What am I for by ed englerthI look at the rocks around me Round n’ flat on this shore The ocean beats them all day long Is that what this rocks are for Wheat grows in the fields Soak up the rains that pour down Photosynthesis, with heads for food Is that what this wheat is for * //: what am I for? :// I wake up as the trucks roll by The network news tries to entertain The artist sweats n’ strains to speak Seems every other days the same I’m just trying to stay sane I take that back, I don’t try that hard And the odds get even, it’s a game of cards I just smile as I fall apart * (bridge) What am I for? What am I for? The door swings the vacuum cleaners suck The earth spins and I’ve had enough (quietly) Twelve and thirty-nine are fifty-one The flowers in the fields love the sun Trash is stuff that gets thrown away Will I be like that someday? **
She Couldn’t Help But Believe by ed englerthShe longed to move Out to the country Out in the woods Among the trees Not so much an escape But to a hope Not out of fear Yet to the unknown * She’d heard the stories Wind blowin’ through the leaves And at night the moon and the stars She couldn’t help but believe A tall dark man With short straight hair He stood blocking the doorway Waved his hands in the air He said you can’t leave There’s nothing for you there Lying through his smile He knew but didn’t care * She climbed through the window Out onto the roof It was so hot up there The tar felt like glue She’d made a set of wings N’ prayed they’d help her fly She strapped them on her arms And ran with all her might As her foot left the edge One shoe stayed behind You can still see it from the window A mysterious blue sign **
Old Tales Of A Restless Ghost by ed englerthLong n’ lonely The sounds of scraping Plays like laughter With a hollow ring * He cannot hold a thought for long Wrings the bottom of his ragged coat Blood would drip if there were any left The old tales of a restless ghost Ancient weary eyes Can not comprehend Look into the face Of an old friend * Fingers tied in knots From trying to hold fire The only hopeful sign is deep in sightless eyes – deep inside **
Mr Warrin by ed englerthMr Warrin finds no quiet place Inside of his house He walks with bloodshot eyes All his thought are upside down Mr Warrin is disoriented He’s sad and tries to frown It comes out as a smile And all his words are mispronounced * He doesn’t understand How he got here He doesn’t understand How to leave He is held captive By his own gravity His intentions are misunderstood All his thoughts are scattered His got a fever & it makes him chilled He can not find the cure * Mr Warrin’s been around the world Someone always pays the way He always carries baggage That he never claims *
Magnificent by ed englerthI want to find someone To be angry with To fight some injustice Or destroy some evil social myth I want to feel something On this cold cold night So I jump on the spear That the soldier holds high * //: magnificent :// tragedy I wish I could hide So I kick out the lights There is no where to go It’s been a long strange ride *
Calling up hate Just to keep me awake Love’s too tame n’ peace is just lame * //: magnificent :// can you see it can you feel it can you stand up oh come on isn’t it magnificent
I’m Gone by ed englerthWhat do you want When you say jump What do you mean When you say love What are you expecting I may not be too bright But next time you bark I’m sure to bite * //: I’m gone :// You make me so sick What else can you steal When you’ve taken everything There’s nothing left to heal * I’m tired of guessing What’s on your mind Tired of figuring out What you think is right Tired of fighting A ghost I can’t hit Tired of living Where I can’t fit **
I Forgot Who I Am by ed englerthI remember yesterday Like it’s a million miles away How’d I end up burning it all down In that holy place I guess that what happens When you play with fire Starts with a thought –that blows on an ember Quite a surprise for one so shy * I forgot who I am I’d like to be far inside of denial Take memory n’ wrap it in a cloth Place it under the couch Then lay down n’ take a pause * Despondency and despair Are the only things left to wear I awake next to a river I drink deep – the tears rush in My memory’s returned I bid adieu to where I’ve been I’d forgotten who I am *
Don’t Stand Too Tall by ed englerthI’ve been out west and back east Rode with the police in their back seat I saw Uncle Sam’s dogs unleashed Don’t stand too tall I don’t think I’ve ever been to Spain Can’t speak the language, never rode their trains I hear an explosion, can’t explain Don’t stand too tall (music interlude) I’ve been on – and off the leash I’ve been a man – & a beast Can’t pay my debt – yet I want release Don’t stand too tall I don’t always know what God’s talking about It’s hard to hear – he don’t speak too loud I’ve got a little faith – mixed with a lot of doubt Don’t stand too tall I’m well off – in the neighborhood I think I’m blessed – when I’m just a fool Sometimes I win – when I should lose Don’t stand too tall.
After The Garden by Ed EnglerthAfter the Garden we wandered around we wondered out loud we watched the sun go down After the garden We dragged our feet Didn’t know where to go We couldn’t find relief //: After the garden :// After the Garden Our sons killed each other The blood cried out from the ground Will he be running now forever? After the Garden Nothing was the same We thought we’d have glory What we bought was shame //: After the garden :// (bridge) Now we long for the good old days When things really were better. This is such a sad place to be. But at least we’re all in this together As we head off towards the tomb We carry such a heavy weight There’s light at the end of the tunnel The rock’s been rolled away. //: After the garden :// //: After the garden ://
Talk to God by Ed EnglerthI’ve heard it told That you talk to God Does he speak to you Does this happen a lot If you meet with God today And he seems in a mighty good mood Would you ask him something for me I’m sure it’s nothing new but, * I’m not sure how to communicate With someone that knows me even better than myself Seems it’d be old new to him It just be me repeating – everything again and again Do you hear voices Out loud? Or in your head Or is it just a feeling you get When there’s something being said Does he read your thoughts Or do you speak out loud When do the changes come What happens when you doubt * When you pray to God Does he poke his finger into history Do you or circumstances change It’s always been a mystery ** (ideas for adlibs) Who wants yesterday’s papers Who wants yesterday’s news Who wants yesterday’s papers Nobody in the world Give me a bad case of the blues get off my blue suede shoes There’s someone praying…. It’s //: Bless me :// There’s an old sot in the corner beating his chest Saying forgive me Lord I’m not sure how to communicate With someone that knows me even better than myself Who wants yesterday’s papers Who wants yesterday’s news Who wants yesterday’s prayers He might refuse . . . . Maybe I should shut up n’ listen.
Talkin’ About Me by ed englerthTalk about someone who’s fallen Someone’s lost their wings It’s said they lost their place Careful ‘bout the injury they’ll bring * Talkin’ about me Talkin’ bout you (They’re) talkin’ bout me Talkin’ bout you Got lost along the way Somehow just got out of step Then lost the path again Yet some how can never forget * The fallen are not forgotten Helps is found in the healers hands Forgiveness flows from the cross To all of us in this desperate land Years later will people ask Hey, who used to live here I heard they had some problems it grew worse year by year **
And So It Goes by Ed EnglerthThe whistler dreams A sinners dream Hears a voice Sounds long n’ lean She’s laughing softly Ask’s for another drink Who she talking to? Wish it was me. * And so it goes – all night long And so it goes She sounds familiar I smell her cigarette Then all is quiet Have they left? 2 minutes go by I feel out of place No gravity There’s only weight * I get up to leave And then I freeze I hear his voice too & I know it’s me I hear footsteps A door opens and shuts She’d calling my name Should I walk or run? * Some look for an answer Other just move on And so it goes **