Nowhere To Go (2018)
1 Nowhere to go
spring seed take your time
find your way into the light
stem and leaf a season keeps
your calories from me like a greedy child

see the little beetle bug
make her way across the street
she don’t see no traffic light
no red no green she walks miles

nowhere goin’
nowhere to go
wherever my home is
i’m goin’ there slow

the rock we’re on hums a tune
melody soft and low
how many moons can one star shine
until it’s time to face the darkness

love is blind love is blinding
how can i be sure of timing
the road to love is dimly lit
i’ll follow it back to where i started

nowhere goin’
nowhere to go
wherever my home is
i’m goin’ there slow
1 Bag of Bones
I thank you kindly
I thank you well
for my bag of bones gaining interest annually
a lifetime loan

Mixing syrup in my whiskey honey tea
my bag of bones is personal to me
I am sipping of the nectar humbly

I know the road
think I know the way
one day my bag of bones will let me go
so I drive slow

Defrosting windshields full of foggy clarity
that happy sack sits pretty in its chassis
unmoving less you see it relatively

I roll the dice
a chance of snow
I never leave my bag of bones out in the cold

Though it be freezing premonitions
knee-deep in salutations
this parcel can withstand a frigid breeze
mixing syrup in my whiskey honey tea
my bag of bones is personal to me
yes, my bag of bones is personal to me
1 Ten Thousand
Hold your breath, suspended in jelly
staring contest - it comes from the belly

Sit and sweat, give up on your salty
go - run fast - run without stopping
give up on exhaustion

Try, try, try 10,000 years
cry, cry: 10,000 tears
relapse: 10,000 fears

Speak the cure: 10,000 words
hear the songs of 10,000 birds
10,000 sheep, tend to the herd
10,000 voices tender and clear
try, try, try 10,000 years

Will you love me in 10,000 days?
I built a heaven - who the hell did I save?

A linen halo envelopes our forms
will you accept 10,000 mistakes?

10,000,000,000 eyes watch from the sky
each billion born, 10,000,000,000 die
10,000,000,000 heros have 10,000,000,000 fears
their graves are empty 10,000,000,000 saved
10,000,000,000 clusters of fresh, burning clay
dance, unashamed for 10,000,000,000 peers
10,000,000,000 voices tender and clear
try, try, try 10,000,000,000 years
1 We Move Our Mouths
Meet me between the trees
we'll light a fire, roast veggies
we move our mouths but cannot speak

I'll come from west, you come from east
I will not see your ancestry
we move our mouths but cannot speak

Between the space between the trees
a steady stream runs clean and clear
we cannot speak, but still, we hear

EYE (2015)
1 Every Day the Sun Rises
Every day the sun rises I smile
at least for a little while
every chance I get to roll out of bed I am laughing
at least through my breakfast
every day the sun rises I smile
at least for a little while

I, I, I
combine I with I
a billion I's collide

I, I, I
I am living the collision
I am making decisions

I, I, I
combine me with mine
at one and separate from the rest
thank the stars I won't be round to clean up my mess

every day the sun rises I smile
at least for a little while
every chance I get to fuck up my day I am laughing
mistakes tend to happen
every day the sun rises I smile
at least for a little while

I will die
but the sun will still rise
at least a trillion more times

I, I, I what comes after I?
who am I to define?

But in the meantime
I will be put to good use
I will try hard not to abuse
the power I am given
the weight and the motion
the particular fission

Every day the sun rises I smile
at least for a little while
1 Sparky
Sparky, sparky
can't unwind the coil
your line is waving in the night
you left your sparkle in the dark
without a light

Sparky, sparky
are we fit to toil?
did we break the vacuum seal?
we'll find the pieces in the grass
barefoot next spring

Winter evening
can't unsing the rain
the lines are weaving through the hall
I left the light on in my room
to guide them in

Stinging spirit
release us from our brood
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood

Moldy mossy
can't unload the scroll
the lines were written long ago
the meat I move moves only now
only now

Sparky, sparky
spark ignites the dawn
frozen tendrils crack the sun
as I rake the spinning ground
it feeds our fortune

Stinging spirit
release us from our brood
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood

Stinging spirit
shock our sad excuse
c'mon, sparky, shake that winter mood
1 No More Will I Roam
When the train cars all are empty
when the rivers have run dry
the buses have stopped in their tracks and slowly turned to stone
no more will I be out darlin'
no more will I roam

When brambles have reclaimed these walls
there's no metal left to rust
there's no way you could reach me, not by letter, not by phone
no more will I be out darlin'
no more will I roam

When darkness has descended
the mountains turned to dust
fires ravage city walls like a jester on a tomb
no more will I be out darlin'
no more will I roam

I will have my day of rest
among the rubble and the dirt
til then I'll keep on searching for the perfect place to leave my bones
and no more will I be out darlin'
no more will I roam
1 Rollin Tom
Rollin' Tom
he's no buddhist drinkin' beer
doesn't even have a beard
a genuine idealist

Rollin' Tom
didn't bring no sleepin' bag
gave up women, gave up cigs
goin' out to the island

Rollin' Tom
he'll roll right out one day
not before he doesn't have his say
sittin' on the island, silent

Faithless (2010)
1 Bricks for the Levee
The suicide king he gets his own way
he lays there artful, enlightened
the queen of the spades has frightened her dreams
except when she's screaming and moaning
it's hard to remember we're floating

The good-luck professor blinks three times fast
as you try to transcribe past the lines in her eyes
turning she points to a door in the back
if you're through here, you better be going
it's hard to forget without knowing

Hands and fans and cigarette tans
the road up ahead is still foggy
the load on my back isn't heavy:
a couple of bricks for the levee

Mr. Incredulous says he's no spark
he traces the arc of his favorite dart
laughing through tears isn't hard he goes on
as long as you know where it's going
it's easy to lie when you're choking

I wish I had guts to deal it all straight
the deck is so stacked it's uncanny
I've broken one streak too many
it's hard to remember the joker
it's hard to forget it's a joke

Bright light fights and foggy nights
the future uncertain is certain
the load on my back isn't heavy:
a couple of bricks for the levee
1 A Space in My Head
It's good to know you're alive
because I dreamed you had died
and your body was hopelessly mangled

Suddenly you were back
but you lacked so much vigor
and your psyche was hopelessly mangled

Death, being dead, just a space in my head
somewhere between thought and expression
alive, alive, are you hip to my jive?
are you dreaming of dreaming of dreaming?

Are you somewhere beyond my control
have I lost all the senses I used to know
where is the turnstile I used to call home?
where is the comfort consciousness holds?

It's good to know you're alive
Because I dreamed you had died
All i thought that I knew was unknown

Death, being dead, just a space in my head
somewhere between thought and expression
alive, alive, are you hip to my jive?
are you dreaming of dreaming of dreaming?
...or are you just stoned?
1 Redemption
Only in a sleepy haze
the mem'ry of cleaner days
holds my head against the floor

If I can't walk, break my knees
if I can't eat, take my teeth
if I can't breathe, please open up the door

Hold me fast my ugly home
salvation never could achieve release
from such a dying breed

Margaret walks you past your house
she never lets the good things out
she never gave a wink to a dying man

"This old world is on its way,"
she used to say (without a smile)
"We all need redemption once in awhile"

Making love to my favorite chair
I stare for miles beyond this wall
still hoping for a change in this same state

If I'm lost turn out the lights
if I am wrong, I might be right
if I forget, it might be too late

St. George is wholly unaware
your evil serpent isn't there
striking out at you across the room

Even as he wields his spear
playing with your basic fears
he's hoping for deliverance too soon

Margaret walks you to your house
she never lets the bad things out
she never crushed a bug under her thumb

"This old world is on its way,"
she used to say (without a smile)
"We all need redemption after awhile"
1 Sell yr Soul to the Road
I wear my brain on my sleeve, it's true,
I gave my shirt to you,
you're still wearing it like a banner

God only made me with one or two gifts,
rough fingertips,
you purse your lips at my sorrow

Jesus was bled from the stomach for you,
like he was told to,
my father's much kinder than that

I might identify with your disgrace,
but I know my place,
you hide your face in my pillow

You're gonna lose me
it's not your fault
I lost myself long ago
don't ask for answers
you don't wanna know
I sold my soul to the road

I'll give up my mooring if you untie yours,
the suns yellow door
has opened and your mother is calling

don't give me candy, the taste is too sweet,
God gave me feet,
believe it or not I'm still walking

Jesus tried so hard to hold up the sky,
we all have to die,
that's not the reason we're falling

you who might try to set the world right
then give up the fight,
I can't see why you're still talking

Maybe you'll find me some twenty years on
in a grocery store lawn party
deep rooted past conversation

god will look down on the love we have made,
the slaves we became,
the game that we took as our mantra

We spent our short lives
mining for gold
you'll say when we're old
I'll try not to gloat
honey, I sold my soul to the road
1 Circles
Circles keep bearing down
hard not to notice the spin
circles keep circling round
wind up all over again
wound round all over again

People keep bringing me down
hard not to feel it's a sin
circles keep circling round
eye of the storm lies within
wound round all over again

Girl, I miss you so
circle nowhere in sight
circles keep circling round
cranking my mind from inside
wound round all over again

Skyline, time for a turn
can't help but hope for a spin
burning all over again
circles bringing me down
wound round all over again
wound round all over again
1 Something to Need
She said, "If I could erase all reason,
I'd leave a thin red line"
her head was filled with nothing
so horribly trite

She said, "If I could define sin
it'd begin with lies
and end in golden ribbons
of something bright."

And I'm down on my knees
looking for something to need
hoping for someone to free me from my disguise
free me from my disguise

She was never one to judge
but she held her head so high
the only lighthouse in the harbor
a dark cloud in the sky
and when it rained, it all just ran together
flowing down her sides

She was down on her knees
looking for something to need
digging for answers in what she'd left behind
all she'd left behind

I said, to define sin
only ends in lies
the human mind is only part
of the human design

And I'm down on my knees
looking for something to need
hoping for someone to free me from my mind

Free me from my mind
1 Home
I'd leave the force-fed sunny sappy shores of western California
northern lights all beaming down to ground us without reason
the bells of busted corsets howling in the southern region

Just to stay with you my dear
just to show you I'm all here
just to make it very clear
where you are I feel home

I'd leave the million tongue-tied yearnings of midwestern furnished living
purple bloated bodies boasting happy holes in Brooklyn
the gimmick of the grandeur of another Rocky Mountain

Just to stay with you my dove
just to show you all my love
just to shout it loud enough
where you are I feel home
1 Pyrite
I've seen high
I've seen low
I know, I know, it shows

Sliding by
I'm fool's gold
finding a clean way to hide
finding a dream to withhold

Captain, O Captain
I can't hold this mast long
the main sail is open
but the wind is too strong

If sinking is winning
then I'm going all in
if I gave up lying
guess I'm tied to this song

I've seen east
I've seen west
the best in me battles the beast

Sliding by
I'm fool's gold
finding a clean rail to ride
buying the right to let go
1 Faithless
I will remember you
though you may call me faithless
I have forgiven you
for giving me a name

I am a lonesome child
alone without another
another one to hold
and sound my only name

Another one will come
and give me back my name
a sound to call my own
a breath in perfect time

I only hope to hold
the sound of my salvation
I only hope to hear
the meaning of my faith

I will remember you
though you may call me faithless
I have forgiven you
for giving me a name

I only hope to hold
the sound of my salvation
I only hope to hear
the meaning of my faith

Holy Sheboygan! (2012-2017)
1 Could've Been
A good cigar always holds its ash
each one holds a random chance
long before the dice were rolled
long before the dice were rolled

Whiskers, frying pans, wad of cash wider than a paper tube
a million-billion probabilities
long before the dice were rolled

Oh so proud of your could've been

Could’ve been a star or a quasar
could’ve been a nebula
could’ve been a supervoid
could’ve been the nitrogen hugging Titan
could’ve played ring toss, Jupiter to Saturn

Could’ve been a cloud or a waterfall could’ve been the Vatican
could’ve been a carpenter
could’ve been a basket or a basket ball
could’ve been a courthouse
could be dirt
Oh so proud of your could've been

Could’ve been a match
a geranium
could’ve been an ovary chuck fulla couldabeens
could’ve been the silk or the silkworm
could’ve been the handle
could’ve been the hammerhead

Could’ve been a grain in a sandhill
could’ve been a fragment freed from uranium
could’ve been a virus or a gamma ray
could be dreaming
could be dead

Oh so proud of your could've been
1 Customer Satisfaction
Sidetracked college boy
smoking like it means life
holed up in San Francisco
holding out for the second coming

Police kids presidents
shooting what we aim for
shut the damn door, child
don't you know there's a war outside?

Customer satisfaction
it's the stuff we're made of

Hillbilly Philly fan
turn the damn TV on
get your gun they're coming soon
police kids, presidents

10" step stool
climbing up the corporate ladder
holed up in New York City
holding out for the second coming

Customer satisfaction
it's the stuff we're made of
1 Hard to Believe
It takes half a life in the wild
to go home
to go home
its taken many a life
to make rain fall

It's hard to believe in the purchasing fate
the seminal song of the century
it's hard to accept when it comes down to time
the moment's unbreakable certainty
it's hard to believe

If only I had enough change
to go home
to go home
stuck isn't nearly so bad
when you're broken

It's hard to believe in the big easy streak
the hope of husbands of housewives
it's hard to accept when push comes to shove
the miles of road between lifetimes
it's hard to believe
1 Honeyland
Honeyland
take me to Honeyland
tell the money man
to fuck himself
Honeyland, I'm coming
I know you'll be there waiting
Honeyland, I'm drinking to your health

Bong-rip musketeer
ripping out a baby's ear
hurl at the toilet seat
it's a diamond necklace

Locked-out, sad and stubborn
keep your pants up, kid
take the blame for what you did
you ain't invincible


Keep dreaming lover boy
keep playing with your toys
toying with angels
keep your kingdom to yourself

Honeyland
take me to honeyland
tell the money man
to fuck himself
Honeyland, I'm coming
I know you'll be there waiting
Honeyland, I’m drinking,
Honeyland, I’m thinkin bout ya
Honeyland, I'm drinking to your health
1 Jawbone
Jawbone jawbone
pincerdad corn pone
put the hat back
theres a summer full of sand-diggin
Winter, old fogie
drinkin like he missed his dinner
bells in his pocket
bells in his pocket

Big Ed, Big Ed
summer as a mercenary
winter up in Gary bible-thumping for a Big Penny
got the hat back
asleep is a cold city
sleet is a blanket
when you're whiter than a coma combed-over


Jawbone Jawbone
mouth full of cornpone
staring at the telephone
waiting for the Big Call
"Is it me? Is it me?
did I get the big break"
whiter than a coma
bells in his pocket
bells in his pocket
movin' up to Gary one last winter
1 Love
Love, my favorite marketing ploy
I'd love to be a corporate toy
money, I wish I had money
wish I had time for loving you and your money

Love, my favorite song to sing
the softest words and everyone knows them
everyone knew it already
love is the perfect commodity

Wish I had time for loving you and your money
1 Lullabye for Heaven
Stop the microwave
get me a B----- K--- Double
if you kick at the mangler
you're in real big trouble
$100 went missing
at the keystroke money mother
if your pants fit smile tight
you'll stay out of the clapper
you waste it and waste it

With a wine bottle headphone
selling piss for a nickel
you can get real close
to your best friend's sister
when you see her, tell her I say hello

Goodnight, every car in heaven
sleep well, all you caffeine-pilled freaks
rest up and be ready in the morning
when you get up to go grab yourself a piece

If you glow like a window
put your cabbage hands together
for the change in your pocket
leave the money on the table
if you cower you can take it
invested in your lifestyle
when they shut off the fuck-show
you're in real big trouble
you'll waste it and waste it

Goodnight, every dead toaster oven
sleep well, all you uppity freaks
rest up and be ready in the morning
when you get up to go grab yourself a piece
1 Natural Causes
I want to die of natural causes
no note left behind me
eyes wide open when they find me
fully dressed, underestimated

I've no good to leave behind
only debt, pencil scratchings
take whatever you're attached to
I won't need it where i'm going

May my body dissolve properly
these hands, once made for labor,
may they fertilize a pea-vine
grasping forever skyward

This brain once hummed with pulses
may it feed something fungal
or sink into the mantel
uploaded with the network

May my heart's course be more tragic:
it's particles, may they wash up
on one shore, then the next
'til it's searched the world over

Through a trillion seasons seeking
when the world has finally crumbled,
may my heart set its course
for a distant constellation

In this way, ad infinitum
until the universe collapses

In this way, ad infinitum
until a universe is born

In the last days may my heart be there
as the universe is dying
in the first days may my heart be there
as a universe is born

In this way ad infinitum
through a trillion universes

I want to die of natural causes
eyes wide open when they find me
fully dressed, underestimated
staring through the ceiling
1 Permafreeze
You wear your gold butter
your yolk is overdone
you act so unpolluted
young and in love

I light the blood-fire
perfect poppy seam
you act so unsupported
your eyes will lose that gleam

Vapor permeates the focus
steel purpose still in need
you say you’re still united
holy poles in permafreeze
1 Suburbia
Let's you and I hike suburbia
trek through suburbia the two of us alone
let's you and I hike suburbia
until we find the ends

Love your crooked smile is more than an afterthought
a crocodile in waiting never grins
what's mine is yours and yours is so fine
dusty in the wind
bump me up again
if excess is a sin
I'll try to play the hero, won't you be my heroine?

Oh, you know I'm never gonna leave the sprawl
if you call on me from far beyond the zoo
I'll come running but I'll never really find you

Love your open wounds are like a three-door car garage
your heart is shining like a tiki torch
whats mine is yours and yours is so cheap I'll take what I deserve
don't keep me from your wealth
even if I scream the safe-word please don't stop me from myself


Let's you and I hike suburbia
trek through suburbia the two of us alone
let's you and I hike suburbia
until we find the ends
1 The Way You Say Goodbye
Leaving you is hard
but I love the way you say goodbye
life can be dull
but I love the way you say goodbye

Little Susie to the night
prayed for a rock in case she might find a solid footing
poor little girl they found her there
worshipping her shooting star
meteorite stuck solid in her head

Orson Wells overheard
the walls enclosed, the words expelled from midnight's clarity
some old man, some gentle riot
heaven help him from the fire
darkness never looked so black and white

Leaving you is hard
but I love the way you say goodbye
life can be dull
but I love the way you say goodbye
leaving you is hard
but I love the way you say goodbye
whenever life gets old
I still love the way you say goodbye

Scab Apple (2011)
1 Furniture
Dreams die on the screen
the ashes of some young Deep Dish Supreme
are you ready to go?
the treatment a seizure, a signature note
all of my furniture laid in a row

Please excuse my soul
please excuse my soul
all of my furniture laid in a row
please excuse my soul

Burdens for sale
pinwheel me pummel me down to the store
are you ready to go?
what is the price of all that you know
all of my furniture laid in a row

Please excuse my soul
please excuse my soul
all of my furniture laid in a row
please excuse my soul
1 Learning to Miss You
Learning to miss you
it's waiting for heaven
a kiss after fucking
learning to miss you

Learning to miss you
the fog before rain
the thrill of the pinprick
learning to miss you

It's not in the leaving
it's growing like ivy
learning to miss you
in practice, forgetting
learning to miss you
in practice, unknowing

Learning to miss you
a new medication
a pure vaccination
learning to forget

Sturdy Beggars (2008-2010)
1 Anthem to a Man Without a Home
I dreamed I was a stranger
and all that I encountered
slipped between my fingers
an anthem to a man without a home

And there was Leonard Cohen
floating with Ophelia
on some boat inside a painting
abstract in its meaning

I reached out to touch him
feel the power of another
but when he saw me coming
he slipped into the water like a stone

Destroyer meets the Giver
the River's son and daughter
water's only testament to time
we will all be drunk then
friendless and abandoned
drifting toward a never-ending line

I'll be stranded on the shore instead
the river's only in my head

In another dream I'm having tea
with legend Jeffrey Dahmer
he grew up in my hometown
spoke just like my father

Most don't have the chance to see
the man that lies within
jeff was just a dreamer
searching for some truth beneath the skin
1 Conversation From the Park
Remember when your velvet horn
radiated hopeful scorn
for each and every mournful sinner?

Miles away, your muffled blast
shook my sail, shook my mast
just enough to blow me back to my beginnings

Searching there, I found the grave
I hoped would be enough to save
you from your heart and me from my misgivings

To take your thoughts and throw them down
the pieces of a shattered crown
make a halo on the ground
surrounding open graves
all is lost, all is saved

Years ago I left to find
the legendary "peace of mind"
sick of all the standing lines of hopefuls

Little did I know then
nothing, now, do I know
the whiskey bottle's getting low and my spliff's still burning

To take a crown and toss it up
costs a nickel from my cup
the pieces of my shattered glass
passing through the ground
all is lost, all is found

Newspaper holds me in the dark
one day they'll lay me in this park
each piece of me will be part of the ground

To take your thoughts and throw them down
the pieces of a shattered crown
make a halo on the ground
surrounding all I've saved
nothing lost, nothing gained
1 Ocean
Nothing costs a nickel
nothing costs a dime
if you're looking for a reason
it's gonna cost you time
save it up in your broken chest
or go and ask the ocean,
the ocean knows best

Mama had a baby
her head popped off
mama wailed for someone
but she wasn't loud enough
"Oh well," said mama, "the kid was such a little pest"
as she dove into the water,
because the ocean knows best

Johnny dreamed of sailing
he set off on a quest
hung up on a notion
of truth and innocence
as the ship was sinking, he strapped himself up to the mast
and asked the sea forgiveness,
but the ocean knows best
1 Wings
Rain is washing on water
water washing on me
daddy's choking on Heaven
steamboat ride to the sea

Every time a vision finds a home behind your cloudy eyes an angel gets his wings

Buried next to the K-mart
penny-eyed RIP
momma's making a living
burning her way to the sea

Anyone can tattle
anyone can fight
it takes a special someone
to give everyone the right

Every time a vision finds a home behind your cloudy eyes an angel gets his wings