Pompadour

The Water Is Wise

The Water Is Wise - Tim O’Brien and Sarah Jarosz / No Bad Ham Music / ASCAP / SoRaw Music / BMI

Walking along the banks of a river
Starts out narrow and ends up so wide
Somewhere along you will find the right step-stones
Sooner or later you’ll cross to the other side

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River starts way up in the mountains
Slowly falls all the way to the sea
In between so much twisting and turning
Winding its way until it runs free

I don’t know where I’m going but I know how I’ll get there
I’ll follow the laughing water all the way down Read more »

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I'm A Mess For You

I’m A Mess For You – Tim O’Brien / No Bad Ham Music / ASCAP

Fox in back yard rears her pups, roses bloom and buttercups
Roof is leaking I don't care, love is here it's everywhere
In my shoes and in my pants, in my voice and crooked stance
In my ears and on my mind, on this page it burns and shines

I'm a mess for you, I’m a mess for you
I’m a big ol’ messy mess for you

Jan Renee, Trudy true, I guess I’m not through with you
Reach your arms out, touch my hand, rock me in this weary land
Pull the stopper from the jug, fill me, kiss me, give me hug Read more »

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Get Up Offa That Thing

Get Up Offa That Thing - Deanna Brown, Deidra Yvonne Jenkins and Yamma Brown
Dynatone Publishing Company (BMI)/ Administered by Unichappell Music Inc.

Get up offa that thing, dance ‘til you feel better
Get up offa that thing, dance
Get up offa that dance ‘til you feel better
Get up offa that thing. try to release the pressure

Get up offa that thing, shake
Get up offa that thing and shake ‘til you feel better
Get up offa that thing, shake ‘til you feel better
Get up offa that thing, try to release the pressure

Get up off, good God y’all
Good God, God good y’all Read more »

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Ditty Boy Twang

Ditty Boy Twang - Michael Hurley / Snocko Music / BMI / Administered by BMG Chrysalis

Hey come here all you women, listen to the ditty boy twang
Listen to the ditty boy twang, listen to the ditty boy twang
When you do that ditty boy twang, then you know you will be doin’ a thing

Hey I can’t stand it long, listen to the ditty boy twang
Listen to the ditty boy twang, listen to the ditty boy
When you do that ditty boy twang, then you know you will be doin’ a thing

Hey all you women workin’ on my nerves, listen to the ditty boy twang Read more »

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Gimme Little Somethin' Take Her Off My Mind

Gimme Little Something Take Her Off My Mind - Tim O’Brien and Gary Nicholson / No Bad Ham Music / Gary Nicholson Music admin by Sony / ATV Music Publishing / ASCAP

Went to the doctor down on my knees
Cryin mercy doctor can you help me please
I got bad heart trouble and I’m sinkin fast
My breath’s so short it might be my last
Never been the kind to whine and complain
Just never knew a woman that could cause such pain
Put a limp in my walk, a hole in my soul
She left me spinnin all out of control

Just gimme little something take her off my mind Read more »

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I Gotta Move

I Gotta Move - Tim O’Brien and John Hadley / No Bad Ham Music / ASCAP / Hadley Six Music, admin by Sony / ATV Tree Publishing / BMI

It takes a lot of work to put your home place up for sale
Fix everything that’s broken, stop the paper and the mail
I’m lookin for a smaller place, it won’t be hard to find
But anything that doesn’t fit I have to leave behind

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I’ve gotta move that’s all I know
Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, everything must go
Out the door into the van
It’s sad, it’s true I gotta move, but I don’t think I can Read more »

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The Tulips On The Table

The Tulips On The Table - Dan Reeder / Weona Music o/b/o itself & Pleasant Company Publications / BMI

Tulips on the table mean that spring is on the way
The sun shines through the window like it hasn’t shown in days
And lately you don’t listen to a single thing I say
My baby don’t love me anymore

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My baby don’t love me anymore
My baby don’t love me anymore
My baby don’t love me anymore
My baby don’t love me anymore

I come home from work and you say it’s nice to see you
I take off my jacket and say, “Nice to see you too.” Read more »

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Whatever Happened To Me

Whatever Happened To Me - Tim O’Brien and John Hadley / No Bad Ham Music / ASCAP / Hadley Six Music, admin by Sony / ATV Tree Publishing / BMI

I like to make my livin' playin' songs for you
If I wasn’t doin' this, I don’t know what I’d do
Short order cook in greasy spoon café
Part time house painter, drinkin' up my pay

My face in the mirror looks the same each day
It’s hard to see the changes when you measure time that way
Whatever happened to me?

I went to see the psychic, she said I’ve been expecting you
I’ll look in my crystal ball, you look in there too Read more »

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Go Down To The Water

Go Down To The Water - Words by Woody Guthrie, music by Billy Bragg / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc./ BMG Songs / BMI

Go down to the water where the oil floats by
Drop your hair down and cry
Write with your finger there in the sand
Mail it out with the tide

Mail it out with the high and the low
Watch the marks there in the sand
Listen to the fog on the homeless waves
Feel the salt sea in your hands

Smell the sea wind, taste it on your lips
That foam that rolls over my lost ships
Write the letter once more in the sand
Where the breakers dip and the undertow slips Read more »

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Pompadour

Pompadour - Tim O’Brien / No Bad Ham Music / ASCAP

They say that life’s a gamble, you can’t know what’s in store
Just when you think it’s one thing, another walks through the door
Thought nothing could surprise me, thought I’d seen it all before
Until that fateful morning I woke up with a pompadour

Most days I wake early, when the birdies start to sing
I’m beside a sleeping beauty, she’s the one who wears my ring
And I tried hard not to wake her, I got up and tiptoed out
But when I looked in the bathroom mirror I gave out a rowdy shout

Pompadour, it was a pompadour Read more »

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