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LIFE IN A TIN CAN (1973)

Saw a new morning / I don't wanna be the one / South Dakota morning / Living in Chicago / While I Play / My life has been a song / Come home Johnny Bridie / Method to my madness.

 
SAW A NEW MORNING

All of a sudden I saw a new morning.
I'm locked up I want to be free.
Out in the courtyard and over the wall then
My friends are waiting for me.

Sixteen people are waiting to get me,
Hoping to take me outside.
I hear the sound of the snub nose behind me,
I went along for the ride.

Wind in my face and my bones they are aching .
My soul must weather the storm (ah).
I must run till my back it is breaking,
desperatly I must keep on

Sixteen people are waiting to get me,
hoping to take me outside.
I hear the sound of the snub nose behind me,
I went along for the ride.

La, la, la...

All of a sudden I saw a new morning,
I went along for the ride.
La, la, la...

All of a sudden I saw a new morning.
All of a sudden I saw a new morning.
All of a sudden I saw a new morning.

I saw a new morning.
I saw a new morning.
I saw a new morning.
I saw a new morning.


I DON'T WANNA BE THE ONE

It's too late to turn back now.
There ain't no space back there.
And how did I begin to lose my self-control?
How did I begin to lose my self-control?

There ain't a thing that you could give me,
with the love forever with me.
That's the only thing that satisfies my soul.
That's the only thing that satisfies my soul.

I don't wanna be the one. Remember it was only fun.
Two strangers touching in the sun, it had to end.
I don't wanna be the guy to tell you things that make you cry.
You know as well as I know, you're my only friend.

There ain't a thing that you could give me,
with the love forever with me.
That's the only thing that satisfies my soul.
That's the only thing that satisfies my soul.

I don't wanna be the one. Remember it was only fun.
Two strangers touching in the sun, it had to end.
I don't wanna be the guy to tell you things that make you cry.
You know as well as I know, you're my only friend.

I don't wanna be the guy to tell you things that make you cry.
You know as well as I know you're my only friend.
You know as well as I know you're my only friend.
You're my only friend,
my only friend,
my only friend.


SOUTH DAKOTA MORNING

The sun shines down on a South Dakota morning,
and I can see their faces in my eyes.
I wish they were behind me.
My enemy can find me
if only to remind me
that I'm really not alone.
All the South Dakota mornings I have known.

The eagle flies on a South Dakota morning,
and I don't see my eagle anymore.
Now, stranger, I must kill you.
You must survive but will you.
I may just beat you down,
but will it even up the score?
I think I saw the eagle just once more.

The rain comes down on a South Dakota morning,
and I can't see the sadness in my town.
So let it be my pillow
for underneath your willow.
Wanna go back to you though you’re nothing but a town
on the South Dakota grass I lay me down.


LIVING IN CHICAGO

If you’re happy and marching forward in your band,
holding hands together, I will understand.
In my life I'm together on my own,
with my own private eggshell, and my phone.

If your mind is in the darkness, could you know?
If it suits you to be fast or far too slow,
will you show me someone who may treat me kind?
Or is this world I live in just a frame of mind?

If you're living in Chicago, it's your home.
If you're living in Chicago, you're alone.

If you're happy living down on the ground,
where the crippled and the blind alone can see.
I got a feeling God is still around.
And if I'm right, there must be more than this to see.
If your mind is in the darkness, could you know?
If it suits you to be fast or far too slow,
will you show me someone who may treat me kind?
Or is this world I live in just a frame of mind?
And as soon as you discover where you're going,
can I walk along the way, along the way?
I'm lonesome and I need somebody knowing
just a few nice words to get me through the day.
If your mind is in the darkness, could you know? (could you know)
If it suits you to be fast or far too slow,
and will you show me someone who may treat me kind?
Or is this world just a frame of mind?

If you're living in Chicago, it's your home.
If you're living in Chicago, you're alone.
If you're living in Chicago, it's your home.
If you're living in Chicago, you're alone.

If you're living in Chicago, you're alone. (la, la, la...)
If you're living in Chicago, it's your home.
If you're living in Chicago, it's your home...


WHILE I PLAY

I cry tears of emotion
to spread across the USA.
Ain't no sunshine, cowboy, in your pockets.
I'll make my own way,
while I play.

Baby, you forgot you’re living.
Someone covered up your eyes.
In my way at least I'm giving
what I love, am I wise?

There's gonna be some confusion.
And there's gonna be a day
you'll raise your eyes
and you'll look to the skies
and you'll pray,
while I play.

I am my father's son
or that is what I heard.
Maybe I got it wrong.
I didn't mean a word.
You got my face
and I'll play your ace,
pretend I haven't heard.

There's gonna be some confusion.
And there's gonna be a day,
you'll raise your eyes
and you'll look to the skies
and you'll pray,
while I play.

I am a minstrel, that is all I want to be.
I'll play inside your soul,
I'll show you to yourself,
I'll fill your head with wild emotions,
a symphony in wealth.

There's gonna be some confusion.
And there's gonna be a day,
you'll raise your eyes
and you'll look to the skies
and you'll pray,
while I play

I will take my leave, I gotta move on time.
I played inside your soul, I made you sing along.
I will return to find out if the melody was wrong.

There's gonna be some confusion.
And there's gonna be a day,
you'll raise your eyes
and you'll look to the skies
and you'll pray,
while I play.


MY LIFE HAS BEEN A SONG

Sweet simple song
of different lights and different shades.
The sound of life erupts and fades
and all the world must play along.
My life has been a song.

Here as I sleep,
the love I dream will gently creep.
Inside my heart I softly keep
the tune that plays too long.
My life has been a song.

Every sound in my head,
every word that I said
is like a melody, melody,
that no little person like me
could ever change.

Every sound in the street,
all the cold and the heat,
is like a symphony, symphony,
which has never before
been rearranged.

Sweet simple song
of different lights and different shades.
The sound of life erupts and fades
and all the world must play along.
My life has been a song.

Every sound in my head,
every word that I said
is like a melody, melody, melody,
that no little person like me
could ever change.

Every sound in the street,
all the cold and the heat
is like a symphony, symphony, symphony,
which has never before
been rearranged.

Sweet simple song
of different lights and different shades.
The sound of life erupts and fades
and all the world must play along.
My life has been a song.

Every sound in my head,
every word that I said
is like a melody, melody, melody,
that no little person like me
could ever change.

Every sound in the street,
all the cold and the heat
is like a symphony, symphony, symphony,
which has never before
been rearranged.


COME HOME JOHNNY BRIDIE

I'm full of pride and my heart feels good.
Got news from my family up in the woods.
At last I can go back where I belong.
Sweated it all out for nine long years.
Couldn't believe the voice in my ears,
when the man saying: No hiding, son.

So I left the only folks I had known.
I was fifteen then and hardly grown,
when they found me in the swamp face down in the mud.
Couldn't get back and I couldn't go far.
Said to myself stay right where you are.
Done found yourself a ma and a pa.
Everybody said the kid's no good.

Come home, Johnny Bridie, come home,
Johnny Bridie, come home.
We're all wrong without you.
How did we ever doubt you?

He confessed to the killing.
It's his role we had you filling.
We didn't really mean to make you sad.
But when you ran you made us think that you were twice as bad.

I left the only folks I had known.
I was fifteen then and hardly grown,
when they found me in the swamp face down in the mud.

Couldn't get back and I couldn't go far.
So I said to myself stay right where you are.
Done found yourself a ma and a pa.
Everybody said the kid's no good.

Come home, Johnny Bridie, come home,
Johnny Bridie, come home,
We're all wrong without you.
How did we ever doubt you?

He confessed to the killing.
It's his role we had you filling.
We didn't really mean to make you sad.
But when you ran you made us think that you were twice as bad.

Come home, Johnny Bridie, come home,
Johnny Bridie, come home.
We're all wrong without you.
How did we ever doubt you?


METHOD TO MY MADNESS

I've played the game,
still it's not worth it,
like a woman in the rain,
I close my eyes,
I'm on the shelf,
I know myself.

I've seen the lights of every city.
Tried to work out where I am.
I close my mind for the day
I know the way.

I've played the game,
still it's not worth it,
like a woman in the rain,
so I close my eyes,
I'm on the shelf,
I know myself.

There's never ever anybody to rely on.
There isn't time to count the shoulders I have cried on.

That's just circumstances,
I must take my chances.

But, baby, you don't know what I'm saying.
But I guess that's not true
and you know that's true,
but there's a method to my madness.

I've played the game,
still it's not worth it,
like a woman in the rain,
so I close my eyes for the day,
I know the way.

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