DESERT AFTER RAIN

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Desert After Rain

  1. Things I Left Behind (Petty) 4:25
  2. Crime Scene Ribbon (Petty) 4:17
  3. Desert After Rain (Petty) 4:16
  4. Biker Night (Petty, Walker) 4:41
  5. Wide Open (Jordan) 4:36
  6. Can I Call You A Cab? (Petty) 4:01
  7. Coming Home (Jordan) 4:52
  8. The Sight Of You (Petty) 3:16
  9. Snowglobes (Petty, Jordan) 3:37
  10. Hooked Up (Petty, Jordan, Walker, Cross) 3:55
  11. In The Strings (Petty) 4:04



Things I Left Behind (Petty)

Once I was born to be leaving
Once I was cruel to be kind
But lately I've been dreaming
Of things I left behind
Snap shirts with stains on the collars
Books full of words underlined
Black boots I bought for a dollar
Things I left behind
Don't try to change what the truth is
Traces remain in my mind
I hope you find some kind of use
for the things I left behind
Posters of bands I once sang with
LP's I scratched over time
Words that have dropped from my language
things I left behind
Don't try to change what the truth is
Traces remain in my mind
I hope you find some kind of use
For the things I left behind
So choose what you want to remember
And try not to be too unkind
My life still burns in the embers
Of the things I left behind
Don't try to change what the truth is
Traces remain in my mind
I hope you find some kind of use
For the things I left behind
I hope you find some kind of proof
In the things I left behind


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Crime Scene Ribbon (Petty)

They wrapped your house in crime scene ribbon
And threw you out into the snow
That filled the avenues of Brooklyn
'Til you had nowhere left to go
They shut the F train down at York street
So all along the BQE
We left a trail of staggered footprints
And drunken angels in the street
The future's like a shiny dark black car
It cuts you up at night
And disappears into the dark
Disappears into the dark
Beneath the bar room lights on fifth street
Lie all the songs you never play
They say that just because your love is broken
Doesn't mean it goes away
The future's like a shiny dark black car
It cuts you up at night
And disappears into the dark
Disappears into the dark
They wrapped your house in crime scene ribbon
And they threw your clothes into a cab
You think about the life you're given
It's nothing like the one you've had
The future's like a shiny dark black car
It cuts you up at night
And disappears into the dark
Disappears into the dark
There's too many lights to see the stars
There's too many lights to see the stars
There's too many lights to see the stars
There's too many lights to see the stars


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Desert After Rain (Petty)

Nobody needs to know
Disappointment's always hounded you
'Cos you rarely ever show
All the darkness that surrounds you
Let it go
Let it go
Because...
You make me feel like the calm before the storm
You make feel like shadows on the swimming pool floor
You make me feel like a desert after rain
You make me feel like when I get to the end
Starting all over again
When you feel misunderstood
You put a brave face on and smile with it
And though I like the way it looks
There's always more than one way out of this
Let it go
Let it go
Because...
You make me feel like the dark before tue dawn
You make me feel like patterns on the swimming pool floor
You make me feel like a desert after rain
You make me feel like when I get to the end
Starting all over again
Let it go
Let it go
Because...
You make me feel like I never felt before
You make me feel like shadows on the swimming pool floor
You make me feel like a desert after rain
You make me feel like when I get to the end
Starting all over again


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Biker Night (Petty, Walker)

It's biker night in Alabama
The streets all smell like hardware stores
And the ghosts of names that have played here before me
Are stickered on the walls
It's biker night in Alabama
It's buy one get one free
And all the neon lights for Jaeger and Bud
Sing to me
But I know deep down
I know deep down
I know deep down
I will never be enough for you
It's biker night in Alabama
The world has gone to war
And on the phone when I said I never loved you
I meant I never loved you more
But I know deep down
I know deep down
I know deep down
I will never be enough for you


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Wide Open (Jordan)

I keep a slender grasp on reality
'Cos it puzzles me
You might say I bury my head in the sand
I keep a watchful eye on the things that
I know I can't control
You might say I'm taking the easy way out
I keep a photograph
A backstage pass
A broken heart
I keep an old dog-eared
Souvenir pack of cards
But I'm wide open
I'm holding a winning hand
Wide open
I'm getting my system down
Wide open
I'm not going to fold
I make a strong case for believing in almost anything
You might say I'm only convincing myself
I make a bee-line for all the hidden thoughts I ought to avoid
You might say I'm trying to be somebody else
I make a brave attempt but nothing mends
A broken heart
I make a list of friends
And never send them Christmas cards
But I'm wide open
I'm holding a winning hand
Wide open
I'm getting my system down
Wide open
I'm not going to fold
Let me play out the hand I hold
I take the long way around
'Cos I still haven't found any middle ground
You might say I stand on a slippery slope
I take the beaten path
The cheapest laugh
The consolation prize
I take up too much room
But someday soon
I'll find that I'm
Wide open
I'm holding a winning hand
Wide open
I'm getting my system down
Wide open
I'm not going to fold
Let me play out the hand I hold


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Can I Call You A Cab (Petty)

I've been better
But I'm pretty sure that you've been better too
Can I take the piece of me that I don't like
And kill it with the same in you?
I've got your letters
And a box of crap mouldering in my house
I can't bring myself to deal with it
But I can't throw it out
Let's draw a line in the sand
You take the sea
I'll take the dry land
It's your turn to crash and burn
To find out what I never had to learn
I've been better
The ghost of you still lingers in my head
It follows me back home when I've been out
And tries to get inside my bed
It steals my sweater
And spends all day hanging round my flat
Can't you see I want the mornings to myself
Can I call you a cab?
Let's draw a line in the sand
You take the sea
I'll take the dry land
It's your turn to crash and burn
To find out what I never had to learn
Your turn to learn
Someday you're going to crash and burn
I've been better
When I think of all the lies you spun for me
And how you made the most of knowing that
I wanted to believe
When you said forever
I'm pretty sure you meant it at the time
But looking back it's more than likely that
You were spinning me a line
We built a house on the sand
You take the sea
I'll swim for dry land
It's your turn to crash and burn
To find out what I never had to learn
Your turn to learn
Someday you're going to crash and burn
Burn, burn, burn, burn, burn


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Coming Home (Jordan)

Look at my scars
My blemishes and flaws
I will gladly show you mine
If you will show me yours
Remember when we used to talk
And what we talked about
Before self doubt set in
Discovering life's greatest game
I lost my closest friend
Or are you still there?
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
It won't be long
So keep the fires burning
With fuel for the flames
The lessons we're learning now
Must all be learned again
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
It won't be long
Take my hand and lead me
To where the air lies easy on my mind
So keep asking questions
With your ear to the ground
Though the future is less than sure
I won't be turned around
The wind that blow from East to West
Full of hopefulness
Is caressing me
It doesn't change for anyone
So train your eyes upon the horizon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
'Cos I'm coming home soon
It won't be long
Be my beacon shining out for me
We'll leave this world behind


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The Sight Of You (Petty)

My life just passed me before my eyes
Not enough detail to figure it out
And too much of nothing to write home about
But the sight of you
Hangs before my eyes
The life I never knew
But the sight of you
I sleepwalk through the streets at night
People in limousines glide through the rain
And nobody notices anything strange
But the sight of you
Hangs before my eyes
The life I never knew
But the sight of you
I have to close my eyes
I can't believe it's true
I can't believe it's true
I can't believe
The sight of you


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Snowglobes (Petty, Jordan)

Show me the pictures
You store in a box
Of all the conquests
You wish that you'd lost
Show me the cut glass
Crocodile figurines
That you brought back from Paris
For the tears they don't mean
Show me the shadow
They cast on your life
Show me the snowglobes
The mannequin light
Take me out dancing
To a bar we don't know
We'll get drunk on brandy
We'll never go home
We'll get drunk on brandy
Show me the postcards
The cheap souvenirs
All the "can't wait to see you"s
All the "wish you were here"s
Show me the photograph
Of that girl in a car
That you keep under cold glass
So you know who you are
Show me the shadow
She casts on your life
Show me the snowglobes
The mannequin light
Take me out dancing
To a bar we don't know
We'll get drunk on brand
We'll never go home
We'll get drunk on brandy
And never go home


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Hooked Up (Petty, Jordan, Walker, Cross)

Hooked up to machines
I don't know how you sleep at night
I don't know how you dream
You put us all to shame
I've never had to fight for breath
I've never had been brave
Have you got something that I don't know about?
Have you got something but I'm not aware of it?
Have you got something that's still worth fighting back for?
The last time I saw your face
I had no words to say to you
I had to look away
I can't bear to watch you change
I've never been brave
Have you got something that I don't know about?
Have you got something but I'm not aware of it?
Have you got something that's still worth fighting back for?
I don't know how you sleep at night
Is your face turned to the wall?
Where screens of ultra-violet light
Throw shadows
'Til everything means more
Have you got something that I don't know about?
Have you got something but I'm not aware of it?
Have you got something that's still worth fighting back for?
Hooked up
Hooked up
Hooked up


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In The Strings (Petty)

It's not the song you sing
It's not the chords that hold it down
It's not the dissonant refrain
It's not the words or the sound
It's in the strings
It's in the strings that you lie
It's in the strings
It's in the strings that you lie
I don't know how to say goodbye
It's not the moon you're in
It's not the time zone delays
It's not that broken set of wings
It's not the money or the fame
It's in the strings
It's in the strings that you lie
It's in the strings
It's in the strings that you lie
I don't know how to say goodbye
To say goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye


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Fly Below The Radar

  1. It Is What It Is (Petty) 4:23
  2. Unstoppable (Petty) 4:12
  3. New Mexico (Petty) 5:12
  4. Breathe Easy (Jordan) 4:16
  5. Mill Smoke Black (Petty) 5:05
  6. Somebody Down Here Loves You (Petty, Jordan) 4:12
  7. Martha (Jordan) 3:52
  8. Fly Below The Radar (Petty) 3:04
  9. Badlands (Petty, Walker) 4:24
  10. Fragile (Petty) 5:04
  11. Snake Buckle Belt (Petty) 5:01

Limited Edition Bonus CD

  1. Fly Below The Radar (Petty) Live from KCRW 3:09
  2. New Mexico (Petty) Live from KCRW 5:21
  3. Unstoppable (Petty) Live from KCRW 3:54
  4. Thanks (Petty) Studio track 3:19
  5. Ask (Marr, Morrissey) Live from Rocco Gioffre's loft 3:13



It Is What It Is (Petty)

Every night I lie awake
Waiting for the thunderstorm to break
The only sound that I can hear
Car alarms, static in my ears
I can't tell what's real
I'm far removed from everything I feel
I'm just waiting for the rain
I want it all to be simple once again
Sunlight on the wall
Comes to me
There's no need to talk at all
Sunlight on the wall
It is what it is
There's no need for argument at all
I'm half asleep and half alive
Behind the blinds
It's getting light outside
The sun is leaking in
The freezer hums and the rush hour begins
I turn you over in my mind
There is no solution I can find
Swirling in my brain
I want it all to be simple once again
Sunlight on the wall
Comes to me
There's no need to talk at all
Sunlight on the wall
It is what it is
There's no need for argument at all
Sunlight on the wall
Sunlight on the wall
Sunlight on the wall
Sunlight on the wall
There's no need for argument at all
Sunlight
It is what it is
There's no need for argument at all
Sunlight
It is what it is
There's no need to talk at all
Sunlight
It is what it is
There's no need for argument at all
No need for argument at all

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New Mexico (Petty)

People talking on the bus
In a language that I don't understand
I'm thinking about us
As I'm listening to "Spanish Caravan"
The sun looks like rust
On the shrines by the side of the road
And I'm breathing in the dust
Of New Mexico
I should welcome the change
Oh, I should welcome the change
But I'm looking to get lost
In a small town bar somewhere
To drink until I drop
To forget I ever cared
Rusty old car
Abandoned by the side of the road
Driven too far
To New Mexico
I should welcome the change
Oh, I should welcome the change
What is wrong with me?
I never knew when to stop
Just laugh in the face
Of all that I lost
But now it's like I need to be forgiven
I can't remember for what
So meet me in my dreams
Alone on the endless plain
I'm coming to you clean
I just need to see your face again
You're every song they sing
On my late night AM radio
And I hear you in the wind
Of New Mexico

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Unstoppable (Petty)

Come in from the cold
I've got something to say to you babe
I've been out of control
I've been waiting to tell you for days
But I've been alone for so long
Sometimes I don't know what to say
When something unstoppable
Flows in my veins
You did the impossible
Can you do it again?
'Cos I know I'm impossible
But I held out for years
For something unstoppable
I can't believe that
I can't believe that it's here
I held a piece of me back
For so long I don't know what to say
How do I make it plain
Do I have to say it out loud
Shall I write out your name
In a long vapour trail in the clouds
I've been alone for so long
Sometimes I don't know what to say
Something unstoppable
Flows in my veins
You did the impossible
Can you do it again?
'Cos I know I'm impossible
But I held out for years
For something unstoppable
I can't believe that
I can't believe that it's here

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Breathe Easy (Jordan)

Her traveller's books
Are gathering dust on the shelf
Will somebody else read them now?
She doesn't need telling
She's studied the lie of the land
With no slight of hand
She shuffles her memory cards
'Til one of them falls into place
She hands me her door key
As if she were playing an ace
Clubs, diamonds, and spades
Now I can breathe easy
I breathe easy
I breathe easy
Since she left me
Time waves goodbye
She sends funny letters
Peppered with lines that she stole
She'd plagiarize whole paragraphs
Of no fixed abode
RSVP don't answer back
She's almost a stranger
A bird that took flight long ago
But I wait by the phone for her call
A change in the season
Precipitates no change at all
Spring, Summer, and Fall
I wish I could breathe easy
I breathe easy
I breathe easy
Since she left me
Time waves goodbye
I need somebody
To fill up my cup to the brim
I'm faltering in midstream
Show me the water
That washes my memory clean
I want to breathe easy
I breathe easy
I breathe easy
Since she left me
Time waves goodbye
Time waves goodbye

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Mill Smoke Black (Petty)

I grew up
In a Northern town
Mill smoke black
And tumbling down
And I'd go out
To the hills at night
And I'd stare down
At the big city lights
The big city lights
Stared back at me
And that's why
I knew I had to leave
Don't ask where I'm from
'Cos I come from a past
That's gone
I made plans
For a clean escape
Washed my hands
Of every trace
I went out West
On a red-eye flight
And I came to rest
In the city of light
The city of light
It swallowed me
And that's why
I knew I had to leave
Don't ask where I'm from
'Cos I come from a past
That's gone
Now I never go back
And I'm closed inside
But I'm mill smoke black
If you look in my eyes
I still go out
To the hills at night
And I still stare down
At the big city lights

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Somebody Down Here Loves You (Jordan, Petty)

There's no Buddha
There's no guru
There's no Krishna
There's no Vishnu
There's no-one for you to count upon
When Mary, fair of face
The Mother of All Grace
Has disappeared without a trace
Just remember
Somebody down here loves you
Somebody's thinking of you
Somebody miles above you
Who understands you never planned
To lead your life this way
But if you've had enough
I'm waiting to lead you...
There's no crash mat
There's no waiver
There's no comeback
There's no Saviour
But I'll be your guardian angel yet
And when your race is run
And all your colour's gone
I'll be the one you pin them on
Just remember
Somebody down here loves
Somebody's thinking of you
Somebody miles above you
Who understands you never planned
To lead your life this way
But if you've had enough
I'm waiting to lead you astray

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Martha (Jordan)

I'm not the kind of man to make things easy
I make the rules of the games I play
And I play them well
I've got away with words for such a long time
Won't you play my game?
Martha, our son is dying
Martha, believe me 'cos it's in my head
I've tasted our own sweet home illusion
It's getting late
I'm not the kind of man to hold emotion
The blonde-haired blue-eyed boy you loved
Is moving on
It's easier to play with her emotions
Whatever love wants
Martha, our son is dying
Martha, believe me 'cos it's in my head
I've tasted our own sweet home illusion
It's getting late

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Fly Below The Radar (Petty)

I'm in a sleepy diner
My mouth is full of beans
I'm surprised to find that
I never learned how to lean
On you hard without hurting
'Cos I'm like a broken record
I spit and jump and hiss
Play the same four chords
I play the same old riffs
And it's hard without hurting
So fly below the radar
Crash into my room
Love me hard without hurting
'Cos I'm on a roller coaster
I fear the switchback
Rachet climb
The drop is getting closer
Suddenly everything goes quiet
I can see for miles
Miles
Down, with my heart in my mouth
Down, until I can't breathe at all
I get turned inside out
'Cos I never learned
How to fall hard without hurting
So fly below the radar
Crash into my room
Love me hard without hurting
Without hurting
Without hurting
Without hurting
Without hurting
So fly below the radar
Crash into my room
Love me hard
Love me hard without hurting
I'm in a sleepy diner
My mouth still full of beans
I'm surprised to find that
To say what I mean
Is so hard without hurting

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Badlands (Petty, Walker)

Someday I'll return
To where your stolen body burned
And watch the ashes fly
Into the dark black desert sky
Such a sad man
But you sure could sing
You searched the badlands
For the South Dakota wind
To fan the fire
That made you burn
Your lonely life
Everything you learned
Shadows on the rocks
A field of crucifixion trees
Satellites that cross the sky
As a million eyes look down on me
I feel no sadness
Just a sweet relief
Beyond the madness
There lies an undiscovered peace
That fans the fire
That made you burn
Your lonely life
Everything you learned
So come and walk with me
Upon the surface of the moon
Sit and talk to me
You don't really need to leave so soon
Don't be sad man
Just breathe it in
We're in the badlands
We're in the South Dakota wind
It fans the fire
That makes us burn
Our lonely lives
And everything we've learned
Everything we've learned
Everything we've learned
Everything we've learned
Everything we've learned

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Fragile (Petty)

Dry thunder on the skyline
West Texas plain
We're driving into lightning
Driving into rain
I never felt so small
The storm moved towards us
Like a Holy War
I'm fragile
I'm fragile
There's nothing I can do anyway
So I smile
And tell myself I'll be OK
All through the long hot summer
Feet up on the dash
I never stopped to wonder
If it all would last
Just south of Valentine
We drove through a cloud of yellow butterflies
I'm fragile
I'm fragile
There's nothing I can do anyway
So I smile
And tell myself I'll be OK
I'm right out in the open
Nowhere left to run
I feel like something's broken
That can't be undone
Tall buildings twist and fall
The storm moves towards us
Like a Holy War
We're fragile
We're fragile
There's nothing we can do anyway
So just smile
And tell yourself you'll be OK

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Snake Buckle Belt (Petty)

In the back of an old chest of drawers
I found my snake buckle belt
It held up my flared yellow cords
When my brother was Ringo
And I was George
And all of these loose ends that never get tied
And all of these old flames that never quite died
And all of those grand plans that never came true
Here's to your health
I wear my snake buckle belt
For you
For you
In the back of a church when I was twelve
I learned to smoke and play cards
I still wore my snake buckle belt
When I kissed a girl in the cold graveyard
And all of these loose ends that never get tied
And all of these old flames that never quite died
And all of that young love that never came true
Here's to your health
I wear my snake buckle belt
For you
For you
On the back of a torn tax return
I wrote a list of regrets
And I watched as the paper burned
'Cos I'll never forget
But I'll never learn
That all of these loose ends never get tied
All of these old flames never quite died
So to both of my brothers
Whom I never outgrew
Here's to your health
I leave my snake buckle belt
To you
To you

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Thanks (Petty)

The sun is shining on my face
And I smile for a living these days
But I'm sad as the day is long
Thank you for that
I'm back where I belong
'Cos I only know where I am
When I'm down
I only know where I stand
When my feet
Can't touch the ground
Thanks for fucking up my life
For a while I thought I'd be alright
Now I'm back to my bad old ways
Thank you for that
You put me in my place
'Cos I only know where I am
When I'm down
I only know where I stand
When my feet
Can't touch the ground
Can't touch the ground
Can't touch the...
Chew me up
Spit me out on the floor
I lap it up
I'm coming back for more
Chew me up
Spit me out on the floor
I lap it up
I'm coming back for more
'Cos I only know where I am
When I'm down
I only know where I stand
When my feet
Can't touch the ground
I only know where I am
When I'm down
(Can't touch the ground)
I only know where I am
When I'm down
(Can't touch the ground)
I only know where I am
When I'm down

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Road Movies

  1. Holiday From Myself (Petty) 3:10
  2. Choked Up (Adams) 3:00
  3. I Know Without Asking (Petty, Jordan) 3:57
  4. Lost in the Details (Petty) 4:53
  5. Road Movies (Petty) 5:14
  6. Retrospect (Petty, Jordan, Walker) 3:06
  7. Six Foot (Petty, Jordan) 5:17
  8. Sheer Volume of Traffic (Petty) 4:49
  9. Cool Water (Petty) 4:07
  10. Visible From Space (Petty) 3:55
  11. So Long Soho (Petty) 6:30


Holiday From Myself (Petty)

If I was a friend of mine
I would surely be concerned
I'd recommend I take some time
Away from me
I think I need a holiday from myself
I need some time away from being me
I'm worried about my health
And I seem to be bad company
I need time
To be careless with my mouth
Not worry what I think about
'Cos it's all fine
I need the dawn
I never get to bed before
I don't sleep naked anymore
And I can't lie in
Imagine I could take a package deal
A SAGA tour of ancient Rhodes
A weekend break in Galashiels
Or circumnavigate the globe
I think I need
Two weeks in a caravan
To get away from who I am
And where I've been
So book me up
An all expenses pleasure cruise
Away from thinking about you
All the time
It's a bad sign
I need to kick back in the sun
I need to masquerade as someone else
I need to get myself some fun
I think I need a holiday from myself

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Choked Up (Adams)

I don't know why we can't talk
Everytime we try we get choked up
Running with the feelings that are caught in my head
'Til I can't remember what it was we said
All my friends say I'm in love
This is what I think they're thinking of
I don't know why we can't win
Everytime we lose we just pretend
Running out of money at the end of the month
Knowing I can't buy the things I want
All my friends say I'm in love
This is what I think they're thinking of
Tempt myself with thoughts of leaving
Running out of things left to believe in
Running out of money and time
Running out of money and time
You won't be mine
Count my friends on my left hand
I don't need another who wouldn't understand
All my friends say I'm in love
This is what I think they're thinking of


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I Know Without Asking (Petty, Jordan)

Next time you get this way
Don't phone ahead
Just come round to my place
You can sleep in my bed
You can play my records
You can talk 'til dawn
'Cos I know without asking
You don't have to say what's wrong
You don't have to say what's wrong
'Cos if you need a shoulder
I'm not going anywhere
'Cos if you need a moment
I've got hours of time to spare
'Cos if you need a pick-up
You can smash my old guitar
I know without asking
You don't have to say what's wrong
Next time I get this way
I won't phone ahead
Can I come round to your house?
Can I sleep in your bed?
Can I play your records?
Can I talk 'til dawn?
'Cos I know without asking
I won't have to say what's wrong
Next time you get this way

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Lost in the Details (Petty)

Once I saw a beatnik girl
She took the floor
She sang despite the world
She flicked her hair from her mouth
She did not care
She reminded me of how
I got lost in the details
Of how I pay the rent
Chasing my own tail
The hours that I spent
On the dull and the dutiful
And the day to day demands
She said "I'm just trying to be beautiful
Catch me if you can
Catch me if you can"
Once I had a burning love
It seemed to be far greater than the sum of
The parts we played
And the long goodbye
But it's still the scale
I measure out my life by
But it got lost in the details
Of how I pay the rent
Chasing my own tail
The money that I spent
In the pursuit of distraction
From the day to day demands
She said "I'm just trying to be beautiful
Catch me if you can
Catch me if you can"
She flicked her hair from her mouth
She did not care
She reminded me of how
I got lost in the details
Of how I pay the rent
Chasing my own tail
The hours that I spent
On the dull and the dutiful
And the day to day demands
She said "I'm just trying to be beautiful
Catch me if you can
Catch me if you can"

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Road Movies (Petty)

I dream I'm breathing air
That no-one breathed before
I've got the desert in my hair
My arm gets tanned
As it hangs from a Chevy door
I dream the heat haze sleeps
Above the white hot sand
I watch the land unfurl
Around the vanishing point
Like the spines of a giant fan
Will you be my short-wave station?
Will you be my Dairy Queen?
Will you be my destination
When I burn out of gasoline?
Will you be my restoration?
Will you be my decline and fall?
Will you be my own road movie?
All the roads at home are too small
California I dream I'm dragging deep
On an unfamiliar brand
I watch the stub spin down the black night road
Like the fuse of a fire bomb
I still don't feel like sleep in some lone motel
The towns are ferris wheels
And the streetlights spin like the stars in a carousel
I can't afford my rent
I can't afford my loan
I can't afford to fail
I've got two straight weeks
To lay waste to Babylon
Will you be my short-wave station?
Will you be my Dairy Queen?
Will you be my destination
When I burn out?
Will you be my short-wave station?
Will you be my cruise control?
Will you be my destination
Now I show signs of growing old?
Will you be my restoration?
Will you be my decline and fall?
Will you be my own road movie?
All the roads at home are too small
All the roads at home are too small

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Retrospect (Petty, Jordan, Walker)

I loved you better in retrospect
I was kind
I was good to be with
Twice the lover that you'd expect
In my mind that is how I see it
It seemed so right
In the afterglow of hindsight
I loved you better in retrospect
I'm inclined to pine forever
All the memories I select
Are confined to summer weather
I see your face
In strictly monochrome
Super 8
But I'm not the kind of person
To dwell upon the past
But I'm not the kind of person
You should ask
"Will it last?"
I loved you better in retrospect
You're enshrined in some kind of mystery
It's so convenient to forget
All the times when you'd hardly kiss me
And all the things I swept underneath the carpet
But I'm not the kind of person
To dwell upon the past
I'm not the kind of person
You should ask
"Will it last?"
I loved you better in retrospect
I loved you better
I love you better now we're not together
I love you better now it's not forever
In retrospect I loved you better

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Six Foot (Petty, Jordan)

It's getting light when I get home
Another night I ended on my own
The keys don't seem to fit the lock
I seem to be somebody that I am not
'Cos I'm six foot tall on a good day
I'm eight miles high when I try
I can hold my own with the next man
I just need someone to tell me how tall I am
It's not my style to sink or swim
But the water's high and the tide is rushing in
The high clouds race across the sun
I lift my face
As luck would have it summer's gone
The hazy sun beats down upon a dead-end beach
The wind blows hot
The wind blows colder
One day the world seems to be at my feet
The next it's on my shoulders
'Cos I'm six foot tall on a good day
I'm eight miles high when I try
I can hold my own with the next man
I just need someone to tell me how tall I am
On a good day
I'm eight miles high when I try
I can hold my own with the next man
Won't you tell me how tall
How tall I am?

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Sheer Volume of Traffic (Petty)

We're stationary in the crawler lane
Nothing's moving on the motorway
And we're all worried about what's up ahead
Are there fire engines?
Are there people dead?
Are there lights and sirens?
Are there banks of fog?
Are there filter systems?
Are there acts of god?
Are there lanes merging?
Or maybe it's simply
Sheer volume of traffic
I spent your number
It was written on
What turned out to be my last five pounds
And I can see the vistas behind your eyes
There's other countries
There's other lives
But it seems I'm worried about what's up ahead
Are there fire engines?
Are there people dead?
Are there shards of glass in their hands?
Are there cars ripped apart like metal cans?
So I have to leave you
Even if it's simply
Sheer volume of traffic
Sheer volume of traffic

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Cool Water (Petty)

I got washed here
By a spring tide
By a landslide
By an earthquake
By a fault line
After the storm breaks
There's nothing standing
Tonight
So maybe it's not that long
Maybe it's not that long
Before I'm gone
Maybe it's not that long
Maybe it's not that long
Before I drown
Cool water
Running down my spine
Cool water
Let it be mine
I got lost here
In the sunshine
In the warm wind
In the dying light
In the tall clouds
In the pale sky
After the whirlwind
There's nothing standing
Tonight
So maybe it's not that long
Maybe it's not that long
Before I'm gone
Maybe it's not that long
Maybe it's not that long
Before I drown

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Visible From Space (Petty)

Is nothing good or bad
But talking makes it so?
You should ask my Dad
He's talked enough to know
Better from worse
Rich from poor
It's just sometimes I wish
We could have talked some more
Can I save you from yourself?
Can I say something to help?
Can I shake the Great Wall?
It's funny
But I'm not laughing now
It's funny
But you can't hide it now
It's funny
It's written in your face
Your big heart is visible from space
I've been stumbling round
Searching for the proof
Repeat myself until it becomes the truth
And the birds are singing in the streetlight dawn
They can't tell day from night
With all those flood-lights on

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So Long Soho (Petty)

I like your smile
Pull that barstool over here
Let me bend your ear awhile
When I arrived
I never talked to strangers then
Now it's only in them I confide
I've been here too long
Whored myself around
Seven years I've played your song
So long Soho
Down this street
I lost myself inside a girl
I bought cheap pills and fell too far
You see that bar
Underneath the dartboard light
I battered holes in my guitar
I've been here too long
I whored myself around
Seven years I've played your song
So long Soho town
So spread your wings
Shed your skin and fly too far
I know what the future brings
In some strange car
I'll pine for these rain-swept streets
And the friends I lost in crowded bars
I've been here too long
Whored myself around
Seven years I played along
It's been so long Soho town

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