Joshua Kadison All I’ll Ever Ask

Love means so many different things,

But you’re all that matters,

And this is all I’ll ever ask of you.

Tell me your dreams, so they could be mine too,

Let me be there, to help them come true.

Tell me your fears, when you fell afraid,

Come to my arms, let me rock them away.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

Of you…

Come to my shoulder, when you need to weep,

Wake me up, when you cannot sleep.

Talk to me, when you want to be heard,

Be silent with me, when you can’t say a word.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

Of you…

I can’t swear that you never, have to cry another tear.

But whenever you want, someone to hold you, I’m always right here.

So just, come to me, for anything at all,

Call my name, it’s yours to call.

Fell my faith in you, when you can’t find your own,

And always remember, you’re never alone.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

Of you…

I can’t swear that you never, have to cry another tear.

But whenever you want, someone to hold you, remember, I’m always right here.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

That’s all I’ll ever ask.

Of you…

Joshua Kadison Carolina’s Eyes

In Carolina’s eyes I see the ocean.

In Carolina’s eyes I see the one for me.

When Carolina’s eyes fill with emotion,

I see the better man she makes me wanna be.

And I say, “Oh, Carolina,

you deserve a better man than me.”

A warm breeze blowin’

from the sea tonight.

Dreamin’ ’bout my Carolina,

prayin’ that she’s alright.

I’m just a piano man singin’ songs

for people I don’t know.

Oh, Carolina,

wish you never would’ve let me go.

In Carolina’s eyes I see the ocean.

In Carolina’s eyes I see the one for me.

When Carolina’s eyes fill with emotion,

I see the better man she makes me wanna be.

And I say, “Oh, Carolina,

you deserve a better man than me.

Sweet, sweet Carolina,

you deserve a better man than me.”

Spend my time in cars and planes

and empty hotel rooms.

Yeah, it’s a beautiful life,

everyone assumes.

But, I am just a country boy

in a world I don’t belong.

Oh, Carolina, tonight,

I’m singin’ them your song.

In Carolina’s eyes I see the ocean.

In Carolina’s eyes I see the one for me.

When Carolina’s eyes fill with emotion,

I see the better man she makes me wanna be.

And I say, “Oh, Carolina,

you deserve a better man than me.

Sweet, sweet Carolina,

you deserve a better man than me.”

Joshua Kadison Desert Flower

Outside of Albuquerque, about an hour north of there

She’s got a house of three little Indians in the middle of nowhere

You wonder where her man went, you wonder if she minds

They’ve got smiles and healthy tummies, so you guess they’re doing fine

She sells jewelry by the roadside, silver beads and things

She can weave a spell upon you with any song she sings

She’s a desert flower growing free and wild

Her beauty seems so fragile, fragile as a child

And you want to take her with you, but you know she must remain

So you leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Turn yourself into the rain, turn yourself into the rain

You leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Her kids were playing leapfrog, jumping in the sand

I pulled my car off the road and parked beside her stand

She asked where I was going so fast and so alone

I told her how love was something I wasn’t sure I’d ever known

She said: ‘Maybe you never heard the desert sing her song at night

Or maybe you’ve just been trying much too hard to get it right’

She’s a desert flower growing free and wild

Her beauty seems so fragile, fragile as a child

And you want to take her with you, but you know she must remain

So you leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Turn yourself into the rain, turn yourself into the rain

You leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Waving in my rear-view mirror

Then the next thing that I know

Are the broken lines on a long, black highway

Off to another show

She’s a desert flower growing free and wild

Her beauty seems so fragile, fragile as a child

And you want to take her with you, but you know she must remain

So you leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Turn yourself into the rain, turn yourself into the rain

You leave her wishing you could turn yourself into the rain

Joshua Kadison Child Of These Roads

In the middle of town was a long black highway, rolling on forever,

With music running through my veins, I was gonna play or never,

Look back, I was barely legal, summer of eighty-two,

The asphalt was shining, the sky was dazzling blue

And as the towns rolled by like barking dogs, nipping at my heels,

Something in me was changing, fast as the speed of my wheels,

America was everything and nothing like I thought she’d be,

A holy roadside attraction for a starry-eyed kid me,

A starry-eyed kid me

I was a child of these roads, a child of these roads,

A wide black river shining, I rode her everywhere she wanted to go,

Just a child of these roads

The first time I found Memphis, I saw the old Sun studios,

Turned into a souvenir shop and learned the way things go,

I just drove past Graceland, went down south to New Orleans,

I played a delta scarred by mini-malls and automatic banking machines,

Automatic banking machines

I was a child of these roads, a child of these roads,

A wide black river shining, I rode her everywhere she wanted to go,

Just a child of these roads

So, from a boy with a piano in his truck, the knave I used to be,

To all you souls in those roadside joints, thanks for being kind to me,

You showed me how to love with all my heart, how to sing when I had to cry,

How to take each day as it comes and let each day go by,

Let each day go by

And I guess I never did learn to stay in one place too long,

So when my time comes, just scatter my ashes on the road and sing this song

There goes a child of these roads, a child of these roads,

A wide black river shining, I rode her everywhere she wanted to go,

Just a child of these roads,

Just a child, still a child,

Just a child, still a child,

Just a child of these roads

Joshua Kadison Amsterdam

Well, here I am in Amsterdam as winter waves goodbye…

Almost seven in the morning and I’m walking all alone

And the moon’s still in the sky.

And I have to laugh just thinking how I’ve never found a home.

Pillows yes, to lay my head, but I’ve mostly been alone.

Oh, Amsterdam, can you tell me what kind of man I am?

A walker in the rain, a dancer in the sand, or just an insane music man?

Oh, Amsterdam, I’m barely hanging on by a single strand.

All I really know is I don’t understand.

I’m just waking up alone in Amsterdam.

A boy I see in a window there, I can’t help looking in.

As someone’s arms pull him back to bed, I’m thinking what a fool I’ve been.

And the moon is trapped in an old canal like a madman in a cell.

And I’m thinking how I’d like to know just one place very well.

Oh, Amsterdam, can you tell me what kind of man I am?

A walker in the rain, a dancer in the sand, or just an insane music man?

Oh, Amsterdam, I’m barely hanging on by a single strand.

All I really know is I don’t understand.

I’m just waking up alone in Amsterdam.

Joshua Kadison Cherry Bowl Drive-In

Saw her at the Texico just the other day

Even more beautiful her hair had a touch of grey

We both stood and stared at each other

Couldn’t say a word , then I said: “God, it’s good to see you”

And she said: “Well, have you heard…”

“They’re tearing down the Cherry Bowl Drive-In tomorrow

Where I first kissed you and ran my fingers through your hair

She’s going away, all things must go some day

But I will still remember you there

Yes I will still remember you there”

Then I said: “Little Melissa, she’s looking more and more like you

I saw her down on Maple Street she’s even got your same smile too”

And my Jake junior says: “Daddy, someday I’m gonna marry that girl”

Isn’t that just perfect, it’s such a crazy world

“So they’re tearing down the Cherry Bowl Drive-In tomorrow

Where I first kissed you and ran my fingers through your hair

She’s going away, all things must go some day

But I will still remember you there”

“Can you get away tomorrow, if you can’t I’ll understand

It’s just that when the big screen falls I wanna be holding your hand

Holding your hand”

When they’re tearing down the Cherry Bowl Drive-In tomorrow

Where I first kissed you and ran my fingers through your hair

She’s going away, all things must go some day

But I will still remember you there

Yes, I will. Yes, I will

I will still remember us there

Joshua Kadison Beautiful In My Eyes

You’re my peace of mind

In this crazy world

You’re everything I’ve tried to find

Your love is a pearl

You’re my Mona Lisa

You’re my rainbow skies

And my only prayer is that you realize…

You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes

The world will turn

And the seasons will change

And all the lessons we will learn

Will be beautiful and strange

We’ll have our fill of tears

Our share of sighs

My only prayer is that you realize…

You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes

You will always be

Beautiful in my eyes

And the passing years will show

That you will always grow

Ever more beautiful in my eyes

And there are lines upon my face

From a lifetime of smiles

When the time comes to embrace

For one long last while

We can laugh about

How time really flies

We won’t say good-bye

Cause’ true love never dies…

You’ll always be beautiful in my eyes

You will always be (You will always be)

Beautiful in my eyes (Beautiful in my eyes)

And the passing years will show

That you will always grow

Ever more beautiful in my eyes

The passing years will show

That you will always grow

Ever more beautiful in my eyes

Joshua Kadison Beau’s All Night Radio Loveline

Tangled in the sheets of a motel bed.

Samantha paints her toenails cherry red.

And she asks me if she can paint mine too, and I say

“Samantha, anything for you.”

And through the tinny speakers of an ancient radio

the All Night Love Line begins another show.

And the callers call in, but the thing that’s so strange,

it’s all the same story, just the voices that change on

Beau’s All Night Radio Love Line,

the show for hearts in despair.

If you got somethin’ to say to a love that got away,

Beau wants to put you on the air.

The shadows from the headlights of a passing car

turn Samantha’s smile into film noir,

and she says, “Don’t get me wrong about you and me,

I just can’t figure out what we’re supposed to be.

Maybe I love you, I don’t know.

Maybe I’m afraid of where you want to go.

Maybe I’m scared I’ll lose my power to amuse,

and I’ll wake up alone in a bed full of blues, just listening to

Beau’s All Night Radio Love Line,

the show for hearts in despair.

If you got somethin’ to say to a love that got away,

Beau wants to put you on the air.

And Beau’s really thinkin’, “This job hardly pays,”

but he can’t figure out how to ask for a raise.

Meanwhile back on the Love Line, he says,

“You’re on the air, caller number nine.”

Samantha laughs at the two of us here

and says, “I got some miles on me, and you’re such a kid, dear

To you I’m just a ride in an old Cadillac,

but I keep on prayin’ that you’ll keep coming back.”

Is that Samantha cryin’? Or just somebody on

Beau’s All Night Radio Love Line,

the show for hearts in despair.

If you got somethin’ to say to a love that got away,

Beau wants to put you on the air.

If you got somethin’ to say to a love that got away,

Beau wants to put you on the air.

Joshua Kadison American Hearts

Down on Pico, a sailor on leave

Finds a tattoo parlor, rolls up his sleeve.

Man takes his money, says, “What’s it gonna be?”

Kid says, “A big red heart, signed ‘Forever Marie’.”

He’ll probably want to change it in a year or two.

But now it makes him happy so what can you do?

Hour later, man says, “It’s all done.”

Sailor takes a look and says, “This ain’t the one.

You wrote Martha, but her name is Marie.”

The man says, “Yeah, this one’s on me.

Here’s your money, I’m sorry about it

But I’ve had a lot on my mind that just won’t quit.”

American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Turn the radio up, cruising with your friends.

Tomorrow after work, we’ll do it all again.

We’re just American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Life ain’t always easy, but it’s always alright.

And Johnny got a new tattoo tonight.

Well, long-distance to his sweet Marie

Says, “You’ll never guess what happened to me.”

Tells the story, every word.

Marie starts laughing at the tales she’s heard.

She says, “That’s all right, you did them no harm.

It’s what’s in your heart, not the heart on your arm.”

American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Turn the radio up, cruising with your friends.

Tomorrow after work, we’ll do it all again.

We’re just American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Life ain’t always easy, but it’s always alright.

And Johnny got a new tattoo tonight.

A new tattoo tonight…

Well, things worked out just according to plan.

You see Martha came back to the tattoo man.

Standing in the doorway in a haze of smoke

She said, “I hadda come home before you went flat broke.

Reading my name all around on

Every poor sailor brand new in town.”

American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Turn the radio up, cruising with your friends.

Tomorrow after work, we’ll do it all again.

We’re just American hearts, American souls,

Living for American rock and roll.

Life ain’t always easy, but it’s always alright

For a wanna-be Brando with his jeans on tight.

American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Turn the radio up, cruising with your friends.

Tomorrow after work, we’ll do it all again.

We’re just American hearts, American souls,

Living on American rock and roll.

Life ain’t always easy, but it’s always alright.

And Johnny got a new tattoo tonight.

He got a new tattoo…

Johnny…

Johnny…

Got a new tattoo.