The other side
lyrics

WOUND UP

I was born in the nick of time -
rolled me on my side.
I get wound up, I get wound up.
Loosen me up, loosen me up. 

Who came first? The chick or the hen?
Will we ever be wild again? 
I get wound up, I get wound up.
Loosen me up, loosen me up. 

And hold me like a child...
hold me like a child again. 
Spoon feed me/your best cookin',
somethin' that you made from scratch. 
Just hold me like a child - 
hold me like a child again. 

A sideways glance
a misplaced word...
he's saying something I never heard.
I get wound up, I get wound up. 
Loosen me up, loosen me up. 

A babe in a basket on the steps at dawn...
whole life spent wondering what went wrong...
I get wound up. 
Loosen me up, loosen me up, loosen me up, loosen me.

And hold me like a child...
hold me like a child again. 
Spoon feed me/your best cookin',
somethin' that you made from scratch. 
Just hold me like a child,
hold me like a child again. 
Just hold me like a child,
hold me like a child again. 
 

LORELEI

Lorelei...Lorelei...Lorelei...
She's standing at the top of the stairs.
No one is listening, 
or nobody cares. 

Lorelei...Lorelei...Lorelei...
He's knocking at her front door. 
But her heart doesn't live here anymore.

Lorelei...Lorelei...Lorelei...
Frozen grass, warm winter sun.
The hard times have only just begun.

Lorelei...Lorelei...Lorelei...
They knew she had to go. 
Where she'll end up, nobody knows.
 

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

My favorite picture on the wall:
a girl, a log cabin and a couple of dogs. 
Beyond her is a big red barn,
she's got a shovel and a pitchfork
swung over each arm...
looks like another dusty day
of work on the farm.

There's an old dirt road that'll take you there.
If you don't want to worry, if you ain't got a care.

And I would be happy there - 
out in the middle of nowhere.
With my old beat up Ford,
my green-broke horse,
I'm sitting on the front porch.
Sitting on the front porch,
with the dogs laying at my feet.
We've got a lot of mountain
and a little creek out there.
Out in the middle of nowhere.

Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams
are singing to me through the window.
I've got a bread in the oven
and a stew over the stove.
Tonight I'll braid down my long brown hair
and I'll pack up a saddle bag on the mare -
I've got a fence to fix...
see me riding over that ridge?

And I would be happy there - 
out in the middle of nowhere.
With my old beat up Ford,
my green-broke horse,
I'm sitting on the front porch.
Sitting on the front porch,
with the dogs laying at my feet.
We've got a lot of mountain
and a little creek out there.
Out in the middle of nowhere.


THE RIVER

Meet me at the river.
Overturn each mossy stone.
Meet me at the river.
Tell me something I don't know.

Shed your rough snake skin.
Throw caution to the wind.
Shed your rough snake skin.
Breathe my love like oxygen.

And explore each dark cave
where I hide when I'm afraid.
Love me more tomorrow
than you did yesterday.

Bathe me in the river.
Wash off all of these sins.
Bathe me in the river.
So we may begin again.

And explore each dark cave
where I hide when I'm afraid.
Love me more tomorrow
than you did yesterday.


BLOWN AWAY

My car won't start
but my heart is beating hard.
I'm walking down the dark
alley to your door.
And he met me in silence
with a white rag to stop the bleeding.
My face was flushed,
and my forehead was warm.

When our eyes met
and our pulse raced,
what did we know?
To guess how many lives
we lived together...
were we cut from the same stone?
Oh the mind can play tricks
on lonely hearts...
when you find you feel better together
than when you're apart.

And I know you couldn't save me.
I know no one can.
I'm standing in the eye of the storm
just looking for an escape plan.
My voice is the howling wind,
my eyes cry like rain.
My house has been blown down...
will I ever be the same?

Why do I hold on
when nothing stays?
Subtle as sand changing shape
underneath a relentless wave.
Oh love is so tender,
love can be so strong.
Love can feel so right
even when we know it's wrong. 

And I know you couldn't save me.
I know no one can.
I'm standing in the eye of the storm
just looking for an escape plan.
My voice is the howling wind,
my eyes cry like rain.
My house has been blown down...
will I ever be the same?
Oh my house has been blown down - 
I'll never be the same.


THE DRIFTER

Walk down that road
don't know where it's leadin'.
Lookin' for a painted arrow on the ground.
Your back is sturdy
and your shoes are new, 
lookin' for somewhere
where no one knows you.

Step into a new town -
you're just one more unfamiliar face.
And people walking by bump your shoulders.
Not a memory to hold dear.
No one knows your story here.
You're just another stranger passing by.

And it's a sweet, bittersweet journey
when you don't know exactly where to go.
But somewhere out there, there's a shadow
of a place that will welcome you home.
Welcome you home.

It can't be lonesome
when no one really sees you
and finds something about you they don't like.
But what about on one of
those dreary, cold and quiet nights,
when you lay and dream of someone by your side?

Well it's a sweet, bittersweet journey
when you don't know exactly where to go.
But somewhere out there, there's a shadow
of a place that will welcome you home.
Yes, somewhere out there
there's a shadow
of a place that will welcome you home.


FOCUS


I've been staring at this rickety old cedar fence
this rickety old cedar fence
for more than an hour now...
the sun is setting now...
for more than an hour now...
the sky is rush of purple and orange.

And I can't see the end
of that broken down post
drifting over that rolling hill.
But the grass has been the deepest shade of indigo
for more than an hour now.

Well I've been staring at that old decrepit barn
that old decrepit barn
for more than an hour now...
and it's beginning to blend in with
the raggedy-ann topped Hemlocks
those raggedy-ann tops.

And I can't see the end
to that broken down post...
it's drifting over that rolling hill.
But the grass has been the deepest shade of indigo
for more than an hour now.

I've been staring...
I've been staring...
oh I've been
staring at that old
cedar fence.


FORBIDDEN LOVE

Being 'round you makes my heart swell.
Makes me weak in the knees.
Like I've been struck by a bolt of lightning. 
Like I could soar above this small town.

What if we did -
what if we let this whole thing go...
where would we begin?
Picking up the pieces
of the moments we shared...
would they stop and stare?

And they'd start throwing glass -
'cus everybody likes to break things
when they get mad.
Oooo, oooo, oooo, oh,
why are we so afraid to love?
I'll never understand.
No, I'll never understand.

Winter is coming -
let's hibernate!
Come with me babe,
we'll hide away.
We won't have to show ourselves
again until Spring.
Maybe by then
this scene will have changed.

Like a wildfire
they're spreading lies.
'Cus you know,
everybody likes to talk about
other people's lives.
Oooo, oooo, oooo.
You got something to say,
just say it to my face.
Can you say it to my face?

Oooo, oooo, oooo.
Oooo, oooo, oooo.
Oooo, oooo, oooo.
Oooo, oooo, oooo.



UP THE RIVER

by Laura Veirs



THE OTHER SIDE

One more turn to look back at the sun
a moment drags on forever before it's gone
and lately I've been wondering what it's like to pass on
time is moving faster now
life is shorter than it's long.

A dark shadow has been following me around
quicksand masquerading as solid ground
and I can't go to bed
it'll happen again tomorrow.

Overnight my children have grown up too
and the idea of me and you
is nothing but a daydream from a former life.

My body hurts more now when I fall
and in my hear there's an eternal lonely coyote call.
I'm just wandering, passing the time.
This life is but a stepping stone to the other side.

The other side...

They say I'll feel painless and whole
when I set down the weight of all the sorrow
on the other side...
the other side...
if what they say is true
I will spend an eternity with you
on the other side.

My body hurts more more when I fall
and in my heart there's an eternal lonely coyote call...
I'm just wandering, passing the time.
This life is but a stepping stone to the other side.

The other side...

Mama, don't cry for me
'cus I'm finally free.
Oh, I'm finally free.
I'm finally free.


FOLLOW HER DOWN

She was wise.
She was a sweet-hearted woman -
she didn't take any shit...
she ran with the wolves,
keeping up with the shooting stars.
She'll stare at you long and hard -
make you question who you are.
Why do you feel good?
Why do you feel bad?
How do you feel,
and where do you feel it all?

Follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman...
follow her down.

You've got to follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman...
follow her down.

She was small,
but she was mighty strong -
deep in her core.
Keeping soft inside the edges,
she'll teach you how not to harden -
harden and you're doomed
harden and you're dead.
Harden and you're doomed
harden and you're dead.
Harden and you're doomed
harden and you're dead.
You've got to rise above it.

Follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman...
follow her down.

You've got to follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman,
follow that woman...
follow her down.

Feel the weight.
You've got to feel the weight.

She buried her heart deep within the ground.
For the world is big - for the world is round.
She buried her heart deep within the ground.
For the world is big - for the world is round.

Follow her down.
Follow her down.
Follow her down.
Follow her down.


THE GREAT DIVIDE

Where do you go?
Where do you go, honey?
Where do you go when you go away?
Where do you go when you go away?

I live in a big house.
I live in a big house, honey.
I live in a big house all alone.
I live in a big house all alone.

I'm dying inside.
I'm dying inside.
I'm dying inside and no one knows.
I'm dying inside and no one knows.

Who will love me now?
Who will love me now, honey?
Who will love me now that I'm old?
Oh, who will love me now that I'm old?