THAT’S THE WAY YOU LOVE ME
There’s a soft light where the rain is falling
Coming down through the cottonwood on an old dirt road
And I’m free walking where the birds are calling
With two thousand miles worth of ways that you let me go
And that’s the way you love me
No long shadow

Lost for hours where the mountain’s rolling
And the mesa’s lying still as a long held breath
There’s a wonder that can free the holding
Of our old misfortunes and regrets
That’s the way you love me
No heart of debt

There is stardust in the sand below me
In an unimaginable span of time
And while I dwell here I’m never lonely
Inside the mystery I’m never weary of this life
And that’s the way you love me
Full of wonder and surprise
That’s the way you love me
While I fly
 


WHEN WE SLOW DOWN
Birds and bees and breezes humming
Mooring us in time and space
Sun kissed peaches warm and running
Dripping from your smiling face
On those days when we slow down
I love the sound of those days
When we slow down

Words like ribbons whole and binding
Satin from your lips
Weaving lines, intertwining
Hearts and minds and fingertips
On those days when we slow down
I love the sound of those days
When we slow down

Deep desires unfold again
Widening inside your chest
Faint whispers from within
Surfacing to manifest
On those days when we slow down
Oh I love the sound of those days
When we slow down
 


LONELY WHEN YOU GO
I can see that there’s no use
Trying to cut my heartache loose
I’m lonely when you go, lonely when you go
Oh I never dreamt that I could miss you so

Every day’s just time passing through
And I’m getting by just making do
I’m lonely when you go, lonely when you go
And there’s nothing I can do

All the miles between us make for change
Already I don’t see you quite the same
I’m lonely when you go, lonely when you go
And there’s nothing I can do

Except to keep the bright side right out in full sight
We must be something special if I reach for you at night
And dream about you sweetly, waking up just like
A silver lining waiting on a piece of cloud and light

All the lights are turned down low
Every room just seems to know
That I’m lonely when you go, lonely when you go
And there’s nothing I can do

I look up at the moon and watch the speed of light
Racing down in silver tone
And yet the time it creeps, barely moves your feet
Back towards home

I’m lonely when you go, lonely when you go
And there’s nothing I can do
 


BIG COUNTRY
Baby’s standing in my kitchen
Smiling away like a fool
Talking a million miles a minute
No one miss me like the way he do

Feeds me stories with my supper
All spiced up with gentle lies
No not trying to deceive me
Just making big this day that I’ve arrived

There is nothing ordinary about the way he waits for me
Arms wide as the mid-west prairie
He’s got a heart just like big country

Don’t that sky roll on forever
Don’t it seem hard to explain
How back east, home feels big as ever
While driving Oklahoma’s west bound lane

I can’t find a destination where his tenderness don’t reach
From Shenandoah to the Shawnee Nation
He’s got a heart just like big country
All the way from Amarillo through the wind and tumbleweed
He holds me anywhere I will go, in a heart just like big country

He’s got a heart just like big country
 


ANOTHER TIME
Summertime with Ray Charles singing Georgia on my mind
Chevrolets with fin tail lights rolling off the line
Screen door slammed at six o’clock each night
With supper on the table and everyone inside
I come from another time
I come from another time

Hippies on the street corners trying to make waves
Unafraid to take a stand and shake us all awake
TV burning in black and white
While crew cut law men wielded sticks into the night
I come from another time
I come from another time

It’s a winding road that we’ve been on
From the race to space and a protest song
To this place of fear and these sealed up rooms
Rising up and falling way too soon

DJ dedications flowed down the interstate
Poetry washing up on San Francisco bay
The power of love, amazing grace
Trying to weave it’s way into every place
I come from another time
I come from another time


JUST ABOUT FOREVER
Out in the field, over by the gate
Come on out and meet me and don’t be late
It’s been far too long holding on without you
Walk along the fence, up and down the hill
Link ourselves together in the late day chill
Can’t warm up in this big old world without you

Ain’t this love a real high flyer
Up with the sparrows on a telephone wire
Off in the meadow and the low sweet briar together
Say that we, say we will, keep it all together till we get our fill
Think it ought to take just about forever

Shot gun start, a couple of kids
The pots and pans, the rattling lids
The cotton snapping outside on the line
The candle burning at both ends
The million ways we learn to bend
The ups and downs that teach us how to climb into

This big love, a real high flyer
Up with the sparrows on a telephone wire
Off in the meadow and the low sweet briar together
Say that we, say we will, keep it all together till we get our fill
Think it ought to take just about forever

Watch time fly off with the years, whisper kindness into the gears
That keep turning out these high old days we’re into
Kick into the dirt, loosen up a stone
Toss it in the well, snap a wishbone
Any little prayer to keep us holding onto

This big love, a real high flyer
Up with the sparrows on a telephone wire
Off in the meadow and the low sweet briar together
Say that we, say we will, keep it all together till we get our fill
Think it ought to take just about forever
 


LET ME IN TONIGHT
Six lanes wide this city street
A million people on their feet
Subway cars where no eyes meet
And lately what I’ve found

Is I’m as lonely as can be
Won’t you come and stay with me
We could spend an hour or three
See what comes around

The painted ladies all out doing their best
High heels longer than their evening dress
Streetlamps muddy up the evening sky
It all seems to slow the hours passing by

Candy wrappers on the wind
I watch them rise and fall again
I need someone to let me in
Let me in tonight

Wall street bankers passing lone card sharks
Diamond merchants chained up through the dark
Jailbird thieves out on the streets again
Red-faced rummies watch them breaking in

Jazz floats down from some high rise
Windows full of warm lamplight
Won’t you share your quiet life
With me tonight

I need someone to let me in tonight
 


ASPHALT FLY BOYS
Big trucks rolling, going my way
Far as I can see
Miles of drive train, endless parade
True blue company

Out across the desert sand
Winding through a no-man’s land
Long convoy
I’ve been falling into line
I’ve been keeping time
With the asphalt fly boys

Big trucks rolling, groaning under
All the weight of what we need
And if they slow down
Every small town’s
Gonna fall to it’s knees

Up through the mountain pass
Foot stomping on the gas
All gears and noise
I’ve been keeping time
Falling into line
With the asphalt fly boys

Big trucks rolling, blessed drivers
Home town absentees
They swarm at sunrise
The heart of the hive
The worker honey bees

The good life is on my tongue
I keep them on the run
Well employed
I have made him mine
I’ve been keeping time
With the asphalt fly boys
 


CONSCIENTIOUS MAN
From the cabby’s back seat we looked out on the street
At the billboards gone plasma by now
They gave up the truth that it’s only the youth
That the circuitry here will allow
I reach for your hand rough and calloused like sand
From the decades of labor and sweat
Though this country insists that we don’t exist
I know that we’re not finished yet

Near the upper west side of Manhattan we tried
To stay out all night in Times Square
But we were headed again to the hotel by ten
And those seven flights back up the stairs
Stumbling into our room closed off like a womb
From the great pounding big city heart
Turned down the bed, fell in bone dead
We laughed and made love in the dark

Oh I know that you’re brave at heart
I know you love to stand
For anything that is falling apart
You’re a conscientious man

We thought that we might walk the ground zero sight
But we still saw white ash in our dreams
And as boomers we knew beneath that perfect sky blue
What those smoldering fires would mean
Now the whole world moves on, we arrive and we’re gone
And the most we can hope for as yet
Is that those who are wise try to open the eyes
Of the young who are prone to forget

Oh I know that you’re brave at heart
I know you love to stand
For anything that is falling apart
You’re a conscientious man 


SWING LOW NEW MEXICO
Gray sky hanging down real low
Santa Fe New Mexico
With all the beauty you can stand
Heading north for the Rio Grande

Magpie’s gather up above
Breast all white as a turtle dove
Without a word you understand
The deep run spirit of the land

Swing low New Mexico into the heart of every man
Swing low New Mexico into the lion and the lamb

I shed my beastly world within
Shed my title, shed my skin
And walk the gorge with no disguise
And learn to hear my own sweet lies

Swing low New Mexico into the heart of every man
Swing low New Mexico into the lion and the lamb

Terracotta sun baked land
She lies to rest all my own plans
Her Pueblo heart so deep at rest
That I break wide open at her breast

Swing low New Mexico into the heart of every man
Swing low New Mexico into the lion and the lamb