Cripplin' Crutch

by Joe Flood

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Released on Diesel Only Records, June, 2001.
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released June 10, 2001

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Joe Flood New Haven, Connecticut

Joe Flood is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed, written, and recorded with many of the great names in American roots music, among them The Band, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Bottle Rockets, Laura Cantrell, Eric Andersen, Happy and Artie Traum, Jim Weider, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Jono Manson, and the list goes on! Please visit www.joeflood.net for more information. ... more

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Track Name: Cripplin' Crutch
No new trick up any old sleeve
Balls roll round the table then it's time to leave
You're just making conversation
Trying to be cool in anticipation
Of the man with the "what do you need"
Hands shaking and such
On that cripplin' crutch

Cripplin' crutch
It'll crumble underneath you
Cripplin' crutch
Will let you down with a crash
Cripplin' crutch
They might as well beat you
And take off with all of your cash
Still got your own two feet
Best quit leaning on that cripplin' crutch

Dizzy bird flipping out of her cage
She's not on the make, she's in the planning stage
She knows she ain't got a lot
So she's giving what she does everything she's got
And you know she might give it to you
If you give her a touch
Of that cripplin' crutch

Cripplin' crutch
It'll crumble underneath you
Cripplin' crutch
Will let you down with a crash
Cripplin' crutch
They might as well beat you
And take off with all of your cash
Still got your own two feet
Best quit leaning on that cripplin' crutch

You're in that bar all night every night
Till there ain't another cripplin' crutch in sight
You struggle just to make it home
Last place you want to be is alone
Get a little you can't get enough
Until you got too much
Of that cripplin' crutch

Cripplin' crutch
It'll crumble underneath you
Cripplin' crutch
Will let you down with a crash
Cripplin' crutch
They might as well beat you
And take off with all of your cash
Still got your own two feet
Best quit leaning on that cripplin' crutch
Track Name: A Little Bird Told Me
How do I know
Your hearts is aching
How do I know
You could use a little fun
How do I know
You're only faking
When you say that
You don't need anyone
It didn't come through the grapevine
It didn't come down the telephone line
No, no, no, no, no

How do I know
You're thinking of me
How do I know
That you're feeling blue
How do I know
You'd love to love me
Just the same way
I would love ot love you
I didn't hear it on the radio
I didn't see it on a TV show
No, no, no, no, no

A little bird told me
A little bird told me
A little bird told me
Just what I wanted to hear
And now I've got to hear it from you

I've heard those birds before
How they whistle, lord, how they coo
But now all creation's singing
She loves you
She loves you
Yes, she do

So how do I know
Right now is the right time
How do I know
It was meant to be true
How do I know
Day follows night time
How do I know
That one and one makes two
I didn't read it in the daily news
I didn't have to go out chasing down clues
No, no, no, no, no

A little bird told me
A little bird told me
A little bird told me
Just what I wanted to hear
A little bird told me
A little bird told me
A little bird told me
Just what I wanted to hear
And now I've got to hear it from you
I've got to hear it from you
Track Name: Niagara
The bar's full of border guards ahving a ball
Newlyweds next door knocking down the wall
These bordertown water towns always make me think of you
But if you would come and meet me in this tourist town
I'd love you like that waterfall craching down
Pull yourself together, girl, and let me get a message through

Oh, Niagara
Please don't make me go
My feet start flying
When you start crying
And the water starts to flow
I lose my mind
Every time
I see that water fall
Oh, Niagara
Can't you hear me call

I've got a honeymoon suite in a cheap motel
A big double bed all to myself
Talking to the TV and staring at the telephone
When your waterworks are working, girl, I can't stay
You need help, but I can't help but runaway
And now I can't quit thinking 'bout you all alone

Oh, Niagara
Please don't make me go
My feet start flying
When you start crying
And the water starts to flow
I lose my mind
Every time
I see that water fall
Oh, Niagara
Can't you hear me call

It's hard to forget that I'm the reason you cried
With thsoe powerlines buzzing like my foolish pride
And that wall of whitewater that only makes a body blue
I'mm hanging on with all of the strength I can find
But give me half a minute I'd have half a mind
To jump into a barrel and try riding these falls to you

Oh, Niagara
Please don't make me go
My feet start flying
When you start crying
And the water starts to flow
I lose my mind
Every time
I see that water fall
Oh, Niagara
Can't you hear me call
Oh, Niagara
Can't you hear me call
Oh, Niagara
Can't you hear me call
Track Name: All The Same To You
Excuse me for living
I don't mind if I do
I hope all's forgiven
You know I'd do the same for you

But if it's true what they say
And someone must pay
I'll bear my share of pain
But I won't take all the blame
If it's all the same to you

I used to liek to choose my poison
But now I wouldn't dare
Make a choice between the water
And whatever's in the air

But if it's true what they say
And someone must pay
I'll bear my share of pain
But I won't take all the blame
If it's all the same to you

I'd like to buy the world an aspirin
And slip it in their coke
If it would do any good
I'd try to tell the world a joke

But if it's true what they say
And someone must pay
I'll bear my share of pain
But I won't take all the blame
If it's all the same to you

Now they're tearing down the wall
And saving every brick
In case they might want to build a new one
Can't beat it with a stick
But if I had my pick
I think I'd take the blue one

Jesus, Jesus
Won't you tell me, how'd you do it?
I wouldn't trust the world
Even half as far as you threw it
But if it's true what they say
And someone must pay
I'll bear my share of pain
But I won't take all the blame
If it's all the same to you
Track Name: Deep Sleep Blue
When the wind and tide escape you
There's nothing you can do
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
But put your weary head down
On a weary lullaby
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

My heart's as heavy as the sands
That the seven seas woo
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
But tonight no sand's been dropped into
These star-woo'd eyes
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

My heart was once as light as
The seagulls that flew
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
But now my strength has left me
To float away like a sigh
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

The wave beneath you rising now
Would as soon roll over you
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
And the sidewalk trees
Throw up their arms and wonder why
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

And space is one big room
With one big circle of a view
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
But I swear sometimes a man can feel
Like he's buried alive
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

So let the sailors sing their chanteys
In accents bold and true
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
While Spanish tongues like castanets
Are clicking hard and high
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky

When the wind and tide escape you
There's nothing you can do
On the deep, on the deep
On the deep sleep blue
But putyour weary head down
On a weary lullaby
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky
In the deep sleep blue
Of a white night sky
Track Name: Big Daddy Blues
What are you thinking when you're glued to your TV
Or driving your radio down hte road?
Are you waiting for your nuclear family
To reach critical mass and explode
While the suck the sense out of your language
And the poetry out of your soul?
They drive your mind back and forth over the same bridge
And each direction they collect the toll

And it's A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
I'm tired of paying these dues
On these 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
9 to 5 Big Daddy Blues

Do you believe in military intelligence?
Do you believe in industrial parks?
Do you believe in honest politicians
Or end each sentence with a question mark?
If you believe in beautiful condominiums,
if you believe in good insurance companies,
Holy wars or conventional wisdom,
You're living in an artificial reality

And it's A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
I'm tired of paying these dues
On these 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
9 to 5 Big Daddy Blues

Now you can spend your days talking on the telephone
From the privacy of your own little world
Keeping you and yours out of the danger zone
Or keep your freak flag unfurled
But I'm old enough to hear my own drummer
As sure as eight and thirteen make twenty-one
And I'll make my hay in the summer
I'll make my music when my work day is done

And it's A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
I'm tired of paying these dues
On these 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
9 to 5 Big Daddy Blues
And it's A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
I'm tired of paying these dues
On these 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
9 to 5 Big Daddy Blues
Track Name: Automatic Monkey
He's got money 'neath his mattress
That grumbles when it talks
And a chain hooked to his wallet
That rattles when he walks
You might not see him coming
But if you do you might wanna run
He's about as mellow as a monkey
With a gatling gun
He's got the whole world to gamble
And nothing in the world to lose
He's just an automatic monkey
And it looks like he might blow a fuse

Now you pour him full of coffee
And plug him into his machine
And he'll do your business better
Than any monkey you've ever seen
He'll wag your flag and shave his head
But if you mess with his sure thing
You'd be better off dead
'Cause once he loses that
He's got nothing in the world to lose
He's just an automatic monkey
And he looks like he might blow a fuse

Well, you can make your way to Washington
And make a speech
Or head on down to Georgia
And eat a peach
They say that down in Florida
Life is a beach
But you ain't heard nothing
Till you heard that automatic monkey screech

Well, now, give me a minute
Let me catch my breath
I took a look into the mirror
And it scared me half to death
There's no used to be to lean on
Where tomorrow always was
And that looking glass is saying
Monkey see what monkey does
I got the whole world to gamble
And nothing in the world to lose
I'm just an automatic monkey
And it looks like might blow a fuse
I'm just an automatic monkey
And it looks like might blow a fuse
Track Name: I Don't Want To Tell You Again
What's wrong with me?
Well, what on earth's the matter with you
Now can't you see
I need you to do what you do
Those little things
That take away the hurt and pain
Those little things
That drive me this side of insane
So fill my loving cup, girl
And don't you stop until I say when
Now I told you once
I don't want to have to tell you again

Well, I'm a wreck
A bundle of nerves and wires
I got a load
A heavy, heavy load of desire
I got a fuse
Got a long fuse, but it's lit
When I explode
You won't have time to know what hit
So, girl, when I call
You better come running 'for I count to ten
And now I told you once
I don't want to have to tell you again

I roll and tumble
I roll with it the best I can
But I'm not a rock
I'm not a rock, I'm a man
And I'm the man
You need to give some lovin' to
And I'm the man
Who'll give it right back to you
'Cause all I wanna do
Is take us both some place we never been
And now I told you once
I don't wanna have to tell you again
Track Name: Shades of Gray
Newsprint skyline turning yellow with age
Dishwater clouds turning purple with rage
And all I can find to say
Is I feel like the day
Three fast moving shades of gray

Coal balck curls fall over steel blue eyes
Salt white cheeks still say their silent good-byes
And all I can hope and pray
Is that they'll fade away
In three fast moving shades of gray

The wind and snow
The pounding rain
The bitter cold
Won't kill the pain
And it's gonna take time
For the sun to shine
Some place
Where I can feel its rays

There's no good reason and it's no good trying
No use thinking that it's no good crying
Because these blues are here to stay
Till nature ahs its way
With three fasting moving shades of gray
Three fast moving shades of gray
Three fast moving shades of gray
Track Name: High Maintenance Woman
Well, hello, Mrs. So and so
And how are you today
I'd like to check your oil
But I'm sorry to say
I ain't got time to check you battery
Or look out for your leaks
And I can't getyou a tune up
Any time this week

I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
And she keeps me working overtime

Now my baby's got a chassis
That's a pleasure to slip under
An engine tuned to purr
But she can roar like thunder
I keep an ear out for trouble
Every squeak and every grind
'Cause I wanna make htose curves
In record time

I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
And she keeps me working overtime

I keep extra oil handy
And a full box of tools
I know she's looking hot
But I keep her running cool
Always checking her fluids
Give her plenty of fuel
'Cause if I don't tend to it
Ain't no telling who will

So now if I see Mr. So and so
In his beat up Chevrolet
I'll tell him you were here
But I sent you on your way
You were looking for a tune up
But I couldn't help you out
And I think the both of you
Ought to know by now

I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
And she keeps me working overtime
Well, I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
I got a high maintenance woman
And she keeps me working overtime
Track Name: So The Story Goes
Boy and girl waling down the street
Suddenly their eyes meet
Suddenly they fall in love
Or so the story goes
They start to see a lot of each other
Become part of one another
She's says she loves him and he says he loves her
And so the story goes

He works hard and one day he buys a ring
Takes it on home to his sweet thing
They set a date for the wedding
Or so the story goes
Until the day she says it must end
'Cause she has found a new friend
It feels worse than starting over again
And so the story goes

He tries figuring out how he wronged her
He gives it up but the nights keep getting longer
He searches every pair of eyes around every corner
And so the story goes
Why couldn't fate supply a happier ending
Toward love and life forever wending
Like a willow weeping into the river bending
So the story goes