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Jon Fox Live. Photo credit: Clisso Photography

 

Back To Harlan

Mary came from Harlan a small Kentucky town
Where mountains die from company’s bringing coal up from the ground
And her daddy was a miner he was killed in ’88
And she moved in with his parents when her mom turned into waste

It’s a long way to the pits of hell across many a distant land
Through hurricanes and fiery rain goes the soul of a sinful man
And there’s a sea of glass and seven stars and you ain’t got no help
And the whole way there her daddy sang this little song to himself

Don’t send me back to Harlan ’cause I don’t wanna go
I just had to feed my family so I dug the Harlan coal
And I didn’t choose to die or choose where I was born
So don’t send me back to Harlan I won’t go there anymore

Anywhere but Harlan is where I wanna go
I’d kill a man and woman too just to stay out of that hole
So when I see the devil I’ll spit in his right eye
Because of where I came from I was never scared to die

I never thought about it I just did what people do
When you come from East Kentucky and you’re born with nothing to lose
I swear if I had known that those mountains stop the rain
Then I’d have never helped to remove their tops or to play the rich mans game

Don’t send me back to Harlan ’cause I don’t wanna go
I just had to feed my family so I dug the Harlan coal
And I didn’t choose to die or choose where I was born
So don’t send me back to Harlan I won’t go there anymore

I guess being born in Harlan ain’t nothing but a waste
When the power men come from far away and decide everybody’s fate
Oh but can’t you see I’m innocent it’s the men who want it all
They’ll kill and steal until nothings left how I’d love to seen them fall

But don’t you be my judge you just set my soul free
And I’ll wander this whole earth and all those places I ain’t seen
But I won’t go to Black Mountain I won’t look out across the line
Because of what I’ve done I’ll forever serving time

Just Me

I’ll sing a sad song if it pours down rain
I’ll sing a sad song and drive out all of my pain
But I’ll sing a love song when the skies are clear
I’ll sing a love song every time you’re near

I’ve got a place where we can run and hide
I’ve got a place that’s down by the riverside
Let’s say we go there no one has to know
Let’s say we go there and jump in the swimming hole

But that’s just me that’s just me
It ain’t nobody else
I do believe I do believe
That you could have my help
And when I wake up in the morning
And sing this song for you
From a mountain in Johnson County
Where the hills are painted blue

I’ll sing a train song when I’ve got to go
I’ll sing a train song and ease my traveling bone
I’ll sing an old song it takes me back in time
I’ll sing an old song and drink just a little wine

But that’s just me that’s just me
It ain’t nobody else
I do believe I do believe
That you could have my help
And when I wake up in the morning
And sing this song for you
From a mountain in Johnson County
Where the hills are painted blue

I’ll sing a sad song if it pours down rain
I’ll sing a sad song and drive out all of my pain
But I’ll sing a love song when the skies are clear
I’ll sing a love song every time you’re near

Lie To You

I know sometimes that I lie to you
When you believe and you want the truth
We used to say that we had nothing to lose
I know sometimes that I lie to you
I know sometimes that I lie to you

I sailed the ocean to a distant land
Hauling freight for a foreign man
Whose to say that it’s all out of hand
I sailed the ocean to a distant land
I’ve sailed the ocean to a distant land

And there’s no light
When it’s night
Not since our world has changed
But it’s alright
I don’t mind
I’m as cool as the evening rain

I used to think that I’d be on TV
But it’s been years since I’ve lost that dream
I wanna say that I’m not what I seem
I used to think that I’d be on TV
I used to think that I’d be on TV

And there’s no light
When it’s night
Not since our world has changed
But it’s alright
I don’t mind
I’m as cool as the evening rain

I hauled a big rig for three long years
Across the prairie when the skies were clear
Go on and say what I don’t wanna hear
I hauled a big rig for three long years
I hauled a big rig for three long years

I sailed the ocean to a distant land
Hauling freight for a foreign man
Whose to say that it’s all out of hand
I sailed the ocean to a distant land
I’ve sailed the ocean to a distant land

Mountain Top

Way up on a mountain top in Eastern Tennessee
I made myself a home with the woman that loves me
And we live that simple life that you hear in a country song
We ain’t got much folks around but we tend to get along

Well I wasn’t born here I came from the outside
You might say I’m a prisoner just looking for a place to hide
Running from the big cities with all the problems there
I’ve been gone for so long now that it’s hard to even care

And the world goes on down below
The good days are gone and it shows
No one cares
No one knows
I get along
With this song

And I don’t really care what anybody thinks
“Cause they’re gonna kill us all with the poison in our drinks
And I think I’ll sit right here and let the time go by
Someday I’ll move on up a little closer to the sky

And the world goes on down below
The good days are gone and it shows
No one cares
No one knows
I get along
With this song

When The Sun Goes Down

When the sun goes down on my part of town
If you wander too far you might never be found
The train whistle wails just like a lost bloodhound
But it’s only around when the sun goes down

Well I run these streets I’m 22 years old
I got a top hat on a walking cane to hold
Got girls in my room I got girls in the lounge
But they’re only around when the sun goes down

The big diesels hum out on Main and Sixth
They’re loading them up on the graveyard shift
They punch their brakes and then they hit the ground
But they’re only around when the sun goes down

When the sun goes down on my part of town
If you wander too far you might never be found
The train whistle wails just like a lost bloodhound
But it’s only around when the sun goes down

At 6 am when It’s first daylight
I’m closing the book on another night
With the curtains drawn is how I come unwound
‘Cause I’m only around when the sun goes down

When the sun goes down on my part of town
If you wander too far you might never be found
The train whistle wails just like a lost bloodhound
But it’s only around when the sun goes down

The Place For Me

Last night when I called you I said that you were the only one
But then I got to thinking that ain’t true
Maybe I was desperate and thinking my life was done
I don’t know how I ever got this blue

So I went out walking down towards all the lights
Just to watch the people on the street
But down in the city you can’t see the stars at night
And it makes me long for Tennessee

I’m thinking back to yesterday
When you were all I knew
Ain’t it sad how the years fly by
We’ve only got a few

And I just wanna ride the trail all night
Underneath the full moon light
You know that’s the place that I wanna be
Way high up on a mountain ridge living my life on the edge
Free like the wind that’s blowing through the trees
That’s the place for me

When I was younger I used to always wanna leave
And head out for the bright lights of LA
I still love that city but just for a short visit
It’s not a place I wanna stay
‘Cause they’ve lost their angels the glamour ain’t for me
I’ve never wanted much more than my home
So you can keep your sidewalks where everyone is a star
I think I’d rather be alone

I’m thinking back to yesterday
When you were all I knew
Ain’t it sad how the years fly by
We’ve only got a few

And I just wanna ride the trail all night
Underneath the full moon light
You know that’s the place that I wanna be
Way high up on a mountain ridge living my life on the edge
Free like the wind that’s blowing through the trees
That’s the place for me

Answers

I drink hard whiskey and I smoke a little pot
I roll my own until my lungs are shot
And when I’m forty-five
It’s a good age to die
That’s the age I’ll die

I don’t mind the devil ’cause I got a lot of soul
Don’t waste my time trying to make my life whole
And When I feel most alive
It’s a good age to die
That’s the age I’ll die

Some live young and some die slow
Some live none and still die old
Watching the years roll on by
It’s a good way to die
That’s the way I’ll die

There’s a million ways to die
Life confuses all
And the wasted lives think they’re standing tall

I’ve traveled back roads and highways the same
I met a million people don’t remember no names
A Blue Ridge Mountain high
It’s a good place to die
That’s the place I’ll die

Westbound Train

When I first made it out of my humble beginnings
I thought home was just a place you had to leave
But now that I’ve traveled about and seen every ending
I realize there’s some things that you don’t need

Like a falling leaf I’ve blown from the highest hills
But where I land is not my final rest
‘Cause I know there are seeds I’ve sown from my own free will
And I ain’t scared of a train thats moving west

Because a westbound train is one last ride
It keeps me running until I reach the other side
No more midnight flames no need to hide
I’ve spent my life looking for my one last ride
I’ve lived my life looking for my one last ride

the first train I ever caught a boxcar down the coast
It tool me further than I’ve ever been before
But it wasn’t the thrill I sought it’s no easy road
But it’s the one when your freedoms are no more

Because a westbound train is one last ride
It keeps me running until I reach the other side
No more midnight flames no need to hide
I’ve spent my life looking for my one last ride
I’ve lived my life looking for my one last ride

I’ve seen cities beyond decay that we built on steel
Rising up with their empty smokestacks high
With broken rails that lost their way busted bottles and crooked wheels
Calling out to a grey and lonely sky

Through every empty town and all the nameless faces
Their father built what’s left them far behind
But this train always comes back around the setting sun it chases
I’m caching out for the very final time

Because a westbound train is one last ride
It keeps me running until I reach the other side
No more midnight flames no need to hide
I’ve spent my life looking for my one last ride
I’ve lived my life looking for my one last ride

When I Die

I wanna go tonight and ride a raft down a river
Stare right at the trees and watch the mountains getting bigger
Some work all their lives and never see a different picture
Won’t you lay me down in the mountains when I die

Where I was born I moved away I couldn’t stay another day
Those people just keep moving in and we’re breaking from their weight
What do you say about longer lines and wasting all your time
While you never hear what’s going on and you never see the signs

So want you take me up tonight to the Nantahala river
Stare right at the rocks and watch the rapids getting bigger
Some work all their lives and never see a different picture
Won’t you lay me down in the mountains when I die

I wanna go downtown and catch a train before I go insane
The storms are here and building up and we can’t escape the rain
What do you say about a dollar bill and how much is it worth
Does a eagle stand for anything, no it’s just another bird

So want you take me up tonight to the Susquehanna River
Float right down to Harrisburg and watch the billboards getting bigger
Some work all their lives and never see a different picture
Won’t you lay me down in the mountains when I die

Nobody reads nobody thinks I can’t take it anymore
And it’s a scary thought when you think about how we’re trapped in an endless war
Why do you care whose president when they all turn out alike
If you say you love that democracy then I’ll tell you to take a hike

So want you take me up tonight to the Shenandoah river
Go on down to Waynesboro and watch the highways getting bigger
Some work all their lives and never see a different picture
Won’t you lay me down in the mountains when I die

Better Off Today

I like the way you look sitting there all bright
And I’d like to run away and stay with you tonight
Underneath a mountain moon and stars up high
And when the morning comes we’ll leave at the first light
Hey but we’ve still got tonight

The leaves they fall as the seasons change
Spring comes on with the flowers and the rain
And I hope my love for you will still remain
Throughout the winters cold and long and lonely pain
Yeah the seasons they must change

I’ve always known where I’ve wanted to go
And I’ve tried to keep myself from digging to deep a hole
But then you came to me and grabbed my soul
You changed my world around it the truth is to be told

When you grabbed my soul
And we ran away
Yeah you stole my heart
And I’m better off today
I’m better off today

I watch the sunset and wonder why
Time seems to disappear like the clouds up in the sky
So I hope you stay with me and share my life
And when we grow old I hope we’re still too young to die

Yeah still too young to die
Though we’re old and gray
You’ll still have my heart
And I’m better off today
I’m better off today