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Ways

words and music by Thom Golub

Less is than isn't

Less does than doesn't

Less late than recent

Less easy than does it

We have our ways

More likely than liked

More rails than spikes

More alive than ghost

More fortunate than most

I have my ways

Have millions need more

Have peace, need war

Have nothing but hurts

Haven't seen the worst

Have it their way

Want this and get that

Want thin and get fat

Want white and get black

Want future and look back

We have our ways

Yeah we have our ways

Rose in the Sky

words and music by Thom Golub

She said she came 

Once upon a time again

I told her I don't mind

At all and then

We rained and shined

And loved and hid

And that's when she said:

You're beautiful right until you die

And then you're like a rose up in the sky

We came and went

And whence it came to them

They blossom and bloomed

And crazy growth had stemmed

We loved them and they loved us too

They said

Even when it was time to go to bed

Now they say:

You're beautiful right until you die

And then you're like a rose up in the sky

You're older now

And getting wiser than we were

All the world

Is lapping right at your shore

The love you give gives

And you'll give some more

Start the round again

And you'll be back before you'll say:

You're beautiful right until you die

And then you're like a rose up in the sky

Sea Level

words and music by Thom Golub

Like the tortoise and the hare
Like the axe to the grindstone
You will go on in life
Thinking you're alone

The moral of this story is amoral
And you're part of it just like me
The conflict comes

When you take the high ground
While still level with the sea

Like visionary men who
Have no vision for the women around them
Similar to the bankers who make the bills
You think you can get off
Looking good and feeling fine
Without any noticeable skills


The moral of this story is amoral
And you're part of it just like me
The conflict comes

When you take the high ground
While still level with the sea

While still level with the sea


Like the man who likes men 

Won’t admit it to anyone
Like the taboo culture

That bites the hand that feeds
When in doubt be sure

And if you re positive be second guess
But don’t you dare blame me

We’re all one and only
Everyone is special
Said every atom ever
No matter the gathering
Somewhere along the line
We forgot our brothers and sisters
But you can’t do it alone
No matter who’s blathering

Like the tortoise and the hare
Like the axe to the grindstone
You will go on in life
Thinking you're alone

The moral of this story is amoral
And you're part of it just like me
The conflict comes

When you take the high ground
While still level with the sea

Road Dog

words and music by Thom Golub

Puked in more motel rooms
Than I remember
Next day it was
Hair of the dog

Feels like a truck
Ran me over
And My head had
A run in with a log

I still travel the range roads
And highways
For what little
I can make

At the end of the day
It’s not what but
Who you do
That may decide your fate

Weathered the weather
Now let’s get together
Party all night and all
the next day
Whether we weather this time together
Tomorrow we might be OK

Slept in a hallway
Crawled into bed
Never understood what happened
Until the thought lit in my brain
That the world was blackened by a bottle of grains

Never felt I’d make it
This far
But here I am plain as Day
When you tell me you wish you
Could live my life
I only have this to say


Well I still travel those range roads
And highways
For what little
I can make

At the end of the day
It’s not who but
What you do
That may decide your fate

Weathered the weather

Now let’s get together

Party all night and all

the next day

Whether we weather this time together

Tomorrow we might be OK

So Sure of Things

words and music by Thom Golub

There was a time when all was peaceful
There was a time when nothing went wrong
That time is long past now
We’re beyond getting along

So sure of things
We’re so sure of things
What tomorrow brings

So sure of things

When is the time that we all get better?
When will be the time when everyone is strong?
How can a person lend a hand when they can’t help themselves,

Broken and wrong?


So sure of things
We’re so sure of things
What tomorrow brings

So sure of things


Let’s make room for all the people
Got to make sure nobody is gone
Here in this society leave no one
Hanging on

You get online and tap the keys
Won’t make eye contact in the street
King of your own domain
So long as the wildlife is tame
Punching above your weight
The ultimate way to debate

So sure of things
We’re so sure of things
What tomorrow brings

So sure of things

Long Shadow

words and music by Thom Golub

Back in January
In a land full of snow
You took a look behind you
To your long shadow

Time marches on
Seasons come and they go
You see that people think
That they cast a long shadow

Permanence is esteemed
We think that our effect is immense
People say we're everything
But that everything lacks substance

You knew it as a child
But we often forget what we know
That behind every laughing god
Is you chasing your long shadow

Has been's ain't never been
That won't set the hive mind right
When you're chasing shadows
Realize you're running after the absence of light

Back in January
In a land full of snow
I took a look behind me
To my long shadow

Taj Mahal

words and music by Thom Golub

Taj Mahal hits the ground
Taj Mahal looks around
Taj Mahal’s grandeur’s due
Taj Mahal remade the blues

Looking East West North South and in between
He reinvented a style
For as long as the eye can see
He stretched a country mile

Nowadays people speak the greats
But rarely his name comes up
Yet he re-imagined the way music sounds
Only that’s not enough


Taj Mahal hits the ground

Taj Mahal looks around

Taj Mahal’s grandeur’s due

Taj Mahal remade the blues


Planting seeds in a garden all of his own
The master of two disciplines
Would he have harvested the crop he’d sown
If he’d stayed the course, his way straight and thin

A farmer who’s crop turned to the muse
A musician who grew his craft into art
Take a giant step to reinvent the blues
Taj Mahal wrote that part.

Taj Mahal hits the ground

Taj Mahal looks around

Taj Mahal’s grandeur’s due

Taj Mahal remade the blues

Nevermind, That's Not All

words and music by Thom Golub

What we call timeless is still
Of its time
But never mind
Never you mind

What they name borders
Are imaginary walls
But that’s not all
No that’s not all

What we look like outside
Is often a lie
But never mind
Never you mind


Some are so important
They gotta take the call
But that’s not all
No that’s not all

A lot of people’s politics
Turn on a dime
But never mind
Never you mind

If you’re In trouble again
You better call Saul
And that is all
Yes that is all

Future Sound

words and music by Thom Golub

Your confidence grows
Then recedes
Is this what I’m supposed to be doing?
Is this what that needs?

Like a lover spurned
You recoil
Like you’ve never been burned
As if you’ve never toiled

Looking back
You lose yourself
Maybe you think you’re found
Look away from the past and
Hear the future sound

We learn things from history
Except how to ignore it
In times of need
And times before it

Current times
bring present problems
You have to escape it
If you’re gonna solve them


Looking back

You lose yourself

Maybe you think you’re found

Look away from the past and

Hear the future sound


My joy seems permanent
It passes like a spirit
When will it come back to me?
When I’m nowhere near it

I’m at my best
when I forget myself
Now I’ve only got to claim it
I always have this wealth


Looking back

You lose yourself

Maybe you think you’re found

Look away from the past and

Hear the future sound

Past the Post

words and music by Thom Golub

I go down the road again
A one with obvious signposts
Straight to oblivion

Stay true and real it was said
But if you read all the posts
You know the meaning is dead

I followed him there to his dark place
It lead away from all the light
How did I ever think that
This was gonna turn out alright?

She tried to save me
Advocated for my sorry ass
Painted her in a corner pristine

Stay the course until you’re through it was said
But the first past the post
May have been the loser instead

I followed her there to her field of daisies
Which led towards the sun
Why did I ever think
We never should have begun?

Stay the course until you’re through it was said

But the first past the post

May have been the loser instead

Buckets

words and music by Thom Golub

Used to be a time when
All was groovy
Back in those days
You could feel things changing

Another era passed
It was all about me again
So boring and blasé
It took all the cocaine

Seems it’s going to rain buckets
Of bloodshed and blame
Before we can have peace
Reigning over us again

Corporate became personal
Politics became dumb
You only watch the satellite
To become numb

The kids, they hated it
But man they tried
To make something better
But ate a shotgun and died

Seems it’s going to rain buckets

Of bloodshed and blame

Before we can have peace

Reigning over us again

Machines got cleverer
Smarter than us
Tied us down to
The old interbus

Hand held technology
Looked good for a while
All the info on earth
And still we’re so vile

Thoughts the size of a postage stamp
Take a long time to amount to anything
The canary tweets, a black mirror reflects
That everything is gonna be alright.


Seems it’s going to rain buckets

Of bloodshed and blame

Before we can have peace

Reigning over us again

Rend & Mend

words and music by Thom Golub

Down again
To The temple
Of despair
I have the reminiscence
The scent of your hair
We walk the path
Greater than our parts
No god can tell me
How great thou art

Rend the fabric of society

Mend what once was you and me

Up and then
Countries armed to the teeth
But no one wants
A nuclear beef
We see too many
Suns rising in the east
What mattered before
Matters now not in the least


Rend the fabric of society

Mend what once was you and me


A side step away from
The issues at hand
Don’t get in the way of
My good time
If I thought it was important
Then it would be
All the things that exist
They exist for me

Rend the fabric of society

Mend what once was you and me

Mend the fabric of society

Mend what once was you and me

Rend and Mend

Rend and Mend ...

North of 60

words and music by Thom Golub

Spent a lot of time in Utah and some in Tennessee
Had a girl down there
Who drank Dickel's
She was awfully fond of me

Drove up north to Canada
It got cold and dark
I felt like I was Noah just before he built the ark

In all this time my Memphis girl could not believe her luck
She was naked up in Canada
And nobody gave a fuck

It said North of 60
More the 60 miles ago
White fish swim in a lake
As big as the ocean

We reveled and shivered
In all the night long day
She yelled “I love Canada”
It don’t feel the same

The night gave way to daytime
It lasted a couple months
She began to see her life here
Even if it was just once

The stakes that she’d been driving
Through my heart had taken hold
When dying became living
This story had to be told

In all this time my

Memphis girl could not believe her luck

She was naked up in Canada

And nobody gave a fuck

Oh the beautiful
True North strong and free
We stand on guard for thee

It said North of 60

More the 60 miles ago

White fish swim in a lake

As deep as the ocean


We reveled and shivered

In all the night long day

She yelled “I love Canada”

It don’t feel the same way 

It said North of 60

More the 60 miles ago

White fish swim in a lake

As deep as the ocean


She reveled and shivered

In all the night long day

She yelled “I love Canada”

But It don’t feel the same way 

Fates

words and music by Thom Golub

Sometimes

The fates collide

Other times

The fates coincide

Love will find a way

They always said

Whether or not love does

You know we find our way to it

The sun smiles down on us

You better take in that grin

When the sun goes down

A light still burns within

Sometimes

The fates collide

Other times

The fates coincide

The Lyrics of Thom as Fred

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