LYRICS: Rocket Surgery Live at the Toucan (2016)

Save Yourself

words and music: Rueben deGroot

 

Now it may be

that everybody’s born with a little hole in their heart

that’s not original sin

oh no you people put that part in

 

Your brand new baby

is perfect like the day you met her

gonna have to put your gods on the shelf

when you gonna save yourself

 

now even a man of faith can only pray so long

till  hes got to give up, get up, just get on with it

and eventually that man, he’s gonna get what he wants with his own two hands

 

If only for his brand new baby

she’s perfect like the day you met her

you’re gonna have to put your gods on the shelf

when you gonna save yourself

it could make the difference between living in heaven and living in hell

when you gonna save yourself

 

Typewriter

Rueben deGroot

 

Lonely as an old typewriter

angry as a loaded gun

and hungry as the number one

 

You’re an old detective

and you’ve got the undercover blues

about always being number two

I know, what you got and what you got it for

 

I know, I know

I know what you bought and what you bought it for

I know, I know

 

You’re an old victrola

sitting in the noon­day sun

and you’re only playing number ones

 

I know, what you got and what you got it for

I know, I know

I know what you bought and what you bought it for

I know, I know

 

Spanish Inquisition

Rueben deGroot, Cameron Latimer, Elijah Abrams, Randy Rose

 

I give her all my loving

She spends it like its money

I work the night shift for her

She’s sneaking Round the corner

She’s got a part­time position

with the Spanish Inquisition

She’s got me coming, she got me going

Those little eyes are little knowing

 

I get a little nervous when you say you’re back in town

you never were the kind to give it up or settle down

behind the TV or under the big brass bed,

that’s where i keep my mojo hid

You got to stay out of the cake my friend

its a low life, its a grim death

Maybe its the way you drive your car

that takes me back, makes me forget

 

Nobody but you baby,

I’ve got to spell it all out for you

Nobody but you baby,

I gotta tell you time and time again

Nobody but you baby

 

I get a little nervous when you say you’re back in town

you never were the kind to give it up or settle down

behind the TV or under the big brass bed,

that’s where i keep my mojo hid

You got to stay out of the cake my friend

its a low life, its a grim death

Maybe its the way you drive your car

that takes me back, makes me forget

 

Ain’t Thinking About That Right Now

Rueben deGroot

 

Your Lady Luck left you

and you played the fool

29 guns saluting

and you’ll know its true

 

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

 

He was playing Prophet

he was laying it down

pressing them little white buttons

and making that throbbing sound

 

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

 

You’re haunted by past mistakes

you’ve given in to fear

Elitist, Defeatist, you name it, i’ve been there

 

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

But I ain’t even thinking about that right now

 

Ladiez Benz

Cameron Latimer and Rueben deGroot

 

Well I’d be twice as far

If I’d have taken the faster car

If I’d have swiped her Mastercard

If I’d a’been thinkin’

 

What she’ll do depends on her loyal friends

They smell good together

Like Armor­all and leather

She’s got the perfect friends

They go out riding in her Ladiez Benz

There’s nothing I can do to prove...

 

I drive and older car

I strum an even older guitar

It only plays sad tunes

She drives as fast as she can keeps her engines fan all full of bugs

Shes got those colored lenses

The ones that match her Mercedes Benzes

 

Well, on the latest bender

It seams I did my very best to offend her

but shes not sad I’m leaving

It’s the ride I’m thieving

 

I’d be twice as far

If I’d a’taken the faster car

If I’d a been thinkin’

What I’ll do depends on her Ladies’ Benz

And if she wants it back

The End

 

Poison Ivy

Rueben deGroot

 

After all this time

 still your feet just find thier way back home

and her memory it calls

and your house of cards, it falls

but you’ve already made your last mistake

you thought this was paradise, It ain’t.

another summer out to pasture, of blue­eyed soul, and careless laughter

 

We don’t see you round much anymore

the boys and I play “Poison Ivy” every Friday

hoping you’ll walk through that door

and you’ll say: “I don’t need Miami Beach anymore,

and besides, I met the guy who wrote the song

that made the whole world sing.

 

The Norfolk Walrus

Rueben deGroot,  Elijah Abrams

 

Sailing tall seas on dark ships

telling tall tales to loose lips

another day at Marine Land for Mr. Walrus

he ate a cruise ship, I seen him do it

 

We set sail for the coast on a cold wet November night

we didn’t see the walrus for forty days and forty nights

I’m going into the weeds with Mr Walrus

he yells “nice tits!” at your boat.

 

The Walrus!

The Walrus!

The Walrus!

The Walrus!

 

Cathy

Randy Rose and Rueben deGroot

 

Keep your hands to yourself

look sharp,  you’ve got to get up, get out, get what you want

You’ve convinced me, that we’re not all created equal

my god, what have you become?

 

What I want is what I don’t see

and you’re not fooling me

are you always on time?

Do you smile when you lie too?

 

(eh­La, eh­La)

Cathy, there’s just no room for you here

(eh­La, eh­La)

I guess that’s why you disappeared

to San Antone

Where you’re livin’ it up, livin’ it up (X2)

 

On my back pags you wrote

“look sharp.  you’ve got to get  up,

get out get what you want”

And I guess you did

or you’d be here

dried out from the years

 

of no water on the field

no bacon in the fridge

I’m out here on a loan

so many things that I don’t know

 

Rosemary Leaves

Rueben deGroot, Dan Curtis

 

Rosemary leaves,

Rosemary doesn’t like the sun

Rosemary circles around you on a bicycle built for one

 

Rosemary leaves without saying a word to anyone

She’s stumbling down on the ground

wondering where she’ll be found

 

Time on my side

nobody lie to me

I’m out of my mind

my insides are out of me

 

Rosemary leaves,

Rosemary doesn’t like the sun

Rosemary circles around you on a bicycle built for one

 

Time on my side

nobody lie to me

I’m out of my mind

my insides are out of me

 

Right in the Wrong Direction

Rueben deGroot and Tania Elizabeth

 

People say shes bad for me,

they say she’ll do me wrong

I told them all I knew that

see I know she ain’t the one.

We’re just acting crazy

we’re just killing time

 

and I’m just waiting round till the real thing comes along.

I’m going right in the wrong direction

I’ve seen all the warning signs

I may be crazy, but I ain’t blind

I’m going right in the wrong direction

 

We don’t ever talk about no fancy diamond ring

I don’t think shes ever thought about ever moving in

We’re perfect for each other, neither of us wants a thing

that’s how a one night stand becomes a two month fling.

 

I’m going right in the wrong direction

I’ve seen all the warning signs

I may be crazy, but I ain’t blind

I’m going right in the wrong direction

 

I write and call but, no return.

I think this road we’re on just took an awful turn

 

People said she was bad for me

they told me she would do me wrong

I told them all “I know that”

well it looks like I was wrong

Now I’m just acting crazy

now I’m doing time

just waiting round till the real thing comes along.

I’m going right in the wrong direction

I’ve seen all the warning signs

I may be crazy, but I ain’t blind

I’m going right in the wrong direction

 

One Drink

Cameron Latimer

 

It  just that one drink

to make me think that I’d be back on my feet again

But I proved me wrong

Cause all along, I like the sad songs, all them sad songs

Gonna build me a bookshelf

cause I’m gonna read myself to sleep tonight

I just got a letter in the mail from the girl

that I’ve been dreaming of, that I’m dreaming of

Well I just keep thinking why?

should I be so lonely

cause theres no port red wine left in the bottle

and there’s no one there for me, there’s still no one there

 

Patience, patience knows me well

Try as I might, I can’t resist the sight of you tonight

Holding you, I just want to be holding you

here in my arms, oh won’t you please let me hold you tonight

You made the phone ring

please bring the cordless touchtone home

and next time you call, please make sure that I’m home

please call home

I miss your curves,

I want to peel your label off

we could find us a coaster,

we could sit forever, we could sit here forever

we could sit here forever.

 

LYRICS FROM OTHER ALBUMS:

Rocket Surgery Live At The Toucan (2016)  •  Rocket Surgery (2013)  •  Pine (2011)  •  Hey! (2009)

Copyright © 2016 Rueben deGroot

 

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