Lyrics

 

I’m losing sleep

and listening to

a hopeful broken sign

fading out and drifting through

the rhythms of my mind

 

It’s darker when

the moon goes down

smothered in the night

but how it burns upon my skin

the flickering of the light

 

Let it go, let it go

let it go, let it go

let it go, let it go

this love of mine

 

I’m moving through

a song for you

ringing in my head

breaking past and calling to

the echoes of the dead

 

(chorus)

 

the winds that blow

through this place

moan between the stones

they carry you and carry me

beyond our cage of bones

 

(chorus)

 

I’m losing sleep

and listening to

a hopeful broken sign

fading out and drifting through

the rhythms of my mind

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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(Hear the thunder

Does it make you wonder?)

 

Spirit

is Life

It flows through

the death of me

endlessly

like a river unafraid

of becoming the sea

 

(Wonder

Hear the thunder

Does it make you wonder?)

 

Music

is prayer

grounding all

the noise I bear

and words that wear

away the wiles of my time

into eddies of air

 

(Wonder

Hear his cry

Hear his love

Does it make you wonder?

Hear his cry of love

His cry of love)

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

lyrics by Gregory Corso, Linda Perhacs, and James Houlahan

music by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

Faded

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all my bags are packed to go

there’s a diamond in my mind

begging hope, left to chance

I travel light, alone, and blind

 

all these faded dreams

breaking in my heart

all these faded scenes

tearing me apart

 

trapped inside an airport maze

shadows stir along the line

a gorgeous moment gone insane

with echoes of a pale design

 

(chorus)

 

metal wings that carve the air

a window seat among the clouds

sunlit fingers fade to night

(and) streak the sky with tattered shrouds

 

(chorus)

 

touching down on broken lines

a surge of power slows the pace

coming back to earthly fears

and darkness I alone can face

 

(chorus)

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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on the road bound for days

wheels that rumble through the dark

missing you so many ways

a burning ember, lonely spark

 

all I’ve got is a song for you

all I’ve got is a song

 

every night a different stage

words and music blur to one

pen to paper, fill the page

a tranquil seas swallows the sun

 

all I’ve got is a song for you

all I’ve got is a song

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I’ll say a little prayer

for your father tonight

as he struggles to breathe

through the dark and the light

 

what colors will he know

when he passes on through

to the other side

from me and you?

 

I’ll say a little prayer 

for your father tonight

 

I’m going out West

to the desert sun

where the lakes are dry

and the rivers are run

 

and down in the sand

I will bury your heart

and scatter your name

to the winds apart

 

I’m going out West

to the desert sun

 

I’m playing this song

just to mark the pain

and wrap it up

in words so plain

 

what offerings

we seek to bring

when all we do

is sing and sing?

 

I’m playing this song

just to mark the pain

 

Oh what is a man worth

when he’s swallowed by time

and his bones laid to rest

in shadows of rhyme?

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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If you ever go out to the circus 

Where the Wallendas walk on the wire 

I'll tell you a tale to remember 

When the white horses leap rings of fire 

 

It was a cold night in Oklahoma 

The show was about to begin 

The animals they were all restless 

When the star horse she broke from her pen 

 

She was a mare of high spirit 

Just like a whore on Saturday night 

She's kickin' and buckin' past the men who were brushin' 

The elephants lyin' on their sides 

 

Next to the tent sat some lanterns 

They were dangerously close to the hay 

That mare headed straight for those lanterns 

Some fool had put there by mistake 

 

Then up stepped some Indian Cowboy 

His lasso went whirlin' throught the air 

And in the full dead middle of danger 

He roped that runaway mare 

 

Then the elephants raised up their trumpets 

Two of them broke free from their chains 

and they stampeded that Indian Cowboy 

Who had saved the big top from flames 

 

So if you ever go out to the circus 

Where the Wallendas walk on the wire 

You just remember that Indian Cowboy 

When the white horses leap rings of fire

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by Joe Ely

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Morning sun it burns so bright

it fills the room with yellow light

today I'd like to get things right

get things right

 

it’s getting harder day to day

no more games left to play

optimism had its day

it had its day

 

i'll take a little piece of you

make our only dream come true

do what i can to see you through

see you through

 

situation's getting rough

you'll have to show me who is tough

do what i can it's not enough

it's not enough

 

faced with a code that we can't crack

as the evening turns to black

not much sense in looking back

looking back

 

sleep it brings its shifting dreams

convincing me more than it seems

that we’re both stuck in between

stuck in between

 

i'll take a little piece of you

make our only dream come true

do what i can to see you through

see you through

 

sleep it brings its shifting dreams

convincing me more than it seems

that we’re both stuck in between

stuck in between

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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There’s a rumbling in my head

unspoken fire cast in lead

let’s call it a crime

that strays out of time

and we’ll feel better off instead

 

humble future bide my time

pleading mercy through design

let’s swallow the chase

that’s wearing a brute face

and choking on this bleeding sign

 

born to rise and

born to rise and

born to rise and

steal away

 

all the promise left in place

and all the whispers void of grace

while under the bed

there’s trouble ahead

far from the memory of outer space

 

now it’s a sign we cannot lie

when fever beckons asking why

we hoard all the waste

in terrible haste

and sink the dreams from out the sky

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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Silver Lake after all

mountains rise, and then they fall

into the sea

where the lonesome birds they call

and I'll be,

I'll be standing tall

 

It's a circus dream

It's a circus dream

 

A mellow afternoon

Familiar fears come back too soon

and in my mind

all my love and losses strewn

like shadows,

behind the moon

 

It's a circus dream

It's a circus dream

 

Sunset faces pass me by

a traffic horn is bleating "Why?"

Nervous clouds drifting through a purple sky

And all I can do,

all I can do is try

 

It's a circus dream

It's a circus dream

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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All my reason helps me to see

the bitter questions you left me

Now that time has moved on

it's only heard in a simple song

 

this lonely night

 

all your wishing never helped a bit

all your answers never posed a threat

but now I want us both to live

far from the pain this love gives

 

this lonely night

 

If I had trouble with things that need

A careful touch, a caring deed

I think my luck might wear thin

And bring my head to task again

 

this lonely night

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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I wrote myself a riddle

but I didn’t like what it meant

so I poured it into concrete

and made myself cement

 

taking to the road

taking to the road

taking to the road

taking to the road

 

in charcoal dreams of madness

he was a friend of mine

he tried so hard to cover

up the solid double line

 

(chorus)

 

she buried stones and heartache

on a winding stretch of sand

with one eye on the sunset

and a careful steady hand

 

(chorus)

 

it’s time for taking answers

and leaving them to waste

for all my hopes to wander

from out this silly place

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music

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all my roads have run out of pavement

all my dreams now return to dust

alone without a map or a stronger love

I only want to do what I must

 

So I’m going where the weather suits my clothes

I’m picking up the pieces of my will

But far away I hear an echo of

a love that must live here still

 

there’s music in the ears of tomorrow

there’s music in the eyes of the past

I’ll sing my song with all my heart

from my first breath to the last

 

then it’s goodbye to sweet California

farewell to all the ones I’ve loved

I’ll fade away into this very song

disappear into the air above

 

 

(From the album The Wheel Still In Spin)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music