Why Don't You Do Something Besides Bitch

Why don't you do something besides bitch
Use the power given to the rock star rich
Instead of charging me a week's pay to hear you piss and moan on stage
Why don't you do something besides bitch

Why don't you do something besides whine
Help some people with your money and your time
Instead of blaming politicians and those who have some business wisdom
Why don't you do something besides whine

Why don't you do give up some royalties
Feed some children who don't have enough to eat
Do you really need nine figures in the bank while others hunger
Why don't you do give up some royalties

Why don't you give shelter from the cold
To the homeless and the crippled and the old
Make a real contribution, try being part of the solution
Why don't you give shelter from the cold

Why don't you follow the golden rule
Drop your ego, quit believing you're so cool
Assume responsibility for practicing the love you preach
Why don't you follow the golden rule

Why don't you do something besides bitch
Use the power given to the rock star rich
You have blessing beyond measure, share some of your hoarded treasure
Why don't you do something besides bitch, besides whine, besides blame, besides hoard

Why the hell don't you shut up and do something constructive for a change

Bunkerville

Panning for gold in the Sierra Nevadas
ain't what father had in mind for me
Brother's a banker, and sister's at Cambridge
I'm from a blue-blooded Boston family
Toiling in the sun with a pick and a sluice box
Coffee on the campfire in the cold
Bathing in the creek, gonna get a woman and some whisky
Ride my mule to town to blow some gold

I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, find a girl who will tonight
I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, get drunk as hell, maybe get in a fight

Three years ago I got wind of this gold rush
Heard about the fortune in the land
Thirteen long months fightin' weather, dust and Injuns
I finally made it hear to make my stand
This work is hell but this country is Heaven
Orange sunsets, mountains capped with snow
Coyotes and claim jumpers won't deter me from my mission
This pistol on my hip ain't just for show

I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, find a girl who will tonight
I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, get drunk as hell, maybe get in a fight

Nee England life never held any prospects
For a man who travels his own road
In the rocks and dirt of this virgin California
Is where I'm gonna hit my motherlode
I'll make a strike all the papers will headline
They'll write a book about me when I'm gone
I'm gonna ride back home in a buggy that's so fancy
Can't wait to hear my family sing a different song, but meanwhile

I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, find a girl who will tonight
I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, get drunk as hell, maybe get in a fight
I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, find a girl who will tonight
I'm goin' down to Bunkerville, get drunk as hell, maybe start a fight

Forklift Driver

I ain't the type of girly-girl the boys all want to give a whirl
I'm a forklift driver
I ain't the cute front office lass with the boobie job and implants in her ass
I'm a forklift driver
Been at this factory 14 years, loading semis, grindin' gears
I'm a forklift driver
In my coveralls and steel-toed boots I can't escape my blue-collar roots
I'm a forklift driver

And at the end of the day, frozen dinner, cold Black Label
Nightly news, basic cable, just the dog and me
'Cause I ain't social like big sister, she died from drugs, I sure do miss her
I pray that she forgave me for my jealousy

I've always been the tomboy type, my hair's cut short but I ain't no dyke
I'm a forklift driver
Dropped out of junior college went to work to show my daddy I had some worth
I'm a forklift driver
No Twitter followers no Facebook page, that computer stuff is all the rage
But I'm a forklift driver
I'm goin' home alone again tonight, I'm so damn shy but that's all right
I'm a forklift driver

County fair in Spokane, Daddy won a big ol' panda
Then he gave it to Amanda, he loved her more than me
He broke my heart, he left me cryin' but know I know the reason why
The nights that she was in his bed she was just protectin' me

I hate to see the weekend come, I'd rather hear those presses hum
I'm a forklift driver
Sunday I should go to sing and pray but I don't believe he listens anyway
To a forklift driver
I'll clock in Monday morning with the rising sun, there's so much heavy lifting to be done
For the forklift driver
Another smoke, another cup of joe, keep working at the only life I know
I'm a forklift driver, I'm a forklift driver, I'm a forklift driver, I'm a forklift driver

PhD

Cardboard shanty, river's edge
Graveyard Chevy for a hedge
Red horizon, yellow moon
Wind is whistlin' nature's tune
Lonesome road to liberty that keeps a man free from responsibility
It lets a rail ridin' son of the road travel in obscurity

Graduated MIT
Got himself a PhD
Lotta good it does tonight
Shelter's full, it's cold outside
Had a home and family he had to walk out on man to be truly free
To be a rail ridin' son of the road, not to live like you and me

Melancholy Christmas night
All the home fires are burnin' bright
Worn out notebook, faded line
Got the number, drop the dime
Let 'em know he's still alive, they haven't seen or heard the man since '95
They'll say that rail ridin' son of the road, how'd he manage to survive

Father Time is laughing loud
Daring him to join the crowd
Tired of sleeping on the ground
Train's a rollin', hear the sound
Boxcars bound for warmer climes, he couldn't catch one now man but there was a time
He was a rail ridin' son of the road back when he was in his prime

Graduated MIT, got himself a PhD
(He was a rail ridin' son of the road back when he was in his prime)
Graduated MIT, got himself a PhD
(He was a rail ridin' son of the road back when he was in his prime)

Daddy

My dad knows best, he says I'm bad
I'm actin' wrong, I make him mad
He tells me I'm a problem child
Like some circus monkey that keeps running wild
Daddy's got his belt again and I don't know what for
I'm so tired of fighting him and runnin' for the door
If he'd tell me what I done I wouldn't do no more
I love you Daddy, please don't hit me anymore

I love my dad, but I miss my mom
Our life was fun, but now she's gone
He says she left with someone new
Now he don't know what he should do
Daddy's got his belt again and he's been drinkin' beer
Daddy knows I love him but I wish I wasn't here
Maybe I should die if this is all I'm living for
I love you Daddy, but please don't hit me anymore

Once the social worked lady came and my grandma called the judge
Daddy packed us up and drove away, said nobody's gonna come between us

I don't know how I should behave
I bite my lip, I keep bein' brave
He's mean to me and I don't know why
He holds me tight, we start to cry
Daddy's got hisbelt again and I can't get away
I just hope tomorrow will be better than today
Why don't God come down and make it like it was before
I love you Daddy, but please don't hit me anymore
I love you Daddy, but please don't hit me anymore
I love you Daddy, but please just don't hit me again

Go Back To Sleep

Wide awake again, clock says three fifteen
I let my troubles keep me up all night
Wish I could find some way to turn off my brain
And get some decent sleep before daylight
Bury my head every which-way in my pillow
Holding on to crap I shouldn't keep
Stop thinkin', go back to sleep

Fret about my bank account, drama with my friends
And a boss that don't care if I live or die
The girl I loved so much I wonder if she's well
My family says I didn't do her right
Drinkin' won't help me and another cigarette
Won't burn out bad childhood memories
Stop thinkin', go back to sleep

Get up and get a drink and pee, fight the urge to watch TV
Wearin' out the rug where I been pacin'
Til the dawn comes from the east there ain't no way to slay this beast
Don't know how to stop my mind from racin'

The Bible says tomorrow will take care of itself
And I know it's been that way since time began
But I can't erase my brain of all these thoughts of doom
Though I know they'll probly never come to pass
Before the sun comes up I have to close my eyes
Travel to some far-off place of peace
Stop thinkin', go back to sleep, stop thinkin', go back to sleep

Wide awake again, clock says 4:15

I Wanna See The Ocean

I spent my life in South Dakota, Black Hills are just some rocks to me
The tourists flock to Sturgis and Mt. Rushmore, but they bore
Now my final day's approachin' and there's one thing that I ain't seen
I've still got an unrequited destination in my dreams
I don't care how I get there, wanna get caught up in that emotion
Before I die I wanna see the ocean, I wanna see the ocean

I breathed Montana and Nebraska, bathed in Minnesota's lakes
Head over heels for a woman in Sioux City, big mistake
Now I wanna cruise to California, get that red horizon in my head
Won't taste salt water and see hot girls in bikinis when I'm dead
I don't care how I get there, wanna get caught up in that emotion
Before I die I wanna see the ocean, I wanna see the ocean

Wanna feel the spray from pounding waves
Dance naked 'round a roarin' bonfire in the night
Watch the hot red sun set on the sand, wake up with a bottle in my hand
Ride up Highway 1 to Monterey
Climb the Falcon Rock at Morro Bay
Catch a wave like some young surfer dude, party like the stars at Malibu

Disease is eatin' at me, doc says I won't be here for long
But checkin' out before inhalin' air Pacific would be wrong
When they speak my name in Rapid City they'll talk about my trip Out West
How my gray ashes are still blowin' on the shore by last request
I don't care how I get there, wanna get caught up in that emotion
Before I die I wanna see the ocean, I wanna see the ocean
I wanna smell the ocean, I wanna taste the ocean
I wanna touch the ocean, I wanna feel the ocean

Ooh whoo ooh whoo ooh whoo, ooh whoo ooh whoo ooh hoo
Ooh whoo ooh whoo ooh whoo, ooh whoo ooh whoo ooh hoo

When Your Mind Ain't Right

He picks up the revolver, no hesitation, no remorse
He thinks maybe he should call her, it's been so long since the divorce
'Cause of Johnson, 'cause of Nixon he had his young life torn away
From Agent Orange, ain't no fixin' the broken mess he is today
And he don't know how God expects a man to pray

When your mind ain't right, when your mind ain't right

Came home to start a family, get a job down on the docks
But he wasn't much at playin' Daddy, and even worse at punchin' clocks
Freeway bridges, Christian missions, another night, another town
Empty bottles, bad decisions, another fight, another round
And there ain't no Holy Spirit to be found

When your mind ain't right, when your mind ain't right

His final pirogue down that Mekong River
The nightmares run so dark and deep
And he keeps on tryin' but he just can't deliver
'Cause it's been over 40 years since he's had any sleep

Another shot of vodka to still his shaking hand
Can't understand why he was left here to live his life as half a man
In the mirror, that revolver as he clicks the chamber in
No other way to solve it, he puts the barrel to his chin
And he prays sweet Jesus overlooks your sins

When your mind ain't right, when your mind ain't right

When Your Sister Calls

When the phone rings my palms sweat because it isn't over
My heart races, I feel like dancin' when your sister calls
At the wedding I realized I was kissing the wrong bride
My heart races, I feel like gamblin' when your sister calls

It started out so innocent, a little bit of time we spent together
Til in each other's arms that night it seemed so wrong but felt so right
Those embers will glow forever
When our eyes meet we turn away, 'cause we're reminded of that day
My heart races, I feel like runnin' when your sister calls

When the doorbell makes it chime I feel guilty of some crime
My heart races, I feel like screamin' when your sister calls
You ask why I'm so far away, there's a reason I can't say
My heart races, feel like a heathen when your sister calls

I long to taste her lips again, to hear her sigh, to touch her skin, to feel her
I dream about her duck 'til dawn 'cause life without her seems so wrong
She's my healer, I need to steal her
I see her picture on your cell and I know I'm bound for hell
My heart races, I feel like sinnin' when your sister calls

Family portrait on the wall can't begin to say it all
My heart races, I feel like cryin' when your sister calls
We need to face it 'cause I feel like dyin' when your sister calls

Why Can't You Be More Like My Dog

She's at the door to kiss me when I get home from work
She smiles and I forget about my job
We have a drink and sit a while, go walkin' in the park
Why can't you be more like my dog

She don't care what I look like or how I wear my hat
Or if I make big money like her brother Bob
She's more concerned with lovin' me thasn if my wallet's fat
Why can't you be more like my dog

She don't mind that I ain't cleaned my truck since New Year's Eve
And the only time she barks and whines and cries is when I leave
She'd be happy livin' with me in a hollow log
Why can't you be more like my dog

Our friends see us together, the envy what we have
Don't need no leash with our unspoken bond
She sniffs around but she won't stray, she's this man's true best friend
Why can't you be more like my dog

She loves to eat my cookin' and go fishin' in the rain
And when I miss our anniversary she don't complain
She loves me for the an I am and for the man I'm not
Why can't you be more like my dog, why can't you be more like my dog

I'm An Asshole

My name ain't Mr. Nice Guy, ain't never gonna be
You tell me my behavior ain't right politically
You know I love ya darlin' and I'd hate to see ya go
I can't help it, I'm a asshole

Your folks and friends don't like me, they just tolerate
The way I act at Christmas 'cause I hate holidays
It really ain't Christ's birthday, I know he'd tell ya so
I can't help it, I'm a asshole

I try to steer clear of your mother, she hates me like the flu
The only ones who like me are your brothers, 'cause they're both assholes too

Compared to other people I've got as lotta gall
And for an even bigger asshole, just add alcohol
But if you'll stay beside me baby I'll turn the snark down low
I can't help it, I'm a asshole, uh huh, I can't help it, I'm a asshole

When I'm King

Things will be different when I'm king
There'll be no discontent when I'm king
Girls will fall before me, kids will want my autograph
People won't ignore me and when I tell a joke they'll laugh

We'll live in harmony when I'm king
One world community when I'm king
I'll possess a wisdom unsurpassed in modern times
With my dreams and vision life on earth will be sublime

Oh whoa life will be beautiful when I reign
Hate will be obsolete, and love will heal all pain

I'll be the man for you when I'm king
You'll sing a different tune when I'm king
With my queen beside me, I'll make news and history
Joy and peace will guide me to fulfill my destiny
When I'm king, when I'm king, when I'm king