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D I S C O G R A P H Y



You can Sing on
the Left or Bark
on the Right

All words and music by
Dirk Hamilton.

Pavlova Shoes recorded 1970
Joker to a Shaky Hand recorded 1972

©1976
Rabbit Songs BMI

 

 

 

 

 

1 The Sweet Forever 

2 Waterfall
3 Little Big-Time Man
4 She Don't Squash Bugs
5 I Got to Feelin'
6 Sweet and Cold
7 Wasn't That One Night Good
8 Grow a Rose
9 When She Kiss Ya' Like She Love (ya' know she do)
10 Ridin' on a Whale
Bonus Tracks
11 Joker to a Shaky Hand
12 Pavlova Shoes






 
    LYRICS  
   

THE SWEET FOREVER listen

First off let me say that I get sick and I get bored
When people sell salvation door to door
Instant bliss from mixed religions pulled down from the shelf
Screws the gurus they'll find new fools
Get it for yourself

I can see the angel sometimes chokin' in the man
Like something good that's locked up in a can
Kickin' in the hollow heart sometimes I hear him cry
And all too often he stays caught inside there 'til he die

The secret of creation singing circles in the air
Magic in the mountains everywhere
Dazzling silver specks set in the electric black night dome
He said, "Well there's the stars, let's find the car and get back home"

Somewhere late at night by singin' moonlight
Poets push the dreams out of their pens
Lovers all alone or two together
Ride on the majestic Whisper Wings

High and Mighty Sparkin' Flashin'
Lightin' up the Heavens Whisper Wings
Charge me Crashin' Through the Sun
And when we hit the Rainbows they will Ring

There between your wings I know you'll leave me never
We will fly into the Sweet Forever

Jump me bounce me Sweep me Screamin'
Laughin' Leapin' Through the Sky we'll Swing
Dive me down A Spray, A Crackin' Arc
Of Lightnin' Flame is Following

There between your wings I know you'll leave me never
We will fly into the Sweet Forever

Sad-eyed people
All around the world
Will hold their hands out
To your trail

And unexpectedly
The whole of history
Becomes a fairytale

There between your wings I know you'll leave me never
We will fly into the Sweet Forever

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WATERFALL

Waterfall
Spendin' time behind the water wall
Wet and naked
O by love
I promised you that I would never be the one
To turn back to front and run

Under the fallin'
Under the fallin'
Under the fallin' waterfall

Waterfall
Graciously, suddenly, come to me
Wet and tall
From the water
O by love
I promised you that I would never be the one
To turn back to front and run

Under the fallin'
Under the fallin'
Under the fallin' waterfall

Like rain fallin' over the river
Like snow fallin' into the sea
It's just you and me
We're the water
O by love
I promised you that I would never be the one
To turn back to front and run

Under the fallin'
Under the fallin'
Under the fallin' waterfall

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LITTLE BIG-TIME MAN listen

Ya' move like a fly that's caught between a window and a screen
Ya' talk like a two line actor tryin' to steal the scene
And when ya' run out of lines you're hopin' that a phone'll ring
I'm tellin' you the truth, I'm not tryin' to be mean

You're always talkin'
Ya' never listen
A big name walks in
And you're a lap dog lickin'
Some are over
And some are under
But no one is beside you

And you can always impress the impressible ones
You're right, there's lots around
Who see ya' in your suit and think
That it's the cat's pajamas

Talkin' a blue flame
Baskin' in near fame
Clown of Tinsel Town

Silly little man
Little Big-Time Man

Some are over
And some are under
But no one is beside you

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SHE DON'T SQUASH BUGS

She don't squash no bugs
She don't eat no meat
Everywhere she go she go barefeet
When it's cold outside
And the fireplace glows
All the spiders know they can sleep
Inside her nose

And she's a down home
Up on the mountain mama
She make me feel like
I wanna be a natural mountain man
I wanna be a natural mountain man

If I stumble half way up a hill
She will pick me up, tote me on her back
(She ain't got time to kill)
With her giant step
And her hairy legs
Well she walk like she walkin' on
Top of soft boiled eggs

CHORUS

And she do me like an Indian
Tho' I never had the pleasure of an Indian
And she bite like a lion
Tho' I've never been to Africa
And she's an axe totin', pipe smokin',
Wood choppin', must stop and
Tell ya' 'bout my mountain mama
She make me feel like
I wanna be a natural mountain man
I wanna be a natural mountain man
Stirrin' my coffee with my thumb

She got a little kid
Ya' know he's only three
He don't shoot at squirrels
He don't even chop at trees
'Cuz she believe in life
She don't wanna kill nothin'
She even feel sorry for the apple
Sometime after she eat it

CHORUS

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I GOT TO FEELIN'

I tipped the teatray in the waiting room
When I saw her sitting at the loom
I backed out slower with a nervous smile
I backed out slow
I backed out slow
I backed out slow
I backed out slow

I got to feelin'
I got to feelin'
I got to feelin'
I got to feelin' that the race track so slow
My horse cannot go
The race track so slow

The door was locked I can't get out of here
The key was dangling from the chandelier
I crossed the carpet to the spiral stair
I walked on up
I two'ed on up
I three'd on up
Fought on up

CHORUS

And at the second bar it all came clear
While gazing darkly through a glass of beer
That a man must step back and down and face his fear
To walk back down
To fall back down
To fight back down
To sit back down

And I got to feelin'
I got to feelin'
I got to feelin'
I got to feelin' that the race track so slow
My horse cannot go
That's all that I need
My steed had no speed

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SWEET AND COLD

She come like a whistle in the mornin'
Without warnin' wakes you up with a water balloon
She's out yellin' from the street,
"The trees are up, come on get up it'll be noon soon"
Up in the back in the middle of the live long day
I saw her face, I saw her face
Look up, she's up on the catwalk
Droppin' red red roses one by one on the freeway

She knows how to laugh
She knows how to happy
She knows how to keep a poor boy smilin'
A mile widenin'
She's so
Sweet and cold
Sweet and cold

She move like a devil on a moon chain
Stop my pen and take me back to the days of dancin'
She come to the waterfall
She cool it all, she cool it all
She live just like a child comin' home for vacation
She love like the old time moon
(I mean of course before the big evacuation)

CHORUS

We walk through snow on the graveyard
Smilin' up she tells me, "I don't scare that easy"
"You know you're makin' it too hard,
Drink your cup come on get up and dig your crazy"
Up in the back in the middle of the live long day
I saw her face, I saw her face
Look up, she's up on the catwalk
Droppin' red red roses one by one on the freeway

CHORUS

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WASN'T THAT ONE NIGHT GOOD listen

The book he bought and gave to her
She gave to me when she moved in, then out
I gave to you; you said you need a book to read

You read the book, liked it a lot
We talked about it on your bed was
Way too short for me, I had to bend my knees

And after lickin' salt and drinkin' Jose Cuervo
Suckin' lime and laughin'
It was time to let our tight smiles slip into a kiss

Wasn't that one night good
Should've we knocked on wood?
But I knew I couldn't do it
It's just something I can't do

Wasn't that one night good
Should've we knocked on wood?
But I knew I couldn't do it
I was sure I saw right through it
But it's so hard to refuse it
When you see a skinny chance

The merchants had their goods set up, the marketplace was busy,
But the Appalachian band was singin'
(One was out of tune)

Ponytailed males drinkin' beer and countin' money
In the fog that swirled and reeled
As busy bodies moved around

The organ-grinder's grinder hangin' from his shoulder
Moanin' minor chords
His dusty monkey draggin' dead behind.

Then you came walkin' through balloons
behind the scraggy weaver's loom
Your eyes were wild and dumb
You said "Ya' glad ya' come?"

CHORUS

In a moment's march or year as seen behind a single tear
The colors swim and dance around
To the organ-grinder's sound

Maybe we can touch and love, lying on a leaf above,
Then fall in autumn to the ground
We will softly swirl down

CHORUS

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GROW A ROSE listen

Nothin' or nobody
Can tell you what it is about
The secret of the bloomin's inside-out
So hide behind your dogma
Curl up like a cat
The growlin' of the demons is underneath your hat

Grow a rose
For everyone to see
Growin' roses is the only duty

Somebody blew a quick change
And they walked on wearin' one shoe
Somebody forgot to ring the telephone bell on cue
The crew became so nervous
That they were jerkin' up and down the scenes
And runnin' around in the dark tryin' to avoid the actors

At the end of the play all the actors will stay in their places
You pull on the rope but you find that the curtains don't close
And each of them (thinking that they were the star) expect roses
A voice speaks from the empty seat
"Have mercy on this show"

CHORUS

Standin' arms akimbo
In thrashin' knee-deep green
Wonder 'neath the thunder
Strong like a seed
Push with every energy
The bud burst red explosion
Above the crashin' green ya' see a thousand other roses

And the bell on the tower will toll every hour for your beauty
And you will discover the laughter you hear is your own
Strangers and neighbors will gather to ask you for answers
But black red roses whisper what a rose can only know

CHORUS

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WHEN SEE KISS LIKE SHE LOVE
(Ya Know She Do)


She will move like breathin's outta place
Fillin' up the room to every crack in the place
Every crack in the place
Every song you'd wanna hear

And when she kiss ya' like she love ya'
She kiss ya' like she love ya'
And when she kiss ya' like she love ya' know she do

Lovers with their arms all wrapped around their grief
Promise with their bodies what their hearts can't keep
Dream inside your sleep
But dream about the girl

CHORUS

A love that shines like diamonds tryin' to shine like stars
Can protect you from the fear
But when face to face the lonely disappears
And she will come
And she will sing for you

Then all at once the morning starts to breathe
And you are there beside her wearin' your heart on sleeve
With your heart on your sleeve
You're there beside the girl

CHORUS

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RIDIN' ON A WHALE

Sometimes I get to feelin' like a little cricket
Clickin' in the thickets by the ant-hill city road
Sometimes it get ta bein' a bit a sticky wicket
Like bein' the only witness seein' lightnin' strike a toad

I'm Ridin' On a Whale
In the midday sun
Ridin' On a Whale
Good for everyone
Ridin' On a Whale
You can steer him away from the sharp harpoon

People runnin' 'round and holdin' plugs up
Lookin' for a socket in the pocket of some lord
Stick 'em where the moon don't shine then shut up
Now stop and think about it man you're warmer than before

CHORUS

Out on the city street
The birdies tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet
Bouncin' on my feet
Havin' a french fry feed feed feed
Little squirrels with hats and canes
Dancin' down the lane
Just like a vaudeville show
They're shufflin' off to Buffalo

I hope I'll be around to see when evolution
Churns these spinnin' colors to a warm and gracious glow
'Til that time I'll stick inside the institution
And stuff my rhymes in magna-cans and hide them in the snow

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