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Private Poverty (album)

Release Date: October 30, 2005
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Because we all have a place inside that is impoverished in some form. These are songs from that place, unapologetic guitar driven words that are willing to stand in the light.

Mastered by Mike Wells at Hyde Street Studios

Also available to stream at Apple Music and Spotify.

Available Lyrics

Fool the World

She said she wanted to run away
And left with not much else to say
No need to throw your love away
All wrapped up inside of yesterday

She thought she could fool the world
Give it a spin just for a thrill
She thought she could fool the world
All the power to that girl

She believed her world hadn’t changed
That Sunday still followed Saturday
Until she saw her face in the lake
And saw a stranger look back her way

She thought she could fool the world
Give it a spin just for a thrill
She thought she could fool the world
All the power to that girl

When the chills streak from your spine
You know that gated memory is not all fine
And though the news is all but read
You find yourself in the same ol’ bed

She thinks today’s going to stay
Lying awake waiting on fate
All she held the day before
Can’t keep her from walking out that door

She thought she could fool the world
Give it a spin just for a thrill
She thought she could fool the world
All the power to that girl
All the power to fool the world

She said she wanted to run away
And left with not much else to say

Between Here and There

The morning calls me through the night
The morning calls me through the night
I hold on with all my might

You’re the only one that can help me get by
You’re the only one that can help me get by
‘Cause you’re the only one I have in my sight

When you’re only friend
Had to take the last train out
And all you’ve got left
Is one last vain shout
‘Cause a lot can happen between here and there

I can’t face another ever lonely day
I can’t face another ever lonely day
Without the fever of your touch and sway

She said to me before the sun shown on the wall
She said to me before the sun shown on the wall
Come on now you don’t have to beg or crawl

When you’re only friend
Had to take the last train out
And all you’ve got left
Is one last vain shout
‘Cause a lot can happen between here and there

I'm Still Standing

You told me once
And twice before
That you’re not leaving
At least not no more
The day is idling
Waiting for the rain
I’m not betting on luck, this time
I’ve found a place where
Words don’t make a sound
And I find myself
Wide awake in dreamland

(And) I’m Still standing
I’m Still standing

Until I’m standing onboard
His railway line
With my head out the window
And foot to the floor
The pavement I left behind
Won’t find me no more
Out where the highway ends
I’ve found a place where
Words don’’t make a sound
And I find myself
Wide awake in dreamland

(And) I’m Still standing
I’m Still standing

Ain’t that you there falling between the years
Now don’t you go on telling me what I want to hear

Maybe I’ll be going back to where I belong
Or I’ll just pick up my heart and I’ll be gone

Here I am
Back from the start
Without luck and love
You can take my key
You can have the view
But you can’t take my melody
I’ve found a place where
Words don’t make a sound
And I find myself
Wide awake in dreamland

(And) I’m Still standing
I’m Still standing
(And) I’m Still standing
I’m Still standing

The Life You Had

Won’t you tell about the life you’ve had
And all the stuff and things that you’ve had
Don’t you tell me now, it’s what you said
Yeah, I guess, you’re “Better off than dead”
Well, that’s the way it read

Don’t forget about the greatest story ever told
Because, you know, you can never be sold
Not to worry about the young and the old
Because what’s in store is better than gold

How about all those scenes you’ve dreamed
And then those same nights you woke up and screamed
Wondering how it’s ever going to be
Don’t you mind the wind and the sea
That’s the way it can be

Don’t forget about the greatest story ever told
Because, you know, you can never be sold
Not to worry about the young and the old
Because what’s in store is better than gold

Then about ten came a knock at the door
You looked around and said, “There’s no room for more”
“But,” they said, “We’ll only hang around until four”
Now haven’t you heard that before
Now isn’t that the way of the poor?

Don’t forget about the greatest story ever told
Because, you know, you can never be sold
Not to worry about the young and the old
Because what’s in store is better than gold

I Want You

You keep telling me there ain’t no lies
Well I’m sorry for not trusting you
If it’s love that makes the world go ‘round
Then help me find a place for this beating heart

I don’t want to dream about you
I don’t want a storied romance
I don’t want the promise of tomorrow
I want you

You keep saying my love’s not in vain
I guess I’m destined to play the fool again
When a good sunset is all I need
That’s when I want to be what you’re thinking

I don’t want an endless summer
I don’t want a peaceful night
I don’t want to be forever young
I want you

This world’s bleeding loud and long
And I no longer just want to hold on
Theres is no time to apologize
Come on grab your hat and let’s take that ride

One last look before closing time
Across the room I see you standing there
While the chiming keys still fill the hall
I’ll sing to you and not leave aour hearts undone

I don’t want the world to be fair
I don’t want a moment of fame
I don’t want to compromise
I want you

Mr. Jenkins

There’s talk goin’ on
All around town
To just what happened
To ol’ Jenkins’ load

He set out in his truck
But never came back
From where the highway ends
Clear through dawn

Some say he was truckin’
A case of the blues
Had far too many things
In way too many places

All things he had held
In his hands were lost
They all got too heavy
He laid ‘em all down

She stood in a window
Watchin’ the water rise
Dinner awaits
The table is served
A prayer in her heart
Calling out his name
She is not alone
The same moon wanders
Over all our heads
We’re born to going home
Where there’s many rooms

Mr. Jenkins looking in
From the outside
At the day
That’s already been
From the ancient hills
To the tireless river
The breath of the eagle
Covers the ground
The way of the winner
Has drawn to a close
His work is done
And a soul is won

Let Me Know

My love is waiting
Like a flood before a gate
A steady current
That only fate makes you take

My love is waiting
Like the sun does at midday
Beaming down from above
With nothing in its way

Oh let me know
Or let me go right now
But let me know

My love is waiting
Like lightning finds the ground
With a crack of thunder
That makes the trees turn around

My love is waiting
Like a steam running train
With the driving cold
Of a December rain

Oh let me know
I’m hanging on your words
So make it show
Oh let me know
And make it show right now
Or let me go

‘Cause she’s a real good dancer
And I’ve never really gotten the chance
To see the other side of the night with her

So if you find me gone
When you finally come to let me know
Know that I’d still be waiting
If the rain hadn’t turned to snow

Oh let me know
I’m hanging on your words
So make it show
Oh let me know
And make it show right now
Or let me go

Strong Together

‘Cause when all that’s left is rage and pity
Feeling the desolation of the city
As cold as cloud covered day of June
Oh sweet night bring the gift of fire soon

Will I find you under the same moon
Or will it be yet another day into June

When all you’ve got is burning at your feet
All you know is flooding down your street
Struggling young lovers plan their fight
Looking to the deep of the night

Will I find you under the same moon
Or will it be yet another day into June

A picture of you tells a brave story
That is played by the light of a movie
Where the heroine takes her lover down like prey
Long before this town will ever fade away

Will I find you under the same moon
Or will it be yet another day into June

Let’s go down by the water’s edge
Let’s go down by the sea
Let’s find the promise, and forever pledge
We’ll be together and be free
You must remember us
How we are to be together
Surely you must remember this
You must remember us
How we are to be together
Surely you must remember this

Sweetest Thing

Your jones is showing
And you wear it well
I can tell how you dream out loud
You’re living in a shotgun shell

You’re the sweetest thing
Where only the winter knows your name

I can see where you are from
I can’t help to hear where you are
Howling through a night thick with fire
On a rocket shot through the moon

You’re the sweetest thing
Where only the winter knows your name

Do you know the rules
And how they betray
How they judge and comfort
Only those who worry

Don’t you hear the music soaring
Turn up the guitar some more
I can still feel the moaning streets
Through the wall and under my feet

It’s the sweetest thing
Where even the winter knows your name

Turn Me Around

Yeah, I know, It’s like you told me
The day can come down real hard around you
Oh, we must be crossing the road of desire
My hands are sweating real bad
As we cross I hear distant chattering voices
Dragging the day behind them

And you’re standing there
With a circus and a smile
Wishing I’d understand
So we can begin our life out loud

Pick me up and turn me around
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found

If I could, I swear I would, reach up real high
And shake the moon from the sky
Now alot of people, after doing that, they would give you that moon
But I don’t think I’d do that though
I think, yeah I know I would instead
Give you the sky, so you can put up there what you want

So there you are
With the stars in your hair hanging down
Looking like you’re listening to the keeper of the vine

Pick me up and turn me around
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found

Looks like it’s all up to tomorrow
Blindsided by love
I can no longer grip the power
It’s not a secret anymore

Removed now from the frontline
Clearing the hill atop Market Street, I could see the battle below
Blue lights on the waterfront, line the edge of the bay
With all this going on in the night
An idea comes over me
This just wouldn’t mean a thing without you

So there you are
With a circus and a smile
Wishing I’d understand
So we can begin our life out loud

Pick me up and turn me around…
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found

Wounded Night

Yeah, I know, It’s like you told me
The day can come down real hard around you
Oh, we must be crossing the road of desire
My hands are sweating real bad
As we cross I hear distant chattering voices
Dragging the day behind them

And you’re standing there
With a circus and a smile
Wishing I’d understand
So we can begin our life out loud

Pick me up and turn me around
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found

If I could, I swear I would, reach up real high
And shake the moon from the sky
Now alot of people, after doing that, they would give you that moon
But I don’t think I’d do that though
I think, yeah I know I would instead
Give you the sky, so you can put up there what you want

So there youare
With the stars in your hair hanging down
Looking like you’re listening to the keeper of the vine

Pick me up and turn me around
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found

Looks like it’s all up to tomorrow
Blindsided by love
I can no longer grip the power
It’s not a secret anymore

Removed now from the frontline
Clearing the hill atop Market Street, I could see the battle below
Blue lights on the waterfront, line the edge of the bay
With all this going on in the night
An idea comes over me
This just wouldn’t mean a thing without you

So there you are
With a circus and a smile
Wishing I’d understand
So we can begin our life out loud

Pick me up and turn me around…
Where it is they don’t bring me down
And what’s lost is found