Cripplin' Crutch

by Joe Flood

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Niagara 04:08
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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.joefloodmusic.com for more information. ... more

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