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New Kind of Blue

by Joe Flood

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1.
Solitary Man 02:59
It's a time lapse study of a sidewalk cafe Expressions turning over as the moment strays Through the ever changing crowd, but one face stays It's the image of a solitary man Chairs fill up with shadows, words fade on the wind He pulls his coat around him like along lost friend His feet are cold and restless and his heart is made of tim The spitting image of a solitary man Interrupted harmony, an unfinished tune The moon's howling at you, but he'll be leaving soon As the camera pans the street around your routine and your plans You can look for your reflection in that solitary man Solitary man It's a time lapse study of the colors of the sky Glass and metal rectangles, water mountains sailing by Distorted, but it's clear perspective's only in the eye Like the image of a solitary man Solitary man
2.
There we were the same old thing Talk and cry and laugh and sing Every room the same four walls Conformity's convention halls But I'm a new kind of blue Towers reaching for the sky Airplanes crash and thousands die Some shake fists some heads shake "why?" All ask God for an alibi But I'm a new kind of blue The sky's not crying it's laughing at you Little red rooster don't know what to do Looking at the world through a new kind of blue Feel these pins they stick in me Voodoo doll economy Credit cards and gasoline Time to grease their war machine But I'm a new kind of blue Right time fly down from above Night time with the one I love Give me back my song to sing I'm sick of this old new blue thing The sky's not crying it's laughing at you Little red rooster don't know what to do Looking at the world through a new kind of blue A new kind of blue
3.
Pile of Woe 04:27
Come on, baby, stop your crying You know you shouldn't bother so Didn't your mama ever tell you This world's a pile of woe What's been born is busy dying Our fortunes with the four winds blow Don't dread the night, don't fear tomorrow Don't let this bed of sorrow grow You're the dreamy light of a deep wood in its drifting autumn hue Please don't take my comfort and go But let's break new ground together and turn it over slow Plowing this pile of woe Wild flowers in a green field Purple, yellow, white, and blue Wicked weed forever creeping Weeping willow's crying, too Some mother's lost her daughter Some brother's lost his guiding light Who hears the silent shadows wailing In the hollow of the night? But if you bring a sweet song on a bright afternoon And meet me at the head of a row We'll sing it shade to shade all up and down the tune Plowing this pile of woe Pile of woe The whole world's a mess of trouble But I'm looking out for rain With every grain of hope I sow Plowing this pile of woe They say we two are too different You're a jewel, I'm a thief But a thief takes for the taking And I want you to keep They say we don't have money But what we've got's what they don't know This bed of ease, our rock of ages Where sweet and silver waters flow And if King Solomon could marry the Pharaoh's daughter Why can't I marry you who I love so Take your hand along the sand and walk beside the waters That wash this pile of woe Pile of woe The whole world's a mess of trouble But I'm looking out for rain With every grain of hope I sow Plowing this pile of woe Plowing this pile of woe Pile of woe The whole world's a mess of trouble But I'm looking out for rain With every grain of hope I sow Plowing this pile of woe Come on, baby, stop your crying
4.
Red sky evening in an old river town Things get quiet as the sun goes down Till it's just you and the night And the moon on the hill And the wisdom of the water Running deep and still It tells a story from the mountain That talks about the sea A water song sung in rocky harmony Of every raindrop that's fallen Every wind that's blown It's the story of the river and it's written in stone But it's getting hard to hear that river any more For the highway's hum and the engine's roar But high in the mountain Where the wise man goes alone Every river tells a story That's written in stone It's carved out its record through the rock and sand With the gentle touch of a loving hand Of how it's served and preserved us As our own life's blood Left us dry as a bone and lost in the flood And how we've used and abused it And turned it to rain That burns the leaves off the trees That once stood on its banks And how we threaten our children And filthy its flow And I've heard that river saying We'll reap what we sow Now I'm no Moses And there's no burning bush in sight But I've seen the waterfall in its shimmering light And high in the mountains Where the wise man goes alone Every river tells a story That's written in stone
5.
You see me shrugging my shoulders Shaking my head Twisting my hips Out stretching my legs I'm not losing my mind Or looking for cover I'm just wondering if one leg Might be shorter than the other I'm just tyring to stand up straight It's not some new dance craze But I wish that it was Might be the next sensation Cause a big fuss But right now I'm just trying To find the right track From my neck on down To my sacroiliac I'm just tyring to stand up straight I'm just trying to stand up straight Now what is it that makes you Slump in your chair Or hang your head In a groundward stare Well, all I'd like to do Is hold my head up Without sticking my nose In the air But some days I walk around Big smile on my face Proud of myself And the whole human race But then I get weary And I feel myself start to tip I've got to pull myself together And get a grip JUst to try to stand up straight Just to try to stand up straight Some people seem to find it easy To hold themselves erect Got no buckle in their knees No crick in their neck No pain, no shame, No worry, no doubt Now I wonder if they know What I'm talking about Is it some bad habit Or extra gravity That's been twisting my mind Twisting my body I won't let it be said I've got no spine So if you see me twisting and turning Looking like I'm about to unwind I'm just trying to stand up straight I'm just trying to stand up straight
6.
A late night call You spill it all Your new start Just fell apart What do you hope to see? Sympathy? Well, that suits me fine Just don't ask for mine In the meantime In the meantime You lie out loud You're even proud You think that you're smart But that's no art What have you ever done But hit and run? It doesn't make sense And it should make me sad It doesn't make me crazy But I'm getting mad Now your old game Is in freeze-frame In the meantime In the meantime So who do you think that the show is for? Can't you even touch your life any more? Your kind of talk is worse than cheap Isn't there just one thing that you'd like to keep In the meantime? In the meantime If anyone could help you you know that I would But I don't know a thing that would do any good You're a played hand So what have you planned In the meantime? In the meantime In the meantime
7.
Life is hard I know It is everywhere you go But you can't see the sunshine for the rain And it sure is sad To see you look and feel so bad When you've spent your life running from the pain And now you're only lookin' for a vein You could dance, you could smoke You could laugh and tell a joke And I never did once hear you complain But once that heroin Got in underneath your skin Your life just did never feel the same And now you're only lookin' for a vein Now I know all the times you tried to quit How you thought you could just fool around with it But the longing for that long gone train Chugging through your brain Is your ball and chain Your my friend, my friend You will be to the end But there's one thing that time just won't explain Why you spend yours looking for a vein Now I used to think That you didn't need to drink That you were only having too much fun But it ain't fun no more When you're falling on the floor And all because you're struggling 'gainst the strain Of the thing that keeps you lookin' for a vein And I don't mean to preach But every spot within your reach Has been shot so full of holes that it's insane And it can't feel so good To look like a piece of wood That's been banged and scarred and cut against the grain And now you're only lookin' for a vein Now I know all the times you tried to quit How you thought you could just fool around with it But the longing for that long gone train Chugging through your brain Is your ball and chain Your my friend, my friend You will be to the end But there's one thing that time just won't explain Why you spend yours looking for a vein
8.
I'm the guy at the stop light Banging on the dashboard Rolling down the highway Tunes cranked and gas floored But since country went pop Pop music's headed south And I can't take the words They're trying to put in my mouth Becasue I grew up singing with the radio But now I'm grown I wanna know Why won't the radio Why won't the radio Oh, why won't the radio Sing along with me? Now I don't care a thing For no stinking MTV Those muscle girls and pretty boys Never meant a thing to me Market-analyzed playlist Computerized DJ Tell me who died And made him boss anyway 'Cause I grew up singing with the radio But now I'm grown I wanna know Why won't the radio Why won't the radio Oh, why won't the radio Sing along with me? Sing along with me Sing along with me Oh, why won't the radio Sing along with me? Let's talk about self-actualization Feeling like the voice of a deaf generation Dancing in their seats to the classic rock station Gotta get a piece of that mass communication You can call it sour grapes Say I'm full of baloney But I'm gonna have a talk With the ghost of Marconi I got a hammer, got a bell Got this song that I'm singing Gonna do what I can To let freedom keep ringing 'Cause I grew up singing with the radio But now I'm grown I wanna know Why won't the radio Why won't the radio Oh, why won't the radio Sing along with me? Sing along with me Sing along with me Oh, why won't the radio Sing along with me?
9.
When In Love 03:42
Looks like the old world has lost its charm You've found a new world in your lover's arms Don't even think that Your love could ever leave you blue When in love, do as lovers do As the lovers do You talk for hours but don't say much Learning the language of kiss and touch Sooner or later It all comes down to "I love you" When in love, do as lovers do As the lovers do Your heart May ache when you're apart But never fear When your lover's near Worries just disappear Dream of tomorrow But live today Pay no attention To what people say Cling to each other And do what your hearts tell you to When in love, do as lovers do As the lovers do
10.
You go where I go And I'm friends with some you know We like singing the same old songs But we don't get along I remember when we met You gave me a cigarette Now I don't know where we went wrong But we don't get along I don't know Maybe it's chemistry But you just don't do a thing for me We'd best agree to disagree 'Cause we don't get along We see eye to eye About some things so I don't know why Even "hello" is coming on too strong 'Cause we don't get along And we agree on what the poets meant Voted the same for president But I wouldn't care If you moved to Hong Kong 'Cause we don't get along I don't know Maybe it's chemistry But you just don't do a thing for me We'd best agree to disagree 'Cause we don't get along Now if we looked we could see The best in you and the best in me But any chance of that seems gone 'Cause we don't get along No, we don't get along We just don't get along
11.
The sun plays all around you It's found you at last The cold hours of yesterday have passed So dance in your glory The story of you While I do The shadow's waltz Dreaming of the bright lights The night lights the way And you follow waiting for the day Where dreams live and die to Just try to come true But I do The shadow's waltz The dreamer who dreamt me Has wakened and I'm empty It's cold and dark in here you know Still I go reeling Remembering the feeling Of you in my arms Eyes a-glow So, I may be a shadow Of my used to be But if your shadow cares to dance with me I'll go ask the twilight Before my light goes If he knows The shadow's waltz
12.
Like a tree with her autumn leaves around her Love stands naked to the winds that blow And like a seed before the right time has found her Love lies patient and tender 'neath the snow The church bell tolls its own ungodly hour The dawning sun is ringing its bell Between the sunrise and the top of the tower There's a story even time won't tell No clock, no watch, no light of day No hook, no catch, barely a melody But the song love sang there in the dark She sang just for me The one thing I still always find amazing In the up and down and same old day to day Is that the words I long to hear are always blazing In the hands of one who takes my breath away Tonight we'll walk beneath the crescent moon, dear Beneath the stars out in the cooling air And we'll hear love sing an old familiar tune, dear In the here and now and then and there No clock, no watch, no light of day No hook, no catch, barely a melody But the song love sang there in the dark She sang just for me

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Originally released in 2005 on Club de Musique Records, Italy.
To purchase a hard copy, go to www.joeflood.net

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released July 10, 2010

Produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel
All words and music by Joe Flood, Jungle Curry Music, BMI, administered by Bug Music, Nashville except where noted
Recorded land mixed at Cowboy Technical Services, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Engineered by Tim Hatfield and Greg Duffin
Mastered by Scott Hull at The Hit Factory, NYC
Design: Liz Grace
Cover art: Liam Grace-Flood
Special thanks: Garth Hudson, Buddy Cage, Artie Traum, Jono Manson, Dave Porteus, Jeremy Tepper, Laura Cantrell, Youngblood Music, Liz, Liam, and Nora Eloise

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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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