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The Jackknife Letters

The Ragged Ones

Did you hear me callin’ out your name
I’ve been callin’ out your name
All the ragged ones underneath the sun
And the full moon when she’s riding

We the ragged ones

Are you feeling rusted and alone?
Do you feel like burying your bone?
Here in the Great Divide
Don’t you let it die
The Love that keeps you rising

It goes on and on…Hold on

Long gone Nicky & the Blue Brigade
Spoke to me on the radio wave
White noise and the calling
White noise and the calling
He said – Hold tight, there might not be
redemption for you and me –
No more redemption
For the ragged nation

On and on…Hold on

My Love, don’t let it slip away…Hold on

It’s the Love that keeps you rising


Finders

Looking out across these fields
I’ve been wondering ’bout our yield
Stone wall and a lonely tree
I was thinking of you and me

Stepped out on the winding road
With the footsteps that came before
So many ways to get back home
You know we all got our own

Where will we find ourselves?

I got a little bit lost along the way
I heard the whistle of a distant train
Little voice inside my head said
You gotta keep on going
I stumbled on a sacred place
The people there, they remembered grace
And she asked me – Can you stay for awhile? –
Then she smiled

Where will we find ourselves?
When will we know how far it goes?

I broke bread with the saints & thieves
The choir sand I Shall Be Released
I shall be released…

Flower bloomed among the mire
The warriors danced around the fire
We’ve been praying for better days
These are the days


Rainbow Children

Some days it just don’t line up
I take a draw, there’s a crack in the cup
System redline overload
There’s a crack in the code

Send me an angel, send me a friend
There’s a white horse comin’ round the bend
Hands to heal these tired bones
Thank God I don’t have to go it alone

Steppin’ through the acid test
Dontcha know that I’ve been blessed
You’re right here by my side
Dontcha know that I’ve been blessed…

Progress, he just can’t stay put
Dreamed I was trampled underfoot
You came down and lifted me
Your Love Song helped me to see
Notes and notes they fill the air
Your kindness finds me everywhere
I give thanks for the gifts you bring
And the song you sing

Steppin’ through the acid test
Dontcha know that I’ve been blessed
Livin’ with you by my side
Dontcha know that I’ve been blessed
By your light

Gratitude and the gentle freaks
Waltzing the landslide cheek to cheek
Rainbow children by my side
Rainbow children in the great divide

Livity, sweat & the yearning beat
There’s a time to march and a time to retreat
A little time to fill my soul
A little stop before we go
Ready, set, we hit the ground
The day, she’s coming on back around
One Drop out in the street
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Concrete Jungle Rain

I been down in the market
Among the walking dead
I’m going back on the mountain
To sit and clear my head

I been livin’ in the city
Concrete jungle rain
I just need a change of scene
From this unending rain

It’s just another day
In the concrete jungle rain

There’s a man on the line from L.A.
He’s gonna make me a star today
Grease my wheel, come on,
gimme, gimme all yo’ money –
Man, I don’t think so

It’s just another day
In the concrete jungle rain
Here in this concrete jungle rain

I ain’t goin’ out like Amy
I ain’t goin’ out like Phil
I ain’t livin’ life in a bottle or a needle
Beauty burnt down by a band aid thrill

I’m gonna keep on rollin’
See the city with different eyes
Bring it on down from the mountain
A little stillness in my mind

It’s just another day…


Lay It Down

Coming up again to meet the day
Souljah ranks give praise & thanks for another way
Another chance to find that fabled shore
Another wonder waiting behind an unlocked door

I used to think that I was all alone
Then I saw the million marchers making their way on home
I saw the holy rising when the dust it settled down
It comes and goes, it comes and goes

Lay it down, go on and lay it down
It won’t hurt nobody and it won’t make no sound
Oh, oh come lay it down
Oh, oh come lay it down

Saw my reflection in the people come and gone
I saw sister in her solitude and a picture that we’d drawn
Where no one had to make it with nowhere left to lean
No shelter from the fallout of a broken human dream

Lay it down, go on and lay it down
It won’t hurt nobody and it won’t make no sound
Oh, oh come lay it down
Oh, oh come lay it down

Messenger might ride a lonely mile
He’s out there in the wilderness
He’s been gone awhile
Well, he’ll keep riding, he’ll keep on riding
He’ll keep on riding all night long

Lay it down, go on and lay it down…


Mr.Rubens

I saw your painting on the wall, Mr. Rubens
It was in another hall, Mr. Rubens
The babies still were dying
The mothers all were crying
The people passing by
Were seeing they were sighing

It was down in London Town when we first met
How was I to know we’d be lifelong friends
Many moments wander by
Blink ten years has rolled on by
The crush of the adventure
Milestones and Mr. Rubens

I watched them hunting down the Christ
The men with the gold and the big bad knives
Though the mad king, he never found the child
This ain’t no place for the meek and mild
The word is lost on the empty and cross
We hustle and run for the ghost and the boss
There’s a creeping crawl of the sleeping sprawl
Where stories of a saviour fade away

I heard a tune from across the pond, Mr. Rubens
Dead in my tracks.


Birdie’s Song

O, when your light and lovely way
Wind around what we know
You lift the darkness from the day
Mm-hmm

With tired eyes and tired bones
Little bird she flies on home
To the house on the hill
A castle in the sky, a castle in the sky

I  will love you, I will guide you
And show you the way
Little girl I thank you
For all that you gave

Is everything alright she said
I just got something that’s been runnin’ through my head
Oh, Baby, Babe it’s a big bad world outside
So by you I hope I can do right
I hope I can do right

I  will love you, I will guide you
And show you the way
Little girl I thank you
For all that you gave

You know I’m gonna love you
You know I’m gonna guide you
You know I’m gonna love you everyday

I  will love you, I will guide you
And show you the way
Little girl I thank you
For all that you gave


Medicine Man

I woke up in a fever, fever
Lying on the floor
Must’ve been about a half past midnight
I went runnin’ right out my door

I drove out past the city limits
To see the medicine man
Out there on the bayou, bayou
Lived the medicine man
All alone in a mean old shack

He said I’ve been waiting, waiting
I been waiting on you
I heard you coming on down the line
I been waiting for you
And I know what’s goin’ down

But you gotta keep movin’ on
Or it’s all over

Now you’re a sensitive boy
And you feel the weight
Of flesh and bone for spirit’s sake
You’re just seeking some harmony
In a mixed up, shook up world
But there are troubled times on the road out there
I see blind men driving everywhere
Runnin’ reds and rollin’ around
Knockin’ ’em down all over town , oh no
All over town

But you gotta keep keepin’ on
Or it’s all over

Now some they want the money
Some they want the fame
Some they go on sleepin’
Even in the day
But there are those who hold the treasure
Those who hold the spark
Those who go on shinin’, shinin’
Even in, even in the dark
They go shinin’ on
So shine on

We sat together through the night
Broke the dawn and passed the pipe
Just me and the medicine man
With daylight comin’ on
He said “There’s one more thing before you go.
A little something that you all should know:
We’re a single heart and a single tribe

May we all keep shinin’ on
May we all keep shinin’ on
May we all keep, may we all keep
May we all keep shinin’ on

 

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