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01. Icky Thump

Iiiiiiiieeeeeee

Icky thump

Who'da thunk?

Sittin' drunk on a wagon to mexico.

Ahh well

What a chump

Well my head got a bump

When I hit it on the radio.

Redhead señorita

Looking dead

Came and said

"need a bed?"

En Español.

I said

"gimme a drink a water,

I'm gonna 'sing around the collar'

And I don't need a microphone."

Icky thump

with a lump in my throat

Grabbed my coat

And I was freaking

I was ready to go!

And I swear

Besides the hair

She had one white eye,

One black (nk) stare

Lookin' up

Lyin' there.

On the stand

near her hand

Was a candy cane

Black rum, sugar cane,

Dry ice (and) something strange.

La la la la la la la

La la la la la la la

White Americans, what?

Nothing better to do?

Why don't you kick yourself out

You're an immigrant too.

Who's using who?

What should we do?

Well, you can't be a pimp

And a prostitute too.

Icky thump

Handcuffed to a bunk

Robbed blind

Looked around

And there was nobody else.

Left alone

I hit myself with a stone

Went home and learned how

To clean up after myself.

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02. You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)

In some respects

I suspect you've got

A respectable side.

When pushed and pulled

And pressured,

You seldom run and hide.

But it's for someone else's benefit

Not for what you want to do.

And until I realize that you've realized

I'm gonna say these words to you:

You don't know what love is

You just do as you're told.

Just as a child of ten might act

But you're far too old.

You're not hopeless,

Or helpless

And I hate to sound cold...

But you don't know what love is

You just do as you're told.

I can see your man can't help but win

Any problems that may arise.

But in his mind there can be no sin

If you never criticize.

You just keep on repeating all those

Empty "I love you"'s.

Until you see that you deserve better

I'm gonna lay right into you.

You don't know what love is

You do as you're told.

Just as a child of ten might act

But you're far too old.

You're not hopeless,

Or helpless.

And I hate to sound cold.

But you don't know what love is

No you don't know what love is

No you don't know what love is...

You just do as you're told

Yeah,

You do as you're told

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03. 300MPH Outpour Blues

I'm calling out to ghosts

That are no longer there.

I'm getting hard on myself,

Sitting in my easy chair.

Well there's three people

In the mirror

And I'm wondering

Which one of them I should choose.

But I can't keep from laughing

Spitting out these three hundred m.p.h.

Outpour blues.

I'm breaking my teeth off

Trying to bite my lip.

There's all kinds of redheaded women

That I ain't supposed to kiss.

And it's that color which never fails

To turn me blue.

So I just swallow it,

And hold on to it,

And use it

To scare the hell out of you.

I have a woman that says

"come and watch me bleed."

And I'm wondering, just how I can do that

And still give her everything that she needs.

There's three people in my head that have the

Answer and

One of them's got to be you.

But you're holding tight to it

The answer

Singing these three hundred m.p.h.

Outpour blues.

Put on gloves, a tight scarf

And wrap up warm

On this winter night.

Every time you get defensive

You're just looking for a fight.

It's safe to say somebody out there's

Got a problem with

Almost anything you'll do.

Well, next time they stab you

Don't fight back

Just play the victim,

Instead of playing the fool.

And the roads are covered with a million

tiny molecules

Of cigarette ashes

And the school floors are covered

With pieces of pencil eraser too.

Sooner or later the ground's gonna be holding all

Of my ashes too.

And I can not help but wonder

if after I'm gone

Will I still have these

300 m.p.h.

finger breaking

No answers

Broken back

Dirty cancer

Bee stung

And busted up

Empty cup

Torrential outpour blues

One thing's for sure in that graveyard

I'm gonna have the shiniest pair of shoes.

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04. Conquest

conquest

She was just another conquest

Didn't care what harm was done

Just as long as he won

The prize.

Conquest

He was out to make a conquest

Didn't care whose heart was broke

Love to him was a joke

Till he looked into her eyes.

And then In the strange way things happen

Their roles were reversed from that day

The hunted became the huntress

The hunter became the prey.

Conquest

Now you know who made the conquest

She with all her female guile

Led him helpless down the aisle

She had finally made a

Conquest

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05. Bone Broke

Look closer you can see

How I been running it.

I got a dollar bill in the cockpit.

Surprised being white is a black hole?

I got another job at the liquor store.

Damn, I'm bone broke.

They got a white pony in a stable

And ride him when the doggie isn't able.

But he don't really care, 'cause they pay him.

But still a black suit

Is gonna shake him down.

Oh well

I'm bone broke.

Broke as I'll ever be.

Look another way girl I'm telling ya

God gave seven minutes right to ya.

And your mother put her money into platinum

So that you wouldn't have to pay

Attention.

Right?

I'm leaning on a brick with my nails,

I'm telling 'em the money's in the mail.

Keep showing that my bones

Never fake it

But still a brick bank is gonna break it down.

Oh well

I'm bone broke.

Look another way girl I'm telling ya

God gave seven minutes right to ya.

Your mother put her money into platinum

And now you never have to pay

Attention.

Do you?

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06. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh oh

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh

Well the hills are pretty and rollin'

But the thorn is sharp and swollen

And the man plays a beautiful whistle

But he wears a prickly thistle.

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh oh

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh

The silver birches pierce through an icy fog

Which covers the ground most daily

And the angels which carry St. Andrew high

Are singing a tune most gaily.

One sound can hold back a thousand hands

When the pipe plays a tune forlorn

And the thistle is a prickly flower

Aye, but how it is sweetly worn.

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh oh

Li de li de li oh oh

Well a li de li de li oh

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08. Little Cream Soda

Well every highway that I go down

Seems to be longer than

the last one that I knew about

Oh well

And every girl that I walk around

Seems to be more of an illusion than

the last one that I found

Oh well

And this old man in front of me

holding canes and wearing ruby rings

Is like containing an explosion when he sings

But with every chance to set himself on fire

He just ends up doing the same thing.

Well every beautiful thing I come across

Tells me to stop moving and shake this riddle off

Oh well

And there was a time when all I wanted was my

Ice cream colder, and a little cream soda

Oh well, oh well

And a wooden box, and an alley full of rocks

was all I had to care about

Oh well, oh well, oh well

But now my mind is filled with rubber tires

And forest fires

And whether I'm a liar

And lots of other situations where I don't know

What to do at which time God screams to me

"there's nothing left for Me to tell you."

Oh well, oh well, oh well

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09. Rag And Bone

Well

Can't you hear us yelling "rag and bone"?

Bring out your junk

And we'll give it a home

A broken trumpet,

Or a telephone

A c'mon, a c'mon, a c'mon

C'mon and give it to me.

Rag and bone

Rag and bone

Well,

Have you got something shiny for me?

Anybody got a Christmas tree?

Can you part with a toilet seat?

A jump up, a jump up, a jump up

C'mon and give it to me.

We wanna get it granny

While it's hot

You think it's trash granny

But it's not

A we'll be takin'

Whatever you got

A give up, a give up, a give up

C'mon and it give it to us.

Rag and bone

All of your pretty

Your pretty little rags and bones

Well, we just keep going

Right meg?

Lots of places we ain't been to yet

East side,

Southwest side,

Middle East,

Rich house,

Dog house,

Cat house,

Halfway homes,

Old folks homes,

Down in the catacombs,

Lookin' for baseball bats

and microphones

So lock it up

Whatever you still want to own.

All of your pretty

Your pretty little rags and bones

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10. I'm Slowly Turning Into You

I'm slowly turning into you

But you don't know this

To be true

You say I'm lying and I never really

Tell you the truth.

But your face is getting older

So put your head on my shoulder.

Yeah put your head on my shoulder.

Yesterday it hit me that I do

All the little things

That you do

Except those same little things

That you do

Are annoying.

They're annoying as hell in fact

It kind of struck a little bell in fact

I like to keep my little shell intact.

And I'm slowly turning into you

And I'm slowly turning into you

And I'm slowly turning into you

Then something else came to mind

And that was the mirror

It made everything clearer

That you're more beautiful

Compelling and stronger

It didn't take much longer

Just for me to realize

I love all the little things

And the beauty that they're gonna bring

I dig your little laugh

And I'm loving your quick wit

I even love it when you're faking it!

And this might sound a little strange

For me to say to you

But

I'm proud to be you.

And I'm slowly turning into you

And I'm slowly turning into you

And I'm slowly turning into you

La la la

La la la

La la la

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11. A Martyr For My Love For You

She was sixteen

And six feet tall

In a crowd of teenagers

Coming out of the zoo.

She stumbled

Started to slip and fall

Teeter tottered on the top

Of patent leather shoes.

I happen to catch her and said

"maybe these ruby shoes are

A little cumbersome for you."

Maybe for you, now.

But not as shaky

As I must've seemed

Talking junk through her

Giggle little teenage dream.

And on the phone I could not compete

My dumb luck

Fake confidence

Was getting weak.

And for a sec

I thought I sounded sweet

But sure enough

In a gruff faint voice

I heard myself speak...

I could stay awhile

But sooner or later

I'll break your smile

And I can tell a joke

But one of these days

I'm bound to choke

And we might start to kiss

But I feel like I can't go

Through with this

And I bet we could build a home

But I know the right thing

For me to do

Is to leave you alone

I'm beginning to like you

So you probably won't get

What I'm going to do.

I'm walking away from you

It probably don't make

No sense to you.

But I'm trying to save you

From all of the things that

I'll probably say or do.

I'll probably do, now.

I could stay awhile

But sooner or later

I'll break your smile

And I can tell a joke

But one of these days

I'm bound to choke

And we might start to kiss

But I feel like I can't go

Through with this

And I bet we could build a home

But I know the right thing

For me to do

Is to leave you alone

You'll probably call me a fool

And say I'm doing exactly

What a coward would do.

And I'm beginning to like you

It's a shame

What a lame way to live

But what can I do?

Well I hope you appreciate

What I do...

I'm a martyr for my love for you

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12. Catch Hell Blues

If you're looking for hot water

Don't be shocked when you get

Burned a little bit

If you're trying to get into some

Hot water

I can help you find it

If they catch me around you

Playing 'rock the boat'

I'm gonna catch hell

And if you're throwing your voice

In bed singing a note

I'm gonna catch hell

Guess what?

Try and catch me

If you're getting tricky

Lying to yourself

You're gonna catch hell

And if you're testing God

And lying to his face

You're gonna catch hell

I know it.

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13. Effect And Cause

I guess you have to have a problem

If you want to invent a contraption.

First YOU cause a train wreck

Then they put ME in traction?

Well, first comes an action

And then a REaction

But you can't change 'em round

For your own satisfaction

Well YOU burned my house down

Then got mad

At MY reaction.

Well in every complicated situation

Of human relation

Making sense of it all takes a whole lot

Of concentration

You can't blame a BABY

For her PREGNANT MA

And if there's one of these unavoidable laws

It's that you just can't take the EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE.

Well you can't take the EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE

I didn't ROB A BANK

Because you made up THE LAW

Blame ME for robbing peter

But don't you blame PAUL!

You can't take the EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE.

I ain't the reason

That you gave me NO reason

To return your call

You built a house of cards

And got shocked when you saw them fall

I ain't saying I'M innocent

In fact, the REVERSE

But if you're headed to the grave

You don't blame THE HEARSE

You're like a little girl

Yellin' at her brother

'Cause YOU lost HIS ball.

Well you keep blaming ME

For what YOU did

But that ain't all

The way you clean up a wreck

Is enough to give one pause!

You seem to forget

Just how this all started

I'm reacting to YOU

Because YOU left ME

Broken hearted

Well you just can't take

The EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE.

Well you can't take the EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE

I didn't ROB A BANK

Because you made up THE LAW

Blame ME for robbing peter

But don't you blame PAUL!

You can't take the EFFECT

And make it the CAUSE

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