Eric Miller Song Lyrics

City Lights Lyrics

City Lights

So tell me why you do me like you do
You leave me cryin’ all night till the morning light
All the girls in town are talking bout the way you threw me down (down, down)
And what about the way that you say you’d never walk away
And we could have a little family someday
Cause settling down’s like a dream to me now. Alright, okay.

You got caught up in the city lights
Drinking your paychecks and looking for fights
You look like hell, but I bet you feel alright
You feel alright

All of a sudden it seems you want a jukebox queen
That can keep up with the boys on the pool hall team
Telling a joke with a lung full of smoke… yeah, in your dreams.
You say it’s complicated, you can’t dismiss
The way that you feel and the love that you miss.
Well, what’s all that got to do with all of this?

You’re still caught up in the city lights
Drinking your paychecks and pickin’ a fight.
You never been nothin’ but a dog that lost his bite
I know that you lied and it’s all part of life for you
But if you could take all the wrong and make it alright that’d be a sight for sore eyes
Yeah, that’d be a sight for sore eyes.

Clouds Roll By

I’ve got no place to be
And there’s nobody waitin’ for me
It seems like I’ll stay right here all day
And watch the clouds roll by

There’s lots of books to read
And so many shows to see
But what good is a play?
I don’t have to pay
To watch the clouds roll by

(Chorus)
Then I get this slight suspicion
Maybe I ought to find me a wife
What good is that ambition?
When I’m having the time of my life

I know it may sound crude
Downright lazy and rude
While you’re working hard
I’m out in the yard
Watchin’ the clouds roll by

Goodbye to You

I don’t mind the things you do
It’s your life and your conscience too
Still, I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to you

If you want to leave me then you’ve got the right
But let’s not do this every night
Cause I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to you

You say it’s over and then you pack
I know tomorrow you’ll come crawling back
But you can’t mend what you’ve already torn in two

Even the neighbors ask me why
we give it try after try after try
Now I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to you

I loved you madly for a while
Now we’ve drug this thing out for a mile
I don’t know how much more my poor heart can go through

So, let me ask you one more time
Baby, would you make up your mad little mind?
Cause I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to you
I’m getting tired of saying goodbye to you

Everything’s Okay

When there are no words to say
When the games have all been played
Honey, won’t you let me love you still?
Bring your hungry heart to me
And I will give you eyes to see
And I’ll make you see that everything’s okay

When you have no place to be
You know you have a home in me
Honey won’t you let me love you still?
You can take a day with me
And I could keep you company
And I’ll make you see that everything’s okay

Ooooh, ooh, ooh
Life is sad and short it’s true
But don’t you know I’d love to spend it all with you?

So when you’ve taken off your ring
And wedding bells no longer sing
Honey won’t you let me love you still?
When you’re tired and growing old
My love will not go cold
I’ll make you see that everything’s okay

Yeah, I’ll make you see that everything’s okay

Daddy’s Old 45

I got a letter in the mail
Daddy’s dead and I’m in his will.
I took out the car, you know it’s not too far and I’ve got time to kill
He left me tools and tires, spools of wire, a rusted pair of needle nose pliers,
Whiskey bottles, aerosol cans, a mason jar full of Florida sand
There’s enough clutter in this shed to make a man feel glad he’s dead
Enough paint to paint the whole god damn town red

And I found his old 45
He always told me that it’d keep him alive
But mamma’s gone and daddy too, and the only friend that I had left was you

I feel like my head’s in a vice. I’m getting tired of taking good advice
I tried to live right, I tried to walk in the light.
Yet I don’t see one thing to believe in. I don’t see any cross of redeeming
Just the same old broken dreams that I’ve been dreaming

And I’ve got his old 45
He always told me that It’d keep him alive
But mamma’s gone and daddy too and the only friend that I had left was you

You’ll try and try to understand why but you’ll find you’re only feeding a lie
Don’t you know that the Lord made you to die?
Well, when death comes around my door and finds me lying on the floor
What can you say for all that you’ve done
We all crawl under the same red, red sun. Oh oh ooooh.

And I’ve got his old 45
Cleaning the barrel and I’m barely alive
Cause mamma’s gone, and daddy too, and the only friend that I had left was you.

The Ghost of Jack Kerouac

I saw a soul from a decade long past
I saw the ghost of Jack Kerouac
And I said “I thought you died 39 years ago
Drunk and desperate, lost and alone.”
But he smiled when he said, “That’s just what you read, it’s never as easy as that.”
I watched while he spoke silhouetted in smoke
The ghost of Jack Kerouac

He said, “This loneliness worked it’s way through my blood’s flow
And sent me out walking those streets all alone
Across the country in cars into taverns and bars
I opened my hands and I let it all go
But it seems like a joke how dreams sink, they don’t float
And everything slips through the cracks
Like the writing you wrote when you’re goin’ for broke.”
Said the ghost of Jack Kerouac

“This world kills all it’s dreamers, searchers, and seekers
They even hung Christ on a tree
Yeah, the freedom of men isn’t freedom at all
Unless blindness helps you to see
They hit me with fists, I was down and they kicked
But I have no hate to give back
I tried and I tried and I layed down and died.”
Said the ghost of Jack Kerouac
Said the ghost of Jack Kerouac

Comin’ Up Roses

6071" class="MsoNormal">It was on a cloudy Monday down a way I seldom go
By a cozy cottage in the grove
You were tending to your garden when I looked across the lane
If the showers bring the flowers let it rain…. Let it rain

Comin’ up roses
Right under my nose is
Where I found this new variety
A daisy doesn’t do It for me
A baby butter cup would bore me
You’re the only one that grows on me

Now, I’m not that kind of guy that wants too much
But if my lips could meet yours in a touch….

Comin’ up roses
Now everyone knows it
And I suppose that you’re the rose
You’re the only one that grows
Now I know that you’re the rose for me
You’re the only rose for me

Danny

Danny, Jill, and Joe, and Me back in 1983
We thought the world was ours to hold
Yeah, but life is sad and things can change
There’s some I’d rearrange
Like one day Danny had to go
Danny why’d you have to go?

The summer Danny turned 15 Joe found a dirty magazine
And we’d share the cigarettes I stole
Jill snuck some vodka from her dad’s
And oh, what a night we had
But man, that seems so long ago
Danny why’d you have to go?

That summer blood boiled in our veins and we’d sit and we’d watch the trains
Down by the creek you could hear ‘em blow
We all dreamed of making our escape
How we’d ride a boxcar from state to state
And trade in our deserts for the snow
So Danny why’d you have to go?

One night we climbed the trestle to the tracks and we layed there on our backs
The midnight moonlight held us in it’s glow
But the evening train, it came so quick
We tried to run but Danny slipped
From the trestle to the rocks below
Danny why’d you have to go?

The ambulance came all flashing red and they wrapped bandages around Danny’s head
And all the doctor said was, “I just don’t know…”
We sat in that waiting room till 6AM
The nurse came out to see us then
And she spoke so softly and so slow
Danny why’d you have to go?

The preacher spoke of angels wings, streets of gold, and of diamond rings
He said, “This is a beginning, it’s not an end.  It’s not an end.”
Well, God knows I have never prayed
But I broke down and I cried that day
Lord just give me back my friend

Well come July, Joe found a job and Jill moved to Phoenix to live with her mom
And I sought solace where I could
Yeah, they say that life is sad and that things can change
Well you know I wish they’d stayed the same
But in my heart I knew the never could
I knew that Danny had to go for good

My Love Will Let You Down

My love will let you down
From the heavens to the ground
If you don’t see me, don’t look around
‘Cause my love will let you down

My love won’t fill you up
Drop a quarter in a cup
When it falls it’s a lonesome hollow sound
And my love will let you down

Be careful not to come to me waking from a frightening dream
Be careful not to take my hand in town
You know I love you so, but I’m fighting not to go
For I know my love will let you down

You are such a pretty thing, no sweeter voice could ever sing
And I dream of you dressed in a wedding gown
You know I love you so, but I’m fighting not to go
For I know my love will let you down

Nice To See You

One day on the street just kicking a can and feelin’ a little bit high
I saw an old friend that I used to know go passing by
I turned around with a wave and a yell and a “hey, brother. Howdja do?”
And all I got back was a funny look and “do I know you?”

(Chorus)
Nice to see you, been a while, how you been?
We’ll have to talk a little later… see you then
I didn’t get sore, I didn’t get mad, but when I got close to home
I heard the same voice talking to my girl in a certain kinda tone.
I leaned in close to get a good look through the key hole in my door
And there for me was plain to see their clothes on the floor

I was still pretty drunk and wobbling too, but I managed to find my car.
Going for a ride gonna have a few with some friends at the bar
Then I see those lights flashing behind and pulling me off the road
Pretty soon I’m in the back with Deputy Jack and my head hung low

I cried to the Lord “What’ll I do?  Won’t you give me a sign?”
“I know I’ve been bad, but I’m gonna be good and get to church on time.”
Then I saw the flash of a lightning crash and a vision of the Trinity
And I heard a big voice coming down from above and it said to me:

Now I’ve never been much on money or looks.  I don’t have the grace and style
But if I had the dough, then brother you know I’d kick back for a while
Then all the folks that were telling jokes when my riches were out of reach
They’ll have to wait out at the gate while I give this speech (ahem…)

Pack Your Bags

You get a little lonely and you get a little sad
You feel a lot of empty and plenty bad
You miss all of the old times and the one that’s true
So trade all of these nickels and dimes for something new

Pack up your bags and move on
Don’t get angry, don’t get proud
There’s a dream out in the distance on some cloud
Don’t you let them put you down
Don’t you let them push you round
You know dreamin’ here in this town ain’t allowed

I could use a little smoke and a glass of beer
A good puff of poison and a round of cheer
The money always comes and it always goes
But I’ve got a nice suit made out of last year’s clothes

I couldn’t tell you which way to go
How to hide from the rain and snow
The winds of uncertainty are constantly turning me
And telling me I got to go

Pack up my bags and move on
Don’t get angry, don’t get proud
There’s a dream out in the distance on some cloud
Don’t you let them put you down
Don’t you let them push you round

You know dreamin’ here in this town ain’t allowed

Spare Bed

When this started out you said that you’d treat me right
I’m not blind, I believed you, but I guess you had the wool in my eyes
So why don’t you take what you came for and don’t come around next time
I broke my back for you lately but it ain’t gonna tear me apart
I caught the slack for you lately but I ain’t gonna stand in the dark
And I know very well what you’re here for, I’m next in your collection of hearts.

(Chorus)
Said you’re gonna take it all and steal away
Got a bottle of bourbon for a rainy day
Well, if some long lost friend says he’s got a spare bed find another place to stay

It’s not a matter of gettin’ through something you’ve done or you’ve misconstrued
Just tell me the truth honey, have you been true?
Cause when we walk through town I see the way those other men look at you.
Oh, your blushing cheeks and your pretty mouth could be my darkness, my demon, my reason to doubt.
I like the way you build a flame up and up just to snuff it out
And I swear when the lights go down I can hear you tiptoe out.

There Is Nothing For You Here Lyrics

There Is Nothing For You Here

67638">It is just that no one’s listening,
In this bleeding sea of humanity that screams like hell?
Or am I drinking from a broken cup, and empty well?
If you pressed me I’d have one truth to tell:
That there is nothing, there is nothing for you here.
Just when you think it’s finally at your fingertips,
When the taste in on your lips,
Like so many fleeting dreams of bright light away it slips.
There is nothing, there is nothing for you here.

And I saw a prophet lying face down in the street,
And he crumbles in his heartbreak like a statue at my feet,
Bearing the load of promises owed
And those that he could not keep.
And I said, “There is nothing, there is nothing for you here.”
Oh, don’t you know so many men have tried,
They broke their backs and beat their wives,
Corrupt and blind, they tide their tongues
To weave this web of lies.
There is nothing, there is nothing for you here.

And I say we’re all like cripples, but we know that we can walk,
There’s a void, something missing,
We can feel that something’s wrong,
But everyone learns to limp, to bury the ache,
We’ve come to accept this poison choking all our veins.
There is nothing, there is nothing for us here.
Each door that closes in a narrow hall,
A thin straight line a mile long,
You used to run so fast, but now you only crawl,
‘Cause there is nothing, there is nothing for you here.

So bend and break like wheat, shaken and windblown,
Scattered like seeds, looking for someone
Or waiting for the rains of change, or the answer to a prayer,
When the answer never comes, it’s never there,
‘Cause there is nothing, there is nothing for us here.
We’re all terrified, we tried to immortalize
Ourselves in books and songs,
As if fame could fight the fear that’s been
Whispering in our ears for so long,
“There is nothing, there is nothing for you here.”

Dear Darling

Dear Darling,
I know you don’t need me,
You can make it out on your own.
But now that you’re gone,
My heart full of song
Is crying for you to come home.

I have tried seeing other people,
But they don’t ever seem to be
That diamond to my eye, dear darling
That you are to me.

I can’t sleep until the sunrise
‘Cause something don’t feel right.
I need you in my arms dear darling
Come on back tonight.

Hungover

It's raining knives and the plaster's cracked.
She always calls and you never call her back.
Oh, and a record is still scratched and spinning,
Another blade slides through the ceiling.
How long will you sit here and gather dust with folded hands?
You've given up and settled down to rust, you forgot your plans.
An empty ash tray and time to kill,
A vacancy inside you've yet to fill.

So don't go looking for hope in the future.
It's like looking for water in the desert,
When all you want is the hush of the trees
And the soft cool shade.
The sound of the see and the breaking of the waves.
We'd kill each other just to find a cure that can't be held
Behind the walls of the a stained-glass church
Where I can hear the bells,
And if we never find it than it's just as well,
I'd rather die than live this living hell.

'Cause when it's all over and I'm hungover
And I stagger out into the daylight,
I could dive from a building just to find a new feeling
From the one I've been feeling inside.

You've been asking around, "Can you feel it, too?
Does the weight of the world fall heavy on you?"
"Oh, no no we're sky-scraping convenience a better existence,
We're making millions off antidepressants."
God only knows where we're going 'cause we're moving so fast,
And all these roads are paved with broken bodies
And broken glass, it moves so fast.
And I don't know if I can ever get back,
I don't know if I can make it back.

'Cause when it's all over and I'm hungover
And I stagger out into the daylight,
I could dive from a building just to find a new feeling
From the one I've been feeling inside.
Like that porcelain doll on your dresser that falls,
I'm a million pieces on the floor.
Tell God he can have this body back, I don't need it anymore.

Frank O'Hara

The white lines
Wind along the side streets
And Frank O’Hara’s in the back seat
The ghost of all his prose and poetry
I lean back
And breathe in a blank thought
You know I’m tired
And tied up in tight knots
It’s always something else
And you say it’s me

Well, who cares what they said,
I don’t need to regret it
Our love was a dream;
I woke up to forget it
We had time to try,
Now it’s time to say goodbye

Take that blade you bought
Back in Taiwan
And cut this tight-rope wire
That I’m on
Before the tension grows to Explode like a fire-works show.
You’ve got a lot of stones to throw,
So say the word and away I’ll go
As far as all the faded freeways flow

Who cares what they wrote,
I have already read it
Our love was a joke,
And I never did get it
We had time to try;
Now it’s time to say good…

Bye, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba…

I played the hand
The way that you dealt it.
You said that you’d love me,
But I never felt it
We had time to try;
We had to time to try;
Now it’s time to say…

There’s water on the stove
For a cup of coffee
Call me on the phone honey,
If you want me
We had time to try;
Now it’s time to say goodbye

For Fear of the Fourth Season

There’s stillness in the snowfall
That settles on the street.
And you break the silence open With the stepping of your feet.
But the scenery all fades when You’re wrapped inside your sheets.
To rest your mind behind the blinds And sink into your sleep.
To rest your mind behind the blinds And sink into your sleep.

Like the candle light or the fire flies That flicker in the glow
Like the memory of your mother When you left her long ago
You feel a trembling tingle from your Head down to your toe
And brush it off your shoulder like The flakes of falling snow.
You just brush it off your shoulder Like the snow.

There’s a song to soft to speak
In a voice to small to grow
And it echoes in the morning
And the evenings that you’ve known
Why am I left to linger here
To walk this world alone?
To toil in these trials
‘Till my hair is white as snow
To wander all this while
‘Till my hair is white as snow

Hopeful Lover's Song

I saw you standing there and oh,
I thought I caught your stare,
Hands behind your back, a black ribbon in your hair,
And I know that you don't know me,
But i know that you could show me,
Can you spare the time to share your mind,
Or one more cup of coffee?
'Cause sometimes, sometimes...
Sometimes I get so alone,
The sun slips down and the shadow's long
And I almost loose what's left of my hopeful lover's song,
I need a change of scenery, a flower that might bloom for me,
Love that's like an evergreen and hills that roll on endlessly,

Harps and mandolins, violets and violins,
Waves that break away, when it's time to go I wish I could stay.

When you lie down in your bed,
What thoughts go dancing through your head?
With closed eyes what do you see? What words were left unsaid?
Did you see this city ten miles tall
Come crashing down and with it's fall,
A breath that's born anew into the hearts that heard it call?

Harps and mandolins, violets and violins,
Waves that break away, when it's time to go I wish I could stay

Well, I saw you standing there. No, I didn't mean to stare.
Guess I'll see you around, maybe next time if you're there.

Save The Saviors

Well, you try to please someone, it kills someone els,
If you please everyone you implode on yourself.
Apartment, compartment, four walls make a cell,
I'm cut from the same cloth as you, can't you tell?
Dissect and inject me with synthetic smoke,
I'm hateful and hungry, and baby I'm broke.

So save all the saviors I believe I'm believing,
Make love to the lovers and the drugs that they're dealing,
She's a triple lucky seven bourgeois mademoiselle,
A shot in the dark, a blank book on the shelf,
With her nose in the air, high heels on the floor,
My hearts full of holed, but I still want some more.

Aw mama, I'm out on the street,
I can't afford to buy shoes for my feet,
You want a diamond ring and a string of pearls,
The moon, the starts and the world underneath,
You know it makes me sick to see
The billboard lies you believe.

I put a pinhole in her pride, she deflated and died,
I got worried and so I sang prayers to the sky
Like all those great men that spent their whole lives
Wondering why they'd been wondering why.
Well I'm not gonna try to fill that glass up high,
Here's to me and you and my mind suicide.

You know philosophy fed a train wreck in my head,
Things were simple when life was just water and bread,
Now it's coffee for breakfast and whiskey in bed,
Lately it seems I'd be better off dead.
All the bomshell books they wrote to fight for truth,
They never saved nobody, they never saved you.

Aw mama, they don't care what you say
Unless you got a pistol pointed their way,
No one ever sees the need to change
Until they're staring death straight in the face.
Lord, make this our prayer: we don't care until it's too late.

There's all  this pain to pay to pave the way to finding out,
There's barbed wire fences and walls and trenches,
So we breathe a breath of opiate cloud,
Turn black and white to gray and remove your senses,
The body I wear lays wasted and worn,
But brother I was beaten long before I was born.

Aw mama, I got nothing to lose,
You know I'm bottled up dynamite with a short fuse.
A pile of bills and the rent's still due,
They'll make a big noise if you do something new,
The suits want you down on the ground
Polishing their shoes.

So open up your third eye and reach for the ceiling,
The clock's ticking, someone said they got a bad feeling,
These movie screen dreams
Kept me reeling and screaming,
But a bottle of wine could give anything meaning.
Chewing off your fingernails, sleeping on a bed of nails,
Here's the pills, we don't care about the details.

So you hit the road thumb out to look for a handout,
Unlock the door and I'll go stand outside
In the rain, my pockets full of pain,
My eyes full of blindness, my heart full of stains,
The curse on my father is the curse upon me,
It's the curse upon you and our sons yet to be.

Aw mama, what's wrong? I don't get it,
Sex and a cigarette just won't fix it?
It's nothing new, what you're going through,
Just sit down and turn on the nine o'clock news.
You're one of a million, a needle in the haystack burning,
Yeah, you're lost in the millions
And the world just keeps on turning.

Take Care Of Yourself

Take care of yourself,
You’re the only one that you’ve got.
Like it you may, or maybe like it as naught.
Do what you will, and do what you do well.
But take care of yourself, come and sit for a spell.

Sing us a song, we all know the verses by heart.
Or write a new rhyme, tear all the old ones apart.
Cast out a line, bring back what you lost once back in
Sing us a song, breathe in and begin.

Take a lazy day, float yourself downstream.
Don’t let what they say upset you.
Go out and play and don’t forget to…

Rest once in a while, forget all the fashion and fame.
Sit down by the fire,
Warm your soul by the heat of the flames.
Fill up your heart with laughter and love once again,
Rest once in a while with your old friends,
Look after your health, and take care of yourself.

Good Strong Coffee

(Chorus)
Give me good strong coffee,
Give me twenty cups of coffee,
Good strong coffee if you please.
You know I'm tired of drinking tea
And there's just one remedy,
It's good strong coffee if you please.

I woke up this morning and my head was feeling sick,
Lord, it's like I'm laying on a pillow made of bricks,
So start that percolator,
It's my morning wake up savior,
Good strong coffee if you please.

Aw, honey it's a long way to the kitchen from my bed,
And I don't even know if I can move these legs of lead,
So if you're looking for my heart,
Then here's a good head start,
It's good strong coffee if you please.

all lyrics copyright Eric Miller