HARD TRAVELLIN` The Lyrics



IN THE CITY (D. Sharp)

Smokestack in a rainstorm A wrong way to move on Iron chains are too long No moon and sun gone I rolled up on a lifeline Tracks up on a train line Bad eye and bad luck A rat hole and a thin line Bus ride on a greyhound Waking up in a bad land Warm hearts and cold hands I can`t sit and I can`t stand Thank God on a bad day Bad job and a low pay No ride and no way Be up again some day Way down in the city Way down in the city Ain`t nothin` too pretty Way down in the city Wife dead on a gun boke Way stop the gun jokes Man rush the bad smoke I get sick on a no joke Green house of big heat Dead trees and dead meat Fast food you can`t eat Starved kids I`m dead beat I don`t free the hostage Bank raid `n get rich Fuel pumping oil slick Black gold that you dig Six feet and gravestone Testify I burned up and I done wrong man you know I I just can`t get satisfied Way down in the city Way down in the city Ain`t nothin` too pretty Way down in the city Scream Way down Straight down to State Street Hot tub and a hair grease Dogged round a big freeze Bad trouble and police Switchbacks and a switchblade No sense a crusade Long tail and no place This land that God made White world a moonshine Black bear and a bad time I lost sight and I`ve gone blind Last chance of a lifetime Black deuce of love stone White rose a milestone Saouthbound and unknown Last stop to headstone Way down in the city Way down in the city Ain`t nothin` too pretty Way down in the city Way down in the city Way down in the city Hah Ain`t nothin` too pretty Yeah Way down in the city Way down in the city Way down in the city Ain`t nothin` too pretty Way down in the city Way down in the city

IT AIN`T LONG FOR THE DAY (D. Sharp)

Hey Jessie Where are you tonight Heard about a thing That`s Driving you wild Looks like the big wheel Is here to stay How come It`s going down this way Heard about a horse All the king`s men Been dragging you down Heat street again Sure getting though To believe anything you say How come It`s going down this way It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long It ain`t long It ain`t long for the day Heard about a barricade All over the town Heard about a place On Temple Mount You`re breaking a promise At the break of day How come It`s going down this way Heard about a deal Between man and God Heard about what is And what is not Sure is a shame The things people say How come It`s going down this way It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long It ain`t long It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long Heard about a way To get out of this Talk about a jewel What is yours What is his Does anybody remember Was it straight How come It`s going down this way It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long for the day It ain`t long It ain`t long It ain`t long for the day

WONDERFUL WORLD (D. Sharp)

Well guys wearing gas masks are levelling them guns At school children singing whilst studying sums It`s a clear sign of violence And it`s laced with heavy support This whole situation`s been Dragged through the dirt By gargoyles and monstres and Man eating birds Who act like the jury But you never see them stand up in court Well it`s savage and ugly The riots unfurl But these are the ways of this wonderful world These are the ways Of this wonderful world Now back at their banquet the madam meets her fate Whilst almost a mile From a country estate The helpless And homeless Are dancing their ring in the rain Whilst hunted by pressure From an old man abroad Fifty five of them ministers are trying to reach accord On some ill judged remark concerning Madam Baby Lorraine Well it`s savage and ugly The riots unfurl But these are the ways of this wonderful world These are the ways Of this wonderful world Aah rock it son Aha Consignments of bibles and Passenger planes Japanese funerals and Gambeling games Backers and bidders are Dealing in textiles and lace They order reviews That will salvage the state Can`t seem to put off And cast off their capes While the latest concers Are reports of a slackening pace Well it`s savage and ugly The riots unfurl But these are the ways of this wonderful world These are the ways Of this wonderful world Of this wonderful world

LONG BLACK NIGHT (D. Sharp)

Take the gold Take the coal Take the heat But leave the money and run Take the wrong way out And the rain is sure to come And when the leaves are broke And the high tides rolling in Well it`s sure coming down to a case of Sink or swim In the long black night `Till the sunrise When it`s too black and dark To see the way In the long black night Between now and the morning light Oh lay you down `Till the breaking Of the day Oh lay you down Don`t be losing no sleep Trying to figure it one more time When the black dog`s lying down it`s the end of the line Well if the tiddle of the shock on a bloodstained Downtown Street As we loaded gay going down and everybody gets beat In the long black night `Till the sunrise When it`s too black and dark To see the way In the long black night Between now and the morning light Oh lay you down `Till the breaking Of the day Oh lay you down Down be digging them bones by the light of the Qually moon It`s a total waste of time it`s a digging a grave too soon And away it`s too late Over the great divide For the finding of peace in the lonesome Valley tonight In the long black night `Till the sunrise When it`s too black and dark To see the way In the long black night Between now and the morning light Oh lay you down `Till the breaking Of the day Oh lay you down `Till the breaking Of the day Oh lay you down `Till the breaking Of the day

LAST SMILIN` VILLAIN FROM THE SOUTH (D. Sharp)

I`d never seen him before As he run up the flag A police protection They had an armoured tank Was a confrontation Shape of things to come You can hear the warning Coming on a big car They had a ghost white face They came from out of town They had the stare of an eagle On the playing ground They said that things must change We got to look ahead We got to rebuild this thing Or everybody`s going to lose their heads Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south He`ll suck you in and then he`ll blow you out You won`t know him then So you ought to know him now Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south He said we need a refugee We`ve got to dig a hole By taking on a monster They`re going to swallow us whole We need a little respect Then we move around We need a resurrection here Everybody living underground Well they need a reaction You`re going to be the bait You won`t even remember In what part of the street Sweet kind of religion You`ve got to have some more And when you get an answer back You finally better be sure Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south He`ll suck you in and then he`ll blow you out Yeah you won`t know him then So you ought to know him now Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south He`s a man of God and He`ll leave you blind Walk straight across Leaves a trail out far behind Swears blind that heaven says If you don`t mind Lend me your hand And don`t ask me for mine String son Aaha Well When you`re down on your knees They`re going to help you up When you`re dying of thirst He`s got a golden cup He`s the giver of good He`s the fairest in the land He keeps you while he`s already yours He`s got a hoodoo held in his hand You`ve seen him down in the alley You`ve seen him on TV You`ve seen him selling candy On the corner of the street He`s everywhere you look You don`t know his name But you can hear him coming for miles He`s dragging a long heavy chain Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south He`ll suck you in and then he`ll blow you out Yeah you won`t know him then So you ought to know him now Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south Yeah here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south Aah here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south Here comes the last Smilin` villain from the south

NEW AGE EDEN (D. Sharp)

We got a rumble here Everybody knows Except you You`re crazy Pan handle in the road Can`t you see There`s a jungle here It`s real and it`s cold Why the hell can`t you sort it out The whole thing`s set to explode In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on It looks like a graveyard here But who can tell Could be a sinking dream The bottom of a bottomless well Could be It`s a private war But it`s way to mean Could be A hurricane Like it said In Time Magazine In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on Deep down in the subways Way after dark Some guys singing protest songs Picking on them guitars Singing Cane and Abel Yes Here it comes again After a thousand years of this You`d have thought something Here would have changed In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on It`s high time for prayer now For all gathered in this house Forget about them Philistines They ain`t never Gonna work it out Locked in a room full of mirrors Waiting for the bell Brings a Seven winds of Hades down at Seven minutes to hell In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on We need a new temple here The old one`s got to fall All will be revealed All you`ve got to do is Heed the call As you toil in silence As you work the land As you sail across the seas As you lend a hand In a new Age Eden In a new Age Eden Dream on Dream on Dream on

HARD TRAVELLIN` (D. Sharp)

Out on a wire Devil`s mountain Hanging on by a rope Burning fever Hard travellin` Sweet shelter come home You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody Watching over you Desert roses Far from water Raise a glass to your throat Come on you poor boys From the country This is a power To behold Three ravens rising Two rivers raging Less fair deal down the road Late is the hour Red is the colour Lord have mercy on your soul You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody Watching over you So in the morning Wait for your darling You know she`s waiting for you On the boat Comes in slowly Bringing Spanish wine for you So while you`re dreaming And hard travellin` As you labour for this land Swear on your vision Of this nation Say a prayer for the damned You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody You`ve got somebody Watching over you

IN THE DEAD OF THE NIGHT (D. Sharp)

In the dead of the night What is it that you see In the dead of the night In the dead of the night Are you strong enough to sleep In the dead of the night In the dead of the night Caught out at a road block In a ghost town By a broken rock Each faces the Devil Each way you turn The streets crawl And buildings burn The sermon is dry Shoulder the plough Bring it on home It don`t matter how These hell hounds` Just a trick of the light In the dead of the night In the dead of the night What are you going to do In the dead of the night In the dead of the night What`s this world coming to In the dead of the night As you twist and turn Under a ball and chain That come down once And will come again You`re at the mercy of the hour That`s sucking you dry Better pray to the Lord For a breath of life And when the wind blows in Burn the candle twice Reach for the shield And sharpen a knife Cut fire and ice With a kiss of life In the dead of the night In the dead of the night Does it really have to be In the dead of the night In the dead of the night Who do you choose to believe In the dead of the night Out on this Wasteland Don`t got no Angels here For to bless this house Or break the Seven seals Or hear the call of the West Or greet the fall of the East Or these rustling stones On this bed of disease Ain`t no law ever been made That`s going to Settle the blame Go ahead and steal what is yours Everybody`s Doing the same On this runaway train Riding out of life In the dead of the night

BIG ROAD BLUE (D. Sharp)

It`s a Hard road To be Walking down Bare feet on Stone ground It`s a Long ride Across Fifty states Kicking the dust that God made Sowing seeds on a Mine field Making the best Of a bad deal From the cradle Way down to The end of time It`s down to you You`d better Roll with it You`d better Go with it You`d better Roll with it Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Big road blue Big road blue Back in the city The streets are cold It takes a Heart of steel To mine a nickel of gold You hit a Brick wall You Could have run But now you`re Facing up to a machine gun Beat it down The avenue Keep running Right on to The only thing that`s going to get you through You`d better Roll with it You`d better Go with it You`d better Roll with it Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Big road blue Big road blue It takes a kinda faith Where you`re headed to Breathing in and See it through It`s hard to heal And easy to brew It keep coming Right on through The road ahead`s gonna rise to you You`d better Roll with it You`d better Go with it You`d better Roll with it Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Way down the big Road Blue Big road blue The big road blue The big road blue It`s a hard road to be walking down

JOEY THE JONE (D. Sharp)

Heard a howling banshee On a funeral stone Was the sound of the children Weeping for one of their own The kid died in an instant Took a bullet in the back Shot from a .45 in a police attack Was a routine shakedown New Jersey was the place A quick right from the sin is where The kid took it in the face This is the killing of Joey the jone Innocent to the bone Now his name is cast in stone This is the killing The killing of Joey the jone There was a Reverend and a doctor Shaking a mojo around Little children weeping tears As Joey was put in the ground They covered the kid with dust Nobody was digging the scene As the local social workers Moved in looking mean Trying to smooth the anger Firing up the crowd Trying to get things back together Force the people underground Something`s going on here What it is nobody`s sure The Reverend prayed for guidance And the doctor`s seeking a cure There`s a plot smelt to the heavens The whole town`s hung in shame Blood on a whole generation Of an entire city insane And there`s a bridge from coast to coast Linking people by the hand At a time when war Is being declared On the poor people of the land This is the killing of Joey the jone Innocent to the bone Now his name is cast in stone This is the killing The killing of Joey the jone Now there`s a whole lot of talk in the churches A whole lot of talk around the place The talk is talk The talk is cheap And those who want to save face This schoolyard shakedown has got a whole bunch of folks on the run The Reverend the doctor hit the streets To see what could be done And at the funerals down town The bodies were under age And there were sermons spoken every night for to calm the people`s rage Meanwhile after the killing At an all night candle lit wake The hymn was no justice no peace The powers that be are all fake The crowd started a riot Police cars burned the streets There was a big fuzz The Reverend declared we`ve got to stop or we`re all dead meat Now the Lord came down Said Reverend get up off your knees And go to the powers and call out loud To stop this big city squeeze This is the killing of Joey the jone Innocent to the bone Now his name is cast in stone This is the killing The killing of Joey the jone Now the doctor said we`ve got to heal this place It needs a heart to keep it alive You`ve got to speak if there`s going to be change And the Reverend`s going to tell you why Some say the crowds are a danger You see it every time they meet You might recall that Jesus was nailed by a crowd gathered in the street But if it`s a question of justice Look them straight in the eye Say who did the hanging Who did the swinging And who was it for that he died This is the killing of Joey the jone Innocent to the bone Now his name is cast in stone This is the killing The killing of Joey the jone

HOMELESS CHILD (D. Sharp)

Homeless vhild Put your arms round me Got to find shelter At times like these Don`t need no conscience To know how it feels Homeless child Put your arms round me Walking like a gypsy Just trying to be free Hunted and haunted By the things that you see Promise to the Lord above Got to find rescue And somebody to love Gold and diamonds Don`t give me none Keep on walking `Till the setting son Don`t need no nation Don`t follow no one Homeless child Where did you come from Hey now You don`t have to walk alone Hey now When you`re a long way from home hey now What`s going on Hey now Where are you coming from Homeless vhild Put your arms round me Got to find shelter At times like these Don`t need no conscience To know how it feels Homeless child Put your arms round me