UNRELEASED SONGS

In My Time


(Am) Fifteen years adrift upon the rising foreign tide
In my (G) time, in my (Am) time
With nothing much to show for all the learning that I did
What is (G) mine, riffs of (Am) rhyme
(Dm) Burning up the highway playing (Am) stops along the way
Writing (E) letters, painting pictures, loving, (F6) what more can I say
Shady (G) ladies  (Am)

Watching out for the danger signs that loomed along the road
I learned to fly, I give it a try
The devil came to meet me and I told him where to go
I choose to live, he chose to die
He told me to go with him to his pleasures down below
I said, "I do not trust you," anyway, I told him, "no"
That's too easy

One day I saw the beggar lying face down
On the city sidewalk grime, nickels and dimes
The dollar that I gave him was all I had on me then
He said, "Friend, what's the name?"
I said, "It does not matter, you might think you heard me singing
On some radio show or playing on the TV
Maybe on the Hollywood Squares"

I gave my name and wondered why I hoped he would not call
I don't know why I did it at all
I go down to his corner to talk to him now and then
I brang the wine, he had the time
He told the most amazing tales of laughter and of trains and jails
Society girls whose plans had failed, the shitty deals
The DT's and the pain

On Christmas Eve I went down where the beggar used to be
The man was gone and I walked on
Though the city roared with the sound of yuletide business going on
I heard a sound, I turned around
And it happened though so quickly, in a moment stood the vision
In a flask of light, I saw it was the beggar's angel
Bidding me goodnight

Fifteen years, a thousand dreams and many moons ago
In my time, in my time
In years to come I'll see it like so many times before
Live it again, breathe it again
While burning up the highway playing stops along the way
Writing letters, painting pictures, loving, what more can I say
Shady ladies