Big Country Living By Memory

I work the graveyard shift at this station

Down on Twelfth

Spend my time selling cigarettes and talking

Mostly to myself

No one waits for me at home

Getting used to life alone

Living by memory

Eat, sleep, breathe

Just mindless routines

Slowly killing me

Living by memory

Living by memory

I remember it like yesterday

It was a Tuesday, October ‘92

There was a wreck out on the highway

You might have heard it on the news

Always think it’s someone else

In a moment I was by myself

Living by memory

Eat, sleep, breathe

Just mindless routines

Slowly killing me

There’s a peace that waits for me

At Heaven’s door

But tonight my past

Is all I’m living for

And my memories

Eat, sleep, breathe

Surviving on used-to-be’s

Slowly killing me

Living by memories

Eat, sleep, breathe

Surviving on used-to-be’s

Slowly killing me

Living by memory

Living by memory

Big Country Home Came The Angels

Home, Home Came The Angels

All that was never alive

Cast out and still welcome

All that was never alive

Home, Home Came The Angels

To the shore and sea where they lie

And still the days fire on

With never ending pace

And we are now no nearer

To the finish of the race

And who will know we won

No one

Big Country In A Broken Promise Land

The past is a foreign country

Two sides tore apart

In the great scheme of tomorrow

What no one really knows

The blood line has diverted

Like a river that overflows

Oh, where there’s temptation

Oh, there is revelation

Oh-oh, across a thousand nations

Is this the rise or is this the fall?

In a broken promise land

Roses and ashes lie

Where your shadow falls

In a broken promise land

It takes an honest man to heed the call

A storm blows up in the desert

A hurricane hits the shore

There’s a thousand stars in the night sky

I wonder, which one could be yours?

Oh, I’m not going backwards

Oh, I’m only facing forwards

Oh-oh, be it left or right

Be it right or wrong

The time has come

In a broken promise land

Roses and ashes lie

Where your shadow falls

I n a broken promise land

All that you had to give

You gave for us all

The past is a foreign country

Two sides tore apart

Tore apart

In a broken promise land

In a broken promise land

Where your shadow lies

Roses and ashes will fall

In a broken promise land

Roses and ashes lie

Where your shadow falls

Big Country Eiledon

The eagle soars above the clouds

The deer ran in the hills

And I may walk in cities

Where the wolf once had his fill

And here is strength for us to find

To turn the old to new

And wipe our eyes of misty years

And see the future through

I chose this place to call my own

The only grace I’ve ever known

I never tire of legends grown

We dream too much and time has flown

Eiledon, I will be there

Eiledon, my dream is there

So let me fill my children’s hearts

With heoroes tales and hope it starts

A fire in them so deeds are done

With no vain sighs for moments gone

Eiledon, I will be there

Eiledon, my dream is there

Eiledon, Eiledon, Eiledon, Eiledon

So let us soar up with the eagles

In wild country among the deer

And wake the wolf in every city

And reckoning is drawing near

Eiledon, I will be there

Eiledon, my dream is there Eiledon

And here is strength for us to find

To turn the old to new

And wipe our eyes of misty years

And see the future through

Big Country Charlotte

It wasn’t in her diary

It wasn’t in her stars

She didn’t hear it at the mall

It only makes things worse

Charlotte’s in her ice box

Needs someone to blame

Another slice of chocolate cake

Helps to ease the pain

He used to buy her underwear

She loved to wear it too

While he would always talk so nice

And she pretended too

They saw the world together

But always in the dark

Three hours in the limousine

To find a place to park

Charlotte’s in her ice box

Needs someone to blame

Another slice of chocolate cake

Helps to ease the pain

They lived a million miles apart

Between a dozen blocks

So sometimes she would call him up

But he would never talk

Charlotte’s in her ice box

Needs someone to blame

Another slice of chocolate cake

Helps to ease the pain

(Charlotte’s in her ice box

Needs someone to blame

Another slice of chocolate cake

Helps to ease the pain)*

She never saw him Sundays

He spends time with his kids

And they swore things would never change

But now she knows they did

[*additional lyrics for Rarities VI only]

Big Country Dynamite Lady

I’d better be leaving

She said then she whispered

They’re waiting for me at the fairground tonight

I’ll never be back and I’ll never be missed

But I leave something here

And that doesn’t seem right

All of the time I just travel and travel

Am I running away or am I running home

There’s a man and a family

Somewhere in the suburbs

I forget his name and I can’t find the town

Boom goes the world of the dynamite lady

Making her way with a flash and a bang

Boom goes the life of the dynamite lady

Picking up the pieces wherever she can

All of my days hang on one fiery moment

A hushing of crowds and a dimming of lights

And I lie curled up like a child in the darkness

I die if its wrong I’m reborn if it’s right

Boom goes the world of the dynamite lady

Making her way with a flash and a bang

Boom goes the life of the dynamite lady

Picking up the pieces wherever she can

I walk through the clouds and I don’t hear the cheers

There’s a sound in my head that you almost could see

And the look in their eyes says I might as well live

It was already over before the dust cleared

Boom goes the world of the dynamite lady

Making her way with a flash and a bang

Boom goes the life of the dynamite lady

Picking up the pieces wherever she can [x3]

Making her way with a flash and a bang

Picking up the pieces wherever she can

Big Country In Your Homeland

You know how I choose to be

The one who writes about the sea

The one who calls a man to be

About the quiet things

And I know I fear it in the street

The night I found the factory

I could let the company

Life will never end

I see what is done in my homeland

I see what is done in my name

Can you see what is done in your homeland

Can you see what is done in your name

So I’ll be what I’ll always be and destiny

For every broken life I see

Will open up my heart

They say we have a chance to be

Successful in democracy

Time has said the dice will be

Were loaded from the start

I see what is done in my homeland

I see what is done in my name

Can you see what is done in your homeland

Can you see what is done in your name

I see what is done in my homeland

I see what is done in my name

Can you see what is done in your homeland

You see what is done in your name

I see what is done in my homeland

I see and it fills me with shame

Can you see what is done in your homeland

If you see does it fill you with shame

I see what is done in my homeland

I’ve seen and I must take the blame

Can you see what is done in your homeland

You’ve seen and you must take the blame

Big Country Blue On A Green Planet

We’ve got a problem but I don’t know what it is

We used to sparkle now we buck without the fizz

My ass is getting pains from sitting on the fence

For everything I need to do is in the future tense

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

We’ve got a history but it’s too much like the past

I get unwell from stuff that used to be a blast

I did some falling down I did some falling out

I just guess our joint account has fallen into doubt

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

What more can we say, what more can we do

This is something that I never wanted to go through

But I am, yeah I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yeah I’m blue on a green planet with you

I’m so blue on a green planet with you

I’m not that lazy but I just don’t need the work

I’m not the proper type to be one of those physical jerks

Some people say you have to change to stay the same

I guess we tried so hard to stay the same we changed

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

And I’m blue on a green planet with you

Yes I’m blue on a green planet with you

Big Country Fly Like An Eagle

Hey little lady don’t you hear my call

Standing by the shadows in your heels so tall

Hey little lady you were only seventeen

When you left home for the city that you saw in your dreams

Cry little angel wipe the tears from your eyes

Stay a little longer leave the rain outside

Searching for something that something can buy

That you stole all the gold from your mother’s pocket

You said you’re lonely far from home

From the place you knew

For if the truth be told you’re far too old for that sin

Well I can tell by the look in your sweet blue eyes

There’s an angel coming out

Spread your wings and fly

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

Soar up on into the sky

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

For I know in your sweet blue eyes

Hey big brother can you spare me a dime

I’ve been out in the cold walking a thin white line

Stealing from the bottle is the road I took

And I sure can’t find a way out of this prison

Staring at the people as they walk on my corner

Watch out for the man in the big black suit

Spare me a dime so I can burn the pain

He said the pain gets stronger as the bottle gets empty

You said you’re lonely far from home

From the place you knew

For if the truth be told you’re far too old for that sin

Well I can tell by the look in your sweet blue eyes

There’s an angel coming out

Spread your wings and fly

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

Soar up on into the sky

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

For I know in your sweet blue eyes

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

Soar up on into the sky

Fly like an eagle spread your wings now

For I know in your sweet blue eyes

Big Country East Of Eden

I feel the way the wind blows

It tells me where you’ve been through

I watch the way the sun sets

Until the night’s inside you

Some days I just don’t worry, I let it walk through me

Some days I need to bury the very depths of me

So out here to the east of Eden

I let salvation be

I was waiting, I was watching

Would it ever be there for me

And I found that hope and a lucky card

Were all I had to walk with me

Had to walk with me

I watch the way the crow flies

I know it always seems so easy

But if I see it in a grey sky

Can I be sure about the way it leads me

Some days I just don’t worry, I let it walk through me

Some days I call upon the very depths of me

So out here to the east of Eden

I watch your soul run free

I was waiting, I was watching

Would it ever be before me

And I found that hope and a lucky card

Were all I had to walk with me

I was waiting, I was watching

Would it ever be before me

And I found that hope and a lucky card

Were all I had to walk with me

Some days will stay a thousand years

Some pass like the flash of a spark

Who knows where all our days go

Out here we lie together

Outside the thunder gathers

Why care about the weather

It always ends in dark

I looked west in search of freedom and I saw slavery

I looked east in search of answers and I saw misery

Some days I just don’t worry, I let it walk through me

Some days I walk into the very depths of me

So out here to the east of Eden I let my conscience be

I was waiting, I was watching

Would it ever be before me

And I found that hope and a lucky card

Were all I had to walk with me