The Silent Comedy Gasoline

We were walking in a circle, hand in hand

And your feet were sinking deeper in the sand than mine

You had sold me the mansion in your head

I would cut your hair and you would dye it red as fire

As a crackling fire

And I would hold the phone

So you were not alone

I had to take you home, you couldn’t even drive

You had smiled when you told me you were brave

And that your life was in other hands to save, not mine

I saw the mansion you had made me love ignite

And as you were fading, it was growing bright with fire

With a crackling fire

And when you tried to stand

You had to take my hand

You said “I think your plan will be splitting from mine”

We made a pile of all your remaining clothes

Where you’re heading now you won’t be needing those, it’s fine

We soaked the pile till it dripped with gasoline

And then I lit a match as if I’d never seen a fire, fire, fire

It was a big roaring fire

And your heart beat failed

And it stopped leaving its trails

But the last thing you exhaled while you were alive was

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

And I’m doing just fine

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

I am alright

And I’m doing just fine

Yeah

The Silent Comedy Great American Novel

I was born and raised an orphan

In a land that once was free

In a land that poured its love out on the moon

And I grew up in the shadows

Of your silos filled with grain

But you never helped to fill my empty spoon

When I was ten you murdered law

With courtroom politics

And you learned to make a lie sound just like truth

But I know you better now

And I don’t fall for all your tricks

And you’ve lost the one advantage of my youth

You kill a black man at midnight

Just for talking to your daughter

Then you make his wife your mistress

And you leave her without water

And the sheet you wear upon your face

Is the sheet your children sleep on

And at every meal you say a prayer

You don’t believe but still you keep on

And your money says in God we trust

But it’s against the law to pray in school

You say we beat the russians to the moon

And I say you starved your children to do it

You are far across the ocean

In a war that’s not your own

And while you’re winning there

You’re gonna lose the one at home

Do you really think the only way

To bring about the peace

Is to sacrifice your children

And kill all your enemies

The politicians all make speeches

As the news men all take note

They exaggerate the issues

As they shove them down our throats

Is it really up to them

Whether this country sinks or floats

I wonder who would lead us

If none of us would vote

Well my phone is tapped and my lips are chapped

From whispering through the fence

You know every move I make

Or is that just coincidence

Well you try to make my way of life

A little less like jail

If I promise to make tapes and slides

And send them through the mail

And your money says in God we trust

But it’s against the law to pray in school

You say we beat the russians to the moon

And I say you starved your children to do it

You say all men are equal, all men are brothers

Then why are the rich more equal than others

Don’t ask me for the answers, I’ve only got one

That a man leaves his darkness when he follows the Son

The Silent Comedy Mrs. Miller’s Secret

Nobody knows Mrs. Miller’s secret

‘Could give her your heart, but you might as well keep it

For forty days and forty nights, I’ve been searching for the truth by candlelight

Mrs. Miller she’s gonna’ drive me home

You know she can’t sleep when she’s all alone

She says to drink this, she says to take that

She’ll show me what’s what down by the train tracks

Nobody knows Mrs. Miller’s secret

‘Could give her your heart, but you might as well keep it

For forty days and forty nights, I’ve been searching for the truth by candlelight

Mrs. Miller she doesn’t live alone

She shares a big house with her sweet, sweet son

You see their friends come, you see their friends go

They keep their shades drawn all across their windows

Nobody knows Mrs. Miller’s secret

‘Could give her your heart, but you might as well keep it

For forty days and forty nights, I’ve been searching for the truth by candlelight

The Silent Comedy Beware

Hey little darlin’, you better beware

If you find yourself creepin’ in your lover’s head

You’ll find some secrets your lover left

In the dusty floorboards and the dusty shelves

Waaaaooooooooo

Waaaaooooooooo

Hey there creases, you folded hole

Fifty percent and you’re still unknown

Your eyes are dark, but your hair is gold

I’m gonna’ break you from crown to sole

Waaaaooooooooo

Waaaaooooooooo

Leave that liquor, your boys and bones

Bright red capsule, your sticks and stones

The final chapter, you’ll write alone

In the shiny bathtub of your tiny home

Waaaaooooooooo

Waaaaooooooooo

The Silent Comedy Daisy

Daisy’s got a little drop of blood – she’s kept me half awake so long

And when my eyes, they start to fog – she dunks me back into a jar

Lyin’ in a hole ‘till dawn – climbin’ up and down her walls

And when she gives my arms a tug – I feel my light start fadin’

[chorus]

Shake, shake Daisy (add some salt) – add some salt and shake me up

Break me Daisy – why don’t you pop the cork and drown us all

Wait Daisy (that’s my fault) – pushed your back against the wall

Hate me Daisy – don’t let the bright lights come and take you home

Got a suture in my jaw – Texas clay and catalogues

She’s got a heart made cut of cloth – Bustin’ bottles on the lawn

Bracelets made of camel bone – hung a lantern in the hall

Never leaves the room for long – Don’t like to keep me waitin’

[chorus]

The Silent Comedy Poison

Your body went black with the bitters drained

Satin got strapped to a wooden base

Hammer heads clap for the liquid lace

Battery brat and a wicked fade

But if the ladle gets licked, then the suspect’s headed for hell to pay

Scissor-cut slacks and a broken vase

A little high fashion and summer steak

Hanging my hat where the stumbles stray

Lift a gate latch and you’re giving way

But in a fifty-ounce fish, there’s a full shot stiff of the Everglades

The Silent Comedy Footnotes

It’s in dark rooms we explain ourselves

When it’s time can we contain, ourselves

So I’ll raise a glass to toast, your health

If we know something

We’re not saying

We were not born yesterday

We cannot afford to fame away

And I won’t let time go slowly by

Before you

And I get a break..(yeah yeah…YEAH)

There’s a lot we should leave to change

But I stand here hoping that, inside

So if you would kindly turn…your back

If we know something, we’re not sane

We were not born yesterday

We cannot afford to fame away

And I won’t let time go slowly by

Before you

And I get a break..(yeah yeah…YEAH)

Lalalala lalalala-la lalalala lalalala-la-la lalalala lalalala-la-la

The Silent Comedy The Well

Oh Lord, where’s my mother?

She’s gonna go to the church tonight

Oh Lord, where’s my sister?

She’s gonna go to the church tonight

Ay hey, they keep tellin’ me, Lord

Boy you know what you’re doin’ ain’t right

Oh, Lord, where are they goin’?

They’re gonna go to the church tonight

Oh Lord, here comes the banker

He’s gonna steal all my money tonight

Oh Lord, with him’s the mayor

He’s gonna sell me a pack of lies

Ay hey, between you and me, Lord

We both know what they’re doin’ ain’t right

Oh, Lord, where are they goin’?

They’re gonna go to the church tonight

Oh Lord, I have been thinkin’

I won’t make it to the church tonight

Oh Lord, I have been drinkin’

I’m not welcome at the church tonight

Ay hey, between you and me, Lord

We both know I been doin’ just fine

Oh, Lord, where am I goin’?

I’m not goin’ to the church tonight

Oh Lord, where are you goin’?

Please don’t go to the church tonight

Oh Lord, it’s you and me, yeah

We ain’t goin’ to the church tonight

Aw yeah

Aw yeah

Alright boys, let’s drop it down, now

Everybody in the bar say Amen

(Amen)

Well everybody in the bar say Amen

(Amen)

Well everybody in the bar say Amen!

(Amen)

Well everybody in the bar say Amen!

(Amen)

Amen!

(Amen)

Sing hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Sing Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Sing Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Sing hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Sing Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah)

Whoa, whoa, we ain’t gonna

Ho, we ain’t gonna

Ho, we ain’t gonna go to church tonight!

Ho, we ain’t gonna

Ho, we ain’t gonna

Ho, we ain’t gonna go to church tonight!

No!

Aw yeah!

Hoo!

The Silent Comedy Moonshine

“Oh Anna, ‘s there something you need?”

She answered, “The stuff’s not cheap it’s true…

But I like it!”

My spirits can drive you to drink

That Marshall, don’t like what it makes you do

So I hide it!

Oh, in the dark of a backwoods night

I blend my mash ’till the mix is nice

Copper flash and a pilot fire

How the pressure’s buildin’!

Up Black Mountain and back off the road

Shielded lanterns, their steps were so discreet

But I spied them!

12 gauge buckshot, smoke in a ring

Rusty padlocks, they guard my boilin’ wheat

Quite nicely!

Oh, how flashes light the sky

Lead shot flies and their fumes ignite

Bracelets snap and their fists do fly

I feel them flat as they hit my sides

I see their shapes in the red firelight

But I can’t stop or save it!

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Anna!