Jackson Browne The Crow On The Cradle

The sheep’s in the meadow

The cow’s in the corn

Now is the time for a child to be born

He’ll laugh at the moon

And cry for the sun

And if it’s a boy he’ll carry a gun

Sang the crow on the cradle

And if it should be that this baby’s a girl

Never you mind if her hair doesn’t curl

With rings on her fingers

And bells on her toes

And a bomber above her wherever she goes

Sang the crow on the cradle

The crow on the cradle

The black and the white

Somebody’s baby is born for a fight

The crow on the cradle

The white and the black

Somebody’s baby is not coming back

Sang the crow on the cradle

Your mother and father will sweat and they’ll slave

To build you a coffin and dig you a grave

Hush-a-bye little one, never you weep

For we’ve got a toy that can put you to sleep

Sang the crow on the cradle

Bring me my gun, and I’ll shoot that bird dead

That’s what your mother and father once said

The crow on the cradle, what can we do

Ah, this is a thing that I’ll leave up to you

Sang the crow on the cradle

Sang the crow on the cradle

Jackson Browne Love Needs A Heart

Maybe the hardest thing I’ve ever done

Was to walk away from you

Leaving behind the life that we’d begun

I split myself in two

Proud and alone, cold as a stone

Rolling down that hill into the night

I could see the surprise and the hurt in your eyes

From behind each flashing city light

Love needs a heart and I need to find

If loves needs a heart like mine

Love won’t come near me, she don’t even hear me

She walks past my vacancy sign

Love needs a heart, trusting and blind

I wish that heart was mine

Proud and alone, cold as a stone

I’m afraid to believe the things I feel

I can cry with the best I can laugh with the rest

But I’m never sure when it’s real

And it may be the hardest thing I’ve ever done

But apart from all that I hope to find

Where’s the heart that’s been looking for mine?

I hope it finds me in time

Love needs a heart and I need to find

If love needs a heart like mine

Jackson Browne About My Imagination

I kept my eyes open and tried to see

The point of what went on in front of me

I kept what moved me, forgot about the rest

And took my young imagination to the acid test

And it was easy then to say what love could do

It’s so easy when your world is new

It’s been so hard sometimes to find my way

I let my pleasure lead my little world astray

And if I’m truthful I’ll say that I was blind

To everything about this life but what I had in mind

And it was easy then to say where love could go

It’s so easy when there’s so much you don’t know

About my imagination, it got me through somehow

Without my imagination, I wouldn’t be here now

And it was easy then when love was guaranteed

It’s so easy when love is all you need

About my imagination

I’m making this investigation

Into my imagination

According to my computations

We’re overdue for a transformation

Or is it my imagination?

I keep my eyes open and try to see

This life in terms of possibility

With so much changing, and changing for the worse

You got to keep your head up, Baby

From the cradle to the hearse

And it was easy then to say where love could go

It’s so easy when love is all you know

About my imagination

I’m getting ready for the celebration

I’m bringing my imagination

Taking charge of my elevation

No fear, no trepidation

Register my affirmation

No doubt, no hesitation

People get ready for the embarkation

About my imagination

Calling out across the nation

It’s time for some kind of re-dedication

Not talking ’bout just my generation

I’m sending out this invocation

I keep getting these excitations

More light, more love

More truth, and more innovation

Jackson Browne Tender Is The Night

Between the darkness on the street

And the houses filling up with light

Between the stillness in my heart

And the roar of the approaching night

Somebody’s calling after somebody

Somebody turns the corner out of sight

Looking for somebody

Somewhere in the night

Tender is the night

When you hold your baby tight

Tender are the motions, tender is the night

Between a life that we expected

And the way it’s always been

I can’t walk back in again

After the way we fight

When just outside there are people laughing

Living lives we used to lead

Chasing down the love they need

Somewhere in the night

Tender is the night

And the benediction of the neon light

Tender are the hunters, tender is the night

You’re gonna want me tonight

When you’re ready to surrender

Forget about who’s right

When you’re ready to remember

It’s another world at night

When you’re ready to be tender

Tender, tender tender…

And in the hard light of an angry sun

No one remembers what was said or done

Tender are the words they choose

You win, I win, we lose

Tender

Tender is the night

Tender

The benediction of the neon light

Tender

Tender are the hunters

Tender is the night

When they hold each other tight

Tender

Tender are the undercover

Tender

The stranger and the secret lover

Tender

Tender are the motions

Tender is the night

When you hold your baby tight

Tender, tender tender…

Jackson Browne Casino Nation

In a weapons producing nation under Jesus

In the fabled crucible of the free world

Camera crews search for clues amid the detritus

And entertainment shapes the land

The way the hammer shapes the hand

Gleaming faces in the checkout counter at the Church of Fame

The lucky winners cheer Casino Nation

All those not on TV only have themselves to blame

And don’t quite seem to understand

The way the hammer shapes the hand

Out beyond the ethernet the spectrum spreads

DC to daylight, the cowboy mogul rides

Never worry where the gold for all this glory’s gonna come from

Get along dogies, it’s coming out of your hides

The intentional cultivation of a criminal class

The future lit by brightly burning bridges

Justice fully clothed to hide the heart of glass

That shatters in a thousand Ruby Ridges

And everywhere the good prepare for perpetual war

And let their weapons shape the plan

The way the hammer shapes the hand

Jackson Browne Cocaine

You take Sally and I’ll take Sue

Their ain’t no difference between the two

Cocaine, running all ’round my brain

Headin’ down Scott, turnin’ up Main

Looking for that girl that sells cocaine

Cocaine, runnin’ all ’round my brain

Late last night about a quarter past four

Ladanyi come knockin’ down my hotel room door

Where’s the cocaine…

It’s runnin’ all ’round my brain

I was talking to my doctor down at the hospital

He said, “Son, it says here you’re twenty-seven,

But that’s impossible

Cocaine… you look like you could be forty-five”

Now I’m losing touch with reality and I’m almost out of blow

It’s such a fine line… I hate to see it go

Cocaine, runnin’ all ’round my brain

Jackson Browne Information Wars

Give us twenty minutes and we’ll give you the world

We bring good things to life

The news you need from people you can count on

Doing what we do best

The heartbeat of America

Your true voice

You’re in good hands

Now more than ever before

And in the flickering light and the comforting glow

You get the world every night as a TV show

The latest spin on the shit we’re in, blow by blow

And the more you watch, the less you know

Beyond the hundred million darkened living rooms

Out where the human ocean roars

Into the failing light, the generations go

Heading for the information wars

Do people really spend millions upon millions

To make us think we care about the planet

At the same time polluting and looting the only world we’ve got

So they can maximize their profit?

People do.

The heartbeat of America

Your true voice

For the life of your business

It’s everywhere you want to be

And there’s a front row seat for the precious few

The latest war as a pay-per-view

Famine and disaster right in front of you

And the more you watch, the less you do

Beyond the hundred million darkened living rooms

Out where the human ocean roars

Into the failing light, the generations go

Heading for the information wars

Jackson Browne Candy

Daughter of a woman who comes and goes

Candy

Daughter of a man she barely knows

Candy

All grown up about the things

People know to do

How to take a love and tear it in two

No no no that isn’t how it’s gonna be

For Candy

She wants to be in love

But she doesn’t know why

Candy

You think she’s a child

Look at her now

My my Candy

Step by step this is her debut

Looking for love that’s made to stay true

Step by step she’ looking for more than I see

Candy

Candy

You know what your love is worth

It’s a good thing baby

Candy

If you’re looking for a real love

It’s a ghost town

Candy

Step by step this is her debut

Looking for love that’s made to stay true

Step by step she’ looking for more than I see

Candy