Big Dipper - Slam - 1990

  1. Love Barge
  2. The Bond
  3. Another Life
  4. Slam
  5. Bony Knees Of Nothing
  6. Baby Blue
  7. Picnic
  8. The Monsters Of Jazz
  9. Impossible Things
  10. Blood pact
  11. Father's Day
  12. Baby Doll
  13. Life Inside The Cemetery
  14. All The Way From Memphis

Love Barge (Michener, Goffrier, Waleik)

I once thought that I stood on solid ground
But the earth has moved and I've been turned around
And the only thing left to hold onto
Is myself and myself alone

Hey Love Barge let me on the Boat
Nothing I can do but stay afloat
Cling to the peaces and try to find the reason why

I would settle down and the plates would shift
But it's all my fault that I've been set adrift
From a place that looks a lot like San Francisco
I sail  I sail alone  Alone

Hey Love Barge let me on the Boat
Nothing I can do but stay afloat
Cling to the peaces and try to find the reason why

You said get a life so I built a raft
That was tossed aside by your charging craft
In a broadside crash all the dancing stopped
And I sank  I sank alone

Hey Love Barge let me on the Boat
Nothing I can do but stay afloat
Cling to the peaces and try to find the reason why

Hey Love Barge let me on the Boat
Nothing I can do but stay afloat
Cling to the peaces and try to find the reason why

The Bond (Goffrier, Waleik)

Come with us. Come with us. Come with us.
Come with us. Come with us. Come.
Your bread is buttered on the wrong side.
Your bread is buttered on the wrong side.

Come with us. Come with us. Come with us.
Come with us. Come with us. Come.
Your band is saddled up for a ride.
Your band is saddled up for a ride.

If not for all of time, then for a little while.
Today is just an accident.
Come with us blue eyes. Come with us blue eyes.
Come with us. Come with us. Come with us. Come.

Your bread is buttered on the wrong side.
Your band is saddled up for a ride.

Despite the distractions, amid the detractions,
Tonight we're swollen purple!
Come with us blue eyes. Come with us blue eyes.
Come with us. Come with us. Come with us.
Come.

Another Life (Goffrier, Waleik)

Mary more to come, little Mary more to come
Mary more to come
She heard a crash and blind with love
Failed to look above her
Left her body, gave it up
Traded for another
Every word of her goodbyes
Ran from unenlightened eyes

Friends from then and friends to be
Voices in her head that we
Had to take her word for
Psychic stories, more than one
And there'll be many more to come...
Another Life

Next time is her favorite time
She knows how to spend it
Dancing through a life of rhyme
Dying doesn't end it
Broken bodies turn to ground
And all the sadness turns around

Mary more to come, little Mary more to come
Mary more to come
Hey Godfather, turn around
There is soul beyond James Brown
Another Life, Another Life

Slam (Goffrier, Oliphant)

Slam   Full force backwards
Slam   Now full force
Slam   Cross the street backwards
Slam You're off course

Here is the door - you're not coming in
You'll pull that trick again much too quick again
No one knows your mughulla but you

Slam   Big stiff forearm
Slam   Aim your voice
Slam   Like there's a war on
Slam   It's your choice

Here is the door
You're not coming in
You'll pull that trick again, much too quick again
No one knows your mughulla but you

Slam   Full force dancing
Slam   Would beds break?
Slam   Can you call it dancing?
Slam   Stop this ache

Here is the door - you're not coming in
You'll pull that trick again, much too quick again
No one knows your mughulla but you

Here is the door - you're not coming in
You'll pull that trick again, much too quick again
No one knows your mughulla but you

Bony Knees Of Nothing (Goffrier, Waleik)

The middle of the day becomes the night-time
Whatever plans you made you can forget
The middle of the day lights up like night-time
I will be forever in your debt

Make myself at home -
Sitting on the Bony Knees of Nothing
All I have is yours!
Welcome to the world -
And to the Bony Knees of Nothing
All I have is yours!

The middle of the night becomes the daytime
That's okay, we didn't need the rest
The middle of the bed lights up like the daytime
"This is rich," I said against your chest

Make myself at home -
Sitting on the Bony Knees of Nothing
All I have is yours!
Welcome to the world -
And to the Bony Knees of Nothing
All I know is:

Someday someway,
The lap of luxury .............. to you
In the middle of the dream that's all but empty

Bony Knees of Nothing   All I have is yours!
Welcome to the world,
my world and to the Bony Knees of Nothing
All I have is yours!

Baby Blue (Waleik)

He knows the reason
Why the sky went out
And the sun turned blue
And stole the evidence from her own eyes

Last night she tucked her love all in
Now gone it fled as hate moved in
A hard blue criminal with soft pink skin

Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Now as she lays down to cry in her sleep
Snow falls in blankets and rain fall in sheets
To wrap her up in time for midnight beat

Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Picnic (Goffrier)

Vicki, a memo to you written after all of these years
Susanna, a memo to you written after all of these years
Give me one more day to feel your love - in the air
In the air - a memo to you, answer it if you still care

Picnic   Picnic
Picnic   Picnic

Debbie, together again now after all of those years
Do you know IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS
  still after 22 years
I was busy looking at the space we can fill in the air
In the air - I've forgotten the verse,
  Michael, tell me no one's aware

Picnic   Picnic
Picnic   Picnic

Take this to Carnegie Hall, I'm not afraid anymore
Take it to Carnegie Hall, I'm not afraid anymore
Now it's just a space that we can fill in with love - in the air
In the air of Carnegie Hall
If they can fit us in there
Fit us in there

The Monsters Of Jazz (Waleik, Goffrier, Michener)

The party's over now

The Monsters of Jazz never sounded so great
But still some people can't get them straight
The Monsters are playing are playing away
They've got years to kill and they like it that way

I know it's unlike you to be sentimental
But let's shed a tear for the lost potential
The backlash not started? It already has
Let's feel sorry for the Monsters of Jazz

The party's starting now

A tormented seven with a ludicrous rhyme
A lucky break in 7/5 time
Those card-bearing Monsters just jam till they're done
Caught in the sights of the show business gun
The kids are up and giving them a hand
That's half the fun of being in a band
There's not a dry eye in the house
Not a dry eye in your house
When they bring out the Monsters of Jazz
When they bring out the Monsters of Jazz
When they bring out the Monsters of Jazz
When they bring out the Monsters of Jazz

Impossible Things (Goffrier, Waleik)

 
They'll miss you at your job today
The clock beams out a deadly ray
Don't let it hit you, get away
We never preferred

Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us
Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us

The ghosts that haunt you where you lay
The evil sounding break of day
I wish that phone would fly away
It chirps like a bird

Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us
Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us

Something's missing from my hand
Where a mouth should be, I'm all ears instead
I swallowed every thing you said
I've been well fed and it hurts

So look into the dusty stare
The lights are on I must be there
Don't get up, don't move the air
I'm waiting for words

Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us
Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us

Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us
Impossible things before breakfast
Impossible things only for us

Blood Pact (Waleik)

Down, down, down, down, down you went
To sign a bloody pact with the Man
Never stopping once to think again
Always reeling, never feeling
That we had a chance in hell
Never had a chance to tell

Don't think too much or make yourself afraid
It's you and you alone that made yourself afraid
You're self-made

Deeper now, down thirteen levels
Every one had thirteen devils
Waiting for our chance to meet the Boss
Four nervous guys armed with but wit
Then in his evil presence stood
Offered us deal WE TOOK IT!!!

Don't think too much or make yourself afraid
It's you and you alone that made yourself afraid
You're self-made

His eyes of red and will of steel
   soon had you falling down a shaft
Should have screamed instead you laughed
You hit the bottom in the darkness,
  combed your hair and went to find
The sound of singing in the gold mine

Father's Day (Goffrier)

Guess who's working on the house
Guess who's working on the house
Polishing the glass, looking from the outside
Take the time to ask him
"How long until it's a home?"
"How long until it's a home?"

What's the matter with our place
What's the matter with our place
Adding on a room just to keep his space
Now it's time to ask him
"How long until it's a home?"
How long have you left the words for a Father's Day?

"How long until it's a home?"
"How long until it's a home?"
Guess who's working on the house
Guess who's working on the house
Putting up a wall; this won't keep us out today
Now's the time...
"How long until it's a home?"
How long have you left the words for a Father's Day?

Baby Doll (Goffrier, Michener, Oliphant, Waleik)

Baby Doll
How are you going to raise them all?
You're a baby doll

Baby Doll
Raising hell in a cell too small
And still a baby doll

Go ask anyone, but it can't be undone.
Easier said that tomorrow brings what tomorrow brings
Easier said that tomorrow brings what it brings
Easier said that tomorrow brings what tomorrow brings
You'll be smiling - Go ask anyone!!

Baby Doll
Now that you're going to keep them all
You'll be smiling

Baby Doll
Leave the "rats" waiting at the mall
You'll be smiling then...

Go ask anyone, but it can't be undone.
Easier said that tomorrow brings what tomorrow brings
Easier said that tomorrow brings what it brings
Easier said that tomorrow brings what tomorrow brings
You'll be smiling - Go ask anyone!!

Life Inside The Cemetery (Michener, Waleik, Goffrier)

Life inside the cemetery
With silent friends keep him wary
Of men who want what he's found

Left behind a colder life
An air-conditioned car and wife
For this field and all that it surrounds

Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain
Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain

The sun bursts and you hear him say
"Thank God it's Independence Day"
The light's not in his eyes but in his touch

He's learned how to count his change
The smooth and rough are all arranged
The Sun gives and it takes so much

Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain
Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain

The city served for this Thanksgiving
Notice that there's no living here
This place is only for the dead

The smell of trouble swiftly turns
To scent of pine as it burns
The flames - an autumn orange and red

Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain
Look South and feel the pleasure
Look North and feel the pain

A hundred days of solitude
The fire thaws a frozen mood
The snow falls on the headstone and the man

(Dedicated to Bill Britt)

All The Way From Memphis (Ian Hunter)