Lyrics: Cry Cry Cry

There’s a problem, feathers iron
Bargain buildings, weights and pulleys
Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air
Buy the sky and sell the sky and tell the sky and tell the sky

Don’t fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me

There’s the progress we have found
A way to talk around the problem
Building towered foresight
Isn’t anything at all
Buy the sky and sell the sky and bleed the sky and tell the sky

Don’t fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me

Well I could keep it above
But then it wouldn’t be sky anymore
So if I send it to you you’ve got to promise to keep it whole
Buy the sky and sell the sky and lift your arms up to the sky
And ask the sky and ask the sky

Don’t fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me

Fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me

Fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me

Fall on me
Fall on me
Fall on me


My name is Dodge, but then you know that
It’s written on the chart there at the foot end of the bed
They think I’m blind, I can’t read it
I’ve read it every word, and every word it says is death
So, Confession – is that the reason that you came
Get it off my chest before I check out of the game
Since you mention it, well there’s thirteen things I’ll name
Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters

August ‘Forty-Nine, north Montana
The hottest day on record, the forest tinder dry
Lightning strikes in the mountains
I was crew chief at the jump base, I prepared the boys to fly
Pick the drop zone, C-47 comes in low
Feel the tap upon your leg that tells you go
See the circle of the fire down below
Fifteen of us dropped above the cold Missouri waters

Gauged the fire, I’d seen bigger
So I ordered them to sidehill and we’d fight it from below
We’d have our backs to the river
We’d have it licked by morning even if we took it slow
But the fire crowned, jumped the valley just ahead
There was no way down, headed for the ridge instead
Too big to fight it, we’d have to fight that slope instead
Flames one step behind above the cold Missouri waters

Sky had turned red, smoke was boiling
Two hundred yards to safety, death was fifty yards behind
I don’t know why I just thought it
I struck a match to waist high grass running out of time
Tried to tell them, step into this fire I’ve set
We can’t make it, this is the only chance you’ll get
But they cursed me, ran for the rocks above instead
I lay face down and prayed above the cold Missouri waters

And when I rose, like the phoenix
In that world reduced to ashes there were none but two survived
I stayed that night and one day after
Carried bodies to the river, wondering how I stayed alive
Thirteen stations of the cross to mark to their fall
I’ve had my say, I’ll confess to nothing more
I’ll join them now, those who left me long before
Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri waters
Thirteen crosses high above the cold Missouri shore


He don’t know how to lie or undermine you
He don’t know how to steal, how to deal or deceive
So leave him alone, set him free
‘Cause he’s speaking with the angel
Speaking with the angel that only he can see

You’d say he’s so helpless, but what about you?
You don’t pull the string, don’t you know anything?
Leave him alone, let him be
‘Cause he’s speaking with the angel
Speaking with the angel that only he can see

Would you teach him ’bout heaven?
Would you show him how to love the earth?
Would you poison him with prejudice from
The moment of his birth?

He in the name of love, he in the blood of lamb
He that never lays blame, he don’t even know his name
So leave him alone, set him free
‘Cause he’s speaking with the angel
Speaking with the angel (the very one)
That spoke to you and me
Oh do you remember?


I’m the kid who ran away with the circus
Now I’m watering elephants
But I sometimes lie awake in the sawdust
Dreaming I’m in a suit of light
Late at night in the empty big top
I’m all alone on the high wire
Look he’s working without a net this time
He’s a real death defier

I’m the kid who always looked out the window
Failing tests in geography
But I’ve seen things far beyond just the school yard
Distant shores of exotic lands
There’re the spires of the Turkish Empire
Six months since we made landfall
Riding low with the spice of India
Through Gibraltar
A we’re rich men

I’m the kid who thought we’d someday be lovers
Always held out that time would tell
Time was talking guess I just wasn’t listening
No surprise if you know me well
And as we’re walking toward the train station
There’s a whispering rainfall
Cross the boulevard you slip your hand in mine
In the distance the train calls

I’m the kid who has this habit of dreaming
Sometimes gets me in trouble too
But the truth is I could no more stop dreaming
Than I could make them all come true


We made Oklahoma a little after three
Randy his brother Bob in my old GMC
We had some moonshine whiskey
Some of Bob’s homegrown
We were so messed up we didn’t know if we were drunk or stoned
Randy was a sad sack tall kinda frail
Bob was a ravin’ maniac, crazier than hell
They’d been kicked outta high school several years ago
For kickin’ over porta-cans at the 4H rodeo
Since then they done their little dance right outside the law
Popped twice in Oklahoma and once in Arkansas
And I don’t know what possessed me to want to tag along
Cause I was raised a Christian and I knew right from wrong

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you’re gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

We stole two charolais heifers
From Randy’s sweetheart’s pa
And sold them at the livestock sales outside of Wichita
We got nine hundred dollars and never did suspect
The world of hurt we’d be in once we cashed that check

Next day we heard the story on the local radio
And made our plans that very night to go to Mexico
And I swear we would’ve made it if it wasn’t for the shine

I got sick about the time we crossed that Kansas line

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you’re gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

I was lying in the bar ditch praying I would die
When a light came on above us
And a voice called from the sky
A half dozen unmarked cards came screeching to a halt
They grabbed Bob he started screaming that it was my fault
There were men and dogs and helicopters flying all around
They had the brothers on the pickup hood
And me on the ground
Then Bob flew all to pieces but Randy he held tight
When a black man in a suit and tie stepped into the light
He told his men to turn us loose
And they put down their guns
He said these are just some sorry kids
They ain’t the ones

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you’re gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

They left us by the roadside downhearted and alone
Randy got behind the wheel said boys I’m going home
So we turned round and faced our fate hung over but alive
On that morning Oklahoma late April ninety five


Oh Lord, I have made you a place in my heart
Among the rags and the bones and the dirt
There’s piles of lies, the love gone from her eyes
And old moving boxes full of hurt
Pull up a chair by the trouble and care
I got whiskey, you’re welcome to some
Oh Lord, I have made you a place in my heart
But I don’t reckon you’re gonna come

I’ve tried to fix up the place, I know it’s a disgrace
You get used to it after a while
With the flood and the drought and old pals hanging out
With their IOU’s and their smiles
Bare-naked women keep coming in
And they dance like you wouldn’t believe
Oh Lord, I have made you a place in my heart
So take a good look – and then leave

Oh Lord, why does the Fall get colder each year?
Lord, why can’t I learn to love?
Lord, if you made me, it’s easy to see
That you all make mistakes up above
But if I open the door, you will know I’m poor
And my secrets are all that I own
Oh Lord, I have made you a place in my heart
And I hope that you leave it alone


You’ve been taken by the wind
You have known the kiss of sorrow
Doors that would not take you in
Outcast and a stranger

You have come by way of sorrow
You have come by way of tears
But you’ll reach your destiny
Meant to find you all these years
Meant to find you all these years

You have drunk a bitter wine
With none to be your comfort
You who once were left behind
Will be welcome at love’s table

You have come by way of sorrow
You have come by way of tears
But you’ll reach your destiny
Meant to find you all these years
Meant to find you all these years

All the nights that joy has slept
Will awake to days of laughter
Gone the tears that you have wept
You’ll dance in freedom ever after

You have come by way of sorrow
You have come by way of tears
But you’ll reach your destiny
Meant to find you all these years
Meant to find you all these years


All night long, and half the next day
Oh, I’m in trouble now
All of the pay phones along the interstate
And I am the last to know
All of our memories appear on the road to me
No matter what I do
There’s a lot of nice sights from Denver to Memphis
And all I can see is you

I used to be grateful for all of the travel
But now I can’t really tell
Away on business, headed for Memphis
Oh but I’m on the road to hell
You put the blame on me for taking the things I need
Some of those things came true
I waited my whole life just to see Memphis
Now all I can see is you

Voices are calling me on
Sometimes the voices you hear can be wrong
I thought of stopping and maybe calling
But I know what you would say
That a whole world of love shared by two people
Some things can never change
It still confuses me, this is why you would leave
Do what you have to do
I saw my choices and I chose Memphis
Now all I can see is you
All I can see is you


I’ve gone running from the devil
At times I’ve beaten down his path
I’ve seen the flight of the dove
And I’ve stumbled my way back.
Miles and miles of interstate,
nights not meant to last
I can take this road all the way to Tulsa,
but I cannot stop my yearning for you.
They say a simple life’s the best,
but you would never know,
the way we complicate this world,
lion’s king, the lamb lies low.
All I wanted was your love,
the taste of your sweet kiss.
That river may flow deep and wide,
but it cannot stop my longing for this

So meet me on Red Mountain,
lace of laurel, bed of moss,
where the wind’s forever
howling beneath that Northern Cross.

When that final deal goes down,
I’ll gladly pay the cost,
if my soul could be
a station high upon that northern cross.
Then I would have a bird’s eye view,
I’d watch you night and day.
In casting off my mortal self,
maybe all this yearning will go away.

Oh, meet me on Red Mountain,
lace of laurel, bed of moss,v
where the wind’s forever
howling beneath that Northern Cross.

Old memories have faded
nearly all of them are lost,
except for your face shining
beneath that Northern Cross.


Down by the water where the big dam is standing
I met my darling last night
And while the pale moon was sinking
We lay there drinking
And listening to our hearts

Down by the water with the steel turbines humming
I held my darling last night
And when the big sluice was opened the river went running
And turned on the lights

Down by the water, I thought I knew
Down by the water, quick as the dew
Down by the water

Cool was the air through the folds of her hair
As she told me to listen once more
And I heard the wind making waves on the water
That reached for the shore

So many reasons, like drops from a rain cloud
She could’ve been talking all night
Instead she just left me, and I watched the river drain out of sight

Down by the water, I thought I knew
Down by the water, quick as the dew
Down by the water

Down by the water where the big dam is standing
I met my darling last night
And while the pale moon was sinking
We lay there drinking
And listening to our hearts

Down by the water, we fell apart
Down by the water, right from the start
Down by the water, quick as the dew
Down by the water


I know what kind of love this is
After all, I was there when we made it
And I know why I did what I did
To end a lifetime of wallflower shade
With Buster Brown
The big man in the town
When no one was around

I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is

The man in black said, “You won’t mind
It’ll be over before you know it
You can pretend that you are blind
If it will help you to get over it”
In my parents’ bed
Pretending I am dead
Remember every word he said

I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is

And when I wake he will be gone
And I won’t see him until the classroom
It’s just a tale of right and wrong
That they will whisper inside the bathroom
How she lost the game
She’ll never be the same
He doesn’t even know her name

I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is
I know what kind of love this is


My name is Mary Magdalene, I come from Palestine
Please excuse these rags I’m in, I’ve fallen on hard times
Long ago I had my work when I was in my prime
But I gave it up, and all for love
It was his career or mine

Jesus loved me, this I know, but why on earth did I ever let him go
He was always faithful, he was always kind
But he walked off with this heart of mine

A love like this will come but once, this I do believe
And I’ll not see his like again as I live and breathe
And I’m sorry if I might offend but I will never see
How the tenderness I shared with him became a heresy

Jesus loved me, this I know, but why on earth did I ever let him go
He was always faithful, he was always kind
But he walked off with this heart of mine

I remember nights we spent, whispering our creed
Our rituals, our sacrament, the stars our canopy
There beneath an olive tree we’d offer up our plea
God’s creation innocent
His arms surrounding me

Jesus loved me, this I know, but why on earth did I ever let him go
He was always faithful, he was always kind
But he walked off with this heart of mine