Naked CD Lyrics

In The Rain
When it taps on your window, that pitter pattering sound
Hurry change in your rain cloths, go outside run a-round

       In the rain, in the rain
       It’s so nice to be out in the rain       
       In the rain, in the rain            
       It’s fun to go out in the rain

Feel the rain when the wind blows, on your face trickling down
Feels so great that you’ll say so, sing that song, “All Fall Down”

             Everyone’s always in a hurry they scurry complain             
             Wish I could tell them not to worry
            Yeah don’t run and hide or stay inside just because it starts to rain, yeah

And in the summer there’s rainbows see their colors abound
When you’ve soaked through your rain clothes
Well take ’em all off run around      


Family
Maggie’s in the kitchen so is Barbara and Mali
With Ming and Margarita swapping recipes
Dinner’s almost ready who could ask for more
Now that Cousin John just walked through your door

Sitting ’round the table dinner’s being served
Your Mama’s rice Con Pollo’s just too good for words
And Brother George is shining stories all about your misspent youth
Crackin’ everybody up with his half-truths

       So this is your family this is your family
       Somehow they remind me of my own
       Yeah this is your family and they will always be
       And yeah I’m feeling right at home

I didn’t get to meet your daddy before he passed away
But I got to help with little Kira’s final doggy days
And about your darlin’ daughter gorgeous as can be
Betcha soon you’re bouncing babies on your knee

Sha la la la la your family, sha la la la la your family, sha la la la la your family

And did I mentioned Cousin Steven or your sister Rosemary
Or her clan that comes to visit from across the sea
Or the lovely Ariana who’s as quiet as a mouse
And the kids and pets scattered all about your house, yeah

Out On The Road Again
Oh out on the road again
Pushing towards the other end
Airplanes, rented cars, magazines and midnight bars

Oh the wind does weary blow
And all my sins make for a weary load
Motel walls, TV screens, wake up calls and shattered dreams

     Out on the road again pushing towards the other end                                                              
     Out on the road take me home again

     Take me for a freeway ride wake me on the other side
     Every time I leave her finding that I need her more and more, and more      

Oh here I go again thinking ’bout what might’ve been  
Colored lights, highway signs, an endless streams of long white lines

     Out on the road again
     Side by side through thick and thin
     Out on the road out on the road again
     Take me home my old friend


One Hundred Thousand Bands
Well they played that song on the radio and they played it again and again
Now every time I hear that song I remember when
They came from Liverpool and Memphis, New York and Philadelphia, PA
They came from Cleveland, Detroit and Seattle, The City of Angels, and The City by the Bay

             One hundred thousand bands all dreaming of paradise
             Records of gold if you can just grab hold and so they just jump in
             You know they don’t think twice
             One million longing hearts all beating in common time
             Hopes and dreams set to a melody with a Rock’n’Roll rhythm
             And an almost perfect rhyme

There were kids beneath the streetlight on the corner by the avenue
Singing doo-wop songs sing them all night long, there voices clear and pure and true
There were girls with beehive hairdos and boys with red guitars
And surfer dudes with manic moods singing songs about their cars

               Somewhere there’s a baby being born
               With a secret beat in its heart
               Right this instance there’s a baby being born
               And he can’t wait to play no she can’t wait to start
               One hundred thousand bands

Well they played that song on the radio
And they played it again and again
Now sometimes when I hear that song
You know I feel today just like I felt back then

         One hundred thousand bands all dreaming of paradise
         I saw your video on my TV screen, you know they played it all day
         And then they played it all night
         One million longing hearts all beating in common time
         Hopes and dreams set to a melody with a Rock’n’Roll rhythm
         And a perfect rhyme all dreaming of, all dreaming of paradise


Naked
So deeply saddened by this disconnect
Blame our politicians blame the internet
Our morning papers our nightly news
“What the world needs now, is love sweet love”                                                                            
Has never been more true

We got a world of trouble at our front door
Nowhere to run to hide or ignore  
Our fractured families fatherless sons
Religious thugs, deniers that Mother Earth’s on fire          
Four hundred million guns

We’re all born Naked with wings to soar
Then we learn to fake it when we’re scared or bored
Sometimes what breaks us can make us new
With a little push and shove and a lotta peace and love
Maybe we’ll break through
With a little push and shove and a lotta peace and love
Maybe they will too    


A World With Out Walls
I concede nowhere to hide
There’s no such place as the other side
You’re either in or else outside
In a world without walls

The world’s a ball no sides at all
It’s all that’s left of the Rise & Fall
It’s all for one and one for all
In a world without walls

     This world has open arms to hold you, embolden your hoorays
     When someone’s arms want to control you, enfold you, love is just a spin away

Chinas’ long, Berlin’s is gone
Jerusalem’s sings the saddest song
So shine a light or bang a gong
For a world without walls
A world without walls


Lover’s Lullaby
Starlight, star bright
Diamond sky
Tonight’s just right
For a lover’s lullaby

   Catch a shooting star put it in a jar
   Heaven knows you can’t
   But watching from afar just the way you are
   Makes this evening so enchanting

Starlight, star bright
Sparkling eyes
Tonight just might
Be a lover’s lullaby

     Catch a firefly careful now oh my
     Hold it in your hands
     When it flies away will she want to stay
     Wouldn’t that be so romantic

Midnight, moonlight
Tender sighs
Alright sleep tight
Moon beams sweet peaceful dreams
To a lover’s lullaby      


Way Down In New Orleans
Way down yonder
Way down in New Orleans
There’s a washboard playin’ mama
They call her the Zydeco Queen
Don’t you know where I mean
Down in New Orleans

They got the Mississippi River
Just lapin’ at the shore
I don’t know why I never stopped by
This syncopated beat before
Don’t you know where I mean
Down in New Orleans

     I’m sippin’ café au lait, eatin’ Beignet
     Po Boy Muffalleta, Crawfish Etouffee
     All served up on a silver tray
     What you say what’d you say
     I say Monday’s rice and beans
     Down in New Orleans

Well I bought me a pound of coffee
With Chicory came in a bright red can
Now every time I take a drink I find myself thinkin’ ‘bout
La Belle, Louisiana
Don’t you know where I mean
Down in New Orleans
Way down yonder, way down in New Orleans

Never Say Never
Never say never say only forever in Never Never Land
Ou if only you’d love me
Always together forever and ever in Never Never Land
Ou if only you’d love me

           And if you do I promise you I’ll always be your man
           And if you don’t I guess you won’t but I will understand
           I’ll wait for you in Never Never Land

Like your favorite old sweater it only gets better in Never Never Land
Ou if only you’d love me
Thru all kinds of weather we’ll stick together in Never Never Land
Ou if only you’d love me

           And if its yes there’ll be no guess I’ll always be your man
           And if it’s no I guess it’s so but just like Peter Pan
           I’ll wait for you in Never Never Land

Oh they say that fairy tales come true
Oh they say they really do
I believe that fairy tales come true
Every time I look at you


The Precipice
If you think somebody’s else’s love is all you need
Maybe you should think again before you plant that seed
Don’t you know that seed you sow could grow into a weed
A bittersweet addiction that you feed

If you think you need someone to make you whole again
I guess that it could happen but I’m not sure why or when
Once your heart’s been broken it’s like counting down from ten
And when love shatters nothing matters then

Once again I find myself drawn closer to the edge
So I must remind myself while dancing on the ledge
That deep inside the precipice it narrows to a wedge
But still my love, to you my love I pledge


Tough & Tender (Gender Bending Boy) 
Memphis, segregated south, high July, 1954                  
Down at Charlie’s Record store
The boy who would be king
Dared to dream and opened up that door

           It was there in the music and in the rhythm when he’d sing
           In the lessons learned both obvious and coy
           And with no disrespect intended
           He was a tough and tender gender bending boy

Beal Street, soulful southern stew
Integrating fascinating, raw
Transforming the boy who would be king
Into a music man like no one ever saw

          He had outrageous looks hair, heart dare, charm flair, clothes and poses                          
          And he made music man like no one ever heard          
          And Little Richard said, “Thank god for Elvis Presley”          
          Maybe we should we take him at his word

Graceland, 1958
Eight miles south on Highway 51
Mama, his little mama she’s had her chickens in her coop
And a heavy heart to welcome home her son

And it was all because of the music
And the rhythm when he’d sing
And in the lessons learned both obvious and coy
And with absolutely no disrespect intended
He was his mama’s precious child her pride and joy
And one tough and tender gender bending boy


Long Black Lincoln
I live in the land of the long black Lincoln
Town cars and stretch limousines
Mercedes Benz with the tinted windows
Standing in the sunlight how it gleams

     This is the city of the yellow taxi
     No lanes and no red lights
     Crosstown bus running river to river
     Eastside days and west side nights    

These are the streets of the doublewide stroller
The kind with the canopy that blocks out the sun
Pretty black lady pushing little white babies
A women’s work, never done

     And the bars still close at four in the morning
     The way the Good Lord meant it to be
     And the streets it was told were paved with gold
     The tired and the poor came from across the sea
     Hungry huddled masses yearning to breathe free

There’s a place George Washington stood
You can see it if you go downtown
And that neighborhood bar I used to stop in for a drink
I bet some of the regulars still come around

     But there’s no more candy for a penny
     No soda fountain, drink for a dime
     Days misspent we had so many
     But figuring your losses won’t get you back the time

So here it is this city this island
Where I still sleep where I still dream
Hope, despair, desire and longing
City of magic, City of schemes

     And everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout the Hudson River crossings
     And where they lead nobody really knows
     The traffic report says they’ll be some delays
     And so it goes and so it goes

In the land of the long black Lincoln
Town cars and stretch limousines

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