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TALES FROM THE ISLAND lyrics

1000 MIDNIGHTS (John Elwood Cook)

 A thousand midnights

High sheriffs coming It's dark inside

Deep inside your heart There's a 1000 midnights

 

And we'll start right on this bottle

and we'll drink and we'll fight

Deep inside your heart There's a 1000 midnights

 

Deep inside your heart

Deep inside your heart

Deep inside your heart

There's a 1000 midnights

 

Did you ever think of nothing when you're by yourself

And you're reciting your true life's story

Did you ever wish that nothing came for someone else

When you're stumblin' up the path to glory

 

And it's nothing when the day begins

And it's nothing when the day ends

And all your pain claims nothing

And all your pain gains nothing

 

SLIDE SOLO

 

And the Sisters of Mercy have exonerated you

For all the misery that you put me through

And you think you, and you think you got off light

 

But deep inside your heart, deep inside your heart

Deep inside your heart there's a 1000 midnights REPEAT 2X

 

And we'll start right on this bottle

and we'll drink and we'll fight

Deep inside this bottle

There's a 1000 midnights

 

And the Sisters of Mercy have exonerated you

For all the misery that you put me through

And you think you, and you think you got off light

 

But

Deep inside your heart Deep inside your heart

Deep inside your heart There's a 1000 midnights REPEAT

 


 

THE PUB THAT NEVER CLOSES (Joe Bouchard)

 

I was driving into town

I was running late

Feeling out of place

With too much on my plate.

Two blocks away was an all night bar

Where maybe I could get a drink.

'Twas a little past midnight

It’s later than you think.

 

- short VAMP-

 

Down by the Boardwalk

Under the neon lights

Two carefree strangers

Meet in the night

Billion dollar losers

Are going out with a buzz

With the ghosts bygone eras

And trails of lost loves

 

All night long you'll sing this song

The party need not, fade at dawn

In the underbelly of this crusty town

There's a Pub that Never Closes

I'm looking for a dream I have not found.

At a Pub that Never Closes Oh no no!

 

-VAMP licks-

 

I'm telling you friend

And I ain't blowing smoke

That bar never closes

And this ain't no joke

Twenty-four seven

Three sixty five

What ever that you do

Don't drink and drive!

 


 WILD LANDS (John Elwood Cook)

 

There was something about her

A true love of mine

A true northern woman

We run out of time

And when it was over

We drifted apart

I headed out to the Wild Lands

Get her out of my heart.

 

And when it was over

We drifted apart

I headed out to the Wild Lands

Get her out of my heart.

She was a true northern woman.

 

 

I give thanks for the river

The moon and the stars

Thanks for the summer

For Venus and Mars.

I knew our summer was over

But I couldn't let go

I headed out to the Wild Lands

To get her out of my soul.

She was a true northern woman.

 

May the North Star guide you

Lead you home from above

You can't always be true to

The first one that you love

And when a rainy, rain night

Broke the chill with the sun

I headed out to the Wild Lands

when I realized what I'd done.

She was a true northern woman.

 

And . . . [repeat the first verse.]

 

And there was something about her.

 


 

RETRO ROCK STAR (Joe Bouchard)

 

Sneaking off to a watering hole

Late on a Friday night

Down at the corner bar people say

That rock and roll will never die.

Don't know what you're doing here

A feeling you can’t describe.

These are the good old days my friend

You keep your dreams alive

 

He was a retro Rock Star

Long retired his beat-up guitar

Sitting in with a local band

And jamming at the corner bar

Tonight you're back

In the spell of a Rock 'n' Roll star

 

The dead on the jukebox

Struck a bargain with the devil

A roomful of ghosts where the jam's loud

Put your pedal to the metal

A hundred bright colored lights

Rock the party at your favorite bar

The band kept jammin all night long

How lucky you are.

 

He was a retro Rock Star

Long retired his beat-up guitar

Sitting in with a local band

And jamming at the corner bar

Tonight you're back

In the spell of a Rock 'n' Roll star

 

They said he was crazy in his time

And he wasted more money

Than you can spend in a lifetime.

He and his partners in crime

 

He was a retro Rock Star

Long retired his beat up guitar

He was a retro Rock Star

Long retired his beat up guitar

He was a retro Rock Star

Long retired his beat up guitar

RETRO, RETRO, RETRO, RETRO!


 

MIDNIGHT IN A RIVER TOWN (John Elwood Cook)

 

I’d save myself if I could

I don’t know how I should be with you

It’s like I’m living in another country

And you’re just driving through

I’d save myself and be free

I don’t know how I should be for you

It’s like I found out I’m a late entry

And you already knew You already knew

 

It’s midnight in a river town ‘N The stars already fell down

And the river’s blue

And it’s midnight in a river town

And I’m still loving you And I’m still loving you

And it’s midnight in a river town And I’m still loving you

 

We walked down beside the water

We watched as the waves rolled in in our lives

Each one like the other Until the river ran dry

I’d save myself and be free, I don’t know how I should be for you

It’s like I’m living in another country And you’re just driving through

 

Midnight in a river town ‘N The stars already fell down

And dreams fell through

And it’s midnight in a river town And I’m still missing you

And it’s midnight in a river town And I’m still missing you

REPEAT V1

Midnight in a river town [soft]

‘N The stars already fell down

And I’m still wanting you And I’m still wanting you

[loud] And it’s midnight in a river town

And I’m still loving you And I’m still loving you

And it’s midnight in a river town And I’m still loving you

 


 

MOTEL TROPICO (Joe Bouchard)

 

Sitting on the couch,

you need a getaway

Such acold and nasty winter

The west is looking great

There's a golden opportunity

Out in the promised land

You can ride along in our driveaway car

Or cruise in the Chevy van

 

Hey babe, do you wanna go?

Down to the hotel Tropico

It's a sleazy legend but a place to crash

Leave your past behind

Here's the chance of a lifetime

 

Driving like a madman all the way out to the coast

Dreams of fame as the next big thing

Searching for the pot of gold

A quick trip to the diner

Will move you on your way

To the studio to lay down tracks

We'll be working all night and day.

 

Hey babe, do you wanna go?

Down to the hotel Tropico

It's a sleazy legend but a place to crash

Leave your past behind

Here's the chance of a lifetime

 

SOLO

 

As the sun sets over the ocean

I'm bidding you farewell

Hope you had a pleasant stay

At the Tropico Motel

 

Hey babe, do you wanna go?

Down to the hotel Tropico

It's a sleazy legend but a place to crash

Leave your past behind

Here's the chance of a lifetime

Here's the chance of a lifetime

Here's the chance of a lifetime

 


PERPETRATOR (John Elwood Cook)

 

Avengers chase a killer through the streets

Against an open sky

High upon a ridge they meet

And sheets of bullets fly

Vengeance is complete the Killer dies

A Flatfoot keeps a beat and a mother cries

 

Perpetrator here and beyond

Perpetrator see what you've done

 

She's a real looker ain't she, She ain't bad

The way she walks and talks

And all the fun we've had

They never figured love

Could kill a man like you

A man with big strides

Conquering the avenue

 

Perpetrator here and beyond

Perpetrator see what you've done

 

Well the cowboys are hiding in the rocks

Are all slinging lead

I suspected I've find you here

And I'm glad I did

When everything you hated to admit to

Is all coming true

And a man with big strides has finally got his due

 

Perpetrator here and beyond

Perpetrator see what you've done

 


 

DOOR TO THE RIVER (Joe Bouchard)

 

Trapped in this picture

Power magic beyond compare

He dreams of inspiration

Summertime out in the wild

 

Thrilling revelations

Exposing colors to the light of day

Caught the fury of the rushing river

A lively madness in a perfect style

 

Searching for a way to get out

Swirling round the edges

The master's brush intense emotions

Uncovered, Exposed

Door to the River, Door to the River

 

Dark pond murky and deep

A land of make believe

Pink angels flying under

A threatning sky, threatning sky

 

Searching for a way to get out

Swirling round the edges

The master's brush intense emotions

Uncovered, Exposed

Door to the River, Door to the River SOLO

 

Searching for a way to get out

Swirling round the edges

The master's brush intense emotions

Uncovered, Exposed

Door to the River, Door to the River Door to the River SOLO II

 


 

YOUR DARK SECRETS (Helen Wheels, Joe Bouchard)

 

Got desire I Gotta to make you mine

Got animal fire (like a house of fire)

It’s 'bout to drive me wild

I lose my cool I lose all track of time

When I'm with you Oh, I go out of my mind

 

In your dark dark secrets

In your sweet kiss

In your dark dark secrets

In a world of our own

 

When you touch me How the world explodes

Spiders and snakes

How you struck my soul

Mixed so fine Never to come undone

When I'm with you Oh, I go out of my mind

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE:

Deep inside I feel the truth

You belong to me I belong to you.

 

Are you the devil? Or if I knew

I wouldn't care

Because I must be one too

You set me free, made it all come true

When you found me

I found myself in you.

 

CHORUS

 


 

ROADTRIP (Joe Bouchard)

 

CHORUS: Are you coming?

The night is falling

We'll get there by the dawn ROADTRIP

Deep in your soul

The road is calling

We'll get there by the dawn. ROADTRIP

 

Six-pack in the cooler

And your brothers in the back

Packed with gear , don't leave it behind.

This ain't no Cadillac

Throw your hair back

You're hitting the road Jack

Tape deck blaring as simple as that.

Headhunters, Spacehog, Montrose rock

 

CHORUS

 

We'll drive straight through

Cruising to the dawn

Changing shifts as the night wears on

Ain't you glad you came along?

Your eyes are playing tricks

Hypnotized by the songs you hear,

Under a hazy starry sky

Drums are pounding a festive atmosphere.

 

SOLO AND CHORUS

 

B-movie dreams 'bout highway murders

And lost legends gone, gone, gone

Space and sound turned around

Shifting connections

And endless restless all night drives

 

CHORUS: Are you coming?

The night is falling

We'll get there by the dawn ROADTRIP

Deep in your soul

The road is calling

We'll get there by the dawn. ROADTRIP

ROADTRIP, ROADTRIP, ROADTRIP.

 


 

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN IS WALKIN’ HER HOME (John Elwood Cook)

Hapless, bored and obsessive

She was a natural liar

She overheated herself

She started a fire

Pauses when you least expect them

Hanging on too long

Hapless, bored and obsessive

She was not all that strong

 

Now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

 

SOLO

 

Talented, individualistic

She often misfired

She was lousy at lovin’

But she could still bring the fire

And she thought she could flourish

in a self-effacing world

But her credibility destructed

She hurled . . .

 

Hapless, bored and obsessive

She was not all that strong

And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

Hapless, bored and obsessive

She was not all that strong

And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

 

SOLO

 

A fabled excentric

With tics and quirks

A roller coaster delivery

With kicks and jerks

A predilection for madness

Is kind of like a poem

 

And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

A predilection for madness

Is kind of like a poem . . .

And now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

now Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

 

Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

 

Christopher Walken is walkin’ her home

 


 

HELLUVA HOEDOWN (Instrumental)


 

KATRINA (Jesus Fixer of Broken Hearts) by John Cook

 

Up above New Orleans there was Jesus in the sky

Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts so don't cry

Up above new Orleans the President flew by

Gazing from his window, he just sighed.

Then looking south cross Pontchartrain something caught his eye

Heading for New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky

Heading for New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky

Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts So don't cry Don't Cry

Don't Don't Cry

 

Up above New Orleans Jesus looked down

Everything beneath him, broken or gone

Then looking North toward Pontchartrain where the silver fish died

Jesus saw the president He was waving goodbye

Goodbye to New Orleans And Jesus in the sky

Goodbye to New Orleans And Jesus in the sky

Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts

So Don't Cry Don't cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

 

 

May your prayers be answered , may you never be alone

May you never live to see a blue roof on your home

Miles and miles still vacant we know why

Pointing to the president it was Jesus in the sky

Pointing to the president it was Jesus in the sky

Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts

So Don't Cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

 

 

Up above New Orleans New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky

Up above New Orleans it was Jesus in the sky

Jesus the Fixer of Broken Hearts

So Don't Cry Don't cry Don't Cry Don't Cry

 


PAROLE (John Elwood Cook)

 

What news do you bring?

What's that you're tellin' me?

You're tellin' me I should be more under control

What news do you bring?

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

 

What news do you bring?

What's that you're tellin' me?

You're tellin' me I should be more under control

What news do you bring?

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

What news do you bring?

Drivin' down from Baton Rouge

The storm kinda eats a hole in your soul.

What news do you bring?

She went down in the deluge

She went down in the deluge

And I lost control.

 

fill

 

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

What news do you bring me?

I know you won't be staying all night

If I know you I know you'll be spoiling for a fight

What news do you bring

When the hapless bell tolls?

 

What news do you bring

When the hapless bell tolls?

 

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole

 

Smells like a felony

And I'm on parole


 HEART OF WINE (Joe Bouchard, R. Meltzer)

 

You dumped me out in New Orleans

I hitched a ride to Mourning Dove

I tracked you down in New York

And we renewed our love

You let me in and filled my cup

With some dumb brand of cheap vermouth

I wonder what was left for us

I knew it wasn't youth

 

Heart of Wine You're so unkind

At playin' tricks With my old mind

Heart of grain In killin' rain

The years are gone but days remain

 

If I was 25 again

In 6 years I'd be 31

Ridin' the rails to San Antone

Thinkin' it was fun

Once I was a college boy

With wisdom at my feet

My white collar, it faded blue

And I gave up my seat.

 

Heart of Wine You're so unkind

At playin' tricks With my old mind

Heart of grain In killin' rain

The years are gone but days remain

 

[repeat CHORUS, SOLO and CHORUS]

 

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