Well, he sits up there
on his leatherette
looks through pictures
of the ones he hasn’t had yet
When he thinks he wants
a closer look
he gets out his little black
telephone book

He’s calling calling calling…

Come sit down beside me honey
Let’s have a little heart to heart
Now look at me and tell me honey
How badly do you want this part?

Are you willing to sacrifice?
Are you willing to be real nice?
All your talent and my good taste
I’d hate to see it go to waste

We gon’ get you an apartment honey
We gon’ get you a brand new car
Yeah and we’re gonna take care of you darlin’
We gon’ make you a movie star

“For years I’ve seen ’em come and go”
He says, “I’ve had ’em all you know
I handled everything in my own way
I made ’em what they are today”

After a while nothin’ was pretty
After a while everything got lost
Still, his Jacuzzi runneth over
Still, he just couldn’t get off

He’s just another power junky
Just another silk-scarf monkey
You’d know it if you saw his stuff
The man just isn’t big enough



Along the shore the cloud waves break
The twin suns sink behind the lake
The shadows lengthen
In Carcosa

Stars, they come & go
They come fast or slow
They go like the last light
of the sun, all in a blaze
and all you see is glory
But it gets lonely there
when there’s no one to share
We can shake it away
if you’ll hear a story

Some make it when they’re young
before the world has
done it’s dirty job
and later on, someone will say
“you’ve had your day
You must make way”
But they’ll never know the pain
of living with a name you never own
or the many years forgetting
what you know too well

So if you don’t lose patience
with my fumbling around
I’ll come up singing for you
even when I’m down

Janis Ian

A dozen drops fall from your face
Shaking the rain in a quiet place
Shining clean a fresh new day
Wakes up the world in a fragrant bouquet
Listen to the sound of a constant fall
Skies give water for life of all
If you reach into the air
Rain will come to kiss your hair

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running wild
Butterflies & zebras
And moonbeams & fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind


Now that it’s light
Now that the candle’s
fallen smaller in my mind
Now that it’s here
Now that I’m almost
not so very far behind
I want to know
Do I stay or do I go?
And maybe follow another sign
And do I really have a song
that I can ride on?

Now that I can
Now that it’s easy,
ever easy all around
Now that I’m here
Now that I’m falling
to the sunlight & a song
I want to know
do I stay or do I go?
And do I have to do just one
And can I choose again
if I should lose the reason?

Yes, and the morning has me
looking in your eyes
and seeing mine
Warning me
to read the signs
more carefully…

J. Browne