Acoustic Eclectricity

by Ronny Cox

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released January 1, 2000

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Track Name: From Here to There
New York City in the pouring rain
Long way from Santa Fe
You can measure the miles but
you can't change
The reasons you came by this way
So many faces in your memory
All those places...just had to be
You can't go back
That's the price of the fare
That gets you from here to there

A desert town on a summer night
A thousand years ago
A restless boy, hell-bent for something
Hell...what it is, he don't even know
Headlights on the highway
Carried my dreams
I knew that someday...they'd carry me
It's a cry in the night...
It's a whispered prayer
That gets you from here to there

Sittin' here thinking by the railroad tracks
Ain't complaining...just statin' facts
If you wake up in the mornin and you can still care
Oh, that gets you from here to there

So many faces in your memory
You walked away...(it) just had to be
Sometimes it's the road
That ain't going nowhere
That gets you from here to there
Takes you from here
Oh, that gets you from here to there
Oh, that gets you from here to there
Track Name: Mostly Mornings
Mostly mornings, when it's misty
Them ol' grey clouds riding low
Hanging o'er me like her sweet memory
From not that long ago

Mostly mornings, that's when it hits me
This time she's really gone away
So I tell me lies, drink alibis
Just to get me through the day

Chorus (sing twice)
She begged me to give her one good reason
Just one reason to remain
All she ever wanted was sunshine
All I gave her was rain

Mostly summers, mostly winters
Mostly all the time, it seems
But mostly mornings that's when I miss my darling
'Cause that's when I've just held her in my dreams
I just held her in my dreams
Track Name: In New Orleans
On the levee by the lazy Mississippi
When that sun goes down Cresent City starts to cookin'
We'll add a pinch of me and you
To that old French Quarter stew
'Cuz it don't matter who do voodoo
In New Orleans, only in New Orleans

If you want music it's there on every corner
Dancin' in the streets
They got them taps nailed to their sneakers
You can Dixie-Land or blues it, all you gotta do is choose it
You got a problem you can lose it
In New Orleans, only in New Orleans

Bayou ladies, they're tall and tan and sassy
My head turns clear aroung
Every time one sashays past me
If you can't find love down there you can't find it anywhere
'Cause there's magic in the air down in
New Orleans, only in New Orleans

Oh my plane left yesterday
But I'm still here to say

Laissez le....Bon Temp Roulez
In New Orleans, only in New Orleans
Laissez le....Bon Temp Roulez
Only in New Orleans
Track Name: The Night John Huston Died
He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best
By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest
And if he won or lost his expression never changed
John was a student of the game

He wasn't much of a husband, he was married to his work
There were millions who loved him and a precious few he hurt
He was a man of vision who saw the world in frames
John was a master of the game

Chorus
And I saw Sierra Madre when I was just a kid
Somehow I had to find out how he did the things he did
His Red Badge of Courage, his African Queen
He taught me about life, casting shadows on a screen

No full house was showing the night John Huston died
Just faithful Maracella was sitting by his side
He found her hand and raised it high
A champ at the final bell
The last thing John said was "Give 'em Hell"

Chorus

He loved the game of poker, that's how I knew him best
By that time he was older, there was a cloud upon his chest
And if he won or lost his expression never changed
John was a student of the game

5. I've Lost My Touch (J. Cox)

Had the world in the palm of my hand
Back then I was a cocky man
And I followed my every hunch
Can't place where it all went wrong
But now I'm singing me a different song

Oh, no, I've lost my touch
I can't buy a break
I don't have a dime
And that don't get me peace of mind
She used to make my day
But then she walked away
Oh, no, I've lost my touch
When I was on a roll
Arrogance took its toll
I trusted my luck too much
Now I spin down, down, down
On a crash course with the ground

Oh, no, I've lost my touch
Everything that ever comes my way
Shining bright like a piece of gold
When it hits my hands it's a lump of coal
I used to make her sigh
Today she passed me by
Oh, no, I've lost my touch

Oh Lady Luck please hear my prayer
Don't turn your nose up in the air
Because I need a favor from you
Please send a seven for these dice
Or a better weapon than a knife
To cover me if I should lose

I can't buy a break
Because I don't have a dime
But right now I need to buy some time
She used to ride my arm
Now she's sent me into harm
Oh, no, I've lost my touch
Oh, no, I've lost my touch
Track Name: Linoleum Floors
Just flew into close up the house
Where Mom, Dad and I used to live
Mom got too sick to take care of herself
And Dad died in seventy-three
Now it's just the memories and me

I stand here surrounded by so many things
That mean nothing to no one but me
This old house that's known me since I was a kid
Remembers what time can't erase
And possesses what can't be replaced

Chorus
Mr. Singer's machine, Dad's safety Gillette
Buttons saved in a Prince Albert can
A Sears radio, a Warm Morning stove
I miss summer nights on the porch
And the days of linoleum floors

An old faded tintype of Smokey and blue
And "Ready or not, here I come"
I've sat here for hours, just looking at junk
The day's gone and I've just begun

Like it or not it has fallen on me
To come here and pack up the past
So what do I throw out and what do I keep?
I need everything that I see
And, Dear God, it's killing me

Chorus
Track Name: I'm Still Mad
I'm still mad and I just can't help it
It's all the little things you do
After all this time you're bound to have felt it
Oh, I'm still mad about you
No disguise could ever hide it
Or fake it when it's just not true
It's written on my heart, no use to deny it
Oh, I'm still mad about you

Sitting with my morning coffee, walking with my mind outside
You come in and take my cup away
Drowning in a sea of worry, wondering what can turn the tide
You take my hand and everything's okay

I understand the world because I love you
I need the crazy things you do
Can't keep up with time, but this feels like forever
Oh, I'm still mad about you... I'm still mad... I'm still mad about you
Track Name: Dad Gum-mit
I can eat crackers in my bed if I want to
Stay up all night watchin' TV
I don't mind the dirty clothes, I just keep my closet door closed
Since my baby walked out on me

I could hit the night spots, I could go crazy
Sail off to Bimini, I'm as free as a breeze
I don't have to stay at home , I love sittin' here alone
Since my baby walked out on me

But, Dad Gum-mit, I love her
I just can't stop thinking of her
And I can't deny I was wrong
Can't eat, can't sleep, since my baby's gone

I'll bet the boys down at Joe's would come unglued
To see a grown man on his knees
But I'd crawl from here to Timbuktu
To give my baby one more chance with me
She said she's found a new diet plan
It calls for her to lose a man
My life's sugar-free, since my baby walked out on me

I can eat crackers in my bed if I want to
Stay up all night watchin' TV
I don't have to stay at home , I love sittin' here alone
Since my baby walked out on me

But, Dad Gum-mit, I love her
I ain't never, never, never, never gonna find another
Peaches and cream, she was my dream
My baby walked right out on....
My baby walked right out on me
Oh, my baby, my baby walked right out on
Track Name: Grady
Grady walked the two miles into town most every day
With his funny, jerky gait it seemed he galloped all the way
With his baseball cap on backwards, he'd sail into the wind
He was always on the outside. We wouldn't let him in

The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched
He hid a grin behind his hand, he didn't talk that much
Mama used to say, "You kids leave that poor man alone"
We'd follow him and giggle, saying "Grady, sing your song"

Chorus
Grady would dance for a penny
While he sang "Those Oklahoma Hills Where I Was Born"
I carry this picture of old Grady even though it's getting kind of worn
The edges are ragged and torn

I remember the day it happened, I was coming home from school
The banker's baby daughter had fallen in the pool
Grady saw it happen, he jumped the fence and he plunged right in
He saved her life, but he gave his - he never learned to swim

Chorus

I wish you could've seen the funeral they had for old Grady
He even got his picture in the paper
My dad cut it out and gave it to me...
Said he was a hero

Chorus

The boys down at the filling station said that he was touched
And he was...by God
Track Name: To Say Goodbye
Standin' on the mesa, staring at the night
The stars are cold and bright, like burnished steel
A thousand contradictions are running through my mind
As I try to understand what I feel

Distance and space are what defined us
Now everything's too close for me to see
I watch the far-off lightning of rain clouds closing in
And the storms we had flood my memory

Chorus
You never combed your hair like that
And where's that fiery, fierce look in your eye?
I'm lookin' at a stranger, they tell me he's my Dad
And I'm tryin' to find a way to say goodbye

Now you're gone and I stand here bewildered
It never crossed my mind that you could die
Years have dulled the anger of old wounds left unhealed
I hurry home but we've run out of time

Chorus

I'm lookin' at a stranger, they tell me he's my Dad
And I'm tryin' to find a way to say goodbye