Tracy Chapman She’s Got Her Ticket

She’s got her ticket

I think she gonna use it

I think she going to fly away

No one should try and stop her

Persuade her with their power

She says that her mind is made

Up

Why not leave why not

Go away

Too much hatred

Corruption and greed

Give your life

And invariably they leave you with

Nothing

Young girl ain’t got no chances

No roots to keep her strong

She’s shed all pretenses

That someday she’ll belong

Some folks call her a runaway

A failure in the race

But she knows where her ticket takes her

She will find her place in the sun

And she’ll fly, fly, fly…

Tracy Chapman You’re The One

Some say you’re crazy

Say that you’re no good

Say your family’s cursed with bad blood

But I think you’re cute and misunderstood

And I wouldn’t change you if I could

Let’em talk you down

Call you names

My mind’s made up

It ain’t gonna change

I’m sure in my heart

Happy and free

You’re the one you’re the one

You’re the one for me

Some say you’re bitter

Think you’re mean

Uncouth untamed and unrestrained

But I think you’re sensitive and sweet

Stay as you are don’t change a thing

Let’em talk you down

Call you names

My mind’s made up

It ain’t gonna change

I’m sure in my heart

Happy and free

You’re the one you’re the one

You’re the one for me

Some say you’re bawdy

Wicked and wild

A restless useless juvenile

But I think you’re funny and I like your smile

Want to be with you want you to stay awhile

Let’em talk you down

Call you names

My mind’s made up

It ain’t gonna change

I’m sure in my heart

Happy and free

You’re the one you’re the one

You’re the one for me

A no ‘count mixed up

Amount to nothing

A day away from a bum on the street

Some low class kind of royalty

That’s what they say about you

When they’re talking to me

Some say you’re bad

A bad bad seed

You love to play with fire you love gambling

But I know what you love and I know what you need

And I like it when you play with me

Let’em talk you down

Call you names

My mind’s made up

It ain’t gonna change

I’m sure in my heart

Happy and free

You’re the one you’re the one

You’re the one for me

Tracy Chapman 3,000 Miles

Good girls walk fast

In groups of three

Fast girls walk slow

On side streets

Sometimes the girls who walk alone

Aren’t found for days or weeks

On the busy boulevards

Bad boys call you names

And cruise you hard

Bullies laugh and grin and beat

Your soft skin against

The cold concrete

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

Knock you down

Make you bleed

Make you cry

And make you think

I’ll die here soon if I don’t leave

If I don’t leave if I don’t leave

This patch of sky and native ground

Take turns to push and pull you down

Forget trying to live and be happy

I’ll take safe and terror free

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

Hit the floor

Shut off the lights

As the bullets fly

Terror rules the dark night

Dogs hang from the trees

Training ground for punks and thieves

Home of poor white retirees

Who didn’t bail

And couldn’t sell

When color made the grass less green

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

Apples are filled with razor blades

But fools and innocents believe

That love and faith and truth and beauty

Can make a garden of this human factory

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

Bad girls run fast

Leave home alone

No trace or clue of where they’ve gone

Sometimes these girls are never found

Never found never found

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

I’m 3,000 miles away

Tracy Chapman Behind The Wall

Last night I heard the screaming

Loud voices behind the wall

Another sleepless night for me

It won’t do no good to call

The police always come late

If they come at all

And when they arrive

They say, “they can’t interfere

With domestic affairs,

Between a man and his wife.”

And as they walk out the door

The tears well up in her eyes

Last night I heard the screaming

Then a silence that chilled my soul

I prayed that I was dreaming

When I saw the ambulance in the road

And the policeman said,

“I’m here to keep the peace.”

Will the crowd disperse

I think we all could use some sleep”

Tracy Chapman Baby Can I Hold You

Sorry

Is all that you can’t say

Years gone by and still

Words don’t come easily

Like sorry like sorry

Forgive me

Is all that you can’t say

Years gone by and still

Words don’t come easily

Like forgive me forgive me

But you can say baby

Baby can I hold you tonight?

Maybe if I told you the right words

At the right time you’d be mine

I love you

Is all that you can’t say

Years gone by and still

Words don’t come easily

Like I love you I love you

But you can say baby

Baby can I hold you tonight?

Maybe if I told you the right words

Ooh, at the right time you’d be mine

Baby can I hold you tonight?

Maybe if I told you the right words

At the right time you’d be mine

You’d be mine

You’d be mine

Tracy Chapman The First Person On Earth

From the water

From the rock and the dirt

You were

The first person on earth

Oh the mountains

And the oceans

Witnessed your birth

The first person on earth

By a river

On the banks of a sandy shore

Untouched clean fresh and pure

The first person on earth

In the light of the sun

You emerged

To see the good in the world

Before the pain and the scourge

The first person on earth

In the quiet in the calm

Before the storm

You heard the dream for a love

That never dies in a poem

The first person on earth

And I’m in love with you

I’m in love with a dream

That can not be realized

Held or seen

By the last person on earth

After the earthquakes the hurricanes

The fires and floods

I’m jaded cynical angry and glum

The world’s too absurd and obscene

For true love

And more than happy to let me become

The last person on earth

To let me stand on a rock

The muddy waters surround

Abandoned alone

The end soon to come

As the last person on earth

As the waters rise

At the end of the world

Though I bear the weight

Of the rock and the dirt

I know I’m worthy of your love

As the last person on earth

As the waters rise

At the end of the world

Though I bear the weight

Of the rock and the dirt

I know I’m worthy of your love

As the last person on earth

Tracy Chapman Goodbye

For you

It’s all in a day

One day in a life

It’s all in the one word

The one word is goodbye

For me

It’s all in what you say

Though you’ve tried to be kind

It’s all in the words

From the lips that once touched mine with a sigh

Goodbye

For you

It’s all in your face

The laugh and worry lines

It’s all in the one word

You hope will make you young again

Goodbye

It’s all in the play

Someone speaks the line

It’s all in the one word

That stops and steals the time

Goodbye

Goodbye

Goodbye

For me

It’s all in a day

It’s the part in life

When it’s all in the words

To fate and circumstance resigned

Goodbye

Tracy Chapman Smoke And Ashes

I’d heard rumors and I’d heard talk

About the trail you’d left of broken hearts

About the sea of tears too wide to cross

But a little bad press has never scared me off

So I burned a path to figure out

How to get me some of what you got

I’ve got a red hot heart

If the talk is true your’s is the same

And we should be together

And let our passions fan love’s flame

When I looked for you I almost passed you by

You were so cool and calm

I thought my friends had lied

But I thought so much reserve must make you wild inside

It was there and then that I knew

I had to get some of what you got

I’ve got a red hot heart

If the talk is true your’s is the same

And we should be together

And let our passions fan love’s flame

I thought I’d won your heart when I held you hand in mine

I thought it was true love the way we complemented each other

But my right is your wrong

And when you’re right then I’m left with nothing

Your light and your heat have all been spent

Leaving only smoke and ashes

Only smoke and ashes baby

I’ve got a red hot heart

And your heart’s as blue as the blood in your veins

I say there’s fire down below

You say it’s only smoke and ashes baby

I’m crying all the time

Salty stinging tears

And mourning for the past carbon-dated years

But knowing now for certain that you were always right

Because if a breeze could blow you out of my life

It’s only smoke and ashes baby

Only smoke and ashes baby

I’ve got a red hot heart

And your heart’s as blue as the blood in your veins

I say there’s fire down below

You say it’s only smoke and ashes baby

I was blinded by devotion

My unwavering love for you

So blinded that I thought all your lies were true

But now I know for certain since you’ve gone away

It was just a smoldering fire I mistook for a blaze

Only smoke and ashes baby

I’ve got a red hot heart

And your heart’s as blue as the blood in your veins

I say there’s fire down below

You say it’s only smoke and ashes baby

Only smoke and ashes baby, baby …

Tracy Chapman First Try

Can’t run fast enough

Can’t hide I can’t fly

I’m struggling with the limits of this ordinary life

I’m just a

Just a

Just a first try

Can’t hear what you say

Can’t see by the light

I’m struggling with the limits of this ordinary life

I’m just a

Just a

Just a first try

Can’t say what I mean

Can’t love from the heart

Can’t trust in the mercy and the goodness in the world

Can’t learn to accept that it’s alright

To struggle with the limits of this ordinary life

Can’t be

Just a

Just a first try

Can’t be

Just a

Just a first try

Just a

Just a

Just a first try

Tracy Chapman Another Sun

Trouble won’t find me

Sorrow won’t call

Sadness will turn away

Searching for a new soul

Hardship won’t come by

All pain will cease

Somebody will take my place

And suffer for me

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

Another sun another sun

If no love will comfort me

If no kind words come

To offer hope or peace

When I have fallen

If I be a stranger

Friend of no one

I’ll gladly take my place

In the world beyond

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

Another sun another sun

If I lay down and wake to see

The bright light of the morn

Rise up every day

To blind beat and burn

Show me no mercy

For need or want

Let somebody take my place

When the new day dawns

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

If I never see another sun

Another sun another sun