Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

The earth is an island in a big black sea

A home for all sailors and spices and me

Shipwrecked and lonely, we watch helplessly

As the stars ride the curve of infinity

 

Filling my pockets with pieces of string

I bought a mansion just to sit in the swing

And rock to and fro, wordlessly singing

On the arm of an oak

In the bosom of Spring

 

Maybe Delilah thought it was worth it

She said, 'I just didn't like that long hair'

And maybe Icarus thought it was worth it

Just seeing the world from up there

He said, 'Life ain't a round-trip ticket

At best it's a license to fly

I could've instead

Made a nice feather bed

And in it, just curl up

And die

 

If Delilah had only adjusted

She might've saved a temple or two

And if Icarus had used tacks

Instead of that wax

He might've lived to tell folks that he flew

But life ain't a round-trip ticket

At best it's a ticket to ride

You see lots of things

When you spread your wings

And you live with your eyes open wide

 

Life ain't a round-trip ticket

At best it's a hell of a ride

You may not get as far

As touching the stars

But they sure look pretty at night

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

*CHORUS*

*And the trees rise up

And the rain comes down

And the trees rise up

And the rain comes down

And the trees rise up

And the rain comes down

And the trees rise up

And the rain comes down*

 

It's a simple world

Made of a single need

It takes an act of love

And a tiny seed

With a giving sky

And a fertile earth

It makes a tender life

With an amazing birth

*CHORUS*

 

And the Summer sun

Paints a morning sky

And the gathering storm

Makes the white birds fly

And a finger of life

Breaks into the light

It's warmed by the sunlight

And cooled by the night

 

And the moon comes up

And the sun goes down

And the moon comes up

And the sun goes down

And the moon comes up

And the sun goes down

And the moon comes up

And the sun goes down

 

And this big old ball

Rolls around the sun

In a circle of life

In a circle of wonder

And the cycle of love

Goes around and around

And the trees rise up

And the rain comes down

*CHORUS*

Lucky Mud
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Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

I chopped wood

I carried water

I burned the wood

Just to boil the water

Threw in some collards,

And some fatback ham

Made up a little corn bread

In the frying pan

Fried up some okra

Made some black-eyed peas

Brewed about a gallon

Of sweet iced tea

Took it out to the front porch,

Sat in the swing

Closed my eyes, let the day go by,

And I listened to the mockingbird sing

 

*CHORUS*

*The mockingbird he's a funny looking bird

Just an ordinary grey

The mockingbird don't do much as a bird

He just sits around all day

The mockingbird ain't a pretty bird,

There's no bright colors in his wings

But everybody stops what they're doing

When he sing, sing, sings*

[BREAK]

 

Yellow sand, and bright red clay

Come together In a beautiful way

From the longleaf pines

To that flat, flat land

It looks like heaven from where I stand

It's where I was born

And where I was raised

I know the people

And I know their ways

From Pensacola

To the Florida Keys

You can close your eyes Let the day go by

And listen to the Mockingbird sing

*CHORUS*

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

Sometimes I wish that I could be

A swift-winged bird in flight

Without a home, or this broken heart

Without these sleepless nights

I thought your love was constant as

The rising of the sun

Now all these years

Have passed me by

And I have wasted every one

 

Sanctuary, sanctuary

I have no place to go

For I sit here

After all this time

With not one thing to show

Sanctuary, sanctuary

Lead me safely home

I am so afraid to see the night

And the day is almost gone

 

It must have been so easy to

Betray a heart like mine

So easy to deceive these eyes

So willing to be blind

 

Sanctuary, sanctuary

Lead me safely home

I am so afraid to see the night

And the day is almost gone

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

The Southern mama's just got to be strong

'Cause the Southern daddy

Dies before too long

Working the pulpwood every day

Makes his life kind of slip away

 

Mama keeps to herself

All the tears she's cried

She knows daddy loved her

'Til the day he died

So she tries to raise the kids

As best she can

Happy she was married

To a damned good man

 

*CHORUS*

*All the way from the banks

Of the Withlacoochee

To a sharecropper's shack

Up in Tennessee

You can see the lady

With the sad eyes trying

To find food and clothes

For the family,

 

Yeah, the Southern mama's

Just got to be strong

'Cause the Southern daddy

Dies before too long

 

Then the sun is rising

It's another day

She's got work to do

She's got bills to pay

But late in the evening

She can rest a spell

And laugh at the jokes

That the children tell

The South's got beauty

And the South's got soul

But it ain't got silver

And it ain't got gold

*CHORUS*

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

You turn around, your friends are gone

But people come and people go

They pledge allegiance to the wind

And follow every breeze that blows

You tell your secrets in the night

Next day, they're all over town

It makes you empty down inside

You don't want anyone around

But I will give you some advice

When people do what people do

Get yourself a jug of wine

And shoot bottle rockets at the moon

 

Now, you can wail and you can moan

Question all you've ever done

Vow to live your life alone

Never trusting anyone

But when you open up your heart

You know that it might break

But in your heart there's wings to fly

It's just a chance you have to take

So you can hold your head up high

And know what I say is true

You might as well curse the rain

And shoot bottle rockets at the moon

Lucky Mud
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Steve Fisher
Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

Just for a moment, I thought I was falling

Just for a moment, I could not see

But in that moment with your breath on my shoulder

In that moment I was down on my knees

I've never known anybody like you

I've never loved anybody like you

 

Before that moment I had all I wanted

Before that moment I had all I need

Before that moment my heart was not beating

But in that moment I was down on my knees

I've never known anybody like you

I've never loved anybody like you

 

The moon caught fire

We watched it burn

Red with desire

We watched it burning and burning

I was on fire

I've never loved anybody like you

Down on my knees

I've never loved anybody like you

Lucky Mud
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Steve Earle
Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

There's something about a border

That makes me want to cross it

There's something about a locked door

That makes me want to look inside

There's something in a woman's eyes

That makes me want to see her smile

There's something about a wild horse

That makes me want to ride

 

There's something about a baby

That makes me want to kiss it

There's something in a barbed wire fence

That I can't abide

There's something about a meeting

That makes me want to miss it

And even when it's raining

I don't want to be inside

 

I've always been a simple man

I don't have many rules

I've always loved to learn

And I've always hated school

So, before you tell me

What it's all about,

Give me space and a little time

And I can work it out

 

I can tell you that someone that don't like kissing

Is like a good shirt with a button missing

You already know the things that are good for you....

If it doesn't taste good

Don't chew it

If it makes you feel guilty

Don't do it

Do you really need a good book to tell you what to do?

I've never seen a day so mean

That can't be cured with gasoline

And miles of open highway

With one hand on the wheel

Lucky Mud on the radio

And no particular place to go

With someone there beside you

Who feels the way you feel

(yodel)

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

Damn the dark-eyed ladies

Soft as a pillow

And hair that billows in the wind

They tell the sweetest lies

Take your love and then they cry

And you know it's just a game to them

But I fall in love every time we meet

Just another reckless driver on Easy Street

 

Reno, Nevada

It never rains in Nevada

That's a hell of a place

To look for the end of a rainbow

You take your money

And you lay it down

I don't know why

I can't leave this town

You never get back what you lose

And I ought to know

I came to the gutter

From a penthouse suite

Just another reckless driver on Easy Street

 

So, if it's true you learn by losing

Then I'm an educated man

On the long trip down

I got a front row seat

Just another reckless driver on Easy Street

Lucky Mud
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Michael McKinney BMI @ Southern Zen Music

Lyrics

In the beginning, God made day and night

Then Abraham got tired of the Canaanites

So he decided to go off and start his very own clan

Well, he finagled some sheep and a couple of cows

(you can read the bible if you want to know how)

But then he saw the flaw in his little plan

See, he and Sarah did it night and day

They did it in the desert and they did it in the hay

They did it and they did it until they almost wore it out

But Sarah said, "Sorry"

And Abe said "Thanks,

I can't be sure who's shooting blanks

So I'm gonna have to leave it up to you to work this out"

 

So Sarah gave Abraham a jug of wine

Then she gave him Hagar, the concubine

And nine months later, there was little Ishmael

So it was Sarah who was barren as a dry creek bed

But she couldn't get those pictures out of her head

And it would be an understatement to say she did not take it well

 

She was in her 70s and she thought she'd had it

But she and Abraham kept going at it

And along came Isaac, her own little bundle of joy

So she said, "Abe, I'm gonna need more room for the baby

A place for the bassinet so do you think maybe

You could get rid of Hagar and that dirty little ugly bastard boy?"

 

Well, Hagar begged and Abraham whined

But Sarah stood firm and she toed the line

And before you know it, Hagar was on her own

Well, Abraham didn't have to do it,

But he thought it over and he figured, "Screw it,

It's the easiest way I know to keep a happy home"

So with the clothes on her back and a baby at her breast

No food to eat, no place to rest

Hagar began to starve in abject deprivation

 

But God looked down, and God took pity

And Ishmael lived, and he built a city

And soon he was the leader of a brand new Arab nation

Now we all know that sooner or later

The Middle East will be a nuclear crater

And we're all gonna die trying to fulfill some biblical matter

That was written on papyrus with camel dung

By some dim bulb on the bottom rung

Of the entire human evolutionary ladder

About a naked couple That was left to grapple with

Life and Death and Snakes and Apples

And a God that would let some guy kill 10,000 people

With the jawbone of an ass

 

So, don't you think it's time that we got rid

Of hating somebody 'cause your daddy did

And finally put our history in the past?

There's only one real question I have for you......

Don't we need better reasons for the things we do?

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