Lyrics


Here follow the lyrics to our original songs. So far, we have fifteen of them (along with a couple of instrumentals.)


Already There

taking a short cut, you’re straying from the path
closing your fist it slips from your grasp
moving from the center you’re winding up a spring
running from a fight you’re getting in the ring

you’re already there
you’re already there
take a look around you, baby you’re already there

try to make it better, you’re making it worse
you think it’s a blessing but it’s really a curse
try to save your soul, there’s nothing to save
you’re working so hard just digging your grave

you’re already there

If you could sit still for a minute or 2
you’d have all kinds of shit fuckin going for you
but you’re running around like a chicken with your head cut off

People try to tell you what it’s all baout
but they’re so full of shit it’s coming out their mouth
just empty your mind and let it all wash away

you can run around all over the place
but all that effort’s just going to waste
try to get ahead, you’re digging a hole
every step takes you further from the goal

you’re already there

Copyright 2017 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Blues for Sinda

I love my baby
I will tell the world I do
I love that woman so bad,
do anything she wants me to

Early in the morning
got my woman all on my brain
her mouth is sweet like honey
her kisses taste like champagne

My woman don’t stand but 4’11” and a half
but when it comes to sweet loving
lord, there ain’t no holding her back

Late in the evening
got my woman on my mind
she’s the kind of woman
I can really get behind

Copyright 2006 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Breakfast

I fell in love this morning over breakfast
with a girl 2/3 my age
and I will tell you right now
I ain’t never gonna be the same

She’s an Illinois punk rock farm girl
with a mullet like a big red train
she got eyes like thunder
and a smile like the falling rain

How could she know what she’s doing
to this poor heart of mine?
She’s putting ketchup on her hash browns
and I’m feeling my love light shine

She moves like the wind through a canyon
she acts like the world’s her stage
she got arms like a rainbow
legs like an open cage

She’s got my brain exploding with desire
lord, I just can’t think straight
she got a face like an angel
ass like the pearly gates

How could she know what she’s doing
to this poor heart of mine?
she’s dancing in my kitchen
and I’m feeling this burning deep inside
burning deep inside

Copyright 2004 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Death Comes Knockin

Locked in a cell baby
Lord and I can’t be free
Locked in a cell baby
Lord and I can’t be free
Someday I’m gonna walk outta here
And the sun gonna shine on me

One of these days baby
Lord, and it won’t be long
One of these days baby
Lord and it won’t be long
Gonna break off my chains
And sing my freedom song

Feel cold in my bones baby
Death knocking at my door
Feel cold in my bones baby
Death knocking at my door
He’s gonna break off my chains
And I will rise from this killing floor

Gonna miss my mama
Gonna miss my guitar too
Gonna miss my mama
Gonna miss this old guitar too
But when death comes knocking
Ain’t nothing a man can do

Though I cry in the darkness
I know a new day will dawn
The world keeps turning
And I keep holding on

…I grow weaker
With each and every breath
But at the end of my toil
I know I’ll find my rest

I will ride in the car called
“millions of years”
With my sun roof open
The stars like chandeliers

As my mind expands
Into infinite space
And I feel my soul
Start to dissipate

And unite with everything
That ever was
No more reason
No more because

Where time is ashamed
And the understanding dark
And all that remains
Is an ineffable spark

Copyright 2011 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Divided for Love

When I step outside myself, I become what I was born to be
the only thing that’s in my way is my individuality
beneath the surface, I’m really not like this at all
everything changes when the curtain falls

Divided for love
big mama divided for love

People walking ’round, going where they need to go
thinking that they’ve found everything they need to know
but it’s all an illusion, everything you think you see
cuz there’s really no difference between you and me

Divided for love
big mama divided for love

You gotta take off all your clothes, your skin and bones and attitude
step out in the dark and cold, leave behind what you thought was you
ain’t no guardian angel gonna keep you safe from harm
you just fall through the blackness into big mama’s arms

Divided for love
big mama divided for love

Copyright 2013 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Dry River Blues

Well, I’m lost in the desert,
Dyin’ of thirst.
Lost in the desert,
Dyin’ of thirst.
I see those storm clouds over yonder,
Dyin’ to burst.

Way out in the distance,
The cold coyote howls.
Ahooo, out in the distance,
The cold coyote howls.
My heart is like a candle,
Drippin’ wax down into my bowels.

I’m layin’ in a dry river, Baby,
Prayin’ for the rain.
I’m sleepin’ in a dry river, Babe,
Prayin’ for the rain.
You gotta hit my like a flash flood,
Wash away my pain.

Come to me, Babe,
Let your love wash over me.
Come to me, Babe,
Let your love wash over me.
And I will run to you, Mama,
Like a river runs to the sea.

Copyright 2013 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Free Man

It seems I fall in love with every woman I see
all she’s gotta do is just look at me
and I’m lost in a combination of feelings and imagination
between the future and the past

I don’t wanna seem like a desperate creep
so I’ve been keeping my head down, but I’m falling asleep
and I’m dreaming about magnificent beasts of women
with large limbs and fire and light in their eyes

I’m a free man, but I’m lonely
and I’m looking for a cage that can hold me
I’m a free man, but I’m lonely

I remember when I met you, we were tripping you and I
we were blazing like comets through the psychedelic sky
we made a deep connection, cuz we were both so fucking high
and I guess we never really came down

There’s a rainbow around the moon tonight
and I’m thinking about you, dancing in the light
and how we made love in the green grass and it felt so right
but now you’re gone
and I’m left here with a burning heart and tears in my eyes

I’m a free man, but I’m lonely
and I’m looking for a cage that can hold me
I’m a free man, but I’m lonely

Copyright 2004 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Hildegard

Oh Hildegard, mysterious muse
Enflame my mind, inspire and confuse
Oh Hildegard, sweet lady of art
I feel your serpent entwined around my heart

Oh Hildegard, you make me come alive
I feel you all over my body, and I’m trembling inside
Oh Hildegard, the light that I invoke
appears to me as a vision of shadow and smoke

Oh Hildegard, put your red shoes on
The dew is falling, and the evening whispers dawn
Oh Hildegard, open up your wings
and we’ll make love in the moonlight, in the spaces between things

Copyright 2013 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


I Got a Thing

When I see you out walking
baby you looking alright
I wanna lay you down and make sweet love to you all night

I got a thing, whoa, I got a thing
I got a thing for you baby
sweet Jesus, I got a thing

Sure would like to get you
to come home with me
I got something I want you to see

I got a thing…

I’m the man you’ve been waiting
your whole life to find
one night with me sure ’nuff gonna blow your mind

I got a thing…

Think about you baby
set my soul on fire
inflamed with the passion of my burning desire

I got a thing…

Copyright 2004 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Lay Down and Die

Baby I know what it means to be alone
I lost my woman and my best friend
I’m so far away from home
every morning when I wake up
I just weep and moan

I just wanna lay down and die
these lonely nights I just hang my head and cry
I just wanna lay down and die

I’ve been drinking every day
getting messed up pretty bad
and I’ve been dreaming every night
about the love I thought we had
but then I wake up in the morning all alone
and wish I was dead

I just wanna lay down and die
these lonely nights I just drink that bottle dry
I just wanna lay down and die

People my mama loves me
but that’s no comfort now
I gotta start my life all over again
and I just don’t know how
but I got nothing left to live for
and I am sinking down

I just wanna lay down and die
these lonely nights I just wring my hands and cry
I just wanna lay down and die

Copyright 2002 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Lift This Stone

Gotta lift this stone
Gotta lift this stone right off of my heart
cuz I believe I’m sinking down now, and my world’s getting cold and dark

My heart is heavy
My heart is heavy with the blues
I been crying like a tornado, and the tears running down in my shoes

I got too much bullshit
I got too much bullshit that’s filling my life
I ain’t got time for my children, or my sweet little long-suffering wife

Gotta leave my home
Gotta leave my home and it’s breaking my heart
Gotta leave my friends and family and set out all alone in the dark

Got a hole inside me
Got a hole inside full of anger and pain
I’ve been burning all my memories, just to keep warm in this dirty driving rain.

Copyright 2014 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Lost in the World

I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror today
I do believe I’m wasting away
I never felt more alive than I did when I had you
Now I’m slowly dying, and you’re alive and loving someone new.

Now I’m a man who walks alone
ain’t got no place to call my home
I’m lost in the world without a woman by my side
and I’m moving through this life like a shadow in the night

I don’t trust my ears, and I can’t believe my eyes
When I go downtown I got to wear a disguise
I don’t want no one to see me, I don’t want no one to know who I am
I feel like a pilgrim in an unholy land

Cuz I’m a man who walks alone
ain’t got no place to call my home
I’m lost in the world without a woman my my side
and I’m moving through this life like a shadow in the night

Copyright 2011 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Lovesick Blues

I’m not really like this, I musta lost my mind
Cuz I’m feeling kinda crazy, and I’m running out of time
I just got to warn you, ain’t no telling what I might do
I’m just a poor lonely dreamer with a heart full of lovesick blues

I got a love inside that’s making me insane
Shakin’ up my soul, and rattlin’ my brain
I’m driving five wild horses, trying to keep the reins from coming loose
I’m just a slave to my senses, and I’m bringing home these lovesick blues

Lovesick blues, coming out of my ears
Lovesick blues, all my hopes and fears
Lovesick blues, tearing me apart
Picking up the pieces of my lonesome broken heart

My temperature’s rising, my heart’s beating fast
I’m trying to hold on baby, but I don’t know if I can last
I got both feet on the pedal, ain’t got nothing left to lose
I’m rolling down the highway, running from these lovesick blues

I’ve been crying in the darkness, weeping all alone
In the caverns of the underworld so far away from home
I’ve been wandering in the wilderness, wearing out the soles of my shoes
I’m just trying to get away from these goddamn lovesick blues

Lovesick blues, coming out of my ears
Lovesick blues, all my hopes and fears
Lovesick blues, tearing me apart
Picking up the pieces of my lonesome broken heart

I’ve been flying beneath the radar, running from the law
Eating out of garbage cans, drinking whiskey from a straw
Sleeping in the churchyard, hiding in between the pews
I’m just a poor lost soul, tormented by these lovesick blues

I wish to God I was back at home with that gal of mine
Eating fried potatoes, with a big ol’ box of wine
I’m a million miles away, all alone and so confused
Looks like I’ll never be free from these goddamn lovesick blues

Lovesick blues, coming out of my ears
Lovesick blues, all my hopes and fears
Lovesick blues, tearing me apart
Picking up the pieces of my lonesome broken heart

I got a permanent erection from being alone too long
I got no sense of direction, I can’t tell right from wrong
I got a Molotov cocktail, but I need someone to light the fuse
I’m gonna take the world to hell with me if I can’t shake these lovesick blues
I’m gonna take the world to hell with me if I can’t shake these lovesick blues

Copyright 2004 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Shine Your Light on Me

Sometimes in this big blue world it’s hard to know what’s real
and the light is hard to find
but when I see your hair fall down like rain upon the fields
I feel my love light shine

Now baby you and I, we’ve been to hell and back
and we’ve see our share of pain
as I walk along this lonesome railroad track
my tears fall down like rain

I feel the bitter wind’s caress
it cuts me like a knife
it’s a cold and lonely wilderness
without you in my life

You gotta shine your light on me
I’m lost without you babe, adrift on the sea
stumbling in the darkness, as blind as can be
you gotta shine your light on me

Sometimes late at night, I look up to the stars
shining out in space
sometimes I go out drinking in the bars
searching for your face

But you’re so cold and far away
just like the stars out there
so I drink all night and sleep all day
just drowning in despair

You gotta shine your light on me
I’m lost without you babe, adrift on the sea
stumbling in the darkness, as blind as can be
you gotta shine your light on me

Copyright 2012 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


Tryin

I’m always alone, even with my lover by my side
and I’m aching in my bones with a loneliness that I just can’t hide

I just got to get away from all this loneliness and pain
It’s driving my insane

I can never get enough love, and I’m always cryin’
Maybe I’m an asshole, but at least I’m tryin’

I’m looking for a reason to live, and a new pair of shoes
baby I got nothing to give, and I got nothing to lose

I just gotta find a way to stop all this crying
I’m losing my mind

I can never get enough love, and I’m always cryin’
Maybe I’m an asshole, but at least I’m tryin’

Copyright 2004 Oliver Althoen, all rights reserved


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