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A Life I Never Had: Lyrics

A Life I Never Had

Somewhere Elseward Blown
The Bottom of a River
My Blue Eyed Jane
Never Left the Road Behind
Smoke and Flowers
Pastures of Plenty
Paradise
The Word I Said (or The Slut Poem)
Put Your Foot in Your Mouth
The Best Thing I'll Ever Know
John Lee
Nothing in This World
A Life I Never Had


Somewhere Elseward Blown
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

I had a friend named Jack, wore his life on his back
And where the road did jag, something else went in his bag
He walked right out of sight, I lost him in the night
And I wonder if he'll ever wander back into my life

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Old friends I've lost along the way
I wish it wasn't so, but sometimes that's how it goes
Sometimes the rope just slips away
And that someone that I've known becomes somewhere elseward blown

I had a friend named Jess who slanted to her left
Her angle to the ground didn't match others around
One day she slanted off and I lost her in the toss
I still think about her angle, that's a cute friend that I lost

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My aunt just passed away and I ain't too proud to say
That her death wasn't the start of our slow drifting apart
And when her death came on, I was many miles gone
And it's hard to fight the feeling that there's something I did wrong

Chorus

My friend Jack went away and I miss him every day
His memory's all I got, but even memories get forgot
Life's a big typhoon, people come and go too soon
They appear just like the moon, then they're gone like Brigadoon

Chorus

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The Bottom of a River
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

Chorus:
The bottom of a river sounds pretty good to me
The bottom of a river sounds pretty good to me
That's one way to leave this life of misery

The bottom of a river sounds pretty good to me
The deeper in the water, the less there is to see
And seeing you leaving just kills me more painfully

At the bottom of a river there's nothing much to hear
The voices saying that you're leaving wouldn't come through so clear
There'd be nothing but bubbles and waves ringing in my ears

Chorus

The bottom of a river is bound to be more soft
Than the bed that we've been sharing for the love life that we lost
A river's bound to be calmer than the troubled seas we've crossed

Chorus

The bottom of a river really don't sound that bad
The bottom of a river really don't sound that bad
I could lie there at the bottom and think back on the love we had

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My Blue Eyed Jane
By Jimmie Rodgers and Lulu Belle White, Peer International, Adapted by A. Moock

The sweetest girl in the world
Is my blue eyed Jane
We fell in love like turtle doves
While the moon was shining down
I asked her then, I asked her when
The wedding bells would ring
She said, Oh dear, it seems so queer
That this could be happening here

You are my little pal
I never met a sweeter gal
My little blue eyed Jane
I love you well
And when the sun goes down
And the shadows are creeping all over town
Just meet me in the lane
My blue eyed Jane

Janie dear, listen here
I've come to say farewell
The world is drear without you, dear
But I cannot linger here
I'm going away this very day
Oh, please come and go with me
I'll be sad and blue and missing you
Longing all the long day through

You are my blue eyed Jane
I never met a sweeter thing
I know you'll never change
My blue eyed Jane
And when the sun goes down
And the shadows are creeping all over town
I'll be back again
My blue eyed Jane

You are my little pal
I never met a sweeter gal
My little blue eyed Jane
I love you well
And when the sun goes down
And the shadows are creeping all over town
Just meet me in the lane
My blue eyed Jane

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Never Left the Road Behind
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

I've traveled 'round this country, up and down both coasts
The view from out my car window's the view I like the most
New York or San Francisco, anywhere I go's just fine
Miami or Mount Kisco, anywhere I go's just fine
I've left a thousand towns, but I've never left the road behind

I've traveled on the highways and I've traveled on the streets
I've traveled on the back roads through the fields and county seats
The back roads are my favorite though, I like the way they wind
But whatever path I've followed, I've never left the road behind

I've gone Boston to Tuscon and back around again
I've gone it on my own and I've gone it with a friend
A companion can be nice if they're not talking all the time
Companionship is fine if they're not yakking you blind
But friends will come and go, I've never left the road behind

Life can get confusing, you look up and find you're lost
I always find I'm burning bridges I still haven't crossed
With driving it's so easy, every mile there's a sign
I just watch the dotted lines and I've never left the road behind

People say it's running to be traveling all the time
They say if you don't settle you can't find your peace of mind
But I'm settled in my traveling and my head's just feeling fine
Yes, I've traveled in all settings and my head's just feeling fine
My peace is in my car seat and I've never left the road behind
And that's the reason why I've never left the road behind

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Smoke and Flowers
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

There's nothing in this world for me without you
I'm just swimming in an unknown sea
And the sky doesn't seem so blue
When I'm seeing it without you

Chorus:
That's true
For me
Without you

There's nothing in this world to do
When I'm doing it without you
And there's nothing in this world to be
If you can't be with me

Chorus

Time just drags along
And the days seem much too long
Without you

There's nothing for a guy like me
In the other fishes in the sea
I can't even cast my line
When you've left me behind

Chorus

There's nothing in this world for me without you
I'm just swimming in an unknown sea
And the sky doesn't seem so blue
When I'm seeing it without you

That's true
For me
For me, it's true
Without you

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Pastures of Plenty
By Woody Guthrie, Ludlow Music, Adapted by A. Moock

It's a mighty hard row that my poor hands have hoed
My poor feet have traveled a hot dusty road
It's out of your dust bowl and westward we rolled
Your deserts were hot and your mountains were cold

I've worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
And I've slept on the ground by the light of the moon
On the edge of your city you will see us and then
We come with the dust and we're gone with the wind

California, Arizona, I've made all your crops
Then it's north up to Oregon to harvest your hops
Dig the beets from your ground, pick the grapes from your vine
To set on your table your light, sparkling wine

It's green pastures of plenty from dry desert ground
From the Grand Coulee Dam where the waters run down
Every state in this union, us migrants have been
We'll work in your fight and we'll fight 'til we win

It's always we ramble, that river and I
All along your green valley I will work 'til I die
And this land I'll defend with my life if it be
'Cuz my pastures of plenty must always be free

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Paradise
By John Prine, Walden Music, Adapted by A. Moock

When I was a child my parents would travel
Down to Western Kentucky, where my parents were born
There's a backwards old town there that's often remembered
So many times that my memories are worn

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And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well I'm sorry my son but you're too late in asking
Mr. Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

And sometimes we'd travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison up by Adree Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we'd shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill

Chorus

Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel
They tortured the timber and they stripped all the land
They dug for their coal 'til the land was forsaken
And they wrote it all down as the progress of man

Chorus

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul float on up to the Rochester Dam
I'll be half way to heaven with Paradise waiting
Just a half mile away from wherever I am

Chorus

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The Word I Said (or The Slut Poem)
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

I called her a slut yesterday
When she wasn't there
Because it was so quiet in the carpool after Hebrew class.
I heard David use the word during lunchtime at school on Monday
And it sounded grown-up
Like mixed drinks or blow job.
So I said it.
I liked the way it rolled on my tongue on the way out
And then rang in my ears --
Sllllllllutt.
I thought it meant someone who wears too much makeup
But it must mean something worse because I've been ratted on
And now here comes this girl, fast and angry looking.
She reaches me at the basketball hoop
And she roars,
I heard you called me a slut,
You little shit.
Well, this quiets the whole playground.
And standing in the hushed morning wind,
Surrounded by the piercing quiet of 10,000 smirking mouths
I respond the only way I know how,
You are a double slut.
This is a big mistake.
Now she has me by the throat and she's tossing me around the three-point line.
As my head pounds into the tarmac,
It occurs to me
That I am no longer in control of this situation.
No, I am definitely not in control.
In fact, I am being beaten down to my essential elements
And every kid in the universe is watching.
What a disgrace.
I'll never be allowed to laugh
With the boys again.
I'll never be allowed to kiss
Any of those girls' mouths when I'm older.
I'll grow to be an old man
In an old chair
Without ever finding happiness.

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Put Your Foot in Your Mouth
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

Don't hold back what you say
If it comes to mind just let yourself obey
And don't hold back what you think
Just loosen up and have yourself another drink

I never thought I'd ever hear those words come out of you
And from the look on your face, I guess you didn't too
But you can't take it back, you might as well just accept that fact
Stick your front leg out and put your foot in your mouth

Don't be smart and well-behaved
Every party needs someone who's brave
And don't be quiet and reserved
Just shout on out any thought that might have just occurred

Those little things you swore you'd never tell anyone you do
Are now the common knowledge of everyone you ever knew
But don't be dignified, just open up real wide
Stick your front leg out and put your foot in your mouth

Don't keep secrets to yourself
Solitude is dangerous to your health
Share your secrets with your friends
Your meaning well will justify the ends

Those longings that you feel are probably best laid out to air
Despite the fact the person that you're longing for is standing right there
Just open up the drain, share your pleasure and your pain
Stick your front leg out and put your foot in your mouth

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The Best Thing I'll Ever Know
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

There's times in this life when I'm hungry
And there's times in this life when I'm sad
But my time with you is the very
Best times that I've ever had

You talk in your sleep, that's the truth
And there's times when you're miles away
But the feeling I have in my heart
Is more than the words I can say

Chorus:
Friends come and go
And the cold winds will always blow
But whatever it is that you do to me
Is the best thing I'll ever know

When I was a kid I was lonely
Like only kids know how to be
And I dreamed of meeting a woman
Like the ones I saw on TV

With blond hair down to her waist
And short skirts up to her thighs
But I never dreamed I could love
Like I do when I look in your eyes

Chorus

There's times in this life when I'm jumping
And there's times when I just sit and moan
But these last six years that I've spent with you
Are the best six years I've known

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John Lee
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee
I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee
I miss you and your beat and the stomping of your feet
I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee

I miss you, Mississippi John Hurt
I miss you, Mississippi John Hurt
I missed you cast your spell when you played that Creolle Belle
I miss you, Mississippi John Hurt

I miss you, Ms. Elizabeth C.
I miss you, Ms. Elizabeth C.
Your Freight Train set me free, but I can't shake sugaree
I miss you, Ms. Elizabeth C.

I miss you, Woody Wilson Guthrie
I miss you, Woody Wilson Guthrie
I miss the way you write and the way you fought your fight
I miss you, Woody

I never heard that Singing Brakeman sing
I never heard that Singing Brakeman sing
Now cowboy songs are dead, we got TNN instead
And I never heard that Singing Brakeman sing

History is slipping through the cracks
History is slipping through the cracks
The heroes of the past are dying way too fast
History is slipping through the cracks

Soon they will have all passed on
Soon they will have all passed on
Soon they will be gone and all we'll have is tribute songs
Soon they will have all passed on

I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee
I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee
I miss you and your beat and the stomping of your feet
I miss you, Boom Boom John Lee

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Nothing in This World
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

Chorus:
There's nothing in this world to be afraid of now
There's nothing in this world to be afraid of now
Ever since I found you, there's nothing that can keep me down

When you're on your own, the world is such a lonely place
When you're on your own, the world is such a lonely place
When you've got someone, you can always keep a smile on your face

Chorus

Long before I met you, I was shaking in my boots
Long before I met you, I was shaking in my boots
Now that we're together, we're dancing in our birthday suits

Chorus

I hope that I can be as good a friend to you
I hope that I can be as good a friend to you
I'd lie down in the tracks, kiss a monkey if you want me to

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A Life I Never Had
Lyrics & Music by A. Moock ©2002 Moockshake Music, ASCAP

Chorus:
Thank you, thank you, lord, for this life you've given me
I wouldn't call it perfect, but it's not all misery
And even if it was, well, it wouldn't be that bad
At least I'll never look back on a life I never had

Thank you, thank you, lord, for this world in which we live
I couldn't call it perfect, but these things are relative
There's beauty in the mountains and there's beauty in the sea
And there's beauty out my window when I turn off my TV

Chorus

Thank you, thank you, lord, that I might live one more day
'Cuz I'd give two to one tomorrow's better than today
And even if it's not, I'd still like to stick around
'Cuz I think I like it here more than I would under the ground

Chorus

Thank you, thank you, lord, for blessing my soul
I haven't been perfect, but I'm improving as I go
Thank you for this life that I see with second sight
And thank you for the darkness that led me to that light

Chorus

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