Million Mile Reflections (1979)

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    Passing Lane

    Well, I was born in Carolina, way back in the swamp
    I was a happy country boy 'til television came along
    It showed them far away places and it sho was a bitch
    'Cause every time I'd quit my traveling,
    Well, my feet would start to itch

    So I borrowed my daddy's suitcase and picked up my guitar
    I walked up the highway and flagged down a car
    I hitchhiked out to Kansas City just as far as I could
    My life was all before me and that highway sure looked good

    Gimme that highway, better go my way
    Crank up the big wheels, let 'em roll on
    I'm movin' like a fast train, gimme that passing lane
    And I'm gone, I'm packin' my load a little farther down the road

    I moved on down to Dallas soon as I got the chance
    I was playin' funky music for them city folks to dance
    And I had money in my pocket, I had fun in my bed
    But I've been here a year now and it's gettin' to my head

    'Cause I've been rocked into ruin, I've been discoed to death
    I've been funk rocked and punk rocked 'til I can't catch my breath
    I've been ragged 'til I'm ragged, I've been new waved 'til I'm blind
    But I've got a solution for my funky state of mind

    Gimme that highway, better go my way
    Crank up the big wheels, let 'em roll on
    I'm moving like a fast train, gimme that passing lane
    And I'll be gone, no more blues just as long as I can move

    Gimme that highway, better go my way
    Crank up the big wheels, let 'em roll on
    I'm moving like a fast train, gimme that passing lane
    And I'm gone, I'm packing my load a little further down the road​

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    Blue Star

    Blue star over my shoulder
    Blue star, can't you see?
    Blue star, it's a little colder
    She's gone away from me

    And I wish I'd never seen her with the sunlight in her eyes
    And I wish I'd never learned the game she played
    And I wish I'd never listened when she told me all the lies
    And I wish I'd never seen her walk away

    She was everything I wanted
    She was sweet mystery
    Blue star, every night I hold it
    She's gone away from me

    And I wish I'd never seen her with the sunlight in her eyes
    And I wish I'd never learned the game she played
    And I wish I'd never listened when she told me all the lies
    And I wish I'd never seen her walk away

    Dark eyes shining like two diamonds filled with fire
    Dark hair blowing in the wind of hot desire
    Red lips pulling me now

    Dark eyes glowing like two diamonds filled with fire
    Dark hair blowing in the wind of hot desire

    Blue star over my shoulder
    Blue star, can't you see?
    Blue star, it's a little colder
    She's gone away from me

    And I wish I'd never seen her with the sunlight in her eyes
    And I wish I'd never learned the game she played
    And I wish I'd never listened when she told me all the lies
    And I wish I'd never seen her walk away
    And I wish I'd never seen her walk away​

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    Jitterbug

    He wears a zoot suit with a reet pleat
    Drives a '36 Cord with a rumble seat
    Now he's a Lord, he's a jitterbug
    Scare the letters off a highway sign

    He drinks beer and eats bennies
    Chases it down with ol' Thunderbird wine
    Carries brass knuckles and a .44
    Runs a loan shark business and a Mary Jane store

    He's a... he's a jitterbug; keeps movin', don't sit still
    If the law don't get him, some gun-totin' irate husband will
    Oh, oh, oh, ooh, ooh, ooh jitterbug, jitterbug

    One day in September he stepped out of his Cord
    Into the street to face a bullet spittin' Ford
    Now he's jitterbug, just a name in the news
    Said, "He finally paid the price. He finally paid his dues."

    jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug
    jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug, jitterbug​

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    Behind Your Eyes

    Here you are again, and here I go 
    Down the same old street I already know 
    That same sweet voice and those same old lies 
    I'm drawn into the world behind your eyes. 

    [CHORUS]
    And I try to run away 
    But I know it's only a try 
    'Cause everything I could ever want 
    Is there behind your eyes, 
    Behind your eyes. 

    Seeing you again and it all comes down 
    Thinking how it was the first time around 
    And when I feel that feeling again 
    I have no chance, I must give in.
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    Reflections

    I remember you back in nineteen fifty six
    You had all the moves
    And you knew all the tricks
    You left all the ladies in a hell of a fix
    When your voice took wing

    Then you'd shake around and
    Oh, how you'd sing
    Just an old boy from Memphis
    With a big diamond ring
    A country girl's prayer
    And a city girl's dream, hail the king

    But it's all right now
    Keep on singin' loud
    It's all right now
    Heaven should be proud

    The fifties left town on a crowded dance floor
    The sixties came in with a bang and a roar
    The world heard a knock
    It was Janis at the door, they let her in

    And when it seemed
    This whole world was fallin' apart
    The houselights would fall
    And the music would start
    She'd be givin' us all a piece of her heart
    Once again

    But it's all right now
    Keep on singin' loud
    It's all right now
    Heaven should be proud

    It was October in St. Louis town
    When we heard that the Free Bird had fell to the ground
    And we all said a prayer
    Before we went down to play

    And Ronnie, my buddy
    Above all the rest
    I miss you the most
    And I loved you the best
    And now that you're gone
    I thank God I was blessed,
    Just to know you

    But it's all right now
    Keep on singin' loud
    It's all right now
    Heaven should be proud

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    The Devil Went Down to Georgia

    The Devil went down to Georgia. He was lookin' for a soul to steal.

    He was in a bind 'cause he was way behind. He was willing to make a deal

    When he came across this young man sawin' on a fiddle and playin' it hot.

    And the Devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said "Boy, let me tell you what."

     

    "I guess you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player, too.

    And if you'd care to take a dare I'll make a bet with you.

    Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due.

    I'll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul 'cause I think I'm better than you."

     

    The boy said, "My name's Johnny, and it might be a sin,

    But I'll take your bet; and you're gonna regret 'cause I'm the best there's ever been."

     

    Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.

    'Cause Hell's broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards.

    And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold,

    But if you lose the devil gets your soul.

     

    The Devil opened up his case and he said, "I'll start this show."

    And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow.

    And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss.

    And a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this.

     

    When the Devil finished, Johnny said, "Well, you're pretty good ol' son,

    But sit down in that chair right there and let me show you how it's done."

     

    "Fire on the Mountain." Run, boys, run!

    The Devil's in the house of the rising sun;

    Chicken's in the bread pan picking out dough.

    Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no.

     

    The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.

    And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet.

    Johnny said, "Devil, just come on back. If you ever wanna try again,

    I done told you once—you son of a bitch—I'm the best that's ever been."

    And he played:

     

    "Fire on the Mountain." Run, boys, run!

    The Devil's in the house of the rising sun;

    The chicken's in the bread pan picking out dough.

    Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no.

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    Mississippi

    Mississippi
    You've been on my mind
    Like a mist in the morning
    From some dream I've left behind
    Mississippi
    I've been kinda down
    Because it's been such a long time
    Since I've seen old Jackson town

    [Chorus]
    I could be on the other side of the world
    But in my memory, all I can see
    Is Spanish moss hanging from a live oak tree

    [Verse 2]
    Mississippi
    Save a place for me;
    I'll be coming home again [coming home again]
    Mississippi, until then [until then]
    You'll be on my mind
    I'll be coming home again
    Mississippi, until then
    You'll be on my mind

    [Chorus]

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    Blind Man

    On a cold concrete sidewalk, on the corner of Fifth and Main
    Sits an old black blind man, and no one knows his name.
    He plays the same old guitar, he plays the same old tune
    And when the people pass him by, some are heard to say
    “Play, let the blind man play”.

    He was a cotton picker down in Alabam’
    Daddy never amounted to much; died by his own hand
    He lost his sight one terrible night by the hand of the Ku Klux Klan
    Burned his eyes with a branding iron some are heard to say;

    Play, let the blind man play
    Maybe you’ll be around another day
    Dreamin’ about those little things you know you’ll never see
    So play, let the blind man play, let the blind man play!

    The years were kind while the man was blind, but he knew his time was due
    And no one cried when the blind man died, with the name that no one knew
    They made his coffin outta knotty pine, with a wreath of laurel too
    His epitaph was short and sweet, and all it said was "Play".

    Play, let the blind man play
    Maybe you’ll be around another day
    Dreamin’ about those little things you know you’ll never see
    So play, let the blind man play, let the blind man play
    Maybe you’ll be around another day
    Dreamin’ about those little things you know you’ll never see
    So play, let the blind man play, let the blind man play

    Play that guitar blind man!​

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    Rainbow Ride

    I traced my footprints through the sands of yesterday
    Back the way I came, I was returning
    And then I saw me standing just across the river
    Just across the bridge that I'd left burning

    It was all reaching out to me
    Now my reflection in the water's all I see

    (Then it flew away)
    Back to the laughing green of summer days
    (Flew away)
    Back to the chilly, golden autumn haze
    (Flew away)
    To a place called yesterday
    (Yesterday)

    Come on in and sit down
    It's good to be in your town
    We're gonna take you for a rainbow ride
    There's no excuse not to relax and get loose
    And let us take you for a rainbow ride

    It's been a long, hard day
    But now it's time to play
    'Cause we've got it all planned
    We're gonna strike up the band
    We're gonna take you for a rainbow ride

    When the sunlight finally blossoms way up high
    Purple shadows fall across the countryside
    We could get together for a rainbow ride
    Close your eyes and let it happen
    Bright and breezy, nice and easy

    Hold on while the music takes you way up high
    We can race the moon across the evening sky
    See the night time rainbow colors flying by
    Close your eyes and let it happen
    Rising, falling, gently calling you

    Let the evening fly away
    While you're dreamin'
    Come on, take that rainbow ride with me

    Let the evening fly away
    While you're dreamin'

    Come on, take that rainbow ride with me
    Come on, take that rainbow ride with me
    Come on, take that rainbow ride with me