand
    And when the night closed in, I was sure your kisses told me all I had to know
    But they never whispered the little white lies that we told

    It was so good at the start, nothin’ could ever pull it apart
    Runnin’ hand in hand through the rain
    But soon the heart break, soon the pain girl

    There were no cold denials, nobody really lied
    It wasn’t in the things we said girl, just time spent, promises implied
    And when it began to fall apart eaten quietly away from the inside
    Bit by bit by those little white lies

    Now standing in the doorway did you ever think, ever think that we could look this old
    Victims of the little white lies that we told
    Now lying here in the dark, did you ever think, ever think that we could be this cold
    Just as cold as the little white lies that we told

    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies
    Little white lies

  • 34 The Time That Never Was (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it cuts me like a knife
    I come face-to-face with my longing for another world, another life
    And a time that never was, oh a time that never was

    We drove on, fueled not by the future, but by a past we could never touch
    Forced to run head-on collisions, till we vanished in the dust
    Of a time that never was, the time that never was

    So kiss me once more baby, one more kiss you must
    Don’t ever let me forget, girl, a time that never was
    A time that never was, the times that never was
    The time that never was, the time that never was

  • 35 Night Fire (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    Now you’re runnin’ with the right crowd
    Well you better watch the friends you’re choosin’
    Girl you’re a walkin’ winner now
    You better keep your eye on who’s doin’ the losin’
    All the faces staring down your throat
    All the eyes, darlin’, that are never closed
    In your sadness, girl, maybe there’s somethin’ that you ought to know
    Night fire, the night fire is out in the dark burnin’
    Night fire, the night fire is down in the street yearning

    You’re runnin’ with the right crowd
    Money and the wine are flowin’
    You found your place with the right crowd
    But you forgot about that storm, that storm that’s blowin’
    (Dance on) Let the music play, (Dance on) let the night roll to day
    (Dance on) Don’t listen to what they say
    Just keep movin’ to the beat, to the beat, to the big beat
    Night fire, the night fire is out in the dark burnin’
    Night fire, the night fire is down in the street yearning

    Will they punch your ticket as you grow old
    Do you really get used to bein’ bought and sold
    Does that brand new dress keep out the cold
    Do your brand new friends help you to keep
    Your pretty eyes from seein’ what they shouldn’t see
    The sound of breaking glass and runnin’ feet
    The sound of breaking glass and runnin’ feet
    Won’t you tell me baby I got to know
    Won’t you tell me baby I got to know
    Won’t you tell me baby I got to know
    Won’t you tell me baby I got to know
    Won’t you tell me baby I got to know

    Night fire, the night fire is out in the dark burnin’
    Night fire, the night fire is down in the street yearning
    Night fire, the night fire is out in the dark burnin’
    Night fire, the night fire is down in the street yearning
    Ooh ooh oh oh…

  • 36 Whitetown (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    Mary Ann on the avenue
    Girl all dressed up in Kensington blue
    Down where the hammer falls
    She’s born and bred within Whitetown walls
    Each and every day slowly passes away
    From a passing car she hears the music play
    Beneath the “El” she starts to sway
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown

    Johnny’s trying to make his way
    He’s got a job, mister it don’t pay
    He sits and counts the scars
    On a stool down the end of a Whitetown bar
    And the old men here piss their lives away
    Drinking and joking about their cop-fighting days
    Ain’t no answers here, just the past and fear
    Of spending the rest of your days
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown

    In a dream salvation comes with a beat
    Or the sound of breaking glass and running feet
    The beat that echoes down through the streets
    Mary Ann dances on
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown
    Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown
    Down in Whitetown

  • 37 Chain Lightning (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    There’s a rumble in the park, there’s a thunder in the dark
    The night’s so quiet, it’s chain lightning
    Beneath a street light two boys boppin’ in the night
    They had somethin’ in ’em called chain lightning

    Though you never hear a sound, there’s a fire underground
    Rumbling through the town, you can’t keep it from comin’ down
    Lovers walking through the mist, Romeo he steal a kiss
    Caught up in the moment of chain lightning

    Now I don’t know about romance, but baby it’s the latest dance
    Everybody’s getting up, doin’ it, chain lightning
    All along the strand baby down in jungleland
    Everybody’s caught up in chain lightning

    Ever hear the sound of a fire underground
    Rumblin’ through the town the big cold is comin’ down
    Sittin’ at the light, I’m a rider in the night
    Streaking light to light for chain lightning

    I ain’t into style, baby I ain’t into fashion
    I just got a passion for chain lightning
    Sittin’ at the light, I’m a rider in the night
    Streaking light to light for chain lightning

  • 38 Party Lights (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    I know the girls grow up fast where you come from
    You left behind what was asked and you were married, baby, oh so young
    Now that little girl of yours looks like she’s growing up overnight
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights when you’re lying in bed at night

    He was gonna be your Romeo, you were going to be his Juliet
    These days you don’t wait on Romeos
    You just wait on that welfare check
    While other girls your age are out with lovers taking in the night
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights when you’re lying in bed at night

    Sometimes I see you on the street and you look so tired
    I know that job you’ve got leaves you so uninspired
    When I stop by to take you out to eat
    I find you lying, all dressed up on the bed, baby, fast asleep

    Then as I lean across the bed, darlin’, to switch out the light
    I wonder if you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights when you’re lying in bed at night

    Grab your coat and grab your hat, go in the bathroom put that makeup on
    We’re gonna take that little brat, we’re gonna drop her off at your Mom’s
    Just give me a sign, I’m waiting on the line tonight
    If you miss the party lights
    If you miss the party lights
    If you miss the party lights when you’re lying in bed at night

    Do you miss the party lights when you’re lying in bed at night
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights
    Do you miss the party lights

  • 39 Paradise by the "C"

    Lyrics

    (Instrumental)

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  • 40 Stray Bullet (The River: Outtakes)

    Lyrics

    In the tall grass we held hands
    Down by the river we made plans
    Of what would and would not be
    It was impossible to see

    Their black boots shone in the sun
    They were waiting on the Annandale train when my baby come
    Little girl with the long black hair
    Do you know what lies ’neath the long coats that they wear

    Once I swore you’d ride with me (To some far and distant shore)
    Down where this river meets the sea (I’ll make you mine forevermore)
    Over these dark hills I walk along (Just to hold you in my arms)
    To lie with you on a bed of stone

    River blood red with the years
    You can flood this valley with a thousand tears
    Wash away all that’s been found
    But you’ll never wash away the sound
    Of the stray bullet that shot my baby down
    Of the stray bullet that shot my baby down
    Of the stray bullet that shot my baby down
    Of the stray bullet that shot my baby down

  • 41 Mr. Outside

    Lyrics

    They call him Mr. Outside ’cause he don’t care
    Mr. Outside he’s just having his fun
    Mr. Outside he’s just looking out for number one

    Mr. Outside oh your money and your power
    Won’t help you come the dark hour
    Kingdoms crumble to your feet
    You’re left another thief out on the street

    Mr. Outside yeah, he don’t care
    Mr. Outside he’s just having his fun
    Mr. Outside looking out for number one

    Dark glasses and money for hire
    All the riches and high-tension wire
    He got long dark, dark Cadillac
    He got pretty little, little girl in back

    Mr. Outside oh lord, he don’t care
    Mr. Outside has his fun
    Mr. Outside he’s just looking out for number one

    Mr. Outside oh yeah, he don’t care
    Mr. Outside he’s just having his fun
    Mr. Outside looking out for number one

  • 42 Roulette

    Lyrics

    We left the toys out in the yard
    I took my wife and kids and left my home unguarded
    We packed what we could into the car
    No one here knows how it started
    Suddenly everything was just so out of control
    Now I want some answers, mister, I need to know
    I hear all the talk but I don't know what you're sayin'
    But I think I got a good idea of the game that you're playin'

    Roulette, that's the name
    Roulette, that's the game now
    Roulette, I don't know what they're sayin'
    Roulette, everybody's playin'

    I grew up here on this street
    Where nothin' moves, just a strange breeze
    In a town full of worthless memories
    There's a shadow in my backyard
    I've got a house full of things that I can't touch
    Well all those things won't do me much good now
    I was a fireman out at Riker's, I did my job
    Mister, I've been cheated, I feel like I've been robbed
    I'm the big expendable, my life's just canceled null and void
    Well what you gonna do about your new boy

    Roulette, you're playin' with my life
    Roulette, with my kids and my wife
    Roulette, every day the stakes get bigger
    Roulette, a different finger on the trigger

    Down by the river that talks
    The night speaks in searchlights
    And shortwave radios squawk
    The police patrol the streets
    But I've left behind the man I used to be
    Everything he believed and all that belonged to me
    I tried to find my way out to somewhere where I thought it'd be safe
    They stopped me at the roadblock they put up on the interstate
    They put me in detention but I broke loose and then I ran
    They said they want to ask me a few questions but I think they had other plans
    Now I don't know who to trust and I don't know what I can believe
    They say they want to help me but with the stuff they keep on sayin'
    I think those guys just wanna keep on playin'

    Roulette, with my life
    Roulette, with my kids and my wife
    Roulette, the bullet's in the chamber
    Roulette, who's the unlucky stranger
    Roulette, surprise, you're dead
    Roulette, the gun's to your head
    Roulette, the bullet's spinning in the chamber
    Roulette, pull the trigger, feel the click
    No further danger

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  • 43 Restless Nights

    Lyrics

    Once we ran and lived as one
    In another world, my little one
    Where whispering trees and dark rivers run
    I told a dream to you
    Now outside the streets are gray
    And the childhood games we played
    Have faded away

    CHORUS

    My baby, she has restless nights
    (She has restless nights)
    My baby, she has restless nights

    On late-night movie screens
    Young lovers look so sure
    Lost in wide-wake dreams
    That they can't afford
    Once I held you in my arms
    On a bed of stone
    Now we have grown

    CHORUS

    Once we ran and lived as one
    In different world, my little one
    Where whispering trees and dark rivers run
    I told a dream to you
    Now I pray, darling, for the night
    We'll dance down these darkened halls
    Once again to fall
    Into a dream

    CHORUS

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  • 44 Where the Bands Are

    Lyrics

    I hear the guitars ringin' out
    Ringin' out down Union Street
    I hear the lead singer shoutin' out, girl
    I wanna be a slave to the beat
    Yeah, tonight I wanna break my chains
    Somebody break my heart
    Somebody shake my brains
    Downtown there's something that I wanna hear
    There's a sound, little girl, keeps ringing in my ear

    CHORUS
    I wanna be where the bands are
    I wanna be where the bands are
    Where the bands are
    I wanna be where the bands are

    I get off from work and I grab something to eat
    I turn the corner and I drive down your street
    Little gray houses darling looks like nowhere
    But hey I know you're hiding in there
    Come on out for just a little while
    You know that heart of stone, girl, it just ain't your style
    Tonight I wanna feel the beat of the crowd
    And when I tell you that I love you
    I wanna have to shout it out loud
    Shout it out loud

    CHORUS

    I hear the guitars ringin' out again
    Ringin' on down Union Street
    I hear the lead singer shoutin' out girl
    I wanna be a slave to the beat
    And I want something that'll break my chains
    Something to break my heart
    Something to shake my brains
    There's a rocker's special on tonight
    So meet me on down
    'Neath the neon lights

    CHORUS

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  • 45 Dollhouse

    Lyrics

    Well ever since you were a little girl
    You set the rules in your little world
    But girls grow up and throw their toys away
    You're a big girl now but you still wanna play
    (Girl we're living)
    You dress them up the way you want to
    (Girl we're living)
    You make them do just what you want them to
    (Girl we're living)
    Once I thought we had a love that was true
    But I'm just another doll in your dollhouse to you
    We're living in a dollhouse
    We're living in a dollhouse
    Girl we're living in a dollhouse
    You may feel safe and sound
    But your dollhouse, girl, is falling down

    It's all been neatly arranged in your mind
    Every detail fits your own design
    Every room is perfectly in place
    But I can see the sadness, baby, on your face
    You had a plan and darling like a child
    You thought it's down to fashion, down to style
    But your little dreamhouse is runnin' wild
    Before your very eyes we're shrinking down to size
    We're living in a dollhouse
    We're living in a dollhouse
    Girl we're living in a dollhouse
    You may feel safe and sound
    But your dollhouse, girl, is falling down

    Everything's as you dreamed it would be
    But there's something wrong that you can't see
    Room by room you keep looking for some little flaw
    A crack somewhere in your dollhouse wall
    Something, girl, that will explain away
    The hurt you feel, darling, when we play

    Your little dolls they got grip on you
    Until you're just another doll in your dollhouse too
    We're living in a dollhouse
    Girl, we're living in a dollhouse
    Oh we're living in a dollhouse
    We may feel safe and sound
    But our dollhouse, girl, is falling down
    Oh we're living in a dollhouse
    Girl, we're living in a dollhouse
    Yeah we're living in a dollhouse

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  • 46 Living on the Edge of the World

    Lyrics

    Early North Jersey industrial skyline
    I'm an all-set cobra jet creepin' through the night time
    Gotta find a gas station, gotta find a pay phone
    This turnpike sure is spooky at night when you're all alone
    I'm living on the edge of the world
    Tryin' to get my girl on the line
    Livin' on the edge of the world
    But I think it's just a waste of my time
    Some jerk keeps breaking my connection, girl
    'Cause I'm living on the edge of the world

    Radio, radio, hear my tale of heartbreak
    New Jersey in the morning like a lunar landscape
    Got a counter girl at the Exit 24 HoJo
    Down past teh refinery towers where the great black river flows
    OI'm living on the edge of the world
    Tryin' to get a message through
    I gotta make a connection, girl
    Because I'm living on the edge of the world
    Living on the edge of the world

    Radio's jammed with gospel stations
    Lost souls callin' long distance salvation
    Hey mister deejay gotta hear my last prayer
    It's a hey ho rock and roll, deliver me from nowhere
    I'm living on the edge of the world
    Tryin' to get back to you, girl
    Living on the edge of the world
    Tryin' to get a message through
    I gotta make some connection, girl
    Because I'm living on the edge of the world
    Living on the edge of the world

    Now my boss don't dig me 'cause he put me on the night shift
    It takes me two hours to get back to where my baby lives
    In the wee wee hours my mind gets hazy
    Relay towers, won't you lead me to my baby
    'Neath the overpass the trooper hits his party lights switch

    Good night, good luck, one, two powershift

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  • 47 Take 'Em As They Come

    Lyrics

    Last night I dreamed we was running through the outlands
    Tears streaming, your pretty face all a wreck
    (I held your daddy's gun in my tremblin' hands
    And down the highway another stranger comes
    You gotta take 'em baby when they come.

    Little girl put on your best dress
    'Cause we're goin' out on the town tonight
    (Better bring along your switchblades)
    'Cause for sure some fool's gonna wanna fight
    You've got to take 'em baby as they come

    CHORUS

    You gotta take 'em, take 'em as they come, girl
    Take 'em as they come, girl
    Take 'em as they come, girl
    Take 'em baby as they come

    God save the rider in the black night
    Save the man who taught that it was right
    To do what they have done
    To become what we have become
    You gotta take 'em when they come
    Little girl, gone are the days
    Faded away into a clear blue night
    And all the vows that we made
    Lie shattered and broken in the morning light;
    You gotta take 'em when they come

    CHORUS

    I know your heart is breaking
    I can feel it too
    Though my finger on the trigger's shakin'
    Here I swear to you
    If I could take all your sorrow so that you'd never cry, girl, or be blue
    (Come tomorrow)
    That's what I'd do for you, pretty one
    I swear I'll take 'em baby when they come

    CHORUS

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  • 48 Ricky Wants a Man of Her Own

    Lyrics

    Well look out mama, your little girl she has changed
    She cut her baby curls and she's got her act rearranged
    Well look out daddy, what she needs now she can't find at home
    Oh Ricky wants a man of her
    She wants a man of her
    Ricky wants a man of her own

    Mama says her little girl won't talk to her anymore
    She just goes in her room, turns on the radio, and shuts the door
    She's got her own bathroom, TV, stereo, extension phone
    Oh but Mama, Ricky wants a man of her
    She wants a man of her
    Ricky wants a man of her own

    Well daddy says when he drops her off Friday night at the gym
    She slides way down in the front seat so the kids won't see her with him
    She don't do no work, she won't tell nobody when she's coming home
    She makes poor daddy wait down on the corner at midnight all alone

    She used to like me to take her to a ball game or a movie show
    She used to make daddy take his little girl where she wanna go
    Now we're left peeking through the curtains every time that we hear a horn blow
    I guess Ricky wants a man of her own

    Well my folks say "Son, talk to her, she'll listen to you"
    Yeah, she listens real nice and she does what she wants to do
    Daddy says she wears her jeans so tight, "Well you change 'em or you're stayin' home"
    Oh but daddy, Ricky wants a man of her
    She wants a man of her
    Ricky wants a man of her own
    She's almost grown
    Ricky wants a man of her
    She wants a man of her
    Ricky wants a man of her own

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  • 49 I Wanna Be With You

    Lyrics

    Let the frozen cities crumble, crumble and fall
    That's alright, I don't mind at all
    Let 'em all tumble right into the sea
    Well that's just fine, that's alright with me
    Since you came down the line
    I can't sleep at night, I got one thing on my mind
    That's every day, every night
    I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you, that's what I wanna do
    'Cause you're just so out of sight
    I wanna be with you, that's what I wanna do
    Now I lost my job at the Texaco station
    'Cause instead of pumping gas I'd dream of you
    I got thrown out of my house, I got such a bad reputation
    'Cause all I wanna do is be seen with you
    They gave me my pay and said walk
    I don't care what they say, go ahead and let 'em all talk

    'Til the world falls apart
    I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you
    That's what I wanna do
    Until they will rip out my heart
    I wanna be with you, I wanna be with you
    Well that's all I wanna do

    Hold tight, love me just a little bit
    Alright, a little bit more
    Tonight, tonight give me just a little kiss
    No I don't know, I don't know, I don't
    I just can't understand it, you're not pretty at all
    But I come when you whisper, I run when you call
    When I see you on the street I fall on my face
    I drop to my knees, I plead my case
    Oh, oh I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you, that's what I wanna do
    Oh, oh I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you, that's all I wanna do
    Oh, oh I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you, darlin', don't you know
    Oh, oh I wanna be with you
    I wanna be with you because I love you so

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  • 50 Mary Lou

    Lyrics

    You're scrapbook's filled with pictures of all your leading men
    Well baby don't put my picture in there with them
    Don't make us some little girl's dream that can never come true
    Oh baby don't do it to me I won't do it to you
    Mary Lou, I'm not like all those other guys
    Mary Lou, I won't fill your pretty head with their pretty lies
    Mary Lou, and dreams that never, never, never ever will come true
    Mary Lou, that'd only serve to hurt and make you cry like you do
    You've seen all the romantic movies, you dream and take the boys home
    But when the action fades you're left all alone
    You deserve more than this, a real love that can grow
    And I ain't playin' outtakes, girl, from some late late show, no
    Mary Lou, you're not like all those others girls
    Mary Lou, so afraid to shake up that real world

    Every night you go out looking for true love's satisfaction
    But you allways end up setting for just lights, camera, action
    And another cameo role with some bit player you're befriending
    You're gonna go broken-hearted looking for that happy ending
    Mary Lou, I've seen all those movies too
    Mary Lou, I know the hurt too much dreaming can do
    Mary Lou, you're gonna end up just another lonely ticket sold
    Mary Lou, crying alone in the theatre as the credits roll
    Let's go

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  • 51 Held Up Without a Gun

    Lyrics

    I was out
    driving just a
    taking it slow
    Looked at my
    tank it was
    reading low
    Pulled in a
    Exxon station
    out on Highway
    One
    Held up without
    a gun, held up
    without a gun

    Some damn fool
    with a guitar
    walkin' down
    the street
    ain't got
    nowhere to go
    Ain't got
    nothing to eat
    Man with a cigar says,
    "Sign here son"
    Held up without
    a gun, held up
    without a gun

    Now it's a sin
    and it oughta
    be a crime
    You know it
    happens buddy
    all the time
    Try to make a
    living, try to
    have a little
    fun
    Held up without
    a gun, held up
    without a gun

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  • 52 From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come)

    Lyrics

    At sixteen she quit high school to
    make her fortune in the promised land
    She got a job behind the counter in an
    all night hamburger stand
    She wrote faithfully home to mama
    "Now mama don't you worry none"
    From small things, mama
    Big things one day come

    It was late one Friday he pulled in
    out of the dark
    He was tall and handsome; first she
    took his order, then she took his heart
    They bought a house up on the hillside
    Where little feet soon would run
    From small things, mama
    Big things one day come

    BRIDGE:
    Oh but love is fleeting
    it's sad but true
    But when your heart is beating
    You don't wanna hear the news
    She packed her bags
    and with a Wyomie County real estate man
    She ran down to Tampa
    In and "El Dorado Grande"
    She wrote back home, "Dear Mama
    Life is just heaven in the sun
    From small things, mama
    Big things one day come"

    Well she shot him dead
    On a sunny Florida road
    When they caught her all she said
    Was she couldn't stand the way he drove

    Back home lonesome Johnny
    Prays for his baby's parole
    He waits on the hillside
    Where the Wyomie waters roll
    At his feet and almost grown now
    A blue-eyed daughter and a handsome son
    Well from small things, mama
    Big things one day come
    Well from small things, mama
    Big things one day come

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