Calexico Tulsa Telephone Book

Have you read any good telephone books lately?

If you ain’t, let me recommend one

I’ve already read that Tulsa telephone book through thirteen times

If you don’t know any last names, it ain’t much fun

Readin’ that Tulsa Telephone Book

Can drive a man insane

Especially if that girl you’re lookin’ for

Has no last name

I’ve got to find her and tell her

That I don’t want our love to end

So I’m readin’ that Tulsa Telephone Book again

I was in Tulsa and didn’t have anything going

She lived in Tulsa and didn’t have anything on

She said “My name’s Juanita”

I said “My name’s J.B.”

I awoke the very next morning, and she was gone

All the Tulsa operators know my voice know

They’ve got to know just how long I’ve been alone

If you meet a girl named Juanita with some ribbons in her hair

Could you tell her that she’s wanted on the phone?

Readin’ that Tulsa Telephone Book

Can drive a guy insane

Especially if that girl you’re lookin’ for

Has no last name

I’ve got to find her and tell her

That I don’t want our love to end

So I’m readin’ that Tulsa Telephone Book again

So I’m readin’ that Tulsa Telephone Book again

Calexico Bloodflow

Her eyes are closed now

That final breath is near

She lets go of my hand

And I fall into

A sea of tears

In search for the trail

That we were both riding

Lost sometime ago

Now I’m stranded on the mountain’s edge

And there’s only one way back

Down and down I go

Into the ground where the bad seeds are sown

And take route and pull me further in

Long and long and longer it takes

Good luck’s gone and there’s no more breaks

Just the ground beneath

That shakes and gives way

Swallowed up home

There ain’t much now I can pull

No stuntman surprises

Or Houdini-like disguises

For death defying escape

Avoid the tap on the shoulder

From that one with a long black cape

Just to see those eyes of her shine

Is worth any sum or length of time

That would fill that space where her love once flowed

But the more I resist

The further and further I drift

Get swept out in the riptide

Where a part of me wants

To lie ‘neath the ways of sorrow and tears

Sink to the bottom and linger there the rest of my years

Walk among the mild sea of bones

Of my fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers

Feel their blood flowing away

Send the soul it’s way

Calexico Victor Jara’s Hands

Wire fences still coiled with flowers of the night

Songs of the birds like hands call the earth to witness

Sever from fear before taking flight.

Fences that fail and fall to the ground

Bearing the fruit from Jara’s Hands

Me siento solo y perdido

Una vela alumbra mi camino

Cruzando tierras que nunca he visto

Cruzando el río de mi destino

Solo soy un chico mas

Que sueña en alto y mirando al mar

Fences that fail and fall to the ground

Bearing the fruit from Jara’s Hands

Calexico Ocean Of Noise

In an ocean of noise I first heard your voice

Ringing like a bell as if I had a choice, oh, well

Left in the morning while you were fast asleep

Into an ocean of violence, a world of empty streets

You’ve got your reasons and me, I’ve got mine

But all the reasons I gave were just lies to buy myself some time

In an ocean of noise I first heard your voice

Now who here among us still believes in choice? Not I

No way of knowing what any man will do

An ocean of violence between me and you

You’ve got your reasons and me, I’ve got mine

But all the reasons I gave were just lies to buy myself some time

I’m gonna work it out ’cause time won’t work it out

I’m gonna work it out ’cause time won’t work it out for you

I’m gonna work it out ’cause time won’t work it out

I’m gonna work it out ’cause time won’t work it out for you

I’m gonna work it on out

Calexico Sirena

Along the coast shrouded by fog

A voice hovers so sweet and soft

The lure of lust no one can deny

A pile of bones hidden from sight

To save this sad, lonesome cry

Sorrow fills the oceans wide

Calling you close, promising love

Letting passion navigate you

Into the arms of sirena

Into the eyes of sirena

Into the heart of sirena

Dancing like ghosts, haunting the shore

The old ones warn, stay away

Her love is sweet, but sorrow too great

Dreams of leaving her curse for good

Rise from the sea as flesh and blood

Still the wind carries her voice

Fills all thoughts, sways your choice

Drawn the fear, capsize the heart

Till all passion navigates you

Into the arms of sirena

Into the eyes of sirena

Into the heart of sirena

Dancing like ghosts over the waves

Safe in the harber of her embrace

Bebe mi vino de amor

Besos de kerosina

Volvierdo el mar en infierno!

To save this sad, tragic soul

Sorrow’s worse than the tide’s pull

Sinking deeper, gasping for love

Till desire navigates you

Into the arms of sirena

Into the eyes of sirena

Into the heart of sirena

Dancing with ghosts under the waves

And into the arms of sirena

Into the eyes of sirena

Into the heart of sirena

Caught in the rip tide, smashed on the reef

Joining the mass of bones underneath

Calexico End Of The World With You

I thought you were the one who said cold wars are a bust

She doesn’t want a Romeo, just someone she can trust

With an ear to the ground

Love in the age of the extremes

There’s nothing better that I’d rather do

Then to scatter all the myths

And walk to the start of the end of the world with you

Turn up the microphone on the national parks

You gotta switch something off if you wanna get it right

A crater full of wisdom in James Turrell’s eyes

Light in the age of the extremes

There’s nothing finer that I’d rather see

Then to scatter all the myths

Find another way around getting stuck at the end of the world with you

The end of the world with you

At the end of the world with you

At the end of the world with you

At the end of the world with you

If you travel out to space at the speed of light

Would you send me a letter from a star going by

Can’t see too well out here in the dark

Time in the age of the extremes

There’s nothing better that I’d rather feel

Then to scatter all the myths

Bring back a little piece of mind for you

You gotta vantage point so we’ll sit and watch the view

At the edge of the end of the world

Calexico Across The Wire

Alberto hits his brother on the

Back of the head, looks to the north

As he starts to get up

His brother still sleepy

Grumbles “it’s not light yet,”

“if you want a new life, what’s

A few minutes wait?”

Darkness on the road and over the land

Into the laws and out of the hands

From those with so much

And no show of heart

You’d think it’d be crazy

To ask for a small part

Spotted an eagle in the middle of a lake

Resting on cactus and feasting on snakes

The waters recede as the dump closes in,

Revealing a whole lake of sleeping children

Poison in the stream that flows to the sea

Out on the waves that crash within reach

Of those with so much

And so little to fear

You’d think it’d be crazy

To be so far away yet so near

Some say a new day will shine here

On these catastrophes and horrors

Of misfortune, all across the wire

Alberto y Hermano on the coyote’s trail

And dodging the shadows of the border patrol

Out in the wastelands wandering for days

The future looks bleak with

No sign of change

Darkness in the eye and down

In the soul

All across the wire to those in control

Holding so much

With no show of heart

You think it’d be crazy

To watch it all fall apart

Watch it all fall apart

Calexico Half A Smidge

When the evening sun is setting low

Blinding you on your drive home

And the lanes of traffic all converge

Causing you to curse every other word

For to wish it all away

Daily grind’s got your screw stripped

No can of wd40 can fix your situation

Seems to be losing steam

Dream’s been dropped on credit cards

And false hope pumping out of your soul

Like oil in the gulf it’s a dead end

Drive it further deep into the ground

Till the point’s dull as your skull

And the same sun that you curse

Powers your hybrid heart home

If only this car would move half a smidge

Calexico Tapping On The Line

Someone’s messing with the machines

They’ve been left out in the rain

Well it’s strange to come back free of any rust

Dares you to explain

Could you speak a little more clearly on the line

Cold wind keeps blowing from the east

Trans-Atlantic crossings coming to a freeze

I’m in exile with a sign that reads

No one can tell which side of the street

Would I stand a little closer to the line

No one can tell which side to claim

Could you speak a little more clearly once again

Speak a little clearly on the line

Indian summer, cold war skies

Nervous drummers on overbooked flights

Well the chaos grows stronger on the superstition flyway

Looks like we’re spinning up tonight

Could you step a little closer to the line

Splitting heart and mind, broken circuit by design

Well the demand for arms is goin’ through the roof

The scientists are forced to work in the maze

While they tap tap tap tap tapping on the line

Could you speak a little clearly one more time

While you tap tap tap tap tapping on the line

Calexico Two Silver Trees

There are code breakers with lines well tapped

Traces sweeping out across the static night

You are draped in white like the blossoms of the tree

Looking down a glass elevator

At your father signing the papers for

Two silver trees, two silver trees

Two worlds in need, two silver trees

Branches falling down

From sources underground

False identities

Stranded in each single seed

False sense of warning no poisoned cup

Just deception crawling up like a snake

Decay of the blossoms and roots well hacked

Spoil the hidden waters dying at the base of

Two silver trees, two silver trees

Two worlds in need, two silver trees

Branches falling down

From sources underground

False identities

Stranded in each single seed