Diamonds In The Rough
  1. Everybody

    While out sailing on the ocean
    While out sailing on the sea
    I bumped into the Savior
    And He said pardon me
    I said "Jesus you look tired"
    He said "Jesus so do you,
    Sit down son
    'Cause I got some fat to chew"

    Everybody needs somebody that they can talk to
    Someone to open up their ears
    And let that trouble through
    Now you don't have to sympathize
    Or care what they may do
    But everybody needs somebody that they can talk to
    Well he spoke to me of morality
    Starvation, pain and sin
    Matter of fact the whole dang time
    I only got a few words in
    But I won't squawk
    Let 'em talk
    Hell it's been a long long time
    And any friend that's been turned down
    Is bound to be a friend of mine
    (Repeat Chorus)
    Now we sat there for an hour or two
    Just eatin' that Gospel pie
    When around the bend come a terrible wind
    And lightning lit the sky
    He said so long son I gotta run
    Appreciate you listening to me
    And I believe I heard him sing these words
    As he skipped out across the sea
    (Repeat Chorus)
  2. The Torch Singer

    The night club was burning
    From the torch singer's song
    And the sweat was floodin' her eyes
    The catwalk squeaked
    'Neath the bartender's feet
    And the smoke was too heavy to rise
    She sang of the love that I left her
    And of the woman that she'll never be
    Made me feel like the buck and a quarter
    That I paid 'em to listen and see
    I paid 'em to listen and see
    I was born down in Kansas
    'Neath the October sky
    Work the day shift from seven to three
    And the only relief that I receive
    Is nearer my God to Thee
    She constantly throws me off timing
    Leaves me standing both naked and bare
    Makes me feel like the Sunday funnies
    After everything's gone off the air
    Everything's gone off the air
    I picked through the ashes
    Of the torch singer's song
    And I ordered my money a round
    For whiskey and pain
    Both taste the same
    During the time they go down
    (Repeat Chorus)
  3. Souvenirs

    All the snow has turned to water
    Christmas days have come and gone
    Broken toys and faded colors
    Are all that's left to linger on
    I hate graveyards and old pawn shops
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my childhood souvenirs
    Memories they can't be boughten
    They can't be won at carnivals for free
    Well it took me years
    To get those souvenirs
    And I don't know how they slipped away from me
    Broken hearts and dirty windows
    Make life difficult to see
    That's why last night and this mornin'
    Always look the same to me
    I hate reading old love letters
    For they always bring me tears
    I can't forgive the way they rob me
    Of my sweetheart's souvenirs
    (Repeat Chorus)
  4. The Late John Garfield Blues

    Black faces pressed against the glass
    Where rain has pressed it's weight
    Wind blown scarves in top down cars
    All share one western trait
    Sadness leaks through tear-stained cheeks
    From winos to dime-store Jews
    Probably don't know they give me
    These late John Garfield blues
    Midnight fell on Franklin Street
    And the lamppost bulbs were broke
    For the life of me, I could not see
    But I heard a brand new joke
    Two men were standing upon a bridge
    One jumped and screamed you lose
    And just left the odd man holding
    Those late John Garfield blues
    An old man sleeps with his conscience at night
    Young kids sleep with their dreams
    While the mentally ill sit perfectly still
    And live through life's in-betweens
    I'm going away to the last resort
    In week or two real soon
    Where the fish don't bite but once a night
    By the cold light of the moon
    The horses scream- the nightmares dream
    And the dead men all wear shoes
    'Cause everybody's dancin'
    Those late John Garfield blues
  5. Sour Grapes

    I don't care if the sun don't shine
    But it better or people will wonder
    And I couldn't care less if it never stopped rainin'
    'Cept the kids are afraid of the thunder

    Say sour grapes
    You can laugh and stare
    Say sour grapes
    But I don't care

    I couldn't care less if I didn't have a friend
    'Cept people would say I was crazy
    And I wouldn't work 'cause I don't need money
    But the same folks would say I was lazy

    (Repeat Chorus)

    I couldn't care less if she never come back
    I was gonna leave her anyway
    And all the good times that we shared
    Don't mean a thing to day

    (Repeat Chorus)
  6. Billy the Bum

    Billy the bum lived by the thumb
    And sang of the hobo's delight
    He'd prove he could run
    Twice as fast as the sun
    By losing his shadow at night
    Now he loved every girl
    In this curly headed world
    But no one will know it seems
    For two twisted legs and a childhood disease
    Left Billy just a bum in his dreams
    And he was just a gentle boy
    A real florescent light
    Cried pennies on Sunday morning
    Laughs nickels on Saturday night
    And your bullets they can't harm him
    Nor your knives tear him apart
    Humiliation killed him
    God bless his little heart
    Now he lived all alone
    In a run down home
    Near the side of the old railroad track
    Where the trains used to run
    Carrying freight by the ton
    And blow the whistle as Billy'd wave back
    But the children around Billy's home town
    Seemed to have nothin' better to do
    Then run around his house
    With their tongues from their mouth
    And make fun of that crippled old fool
    (Repeat Chorus)
    Now some folks they wait
    And some folks they pray
    For Jesus to rise up again
    But none of these folks
    In their holy cloaks
    Ever took Billy on as a friend
    For pity's a crime
    And it ain't worth a dime
    To a person who's really in need
    Just treat 'em the same
    As you would your own name
    Next time that your heart starts to bleed
    (Repeat Chorus)
  7. The Frying Pan

    I come home from work this evening
    There was a note in the frying pan
    It said fix your own supper babe
    I run off with the Fuller brush man
    And I miss the way she used to yell at me
    The way she used to cuss and moan
    And if I ever go out and get married again
    I'll never leave my wife at home
    Sat down at the table
    Screamed, and I hollered and cried
    And I commenced a carryin' on
    Till I almost lost my mind
    (Repeat Chorus)
    If I ever see another salesman
    Come a knockin' at my door
    I'm gonna pick up a rock and hit him on the head
    And knock him down on the floor
    (Repeat Chorus)
  8. Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You

    Oh I get drunk most every night
    Seems like all we do is fight
    The more I drink
    The less I feel blue
    Sometimes I feel like an awful fool
    Spendin' my life on an old bar stool
    And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you
    If this date were to be our last
    I'd never sit down this glass
    It'd take all the booze in the world
    To forget you
    You've left my heart a vacant lot
    I'll fill it with another shot
    And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you
    Looks like I had my fill
    Guess I better pay my bill
    When I started out I only meant to have a few
    Someone just said that you left town
    I better get a double round
    And yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you
  9. Take the Star Out of the Window

    Robert was a sailor
    For the best years of his life
    His captain was his mother
    And the ocean was his wife
    Only fresh out of the cradle
    Life's one and only spring
    He was sworn to do his duty
    And got blood on his high school ring
    And it's hello California
    Hello Dad and Mom
    Ship ahoy
    Your baby boy
    Is home from Vietnam
    Don't you ask me any questions
    'Bout the medals on my chest
    Take the star out of the window
    And let my conscience take a rest
    Now he sailed across the ocean
    To the old far eastern war
    And it was foreign to his body
    It was foreign to his shore
    So he traded in the present
    For the better times he'd seen
    And made an oriental waitress
    His own home comin' queen
    (Repeat Chorus)
  10. The Great Compromise

    I knew a girl who was almost a lady
    She had a way with all the men in her life
    Every inch of her blossomed in beauty
    And she was born on the fourth of July
    Well she lived in an aluminum house trailer
    And she worked in a juke box saloon
    And she spent all the money I give her
    Just to see the old man in the moon
    I used to sleep at the foot of Old Glory
    And awake in the dawn's early light
    But much to my surprise
    When I opened my eyes
    I was a victim of the great compromise
    Well we'd go out on Saturday evenings
    To the drive-in on Route 41
    And it was there that I first suspected
    That she was doin' what she'd already done
    She said "Johnny won't you get me some popcorn"
    And she knew I had to walk pretty far
    And as soon as I passed through the moonlight
    She hopped into a foreign sports car
    (Repeat Chorus)
    Well you know I could have beat up that fellow
    But it was her that had hopped into his car
    Many times I'd fought to protect her
    But this time she was goin' too far
    Now some folks they call me a coward
    'Cause I left her at the drive-in that night
    But I'd druther have names thrown at me
    Than to fight for a thing that ain't right
    (Repeat Chorus)
    Now she writes all the fellows love letters
    Saying "Greetings, come and see me real soon"
    And they go and line up in the barroom
    And spend the night in that sick woman's room
    But sometimes I get awful lonesome
    And I wish she was my girl instead
    But she won't let me live with her
    And she makes me live in my head
    (Repeat Chorus)
  11. Clocks and Spoons

    Clocks and spoons and empty rooms
    It's raining out tonight
    What a way to end a day
    By turnin' out the light
    Shoot the moon right between the eyes
    I'm sending most of me to sunny country side
    Runnin' through sky of blue rollin' in the sun
    Every day has a way of overflowing one
    Shoot the moon right between the eyes
    I'm keeping most of me in sunny country side
    Don't know how I did that now wonder where it's gone
    Must have spent the way I went waitin' for the dawn
    Shoot the moon right between the eyes
    I'm screaming
    Take me back to sunny country side
  12. Rocky Mountain Time

    The station was empty
    The trains were all gone
    I reached in my pocket
    And I waited for dawn
    The clock played drums
    And I hummed the sax
    And the wind whistled down
    The railroad tracks
    Hey three for a quarter
    One for a dime
    I'll bet it's tomorrow
    By Rocky Mountain time
    I walked in the restaurant
    For something to do
    The waitress yelled at me
    And so did the food
    And the water taste funny
    When you're far from your home
    But it's only the thirsty
    That hunger to roam
    (Repeat Chorus)
    We'll build us a castle on Main Street
    And pretend that we're down on the farm
    Hell, we'll hold out as long as we have to
    Then we'll twist off each other's arm
    Christ I'm so mixed up and lonely
    I can't even make friends with my brain
    I'm too young to be where I'm going
    But I'm too old to go back again
    (Repeat First Verse and Chorus)
  13. Diamonds in the Rough

    While walking out, one evening,
    Not knowing where to go
    Just to pass the time away
    Before we held our show
    I heard a little mission band
    Playing with all their might
    I gave my soul to Jesus
    And left the show that night
    The day will soon be over
    And evening will be done
    No more gems to be gathered
    So let us all press on
    When Jesus comes to claim us
    And says it is enough
    The diamonds will be shining
    No longer in the rough