I saw you on the avenue
You looked so tired and a little blue
You were in your Sunday best
With your father's tie upon your chest
Hey, you always stood me still
Hey, you always will
Anything You Need But Me
Let me say this one more time
Just in case you didn't hear it right
I'd put it in my own words
So I'll know it's understood
You sent me out on a limb
Brought me home sent me back again
Out on that limb one too many times
You should've known I'd learn to fly
Don't Forget About Me
I can't be your weather
If it rains then it rains
I can't be your lover
Cuz the feelings would change
I can't be the wind
Cuz the wind blows too free
But if you want a true companion
Don't forget about me
Don't forget about me
When your heart's in the shade
I look out on these shields of heather
Across the countryside
I wonder how they've grown together
While people live such separate lives
I think I'll stay inside for the winter
'cause the weather's in my bones
And this wind could shatter bone to splinter
Then howl me back home
Goodnight To A Mother's Dream
Flippin' bottle caps through the ring around the moon
All alone on a Saturday night with the stars in bloom
I am a vision of my mother's dream come true
Built this house out in the hills
All by my own will
I've got love enough for two
But it's just me and this old moon
Something's disturbed me
I'm out of your company
I'm out of the country
With another man's heart
I'm angered and doubtful
And I'd shout an earful
But nothing comes out
When I open my mouth
On Grafton Street
On Grafton Street at Christmas time
The elbows push you 'round.
This is not my place of memories -
I'm a stranger in this town.
The faces seem familiar,
And I know those songs they're playing.
But I close my eyes and find myself
Five thousand miles away.
It's funny how my world goes 'round without you -
You're the one thing I never thought I could live without.
Say It Isn't So
(Nanci Griffith - Harlan Howard)
When you say I love you
Is it just because you know that's what I want to hear?
Lately friends are warning me
What they hesitate to tell me leaves a thread of fear
People talk around this town
And when the final truth comes down
There's only one thing left to do
It's come back 'round to you
I'm sitting on a southbound train,
Staring at the sky.
I'm thinking of my childhood
And I'm trying not to cry;
While a stranger sleeps against me,
And it feels like I'm his wife.
The towns and cities flutter past
Like the pages of my life.
My heart is on the baggage-rack,
It's heavy as can be.
Talk To Me While I'm Listening
I should have known that you were gone back in Germany
You told me in the dark while I was sleeping
Then you slept through the sunrise
As it washed upon your face
And all that I had heard were our hearts beating
Talk to me while I'm listening
While this love has a voice that we both
Before you let it go...
This greatest love I've ever known
These Days In An Open Book
Shut it down and call this road a day
And put this silence in my heart in a better place
I have traveled with your ghost for so many years
That I see you in the shadows
In hotel rooms and headlights
You're coming up beside me
Whether it's day or night
This heart almost taken,
This heart had a love of it's own.
This heart was reawakened
When you came along.
This heart was born feet running.
This heart saw your porch-light on.
This heart hit the sidewalk wondering
Why you left it on.
Time Of Inconvenience
We're living in a time of inconvenience
Compassion fails me with this meanness in the air
Our city streets are filled with violence
So we close our doors to the city
And pretend that it's not there
Here I go again
Back out on these mean streets
The evil seems to cling to the soles of my feet
Cuz' I'm living in a time of inconvenience
At an inconvenient time