Damien Jurado Yuma, AZ

Once met a girl in Yuma, Arizona

Whose mother was dyslexic like mine

Grandpa owned a ranch, it’s where she learned to dance

I hear she goes out dancing all the time

When it rains, it pours in Yuma, Arizona

When it rains, it pours

And when the sun goes down

You know where she’ll be found

Dancing out in the street

She met a boy who worked as a waiter

Down at the local five and dime

She took him to the ranch, it’s where he learned to dance

I hear they go out dancing all the time

When it rains, it pours in Yuma, Arizona

When it rains, it pours

And when the sun goes down

You know where they’ll be found

Dancing out in the street

When it rains, it pours in Yuma, Arizona

When it rains, it pours

And when the sun goes down

You know where I’ll be found

Dancing out in the street

Damien Jurado Happy Birthday John

Happy birthday, John

Where has your sweetheart gone

She left today with one week’s pay

And the boy she calls your son

Let’s not wait for your invitation

Pour yourself a drink

And think about what happened

Happy birthday, John

The warning lights were on

But you were far too gone

To notice what went wrong

Let’s not wait for your invitation

Pour yourself a drink

And think about what happened

Happy birthday, John

Where has your sweetheart gone

The warning signs were on

Happy birthday, John

Let’s not wait for your invitation

Pour yourself a drink

And think about what happened

Let’s not wait for your invitation

Pour yourself a drink

And think about what happened

Damien Jurado As You Wish

If you need me, I’ll come running

If you call me, I’ll come quickly

But if you need to be alone

You know I’ll gladly leave you

Should you want me, I’m yours completely

Should you need me, I’m yours completely

But if you need to be alone

You know I’ll gladly leave you

Damien Jurado Rosewood Casket

There’s a little rosewood casket

That is resting on the stand

There’s a package of old letters

Written by my loved one’s hand

Go and bring them to me, brother

Come and sit upon my bed

Lay your head upon my pillow

While each cherished line is read

Read them gently to me, brother

Read them ’til I fall asleep

For the sleep to wake in heaven

Oh dear brother do not weep

Last night I saw him walking

With a lady by his side

And I thought I heard him tell her

She could never be his bride

When at last I’m gone forever

And my friends are gathered round

And my narrow grave is ready

In some lonesome church yard ground

There’s a little rosewood casket

That is resting on the stand

There’s a package of old letters

Written by my loved one’s hand

Damien Jurado Caskets

Two tickets on a Chevrolet train

I’ve got a suicide pact with your name

You can doubt any doubt any move that is made

’cause I’m putting the worries to page

In a flash you’ll be quick to react

I’m a useful spade for the grave

Collect calls to the shadow in town

So what were the chances of saying

You must remove the skin and burn it all for fuel

Knock out teeth to improve how you look

And you’re using your tongue for a flag

You look tired in you funeral suit

There’s caskets for all to be had

Real estate cemetery, move over

I’m useful as bones in the tomb

Gas drinks for the shadow in town

Because another record is due

You must remove the skin and burn it all for fuel

You must remove the skin and burn it all for fuel

Damien Jurado Castles

Castles that you’re building

Eventually come falling down

Castles that you’re building

Eventually come falling down

I will try to erase it all

From my mind, it’s easy

It’s easy

People who you talk about

Eventually will find you out

People who you talk about

Eventually will hunt you down

I will try to erase it all

From my mind, it’s easy

It’s easy

Damien Jurado On The Land Blues

Tried my hand as a brother

Failed as a man and a friend

I know who I was then

I know who I am now

Land it rolls into water

Fools they go and follow after

Chasing the light like the sun

Burned out before they could shine

Lord take the weight, I won’t need it

Salvation’s pain glory be

Follow me down on this road

One more hand to let go

Kindly spoke, cried on your shoulder

Better a ghost than a living man

You will see through I suppose

Visions of us on the land

Far out to where we were then

Gathered and stolen by storm

Waiting here till you return

Damien Jurado Parking Lot

In the window by a phone

She waits for him at home

She waits a long time

In the vacant parking lot

Watching couples with their kids

Where did we go wrong

Words were spoken words were lost

Rings were given vows forgot

Where did we go wrong

Monday comes you find a note

I’ve left town this time for good

What did I do wrong

Vacant bedrooms pictures fade

Moments when the times were good

When did it all go bad

Damien Jurado Exit 353

And when, I was a line

You were a light

Shining like some planet you call home

Talking aloud

Was it about

The ending or beginning of a word?

That was with me all along

I let go, and you held strong

Are we all not lost in song

Feeding back until we’re found?

I was a line

Here on rewind

Living out the voices in my mind

Talking aloud

Distorted in sound

Are we all not stars here on the ground?

You were with me all along

I let go, and you held strong

Are we all not lost in song

Feeding back until we’re found?

And in the golden hours hue

The darkest of the few

Was with me all along

And sewn into the sounds of joy

The forms of light collide

In the walls of my eyes

I was alone then [x9]

Damien Jurado Magic Number

Don’t waste your time, there is work to be done

The setting son is a shiny dime

Cast it aside, it will soon catch your eye

Hold my magic number in your hand

Lay across the land like a giant on its side

The sun disappears and it falls behind

The dust will settle down when darkness takes my crown

I’ll shake his hand and I’ll knock him down

You will learn to let go

It’s my turn to confuse

Not long ago, when you showed up at my door

Looking for a shelter in my skull

When I drew the blinds, the colors in my eyes

Went from maroon to shiny gold

Speaking in tongues with the tape on rewind

My secret name became define

Peeling back the sky in a blanket of shame

Remove my nails when you find the time

You will learn to let go

It’s my turn to confuse