All songs Copyright 2000, 2016 Aaron Carl Swensen unless otherwise indicated*                

                    BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN
                           
  *(Public Domain)

One evening as the sun went down
                       and the jungle fires were burning 
Down the tracks came a hobo hiking
                      and he said, "Boys, I'm not turning! 
I'm headed for a land that's far away,
                      beside the crystal fountain
So come with me,we'll go and see
                      the Big Rock Candy Mountain". 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, the land is fair and bright 
And the handouts grow on bushes and you sleep out every night 
Where the boxcars all are empty and the sun shines every day 
     On the birds and the bees and the cigarette trees 
     The lemonade springs, where the bluebird sings 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, all the cops have wooden legs 
And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth
                                   and the hens lay soft boiled eggs 
Where the farmers trees are full of fruit
                                   and the barns are full of hay 
     Oh, I'm bound to go where there ain't no snow 
     Where the rain don't fall and the wind don't blow 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, you never change your socks 
And the little streams of alcohol come trickling down the rocks 
Where the brakemen have to tip their hats                                                               and the railroad dogs are blind 
     There's a lake of stew and of whiskey, too 
     You can paddle all around it in a big canoe 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains 

In the Big Rock Candy Mountains, the jails are made of tin 
And you can walk right out again as soon as you are in 
There ain't no short-handled shovels, no axes, sawes, nor picks 
     Oh, I'm bound to stay where you sleep all day 
     Where they hung the jerk who invented work 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains 

          Oh, I'll see you all this coming fall, 
          We'll have a ball with some alcohol 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains 
          In the Big Rock Candy Mountains

                    CRAZY ON LAZY DAYS

Well, I'm lyin' on the bed with my head on the pillow 
I don't wanna get up, I'd rather sleep instead 
cause my mind is kind of tired, I don't wanna think today 
I'd rather be a dreamer, dream the world away 
     Yes, I'm sick of my job, I don't care about the money 
     In dreams I have gold and all the wealth I need 
     Call my work on the phone, they can take their milk and honey 
     I want the gold and they can have their greed 

        Cause I'm crazy on lazy days, yes I'm crazy on lazy days 

I'm a man of good intentions, but my body wants to rest 
If I stay here in the bedroom that would probably be best 
Got a lack of concentration and its drivin me insane 
Got a headache for a pillow and a pillow for a brain 
     I don't want to be awakened, tell my friends I'm not at home 
     Today I feel strange and I just wanna be left alone 
     There's a little man on my shoulders tellin' me to stay in bed 
     If I try to get up I'll probably wind up dead 

         Cause I'm crazy on lazy days, crazy on lazy days 
          
 My bedroom is a temple, I'm the king of my throne 
 The palace where I lie and try to rest my bones 
 It's a kingdom for my dreams when I'm on top of the world 
 A place to be alone or maybe sleep with my girl 
      It's a doorway to the soul and its a paradise to me 
      A castle for my thoughts where I can think and be free 
      It's a quiet constellation, an open universe 
      A place for relaxation, it is heaven to this earth 

          Cause I'm crazy on lazy days, crazy on lazy days 
          Yes, I'm crazy on lazy days, crazy on lazy days

                    DOG ON A LEASH

Think I'd better start up the engine 
It's time to get behind the wheel 
  Gotta find a way to get out of the city 
On track as I throw out the road map 
I'm going wherever I feel 
  I'll follow the streets that lead me out of the city 

          Cuz I won't lie, you're all driving me crazy 
          I'm chokin' on the smoke in the air that I breathe 
          I'm sick of the frowns on the shrivelling faces 
          I feel like a dog that is stuck on a leash 

Think I need a change of direction 
See the world from a different view 
   Maybe climb on up to the top of a mountain 
Catch a lift on a fresh perspective 
Spend my time with something new 
   Live the rest of my life on the top of a mountain 

          Cuz I won't lie, you're all driving me crazy 
          I'm chokin' on the smoke in the air that I breathe 
          I'm sick of the frowns on the shrivelling faces 
          I feel like a dog that is stuck on a leash 

          
          Nobody gonna tell me which way to go 
          I've got my freedom and I plan to keep it 
          I'll set my sight for the end of the road 
          My soul is awoke and now I'm no longer sleepin' 
          So take my love and give me back my bone 
          Cuz nothin's gonna stop this old doggy from dreamin' 
          I'm movin' on and I'm goin' alone 
          I've got my freedom and I plan to keep it
                                                 .....yes, I plan to keep it

                     KILL ME IN MY SLEEP

This road I walk is a friend I can talk to 
It hears me out when I'm tired and down 
I travel on with the hopes of redeeming 
A lonesome life in this old ghost town 

I see my friends and I wonder what they're feeling 
It makes me sad when they stand so alone 
I feel their pain, but it seems to be revealing 
A tall, tall wall that seperates us all 
      And I can't climb until I take the fall 

I've crossed that bridge that I built before I burned it 
I've set on fire all the things that I believe 
I've stood on the edge of my death and I'm learning 
That this whole world is still a friend to me 
      And I can see that I can hardly breathe 

I cry sometimes when I try to make a living 
I work all day and they take away my pay 
It gets so hard when it seems that I am giving 
My life away just to take what I can't keep 
      So wake me up or kill me in my sleep

                    ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE

Woke up to face the morning, but the morning let me down 
It came so fast I could barely see the sky 
And though I heard the warning, I was told to hang around 
To face the fear and the fact that I might die 

I was dancing to the radio when I heard someone outside 
The rain was gone, but the sky was low,
and I saw her wave goodbye 
I shed a tear cuz she had to go, had to go somewhere and hide 
The beat was clear, but my heart was slow
and I thought that I would die 

I was headin' down the freeway on a road beneath the sky 
Lookin' for a getaway, some way to say goodbye 
My door was closed when she said,
"Would you like to learn how to fly?" 
The road became a runway
and I thought that I would die 

I was walkin' through the gallows
when I saw the hangman turn to greet me 
As time was throwing shadows
and I wondered how my life would free me 
The sun was down, the sky was open and I pondered for a while 
I felt the rope, then began to choke,
and at first I felt a smile, but I survived....

                    THIS OLD TOWN

This old town is getting lonely 
It's not hard to see when you look around 
I had some good times, and plenty of bad 
Along the way, I made some friends 

     Sometimes I dream of movin' onward 
     But then I wake to find a better day 
     The sun looks brighter with the world beside her 
     And with that thought, I'll never walk away 
   
This old town is getting lonely 
Isn't that the way that it's always been 
I've paid the ransom, it's time to pay up my debts 
I fell in love, but she was not impressed 

      Sometimes I dream of movin' onward 
      But then I wake to find a better day 
      The sun looks brighter with the world beside her 
      And with that thought, I'll never walk away 

"Well here I stand, I'm a broken man
      I've tried to pay my dues 
I've burned some holes in the tired soles
     of my dirty walkin' shoes 
My family's gone, my girl moved on
     and my friends are far & few 
People pass me by, but there's no reply
     when I ask em, "How do ya do?" 
So with some alcohol, I make a social call 
     and conversate with a bottle of booze 
I like to celebrate 'til the hour is late 
     but the morning always brings bad news 
So when I've had enough, I'm packin' up my stuff 
     I'll hit the road when I'm ready to move,
But with my bad luck, somethin' keeps me stuck
     With these dirty, lonesome ghost town blues..."

                    SUNDOWNER

akin' up while the sun is sinkin' 
Another night of heavy drinkin' 
My bones are battered, my body's shakin' 
My thoughts are scattered and my brain is thinkin' 
     Wo-oh-oh, oh-oh, gotta get some booze back in my blood 
     Wo-oh-oh, oh-oh, gotta get that buzz while the night is young 

Dry, drained and droolin', think I'm still drunk and dreamin' 
Buy me a drink so I can drive off those demons 
They tried to trick my mind, yeah, caused me some trouble 
My eyes are trippin' cuz they're stuck seein' double 

Goddamn, I need a hammer to pound these feelings down 
Stuck in a jam with only one way out 
Hot damn, the day is dusted, so pass that bottle 'round 
Don't be disgusted when ya hear me shoutin' 
      
          Oh....lost & lonesome, livin' in a ghost town 
          Oh....locked & loaded, I'm screamin' at the sundown 
          Oh....bruised & bloated, I'm barkin' like a bloodhound 
          Oh....blind & burned, I'm waitin' for the sun to go down 

Wastin' away as the twilight is gleamin' 
Dead to the day because I live for the evenin' 
I'm hangin' over, my soul is grievin' 
Hate bein' sober when my body is screamin' 
     Wo-oh-oh, oh-oh, gotta get some booze back in my blood 
     Wo-oh-oh, oh-oh, gotta get that taste of what's to come 

Wet my brain with that familiar feeling 
It's down the hatch or maybe it's up through the ceiling 
The day was evil, think I'll get even 
I'd better get ready cuz the sunlight is leavin' 

                    (Chorus)

Ya know I've got a drinkin problem that is eatin up my liver 
But whenever I'm hungover I can feel my body whither 
Like a thirsty javelina that is drinkin from a river run dry 

When the sun is finally down, I should be bathin in the liquor 
Even though I know tomorrow I'll be feelin even sicker 
But the thought of some tequila makes me happy just to be alive 

So tonight I think I'll party, yes I'm going into battle 
Where they're clingin to the bottle like a horde of hungry cattle 
I'll be huntin down my prey like a buzzard in the lonely sky 

I'll be bummin cigarettes and stealin' drinks at the cantina 
Gettin drunk and makin friends with a girl from Pasadena 
Who I'll come to find out later ain't a girl, she's really a guy 
     There's gonna be a fight if the ------ tries to kiss me goodnight! 

I'll be tearin up the town and gettin' plastered with the ladies 
I'll be pissin on the bumper of some bastard's old Mercades 
I'll be runnin from the cops that try to stop me when I'm havin fun 

I'll be hangin at a party with a bunch of pleasure seekers 
Who are sharin all their drugs with the junkies and the tweekers 
I'll be blowin out my brains with cocaine when the night is done 
     I'm waitin for tonight cuz I know I'm gonna have a good time!

                    THE BREAK OF DAWN

It's early in the mornin' and I wish that I was sleepin'
                 but I'm busy gettin' stoned 
Tryin' to keep my eyes from crossin' as I roll along
                   upon a quiet desert road 
It's gettin' kind of lonely so I'm lookin' for some music
                       on my A.M. radio 
But all I hear is static so I open up the window
                and I let the cold breeze blow 

It's rainin' in the mountains, and in the distance
              I can see the clouds begin to roll 
And out on that horizon, there's a little patch of lightnin'
              and it's creepin' through my soul 
The sunlight hits a rainbow, I'm wonderin' if I should go
                    and try to find the gold 
But I'll just keep on dreamin' cause I got a lot of freedom
                and it's creepin' throughmy soul
          
           And I'm movin' on down the open road 
             And I'm gettin' on, but I'm gettin' old 
                      At the break of dawn 

And now I'm makin' my way into a brighter day 
                 I'm just a shadow on the road 
Headin' into the rays of a beautiful haze
               and I hope that it's takin' me home 
And as the sun comes up, I'm gonna fill my cup
             and raise a toast to friends I've known 
And in the morning light, I'm gonna say good night
             and go to sleep with a smile on my soul
                        At the break of dawn

                   DESERT MOONSHINE

Ridin' on the prairie, seems to make me weary, 
Thinkin' bout the good times I've had 
Earth starts a-quakin', my body starts a-shakin', 
Sometimes the heat can drive me mad    
     But in this desert valley where I dwell 
     Some call it Heaven and others call it Hell 
     Hot, sunny mornin's and blazin' afternoons 
     Dry and rocky mountains, crisp and sandy dunes 
   
          Oh, cacti, scorpion, tumbleweed, lizard skin 
          Coyote, dry lake, jitterbug, rattlesnake 
          Dust clouds, hard stones, hunger feast on cow bones 
          Ghost town, fool's gold, every way the wind blows down   

Well, the heat drives me crazy, it even makes me lazy, 
Makes me wanna slow down and rest 
I shouldn't be complainin' about my simple strainin'  
Sun sinkin' slowly in the west    
      But I know when the night comes down 
      I'll be a-singin' the whole night round 
      Moonlight keeps me hangin' on my toes 
      Makes me kinda wonder which way the river flows  

          Oh, cacti, scorpion, tumbleweed, lizard skin 
          Coyote, dry lake, jitterbug, rattlesnake 
          Dust clouds, hard stones, hunger feast on cow bones 
          Ghost town, fool's gold, every way the wind blows down  

          Desert moonlight, spread your light on me 
          Desert moonlight, spread your light on me 
          Shine on, shine on, shine on me 
          Desert moonshine

                    THE DRUNKARDS WAY

Well, if ya buy me a drink, ya know I'll have to drink it 
And if ya build me a boat, ya know I'll probably sink it 
And if ya pass me a joint, ya know I'll probably smoke it 
And if your radio don't work, ya know I probably broke it 

     So stay out of the drunkard's way 
     Or ya just might find you've got hell to pay 

If you give me a job, ya know I'll never make it 
To be a workin' man, I say, it's just a bit overrated 
And if ya give me some love, ya know I'll probably hate it 
And when I'm sleepin' around sometimes, I wake up naked 

     So stay out of the drunkard's way 
     Or ya just might find you've got hell to pay 
          I'm always wakin' up in shame 
          I'm always takin' all the blame 
          All the cops they know my name 
          I live the drunkard's way! 

    "I've been pukin' on the pavement, I've been pissin' on the dog 
     I've been croakin' like a bullfrog, I've been livin' like a hog 
     I've been smokin' up my cigarettes and chokin' on the smog 
     I've been drinkin' up my fortune cause I love my alcohol!" 

And when I'm drivin' your car, how far until I finally crash it 
& When I'm in your house, be warned-ya know I just might trash it 
And if your T.V's on, I'll pick a hammer up and smash it 
And if you try to stop me then, I'll take your head and bash it 

                    ONE FOR THE ROAD

Come the day I might be lazy
From a night of losin' sleep 
Cause all my dreams, they seem so crazy 
And all my work is incomplete 
     Well, I'm just tired of the complications 
     When simple things seem hard to reach 
     The tension builds with my aggravation 
     The feeling is appealing when the anger is obsolete 

          But I don't care about those small complications 
          When I can drown my sorrow down 
          And find my way back home 
          So give me one more for the road 
          Just give me one more for the road 

Sometimes I seem to worry when my troubles are small 
I spend a lot of time just thinkin' bout the weather 
I need to take a trip and get away from it all 
Or maybe I should stay and put the pieces together 
     I've met a lot of people with the same old problem 
     It all depends upon the weight that you hold 
     It might be the manner and the way that you solve 'em 
     That picks you off your feet and puts you back in the show 

          But I don't care about those small complications 
          When I can drown my sorrow down 
          And find my way back home 
          So give me one more for the road 
          Just give me one more for the road 

Before I lay my bones to rest, I sure could use another round 
To help me face whatever troubles may come 
So fill me up before I go and help me lay my body down 
I'm goin' back to where I started from 
     And as the bar is closing, I chase my spirits down 
     I'm buzzin' around like a fly on the wall ("last call!") 
     And now I must be going, Don't know where I am bound 
          I'm goin' to sleep because I'm sick of it all 
          I'm goin' to sleep because I'm sick of it all 
          I'm throwin' up because I'm sick of it all

                RISING UP FROM THE RUINS

Once there was a time when I was living in the darkness 
Digging in a hole that only led me deeper down 
I couldn't find my way, my head was filled with desperation 
I had nowhere to turn and there was nobody around 

Everything was meaningless, I had to raise the question 
"Where did I go wrong, how can I make another start?" 
So I looked inside and realized I had all I ever needed 
As long as I could let a little light into my heart 

Now the world is changing and my mind is getting stronger 
It's a miracle I'm still alive to sing another song 
There's a feeling that the clouds have lifted, everything is brighter 
And the life I left behind is passing on 

     I'm rising up from the ruins 

           I never paid attention to the sun in the sky 
           Cuz it only seemed to burn my eyes 
           But now I'm feeling different, there's a change in my mind 
           And I think I'm finally free to fly..... 

     I'm rising up from the ruins, I'm rising up from the ruins 

          Help me bury the dead 
          Help me carry all the life that I have left 
          Help me take another step 
          Help me make it on this journey..... as I move ahead! 

                    TEAR APART THIS TOWN

We don't need no weapons of mass destruction 
And we don't need no money for reconstruction 
     We don't come to hang around 
     We don't come to party down 
     We just come to tear apart this town 

We don't stake no claim in the name of religion 
We fight our wars with power and precision 
     We don't come to hang around 
     We don't come to party down 
     We just come to tear apart this town 

Let the earth quake & let the world turn as we roll into your town 
Let the buildings shake & let the bridges burn,
  Let the walls fall to the ground 
     We don't come to hang around 
     We don't come to party down 
     We just come to tear apart this town 

We don't come to socialize, cut you down or criticize 
We'll try to be civilized if you take off your disguise 
     We don't come to hang around 
     We don't come to party down 
     We just come to tear apart this town

                    ​THINK I'LL LOSE MY MIND

Well, there's a full moon risin', risin' in the sky 
There's a full moon risin', risin' in the sky 
Funny feelin', I think I'm gonna die 
But there's no use dyin', so I think I'll lose my mind 

My woman she left me for some other guy 
My woman she left me for some other guy 
I hope she drowns in all the tears I cry 
But there's no use cryin', so I think I'll lose my mind 

Had trouble sleepin' in my lonely bed 
Had trouble sleepin' in my lonely bed 
Somethin' tells me that I'd be better off dead 
But there's no use dyin', so I think I'll lose my head 

Too much drinkin', I'm drinkin' all the time 
Too much drinkin', I'm drinkin' all the time 
Gotta slow down, at least I've got to try 
But there's no use tryin', so I think I'll lose my mind

Copyright 2016 Dog of the Moon