Blues Traveler Back In The Day

It’s been a while since I’ve left home

But I’m coming on back today

Kinda funny but I picture it only exactly as it

was back in the day

Sure enough when the train pulls in

There’s so little that I recognize

Is it the scenery or my selective memory

Or just a simple fact that I gotta realize

My friends have gone and their lives have

moved on and I guess that’s just the way it is

If this town has grown beyond my home

I guess it all comes down to this

I close my eyes and feel like it was back in the day

But those times have long been through

The dying of the light is gone

But it’s back in the day

Like a wish that comes half true

There was a time when it was easy to find a

hangout that you knew was yours by name

And mine or not I could find the same spot but

it’s never gonna be the same

I’ve been away and I’ve seen too much

Looks like I’ve been moving on as well

And when I started to not really belong

I suppose I was unable to tell

But I ain’t sad and no it isn’t bad

It’s just one more thing I’m coming to know

If you’re alive you didn’t finish the ride

No telling where it’s going to go

I close my eyes and feel like it was back in the day

But those times have long been through

The dying of the light is gone

But it’s back in the day

Like a wish that comes half true

It’s been a while since I left home

But I’m coming on back today

Kinda funny but I picture it only exactly as it

was back in the day

I close my eyes and feel like it was back in the day

But those times have long been through

The dying of the light is gone

But it’s back in the day

Like a wish that comes half true

Blues Traveler All Hands

Every time the water breaks and soaks me to the bone

I remember what I left behind by sailing off alone

Pitch and yaw through hurricane, my position is unknown

And the bell rings seven times

Salted brine, I drink it down and breathe it through my nose

No sign of land but I hang on and do my best to close

But the swirling tidal undertow keeps pulling me below

And the bell rings seven times

All hands left on deck

An icy rest is waiting at the bottom of the sea

She’s tried her best to take me as I struggle to get free

But while I have a breath to breathe, she isn’t taking me

And the bell rings seven times

All hands left on deck

No hope of rescue

No hope of dry ground

The siren calls all souls on board

To follow her down

Swirling silently beneath the noise and light up there

Push past the frozen arms and legs, ignore the lifeless stare

I grab a line that pulls me up for a precious gasp of air

And the bell rings seven times

All hands left on deck

Blues Traveler All In The Groove

Sometimes when you worry

The tendency to hurry

Can make your vision blurry

And blind you

You might shake and you might stammer

Or dance like MC Hammer

But could that pomp and glamour

Remind you

Of who you are and where you’re going

And whose mind that you’re blowing

And if your car needs towing

Don’t move

Then calmly call the AAA you’ve got nothing to prove

As in all things, it’s all in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

Well, if it’s your destiny don’t fight it

War between the states, unite it

It might be difficult but might it

Be worthwhile?

I ain’t no Solomon from Babel

Abut my cards are on the table

And I swear that if I’m able

I’ll run that mile

So if I’m rambling ignore me

If on the money then adore me

You know the pearls are cast before me

Oh, what to do?

Wish I could put it in a picture and hang it in the Louvre

But like I said before it’s all in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

For instance

The jam it swings and sways

As the groove funkily plays

And they say crime never pays

But this ain’t no crime

It’s just a life blood flowing water

That any son or daughter

Would send away for order

A celebration of time

So jam on, jam out, jam it in

Till it feels like it’s a sin

And that’s only when you begin

To improve

Don’t mind if it’s the rhythm, that’s just only when you’ve

Got to let it all be all in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

All in the groove

Blues Traveler Alone

I said “I love you”

She began to cry

She said she needed a friend

I said “I’ll try”

Soon we’d say nothing

Somehow I never wondered why

You see, she left me

She left me

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’d loved her always

She didn’t know

I tried patience

Let a friendship grow

I tried to keep her

That’s what made her go

You see, she left me

She left me

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

Beauty and the beast

Was how it seemed to be

A love like hers

Ain’t meant for guys like me

Some call me crazy

Some politely call me free

But either way you see

You see, she left me

She left me

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m trying to forget you but it just won’t work

Think I’m losing my mind, think I’m going berserk

I love you with a passion that you just don’t know

And I kinda wish right now that I was telling you so

I could rant, or rave, or play some little game

But when I look into your eyes, it all seems the same

That you weren’t meant for me and that’s a sad but true fact

Now I don’t care how I look and don’t care how I act

Cuz you set me free

I’m a man among men

But when I think of what I missed it starts all again

Now alone in the darkness of each new day

My heart is on its own

I wanna rip it from my chest and throw it away

Watch this bassman take me home

I guess some day

Love will soon be here

And maybe then

I’ll see things more clear

I guess I got excited

Cause it felt so near

And

You see, she left me

She left me

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

But I know I’d give my life

Just to hold her now

And who knows

I might see her around

Hopes can always go up

Tears can only come down

You see, she left me

She left me

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

I’m alone

Hey…

You see she left me

Blues Traveler 12 Swords

Here I stand and alas

Of a warrior’s class

Apprentice turned sorcerer I

I’ve seen many wars end

Made the battle my friend

None am I afraid to defy

I’ve done as I please

Yet I fall to my knees

Weak and bleeding sure that I’m through

And as I lay there to die

I can see the night sky

And suddenly I’m thinking of you

Does the crescent moon rise

By the light of your eyes

Can you see the star that I’m wishing on

And is it shining as bright

From where you see it tonight

And does the love that you feel make you strong

On my twelve swords I’m yours

Till you need me no more

And I’ll wish away till morning

Like a harvested husk

Another city sacked at dusk

The rampaging conquest goes well

But I cannot erase

The memory of our embrace

Without you I’d have died where I fell

And I must ask again

Is the battle my friend

What will my life and sorcery be

I only know this is true

That indeed I love you

And I ask by the first star I see

Does the crescent moon rise

By the light of your eyes

Can you see the star that I’m wishing on

And is it shining as bright

From where you see it tonight

And does the love that you feel make you strong

Does the crescent moon rise

By the light of your eyes

Can you see the star that I’m wishing on

And is it shining as bright

From where you see it tonight

And does the love that you feel make you strong

On my twelve swords I’m yours

Till you need me no more

And I’ll wish away till morning

And I’ll wish away till morning

Blues Traveler Battle Of Someone

Well I love no one and I don’t care who knows

Don’t care if you’re far away

Don’t give a damn if you’re close

I’m the vacant distraction of a broken old man

I lack shape or color

Not even gray or even tan

I’d hate all I see but it makes me too tired

I’m much more at home when left uninspired

So damn me to hell and resist if you must

But lower your eyes once and I’ll emerge from the dust

For I am nothing

Yes I am nothing

Yes I am nothing

And I love no one

Well I love everyone I am filled with delight

I understand all your feelings I don’t see from wrong or right

I’m the look in your eyes when you’re telling the truth

I’m the wisdom of age and the beauty of youth

I am shape substance color darkest black palest white

Speckled gond ringing mirror sharp soft and bright

I’m rage passion laughter and the need to know why

Come sample all my riches I’m pure stimuli

For I am everything

Yes I am everything

Yes I am everything

And I love everyone

Well I can only love someone I am just a person

My father loved my mother and I am her son

The preceding verses are the halves of my soul

I’m just the battlefield and that is my role

There’s a tug of war between what I can and can’t feel

The inevitable compromise determines the real

The equation the reason for my being here

The struggle resulting in my invention of the tear

For I’m only something

Yes I’m only something

Yes I’m only something

And I can only love someone

And it’s the best I can do

It’s the very best I can do

You’re probably someone too

So perhaps I love you

Perhaps you’ll love me too

Perhaps you’ll love me too

Perhaps you’ll love me too

[scat solo]

Blues Traveler 100 Years

The sun is warm as the day is long

I just got the feeling I can do no wrong

I’ve got a long way to walk

Can’t afford my next meal

I tell a few lies but my hunger is real

And it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

No, it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

Mademoiselle tell me do you play

Well, if she shakes her head, well then that’s okay

I watch her walk away in haste

There’s just no accounting for some people’s taste

And it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

No, it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

Big angry man in the doorway there

Just keep on walking like I don’t care

Why you giving such and evil eye

Could it be you were ignored by every passerby

And it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

No, it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

Play in the park for tobacco and food

Then I excuse myself but they think I’m rude

Tourist don’t want me to end his show

But this colorful attraction got places to go

And it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

No, it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

Sit at the pier watch the sun go down

Another lost little boy in a big old town

I want to laugh I want to cry

But no matter how hard I try

It won’t mean a thing in a hundred years

No, it won’t mean a thing in a hundred years [2x]

Blues Traveler All Things Are Possible

Sunrise

And everything tries again

To muster up

The courage

All in

Once again

A simple fact

All I have to nourish

That

All things are possible

(Imaginations never end)

All worlds collide

(You don’t know where and you can’t say when)

All roads are crossable

(An itch to which you must attend)

Leave all your fear on the other side

And if you feel like you could use a friend

Then here’s what I’d recommend

Dare we

To dream

Let alone live it

It can feel like quicksand

Take every ounce of strength you give it

But the only thing worse would be

To leave it just lying there

The simple fact leaves me

Only all too aware

That

All things are possible

(Imaginations never end)

All worlds collide

(You don’t know where and you can’t say when)

All roads are crossable

(An itch to which you must attend)

Leave all your fear on the other side

And if you feel like you could use a friend

Then here’s what I’d precisely recommend

You have only your hand to extend

Reach out to me

Reach out to me

Reach out to me

Like the summer reaches out for the rain

I will not let go until you tell me so

And squeeze as tightly as you want through the pain

All things are possible

(Imaginations never end)

All worlds collide

(You don’t know where and you can’t say when)

All roads are crossable

(An itch to which you must attend)

Leave all your fear on the other side

And if you feel like you could use a friend

All things are possible

(Imaginations never end)

All worlds collide

(You don’t know where and you can’t say when)

All roads are crossable

(An itch to which you must attend)

Leave all your fear on the other side

And if you feel like you could use a friend

Then here is what I would precisely recommend

Reach out your hand out to me my friends

Hey, you have only your hand to extend

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Blues Traveler Bagheera

Bagheera walked into the bar and poured himself a drink

His fur was stained with the blood of monkeys and he needed time to think

The man at the bar said, “What are you doing here?”

Bagheera let go a low soft purr that kept the man from coming near

He said “I’m Bagheera, the mighty panther and the jungle is my home

I’m free, free in all I see and that makes me free to roam

Sometimes to feel the music of the jungle, it can cause you pain”

And the man heard Bagheera as the entire jungle joined in the big black cat’s refrain

One dark night the man cub came to the big black cat afraid

The boy was sure that he was dying due to the endless stream of water that his eyes made

Yeah, the cat knew why when the boy said, “I don’t want to die” for these are the ways of men

The boy cried, “Teacher, teacher I don’t, understand this ache within me”

The great cat sighed and then softly he began

He said, “Indeed thou art a man’s child now and the world is yours to give and take

The time has come now for your awareness to change forever, there’s a choice you must make

You may remain here in the jungle and hunt with the free people

Or, if you feel the man’s God calling you, return to your kind in the village and worship at his steeple

The only thing you must do is what you feel in your heart is true

I will hunt now and leave you on your own to decide what to do”

The mighty panther went on his hunt

The secret Lord of the jungle beneath the night sky

And some say if you could have seen him then you would have noticed a single tear fall from his majestic eye

Blues Traveler After What

And if I take a different tack

Well then forgive me if the long way round

Confuses up the point until you’re numb enough to hear

That you’re using the anointing oil like it’s sacramental beer

And don’t blame heaven or hell

You have to look to yourself

And nobody else will lift a light to make you see

Don’t got to learn a damn thing

Part of being free

And I realize

When I buck my place

It’s my feet but it’s their race

And I don’t run unless you try to chase me

And I don’t leave unless you offer me a stay

And I won’t fight unless I’m cornered or if I’m after what I want

What that is I wish that I could say

So forgive me or forget you

If you think you cannot bear

Believe me life won’t let you

If you blink you shall not fare

But should you get the chance

Try to make for the fence

It’s a subtle dance we do

To stay in from the cold

And the cleverest ones

Get to be real old

I may struggle

I may complain

But I’m just trying to grab at the reins

And I don’t run unless you try to chase me

And I don’t leave until you offer me a stay

And I don’t fight unless I’m cornered or if I’m after what I want

What that is I wish that I could say

I don’t run unless you try to chase me

And I don’t leave until you offer me a stay

And I don’t fight unless I’m cornered or if I’m after what I want

What that is I wish that I could say

And if I’m wondering where to go well then forgive me if I don’t know