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Track Name: Hello from the Farm
hello from the farm
is it noisy where you keep your heart?
hello from the farm
is it magic when your dress falls off?

at home in the barn
the drugs we took wore off at dawn
at home in the barn
I wished you well and you wished me love

hello from the farm
hello from the farm
hello from the farm
hello from the farm
Track Name: Mobile Alabama Blues
down in Mobile Alabama with a banjo on my knee
singing glory hallelujah I am free
had the sense to sit and get real high on you
a bird upon a wire in Tallulah baby

and the devil rides along
Track Name: Whitecaps
you can't come home again
the house feels different in all wild bright colors
you've been everywhere
I've been pressing my ear close to the ground soil
drunken symphony
it plays in harmony with all my failures

alright emma
ride on me now

oh hello
my girl
and falling like icicles

(my mother mary
she's been talking to me)

(holy smokes lenore
the house is burning to the ground now)
Track Name: January Jones (My Bird Has Flown)
oh my bird has flown
and sends all her love from Montana
up in the mountains

she haunts me everywhere I go
and back home

oh my bird has flown
but sends all her love from her pa's mansion
on the ocean

she haunts me everywhere I go
and back home

January jones
January jones

she haunts me everywhere I go
and back home

its autumn in new york city town
my baby singing all you need is love
their ghosts are gonna follow me way up town

I sang your blues
and you paint the town
your dancing shoes
and my sad guitar
your garden grew
and I shot my gun
I'm on fire
(she loves you yeah yeah yeah)
I'm on fire
(she loves you yeah yeah yeah)
Track Name: Dancer
dancer
come on comet
come on cupid
suspend my disbelief
lover
are you lonesome?
are you keeping the wolves at bay?

the people in their house show their bones and lie in their beds
the prophets on the mountain all came down
I wished them well

dancer
come on comet
come on cupid
suspend my disbelief
dancer
come on comet
come on charlotte
suspend my disbelief
Track Name: London
london
we're on fire
tying our tongues
breathing the oxygen
cousin
happy birthday
I hope that your well
I hope your giving them hell

went and made the record on the waterfront
played some notes into the analogue machines
made you come
i miss you so lighting up my darkness
the automobile it swerves
the ides of march
singing pagan war songs
we sang along

up a cliff
out of step
out of sight and in the bed
the ghost and the body wander back home
out of lines
out of luck
making money
making love
swore I believed you down to my bones

up a cliff, out of step

on your skin and in my head
the sea and the rhythm calling you home
in a dream
in a haze
in the city on the stage
I tried to remember
everything
Track Name: Flying Birds
last words and flying birds getting you down
haunted hotels and southern belles smiling at you all
down the road a storm it brews

old wars and dinosaurs getting you down
and these rich girls they're animals asleep in their beds
down the road a storm it brews

put away my things and thought back on the year fondly
took you to bed
lions in their cages they prayed to a king to come and give them all names
everything they said about the city and how it will swallow you hole was a lie
darling don't you worry your pretty little head about a thing
cause I'm gone gone gone
Track Name: The Light
the light in the ally caught hell for the places it spilled
the fire in the gutter burned back to the town it was built
poor Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught
and Maria said nothing chalked it up to just "bones in a box"

the girls in the stairwell trade tricks and shove shit up their nose
the boys in the kitchen talk big about things they don't know
the piano man is playing them songs that he learned at a kid
the bible man is selling them truth that's been carefully edited

the ghost in the cantina drinks hard and sings songs that he learned
mostly old folkies and old Irish traditionals
and I sat their thinking Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ has come back
I counted my money
finished my drink
and left as quiet as I came
Track Name: Elizabeth You Are A Failure
elizabeth you are a failure
Track Name: New York City
its autumn in new york city town
my baby sings her favorite Beatles song
their ghosts are gonna follow me way up town

its autumn in new york city town
the girls are all trying on their crown
they stand in the vortex on the grounds
(they sleep inside sail boats on the sound)

I sang your blues
you paint the town
your dancing shoes
and my sad guitar
your garden grew
and I shot my gun
I'm on fire
I'm on fire
I'm on fire
Track Name: On A Train
baby let me go
baby let me go
baby let me go

the train rode on the tracks
and broke our backs
and brought us back to Jackson
it broke our backs and brought us back to Jackson

and the waves were crashin'
(shot our mouths like tired guns)

break down
alright now
break down
alright now
break down
alright now
alright now

in colorado
in new york city
down in denver
all i did was die
in colorado
Track Name: Mississippi Dreams
mississippi dreams and amphetamines
they helped you through the fall
lion-hearted fools with a lot to prove
laid down their lives for some land

i put my heart in a box
and locked the drugs in a drawer
left the sex on the bed
cause I've seen the movie before
the water weighed a ton
and brought us back to life
and worse at war
I've been waiting so long my girl

the rebellion at the gate in a simple twist of fate all went home and made love to their wives
mississippi dreams and eternity
they keep you here on earth

and it was always you
no matter how i try
I crossed an ocean
and hung a picture up
its rocket science
it wears a bible belt
but mama's dying
in mississippi
in mississippi dreams
Track Name: Hello From the Farm Reprise
dear Marla I heard you gave your body back to the island
dear Mama I rode my motor bike all down through the badlands

and we listened to the radio
and we listened to the radio