LYRICS TO SONGS ON

 

       "AFTER THE RAIN"

 

TRACK 1:  SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

                            (Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg)

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high

there's a land that I heard of once in a lila-by

somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue

and the dreams that you dare to dream

     really do come true

 

someday I'll wish upon a star

and wake up where

the clouds are far behind me

where troubles melt like lemondrops

way above the chimney tops

that's where you'll find me

 

somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly

Birds fly over the rainbow why then, oh why,

     can't I?

if happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow

why oh why can't I

 

(This song for me has a bit of a story.  I volunteer once a month to play music at a home for the aged here in my town.  My wife and I took care of our last parent, Myra Lee, until she passed away quietly and lovingly one April morning.  Many helped her and us in those last months.  I wanted to give back so, in a very small way, I play for the folks at the home.  About a year or so back, a lady there asked if I knew the song.  I didn't at the time, but I told her I'd sing it to her the next time I played, on the first Wednesday of the next month.  In the interim, she had passed on; sadly, I never got to play her this song.  It's the first song on this CD.  It's for that lady I never got to play it to.)

 

 

 

TRACK 2:  MADDIE'S LEAVING HOME

                           (JACK ELLIS)

MADDIE LEAVING HOME TODAY

SHE SAID SHE LEAVING HOME TODAY

FIND THAT PLACE TO STAY

NO RULES OF YESTERDAY

MADDIE LEAVING HOME TODAY

 

SHE LEAVING HOME TODAY

MADDIE SAID SHE LEAVING HOME TODAY

AIN'T NO CHICKENS, AIN'T NO CATS

DODGE THE DONKEYS AVOID THE RATS

MADDIE LEAVING HOME TODAY

 

THERE'S A HOLE IN THE MIRROR

SHE WANTS TO SLIP THROUGH

JUST WANTS TO GO AND DO SLIDE ON THROUGH

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER

THE WISE MEN SAY

MADDIE LEAVING HOME TODAY.

                                        (TO MY MADDIE JOY)

 

 

TRACK 3:  HOUND DOG

                     (JERRY LIEBER/MIKE STOLLER)

YOU AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG

BEEN SNOOPIN' ROUND MY DOOR

YOU AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG

BEEN SNOOPIN' ROUND MY DOOR

YOU CAN WAG YOUR TAIL

BUT I AIN'T GONNA FEED YOU NO MORE

 

YOU TOLD ME YOU WAS HIGH CLASS

BUT I COULD SEE THROUGH THAT

YES YOU TOLD ME YOU WAS HIGH CLASS 

BUT I COULD SEE THROUGH THAT

AND BABY I KNOW YOU AIN'T NO KIDDY CAT

 

YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO BLUE

YOU MAKE ME WEEP AND MOAN

YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO BLUE

YOU MAKE ME WEEP AND MOAN

'CAUSE I'M LOOKIN' FOR A KIND WOMAN

YOU JUST LOOKIN' FOR A HOME

 

YOU AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG

BEEN SNOOPIN' ROUND MY DOOR

YOU AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG

BEEN SNOOPIN' ROUND MY DOOR

YOU AIN'T NEVER CAUGHT A RABBIT

AND YOU AIN'T NO FRIEND OF MINE

               (LARRY CARVER ON ELECTRIC LEAD GUITAR.)

 

 

TRACK 4:  GOOD TIME CHARLEY'S

                 GOT THE BLUES

                  (DANNY O'KEEFE)

EVERYBODY'S GONE AWAY

SAID THEY'RE MOVING TO LA

THERE'S NOT A SOUL I KNOW AROUND

EVERYBODY'S LEAVIN' TOWN

 

SOME CAUGHT A FREIGHT, SOME CAUGHT A PLANE

FIND THE SUNSHINE, LEAVE THE RAIN

THEY SAY THIS TOWN'S A WASTE OF TIME

GUESS THEY'RE RIGHT, IT'S WASTING MINE

 

SOME GOT TO WIN SOME GOT TO LOSE

GOOD TIME CHARLEY GO THE BLUES

 

YOU KNOW MY HEART KEEPS TELLING ME

YOU'RE NOT A KID AT 33

YOU PLAY AROUND YOU LOSE YOUR WIFE

YOU PLAYTOO LONG YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE

 

I'VE GOT MY PILLS TO EASE MY PAIN

CAN'T FIND A FRIEND TO EASE TE RAIN

I KNOW I SHOULD TRY AND SETTLE DOWN

EVERYBODY'S LEAVING TOWN

 

SOME GOT TO WON SOME GOT TO LOSE

GOOD TIME CHARLEY'S GOT THE BLUES

 

 

TRACK 5:  THE TYGER

                 (FROM WILLIAM BLAKE'S POEM, "THE TYGER"/

                                           MUSIC BY JACK ELLIS)

 

TYGER TYGER BURNING BRIGHT

IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE

FORMED THIS FEARFUL MIGHT

DOOMED IN THE DISTANT DEEPS

BURNS A FIRE IN YOUR EYES

ON WAT WINGS DARE YOU FLY 

WITH WHAT HANDS CAUSE THE CRY

TYGER TYGER BURNING BRIGHT 

IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE

FORMED THIS FEARFUL MIGHT

 

AND WHAT SHOULDER AND WHAT ART

TWISTS THE SINEWS OF YOUR HEART

AND WHEN THAT HEART BEGAN TO BEAT

FEAR THE HANDS DREAD THE FEET

SWING THE HAMMER SWING THE CHAIN

SO CHANNELLED IN YOUR BRAIN

STRIKE THE ANVIL WITH KNOTTED GRASP

DARE THE TERRORS CLASP

TYGER TYGER BURNING BRIGHT

IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE

FORMED THIS FEARFUL MIGHT

 

WHEN THE STARS THROUGH DOWN THEIR SPEARS

SO BROKE HEAVEN'S TEARS

WHO SMILED AT WHAT'S DONE

WILLING ALL THE LAMBS ON THE RUN

TYGER TYGER BURNING BRIGHT

IN THE FORSTS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT IMMORTAL HAND OR EYE

FORMED THIS FEARFUL SYMMETRY

TYGER TYGER BURNING BRIGHT

IN THE FORESTS OF THE NIGHT

WHAT IMMORTAL HAND SO RIGHT

FORMED THIS FEARFUL MIGHT

 

 

 

 

TRACK 6:  AFTER THE RAIN

                (JACK ELLIS)

ALL INSTRUMENTS, PERCUSSION...JACK ELLIS

 

 

 

TRACK 7:  I'D FIND A WAY

                (JACK ELLIS)

 

IF I WERE A THIEF

    A THIEF OF YOUR HEART

I'D ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO HOLD YOU

     A WAY TO HOLD YOU

CLOSE TO MY HEART

 

IF THE YEARS GLIDE AWAY

     GLIDE AWAY LIKE THE STARS

I'D ALWAYS FIND A WAY

     A WAY TO HOLD YOU

HOLD YOU CLOSE TO MY HEART

 

IF THE NIGHT COMES UPON US

     COMES UPON US LIKE WARM RAIN

I'D ALWAYS FIND A WAY

     A WAY TO HOLD YOU

HOLD YOU CLOSE TO MY HEART

 

 

 

TRACK 8:  HAZEL'S SONG  

                 (JACK ELLIS)

     SHE DREAMS WITH HER EYES WIDE OPEN

AND SHE FLIES WITH THE EAGLES IN THE AIR

SHE LEAVES NO DOORS UNOPENED

AND SHE CRIES WHEN THERE'S NOBODY THERE

 

     SHE HEADS DOWN TO THE HARBOR

TO THE TRAIN TRACKS BY THE SQUARE

SHE HUMS A SONG OF HER DADDY'S

HOLDING IN THE EMPTINSS CAUSE HE'S NOT THERE

 

      DOWN THE HILLS BY THE HARBOR

SHE LOOKS BEYOND THE WAVES WISHING LIFE WAS FAIR

SHE SMILES SINGS A SONG SHE REMEMBERS

FELLS THE WIND LIKE HER DADDY PLAYING WITH HER HAIR

 

     WHEN IT COMES TO LIVING THERE'S NOTHING VERY CLEAR

YOU LET GO OF SOME THINGS WHAT YOU FIND YOU HOLD DEAR

IF EVER THERE WAS LONESOME IF EVER WORDS WERE CLEAR

SHE WOULD TAKE DOWN THIS CURTAIN AND CHASE AWAY HER FEARS

 

 

TRACK 9:  NEAL'S LAST WALK

                        (JACK ELLIS)

 

WALKING ALONG THESE TRACKS JUST COUNTAIN TIES

FINDING THE OLD WIND NOT ABIDING MY LIES

FEELING THAT TRAIN JUST PASS ME BY...THIS TIME

 

WALKING ALONG THESE TRACKS JUST COUNTAIN TIES

FEVER COMING DOWN LEFT ME HIGH AND DRY

FIRE BURNING ALL AROUND ME JUST WANT TO JUSTIFY...THIS LIFE

 

WALKING ALONG THESE TRACKS JUST SOUNDING TIES

FURTHER ALONG THIS PATH SEARCHING TO RECTIFY

TAKING THIS TAKING THAT JUST SING ME A LULLABY...THIS NIGHT

 

WALKING ALONG THESE TRACKS JUST COUNTING TIES

FINDING IN MY POCKET THE SNAPSHOT THAT SAYS LIVE A LIFE

                                                                              LIVE A LIE

FACING MY REFLECTION TIME CANNOT PURIFY...THIS DAY

                                                                      ...THIS NIGHT

                                                                      ...THIS LIFE

                                                                      ...THIS TIME

 

 

 

TRACK 10:  STORMY MONDAY

                           (TBONE WALKER)

 

THEY CALL IT STORMY MONDAY BUT TUESDAY'S JUST AS BAD

THEY CALL IT STORMY MONDAY BUT TUESDAY'S JUST AS BAD

WEDNESDA IS WORSE AND THURSDAYS ALSO SAD

 

THE EAGLE FLIES ON FRIDAY; SATURDAY I GO OUT TO PLAY

THE EAGLE FLIES ON FRIDAY; SATURDAY I GO OUT TO PLAY

SUNDAY I GO TO CHURCH

THAT'S WHEN I GET DOWN ON MY KNEES AND PRAY

 

I SAID LORD HAVE MERCY, LORD HAVE MERCY ON ME

LORD HAVE MERCY AVE MERCY ON ME

OH LORD HAVE MERCY

WON'T YOU SEND MY BABY HOME TO ME

 

 

 

TRACK 11  WATCHTOWER/GIMME SHELTER

                        (B.DYLAN/ JAGGER-RICHARDS)

 

THERE MUST BE SOME WAY OUT OF HERE

     SAID THE JOKER TO THE THIEF

THERES TOO MUCH CONFUSION I CAN'T GET NO RELEASE

     BUSINESSMEN THEY DRINK MY WINE, PLOWMEN DIG MY EARTH

NONE OF THEM ALONG THE LINE

     KNOW WHAT ANY OF IT IS WORTH

 

NO REASON TO GET EXCITED

     TE THIEF HE KINDLY SPOKE

THERE ARE MANY HERE AMONG US

     WHO FEEL THAT LIFE IS BUT A JOKE

BUT YOU AND I WE'VE BEEN THROUGHALL THAT

     AND THIS IS NOT OUR FATE

SO LET US NOT SPEAK FALSELY NOW

     THEHOUR IS GETTING LATE

 

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

     PRINCES KEPT THE VIEW

WHILE ALL TE WOMEN CAME AND WENT

     BAREFOOT SERVANTS TOO

OUTSIDE IN THE DISTANCE

     A WILDCAT DID GROWL

TWO RIDERS WERE APPROACHING

     AND THE WIND BEGAN TO HOWL

 

A STORM IS THREATENING OUR VERY LIVES TODAY

IF I DON'T GET SOME SHELTER I'M GONNA FADE AWAY

     WAR CHILDREN IT'S JUST A SHOT A WAY

     WAR CHILDREN JUST A SHOT AWAY

 

SEE THE FIRE SWEEPING OUR VERY STREETS TODAY

BURNS LIKE A RED COAL CARPET MAD BULL LOST HIS WAY

     WAR CHILDREN IT'S JUST A SHOT AWAY JUST A SHOT AWAY

 

A FLOOD IS THREATENING MY VERY LIFE TODAY

IF I DON'T GET SOME SHELTER I'M GONNA FADE AWAY

     WAR CHILDREN IT'S JUST A SHOT AWAY, JUST A SHOT AWAY

     WAR CHILDREN JUST A KISS AWAY A KISS AWAY YEAH

 

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

     PRINCES KEPT THE VIEW

WHILE ALL THE WOMEN CAME AND WENT

     BAREFOOT SERVENTS TOO

OUTSIDE IN THE DISTACE

     A WILDCAT DID GROWL

TWO RIDERS WERE APPROACHING

     AND THE WIND BEGAN TO HOWL

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRACK 12:  TO LIVE IS TO FLY

                  (TOWNES VAN ZANDT)

 

DAYS UP AND DOWN THEY COME LIKE RAIN ON A CONGA DRUM

FORGET MOST REMEMBER SOME BUT DON'T TURN NONE AWAY

EVERYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH AND NOTHING IS TOO MUCH TO BEAR

WHERE YOU BEEN IS GOOD AND GONE

      ALL YOU KEEP IS THE GETTIN THERE

 

TO LIVE IS TO FLY LOW AND HIGH

     SO SHAKE THE DUST OFF YOUR WINGS

      AND THE SLEEP OUT OF YOUR EYES

 

WE ALL GOT HOLES TO FILL THEM HOLES ARE ALL THAT'S REAL

SOME FALL ON YOU LKE A STORM SOME YOU DIG YOUR OWN

THE CHOICE IS YOURS TO MAKE TIME IS YOURS TO TAKE

SOME SAIL UPON THE SEAT SOME TOIL UPON THE STONE

 

IT'S GOODBE TO ALL MY FRIENDS IT'S TIME TO LEAVE AGAIN

THINK OF ALL THE POETRY AND THE PICKIN' DOWN THE LINE

I'LL MISS THE SYSTEM HERE THE BOTTOM'S LOW AND THE TREBLE CLEAR

BUT IT DON'T PAY TO THINK TOO MUCH ON THINGS YOU LEAVE BEHIND

 

 I WILL BE GONE BUT IT WON'T BE LONG

     I'LL BE A BRINGIN' BACK THE MELODIES

     AND THE RYYTHM IN MY SONG

 

LIVING'S MOSTLY WASTING TIME AND I'LL WASTE MY SHARE OF MIND

BUT IT NEVER FEELS TOO GOOD TO REACH FOR DAYS GONE BY

EVERYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH ND NOTHIN' S TOO MUCHTO BEAR

WHERE YOU BEEN IS GOOD AND GONE ALL YOU KEEP IS GETTIN' THERE

 

TO LIVE IS TO FLY BOTH LOW AND HIGH

     SO SHAKE THE DUST OFF OF YOUR WINGS

     AND THE SLEEP OUT OF YOUR EYES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

jack
ELLIS