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HARRY CHAPIN lyrics - On the Road to Kingdom Come

The Mayor Of Candor Lied

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In the little town of Candor in the last year of my youth I learned the final lesson of the levels to the truth My father was a farmer he'd go tilling in the ground My mother was a neighbor she'd go visiting around. But I didn't care. For I had found the answer to a plowboy's lonely prayer. She was the daughter of the Mayor. The Mayor fought my courtship for he'd made other plans He saw her married to a better man than a boy with farmer's hands. I said -- I hate your father, it's so hard not to strike him. She said --You know I love you because you're so much like him. And so I'd go sneaking in the evening And there she'd stand a crying in the dawn as I was leaving But the Mayor of Candor lied When he offered me his only daughter The Mayor of Candor tried To take her across the water What a thing to do to a young man in love What a thing to do to your daughter. One day with father on his tractor and mother off again I go to find the mayor and work out what I can But he is not at his office, he is not at his home When I find him in the countryside he is not alone He is holding a woman and imagine my surprise As she jumps back from his arms I look into my mother's eyes All my thoughts of outrage, embarrassment and pain Were washed away by what came roaring through my brain The Mayor's at my mercy and I hear my own voice say -- Your run for re-election is just one month away. And the world will never know of what I've seen here sir But I'll be with your daughter is my meaning clear? My mother looks in horror at the compromise we made But the Mayor's rueful smile says the piper must be paid I had a month of joy in heaven from this deal I'd made in hell What was to happen then my friend a prophet could not tell The day after his re-election and the victory celebration The Mayor takes his family on a month long foreign vacation Oh Coleen -- you know how much I love you There is no one I'd ever place above you Oh Coleen -- you don't even know me To have you there's nothing that's below me. But time always passes after all And as the summer follows spring so does the winter follow fall The day that they return I stand waiting on the road I watch the car drive up I watch the passengers unload Of course she isn't there of course I should have known The Mayor says that she has stayed the decision was her own. I spit out my hatred and my fury at his lies When he says you tried to blackmail me you're just as bad as I He says -- Go and do your damndest, throw your mother to the streets You know it's been too many years I had to be discreet And as he stands there saying we're just two of a kind It hits me like a thunderbolt exploding in my mind As I look into his leering aged wrinkled mirror of my own face He laughs and sneers and says -- Of course dear son -- Where do you think you came from in the first place? The Mayor of Candor lied When he offered me his only daughter The Mayor of Candor tried To take her across the water What a thing to do to a young man in love What a thing to do to your daughter.

Love Yourz

J. COLE "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
Love yours Love yours [Hook:] No such thing as a life that's better than yours No such thing as a life that's better than yours No such thing as a life that's better than yours No such thing, no such thing Heart beatin' fast, let a nigga know that he alive Fake niggas mad, snakes Snakes in the grass let a nigga know that he arrive Don't be sleepin' on your level cause its beauty in the struggle nigga Goes for all y'all It's beauty in the struggle nigga (Let me explain) It's beauty in the struggle , ugliness in the success Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress I grew up in the city and though some times we had less Compared to some of my niggas down the block man we were blessed And life can't be no fairytale, no once upon a time But I be God damned if a nigga don't be tryin' So tell me mama please why you be drinking all the time? Does all the pain he brought you still linger in your mind? Cause pain still lingers on mine On the road to riches listen this is what you'll find The good news is nigga you came a long way The bad news is nigga you went the wrong way Think being broke was better [Hook] For what's money without happiness? Or hard times without the people you love Though I'm not sure what's 'bout to happen next I asked for strength from the Lord up above Cause I've been strong so far But I can feel my grip loosening Quick, do something before you lose it for good Get it back and use it for good And touch the people how you did like before I'm tired of living with demons cause they always inviting more Think being broke was better Now I don't mean that phrase with no disrespect To all my niggas out there living in debt Cashing minimal checks Turn on the TV see a nigga Rolex And fantasize about a life with no stress I mean this shit sincerely And that's a nigga who was once in your shoes Living with nothin' to lose I hope one day you hear me Always gon' be a bigger house somewhere, but nigga feel me Long as the people in that motherfucker love you dearly Always gon' be a whip that's better than the the one you got Always gon' be some clothes that's fresher than the ones you rock Always gon' be a bitch that's badder out there on the tours But you ain't never gon' be happy till you love yours [Hook] Heart beatin' fast, let a nigga know that he alive Fake niggas mad, snakes Snakes in the grass let a nigga know that he arrive

A Mother's Day

JIM BRICKMAN "Simple Things"
A Mother's Day Mom and Dad were reading in the den Mom said, 'I'm gonna go to bed, it's late.' She went to the kitchen to make three School lunches another night in a mother's day. Put the cereal bowls out for breakfast, Set the coffee maker for 6:00am; Sewed a loose button on brother's shirt for him; Checked sister's math homework, sent a note to the teacher, Added eggs to the grocery list; Started a load of wash, made sure the doors were locked, Put water in the puppy's dish; Wrote a check to the children's piano teacher, Turn the dishwasher on; And Dad called out, 'Honey what's takin' you so long?' Have I ever thanked you for everything you've done? Now all that I can say is, 'I love you Mom.' Hung some art on the refrigerator door and Headed up the stairs; Kissed all the children and helped Sister comb her Wavy golden hair. Washed her make-up off and turned on the bath; Lay down in the moon soft light And kissed dad goodnight. Have I ever thanked you for everything you've done? Now all that I can say is, 'I love you Mom.' Thank you for nursing me through all those colds and fevers; Thank you for believin' in me when they were no other believers. And it's never too late to say, 'I love you Mom.'

Wordplay

JASON MRAZ "Mr. A-Z"
I've been all around the world I've been a new sensation But it doesn't really matter In this generation The sophomore slump is an uphill battle And someone said that ain't my scene 'Cause they need a new song Like a new religion Music for the television I can't do the long division Someone do the math For the record label puts me on the shelf up in the freezer Got to find another way to live the life of leisure So I drop my top Mix and I mingle Is everybody ready for the single and it goes... [Chorus] Ha La La La La Now listen closer to the verse I lay (Ha La La La La) It's all about the wordplay (Ha La La La Love) The wonderful thing it does Because, because I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's Yeah the Mister A to Z They say I'm all about the wordplay When it's time to get ill I got your remedy For those who don't remember me Well let me introduce you to my style I try to keep a jumble And the lyrics never mumble When the music's makin' people tongue-tied You want a new song Like a new religion Music for the television I can't do the long division Someone do the math For the people write me off like I'm a one-hit wonder Gotta find another way to keep from goin' under Pull out the stops Got your attention I guess it's time again for me to mention The wordplay [chorus] Ha La La La La Now listen closer to the verse I lay (Ha La La La La) It's all about the wordplay (Ha La La La Love) The wonderful thing it does Because, because I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's Yeah the Mister A to Z They say I'm all about the wordplay I built a bridge across the stream my consciousness It always seems to be a flowin' But I don't know which way my brain is goin' Oh the ryhmin' and the timin' Keeps the melodies inside me And they're comin' Till I'm running out of air Are you prepared to take a dive into the deep end of my head Are you listening to a single word I've said Ha La La La La Listen closer to the words I say Ha La La La La I'm stickin' to the wordplay Ha La La La Love The wonderful thing it does Because, because I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's Yeah the Mister A to Z They say I'm all about the wordplay Ha La La La La I'm all about the wordplay Ha La La La La Stickin' with the wordplay Ha La La La Love I love the wonderful thing it does Because, because The ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's fall back in love For the Mister A to Z they say Is all about the wordplay

The Homefront

Billy Bragg "Talking With The Taxman About"
Father mowsthe lawn and Mother peels the potatoes Grandma lays the table alone And adjusts a photograph of the unknown soldier In this Holy of Holies, the Home And from the TV an unwatched voice Suggests the answer is to plant more trees The scrawl on the wall says what about the workers And the voice of the people says more salt please Mother shakesher head and reads aloud from the newspaper As Father puts another lock on the door And reflects upon the violent times that we are living in While chatting with the wife beater next door If paradise to you is cheap beer and overtime Home truths are easily missed Something that every football fan knows It only takes five fingers to form a fist And whenit rains here It rains so hard But never hard enough to wash away the sorrow I'll trade my love today for a greater love tomorrow The lonely child looks out and dreams of independence From this family life sentence Mother seesbut does not read the peeling posters And can't believe that there's a world to be won But in the public schools and in the public houses The Battle of Britain goes on The constantpromise of jam tomorrow Is the New Breed's litany and verse If it takes another war to fill the churches of England Then the world the meek inherit, what will it be worth Mother fightsthe tears and Father, his sense of outrage And attempts to justify the sacrifice To pass their creed down to another generation 'Anything for the quiet life' In the Land of a Thousand Doses Where nostalgia is the opium of the age Our place in History is as clock watchers, old timers, window shoppers.

I Did It

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND "Everyday"
I'm mixing up a bunch of magic stuff A magic mushroom cloud of care A potion that'll rock, the boat will rock And make a bomb of love and blow it up I did it Do you think I've gone too far I did it Guilty as charged I did it It was me right or wrong I did it Yeah I never did a single thing that did a single thing To change the ugly ways of the world I didn't know it felt so right inside I didn't know it all I opened up the curtains I heard sirens there, the lights flash and crawl But I did it justice I just did it for the buzz, oh It's a nickel or a dime for what I've done The truth is that I don't really care For such a lovely crime I'll do the time You better lock me up I'll do it again I did it Do you think I've gone too far I did it Guilty as charged I did it It was me right or wrong I did it Yeah I never did a single thing that did a single thing To change the ugly ways of the world I didn't know it felt so right inside I didn't know it all I open up the curtains I heard sirens there, the lights flash and crawl But I did it justice I just did it for us all, you know All you people are the skewers of our dreams Like the cat that collared me: Oh, what I gotta say to you You got love Don't turn it down Turn it loud Let it build We got a long way to go But you, ya gotta start somewhere Go door to door Spread the love you got You got the love You get what you want Does it matter where you get it from I for one Don't turn my cheek for anyone Unturn your cheek to give your love Love to grow I did it Do you think I've gone too far I did it Guilty as charged I did it It was me right or wrong I did it Yeah, yeah, yeah I did it I told you, I told you I did I did it Guilty as charged I did it I told you, I told you I did I did it Yeah I never did a single thing that did a single thing To change the ugly ways of the world I didn't know it felt so right inside I didn't know it all I open up the curtains I heard sirens there, the lights flash and crawl But I did it justice I swear I did it for us all, you know

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