Lyrics from
Unreleased Performances

Lyrics here are from songs which have never been released, but which have been performed at least once in concert.

There may be different versions of the lyrics, I have transcribed the lyrics here from audience recordings and referred to the original artists versions.


Cold Evening Wind
(Michael Timmins )

Performed live for the 1st time on February 6, 2003
in Ottawa, ON

There’s a cold evening wind
coming down from the north
bringing with it cruel words
of hard days ahead
of thieving gray skies
and lost desperate mornings
of days when my voice
will not turn you around.

and I’ve been watching the waves
entranced by the sound
by the gathering green turmoil
by the evil intent
it’s time I take all I know
and run it aground.

there’s a cold evening wind
coming down from the north
bringing with it cruel words
of hard days ahead
of thieving gray skies
and lost desperate mornings
of days when your voice
will not turn me around.

and I need you right now
I need you to bend
into the teeth
of that cold evening wind
I need you to bend
into that cold evening wind.

I need you to bend
into that cold evening wind.


Cortez The Killer
(Neil Young)

He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.

On the shore lay Montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects
gathered 'round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood
straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them
to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up
with their bare hands
What we still can't do today.

And I know she's living there
And she loves me to this day
I still can't remember when
Or how I lost my way.

He came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
What a killer.


Waitin' Around to Die
(Townes Van Zandt )

Sometimes I don't know where this dirty road is taking me
Sometimes I can't even see the reason why
I guess I keep on gamblin',
lots of booze and lots of ramblin'
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die.

One-time friends I had a ma, I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once cause she cried
She told him to take care of me,
she headed down to Tennessee
It's easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die.

I came of age and found a girl in a Tuscaloosa bar
She cleaned me out and hit it on the sly
I tried to kill the pain,
I bought some wine and hopped a train
Seemed easier than just a-waitin' 'round to die.

A friend said he knew where some easy money was
We robbed a man and brother did we fly
The posse caught up with me,
took me back to Muskogee
It's two long years, just a-waitin' 'round to die.

Now I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last
He don't steal or cheat or drink or lie
His name is codeine, he's the sweetest thing I've seen
Together we're gonna wait around and die.


IKEA Parking Lot

(Michael Timmins )

First performed live February 6, 2003 in Ottawa, ON.


Two in the car waiting for the doors to open
A cold winter morning in the IKEA parking lot
Flag poles are clanging, traffic is backed up behind them
An empty cold morning in the IKEA parking lot.

I don’t think that I love you anymore
her words like a fist float beside him
the world all around starts to sharpen
the man made hollow
in the IKEA parking lot

I don’t think that I love you anymore
her words like a fist float beside him
the world all around starts to sharpen
a man made hollow
in the IKEA parking lot

ten o’clock comes, the doors to the store are open
her words crystallized on the windows make beautiful patterns
the words crystallized on the windows make beautiful patterns
left all along on this cold, empty morning
left all alone in the IKEA parking lot
left all alone in the IKEA parking lot.

 


House in the Forest
( Believed to be a traditional song arranged by Michael Timmins)

There's a house in the forest
with snow all around it
and a light in a window
where no light should be.
'cause baby is crying
his voice is drifting
down a hallway to his mama,
wrapped in darkness, asleep.

Now mama is waking
the time she's checking
as she leaves the side of her man
deep in sleep.

In her arms now is baby
but she can't help but worry
that in his dreams he's seeing
what no child should see.

There's a house in the forest
with snow all around it
and peace, like a blanket,
covers all those who sleep.


You Can Be Loved Too Much
(Michael Timmins)


I wish I could breathe you in and hold you in my lungs.
Carry you inside of me, safe from unforeseen catastrophe
and then I would breathe you out and hold you in my arms.

If I've felt this way before, I don't know when.
If I've tasted these tears then please forgive me,
'cause I've forgotten.
It all comes down to a single thrust
Lesson learned: you can love too much.

My love I carry, bold as a new tattoo,
red and yellows streaming in a shimmering violet-blue
It all comes down to a simple touch
Pop it goes, you can love too much.

I want to look back upon a well-trod trail
See all the points along the way
Where my heart refused to fail
Sometimes it just comes down to luck
'Cause there ain't now way,
You Can Be Loved Too Much.

I wish I could breathe you in and hold you in my lungs.
Carry you inside me, safe from unforeseen catastrophe
And then I'd breathe you out and hold you in my arms.


Three Girls (A Smile To My Eyes)
( Michael Timmins)

I wish I wish I wish to find
someone to share how I’m feeling inside
to be a friend at a long day’s end
and a lover ‘til the end of time.

I wish I wish I wish to be
the one who you picture when you fall asleep
to be the love you sought
I wish to be the thought
that brings a smile to your eyes.

Don’t travel in a line if you’re looking for an education
don’t carry every burden as a challenge to weigh you down
and dance for beauty in every situation
and bring a smile to my eyes.

I wish I wish I wish to hold
the one that's been drifting, another lost soul
to be the one to choose
I’ve got to be the fool
that brings a smile to your eyes.

Don’t travel in a line if you’re looking for an education
don’t carry every burden as a challenge to weigh you down
and dance for beauty in every situation
and bring a smile to my eye.

Don’t travel in a line if you’re looking for an education
don’t carry every burden as a challenge to weigh you down
and dance for beauty in every situation
and bring a smile to my eyes
and bring a smile to my eyes
yeah a smile to my eyes.


Gone Away
(Michael Timmins)


All I ever longed for
is now gone
all I ever feared
is all around me
all I ever wanted
is almost lost
all I need now, gone away.

Love to you was always
best in books
love to me a fragile
bitter friend
now love to me is always
second best
and all I need now, gone away

All I ever wanted
I have lost
all I ever feared
is all in front of me
all I ever cared for
is now lost
days of wonder, gone away.


House on the Horizon

(Michael Timmins )

From the 1995 Canadian Film "House", directed by
Laurie Lynd. This song was nominated for
"Achievement in Music - Original Score" at the 17th
annual Genie Awards (Canadian Film Awards).

Gonna find myself a sledgehammer
and a crow bar with some stick.
Breathe a little plaster dust,
just enough to make me sick.
Gonna dig myself a deep long trench,
cool and clean and damp,
toss the earth and scatter bones,
place this footing down.
I will make you my horizon.

Gonna borrow me a crosscut saw,
and a bucket full of nails,
Play a little rip cut rag,
then watch my flag unfurl.
I will make you my horizon.

Out among those glowing coals is a line we dare not cross
Not to sound to trivial, but cross it we all must.
I will make you my horizon
Distant and unimpaired.
Yes I will find it my horizon
Distant and unimpaired.
Yes I will find it my horizon
Distant and unimpaired.


The Good and the Bad
(Ted Hawkins )

Performed live during 1996, the lyrics here are as performed on April 16, 1996 and differ from those by the Ted Hawkins in several spots.


Living is good,
when you've got someone to live with.
Laughter is bad,
when you don't have anyone to share it with.
Talking is bad,
when there is no one there to talk to.
Dying is good,
when your one true love grows tired of you.

Sugar is no good,
once it's cast among the white sand.
What's the point,
of pulling the grey hairs from among the black strands?
'Cause when you're old,
you shouldn't walk in the fast lane.
Oh ain't it useless,
to keep on trying to draw true love from that man.

He'll hurt you,
just for the sake of hurting you.
He'll hate you,
if you try to love him just the same.
He'll use you,
and everything you have to offer him.
On your way girl,
get out and find somebody new.

He'll hurt you,
just for the sake of hurting you.
He'll hate you,
if you try to love him just the same.
He'll use you,
and everything you have to offer him
On your way girl,
get out and find somebody new.


I Believe I'll Dust My Broom

(Robert Johnson )

The lyrics here are different that the original words from
Robert Johnson. I have taken these from a recording on
April 5, 1990.

I'm getting up soon in the morning,
I guess I'll dust my broom.
I'm getting up soon in the morning,
I better dust my broom.
You know I love that boy,
but now my friends can get my room.

I'm gonna write a letter,
and telephone every town I know.
I'm gonna write a letter,
and telephone every town I know.
You know I love that boy.

Well I don't want no man,
want every downtown girl he meets.
Well I don't want no man,
want every downtown girl he meets.
If he don't give me good loving
I want him back out on the street.

I believe my time ain't long.
I believe, I believe, my time ain't long.
I gonna leave my lovin' baby,
and break up my happy, happy home.


32-20 Blues
(Robert Johnson )

The lyrics here are different that the original words from
Robert Johnson. I have taken these from a recording on
October 1, 1989.


If I send for my baby and he don't come
Yeah I send for my baby and he don't come
Well all of the doctors in the whole wide world
can't help him none.

If he gets unruly and thinks he don't do
if he gets unruly and thinks he don't do
I'll take my 32-20 and I'll blow him half in two.

He's got a .38 special, I believe it does him well
He's got a .38 special, I believe it does him well
But I've got a 32-20, gonna send him straight to hell

Baby, where did you stay last night?
Baby, where did you stay last night?
'Cause you got your hair all tangled
and you ain't talking right
and you didn't come home until
the sun was shining bright
Where did you stay last night?

Girls, I can't get my rest
Girls, I can't get my rest
Girls, I can't get my rest
with this 32-20 laying up and down my breast
I can't get my rest

Morning Cried
(Michael Timmins )


When Morning Cried
she awakes to find another day of blind fumbling lies ahead
for the life of her, she can’t figure out what’s wrong
it’s just that every rock she once stood upon is gone.

And the day begins
he wakes and finds he’s lost his way ???
for the life of him he can’t figure out what’s wrong
it’s just that every rock he once stood upon is gone

No ripples in the water, no footprints in the sand
we caught ourselves wandering in a very foreign land

so place your love in this hand
in this one place your faith
hope that you are ???
another ???

when morning comes
awakes to find another day of blind fumbling lies ahead
for the life of them they can’t figure out this place at all
it’s just that every rock that they once stood upon is gone
for the life of them they can’t figure out this place at all
it’s just that every rock they once stood upon is gone.

River
(Joni Mitchell)

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
Then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river I could skate away on
I made my baby cry

He tried hard to help me
You know, he put me at ease
And he loved me so naughty
Made me weak in the knees
Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on

I'm so hard to handle
I'm selfish and I'm sad
Now I've gone and lost the best baby
That I ever had
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

Oh, I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I made my baby say goodbye

It's coming on Christmas
They're cutting down trees
They're putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
I wish I had a river I could skate away on

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Last update: March 18, 2006
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