LYRICS: PINE (2011)

Monterrey

Rueben deGroot

 

Where the ocean meets the land

where the desert turns to grass

where your future becomes your past

that’s where the coyote stands

 

I came here from Monterey

now it feels so far away

I came here on my feet

ten days in the high sierra,

with not a minute’s sleep

 

Across that fence live the brave and the free

in San Francisco and Los Angeles,

While you’re sitting in your rented room,

I’ll be howling at the mexicali moon.

 

Once you cross that line in the sand

get past the sheriff and the Minuteman

Into the arms of an unwelcoming bitch

to sell her t­shirts on the bridge

 

Across that fence live the brave and the free

in San Francisco and Los Angeles,

While you’re sitting in your rented room,

I’ll be howling at the mexicali moon.

 

Easy Love

Rueben deGroot

 

I really don’t write much down

I don’t talk much either

what I really want is easy love

 

My birthday’s coming soon

I always thought you’d be here too

what I really want is easy love

the years pass quickly enough

and theres no such thing as easy love

 

easy love

 

pages of excerpts

the opinions of experts

but you don’t learn a thing

you don’t learn a thing

I’ll love you forever

forever is Friday, ask me then

and I’ll tell you I love you forever again

 

you look so completely surprised

like you just swallowed your pride

you’re homesick and heartsick and broke

and you’re looking for an easy high

with your mind so full of leisure and

so fond of leisure pleasure

 

I can see you’ve got your eye on that easy love

 

easy love

 

pages of excerpts

the opinions of experts

but you don’t learn a thing

you don’t learn a thing

I’ll love you forever

forever is Friday, ask me then

and I’ll tell you I love you forever again

 

THE Last Green Mountain Bootlegger Queen

Rueben deGroot

 

She was born in Jefferson County

to slice of  moonshine and preacher man

I guess she had no choice,

no matter where she ran she heard the good Lord’s voice

 

Some how she ends up in Missouri

she finds a big GI

with a colt 45

he drives the car that she insures

 

They brew a pure shine, burns blue on the spoon

and when you brew that kinda shine

the law takes a shining to you

I guess she had no choice

she had to run, she heard the good lords voice

she wandered around Tennessee

she met a bachelor, with a bachelor suite,

and a computer engineering degree

 

The Last Green Mountain Bootlegging Queen.

The Last Green Mountain Bootlegging Queen.

 

Hawkin’s Pickle Road

Rueben deGroot and Cameron Latimer

 

I get my drugs over the counter

you never ask how I’m doing

as if I wouldn’t know

maybe you tried to slip me something

Its all the same to me

anyways I’ll never know.

I tried to leave this town fast

time and again you just followed me back

and every time you come to see me

feels just like you’re coming home

 

So bring your box of pills and the medicine

cause you’re not gonna believe the shape I’m in

Your blue eyes could douse the fire in my veins

but all your gonna do is break my heart again

Past the mill, past the bend in the river

where the highway become undivided again

take Hawkin’s Pickle Road,

take it down to the bottom, then you’ll know

 

Still out here in this house

told myself today’s the day, I’m going to get out

those headlight coming up the drive

make my heart ache, that part of me is dying

 

AQUAMAN VS PRISCILLA PRESLEY

Rueben deGroot

 

Say your goodbye’s

Leave New York

Fifth avenue’s on fire

and you’re sick and tired of watching the Guiding Light

grow dimmer

for King Kong, Ninjas, night school and you.

 

Dont have to think about it anymore

now you’re in Newark

and South Orange is on fire

we all know you’re a liar

you’re home watching As The World Turns, slower,

for Les Paul, more John, Ringo and you

 

Know that it’s not too late

Don’t volunteer

You’re always on my mind

Every step, each falling tear,

and only you know why

 

Sometimes you feel like Aquaman

versus Priscilla Presley

and the mansion is on fire

but you’re hiding in the pool she’s going in for the big man’s urn

its there on the mantle

with King Kong, Doomsday, Falcor and you.

 

Know that it’s not too late

Don’t volunteer

You’re always on my mind

Every step, each falling tear,

and only you know why

 

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

 

The Ballad of the Rogue Trader

Rueben deGroot

 

There was a time when you could

just count on Otto to win

Time after time, just as long as the money rolled in.

He was born in New York,

But he learned what he knows on the Singapore Stock Exchange floor

No moral dilemmas, no catch 22s

He didn’t ask any questions that we didn’t want him to

We said: “forget about the past, we’re in the futures business baby”

And Otto, desperate for attention,

becomes the rogue trader in question.

 

In the basement, in the piano bar,

during the AGM.

Last June, before the bubble burst, before

the sharks started circling us.

Whiskey and Champagne flowed, all cares were banished,

on the night before Otto vanished.

Sonny and Cher­-holders sang the Eagles until 3AM

 

and Otto, desperate for a friend

sang Desperado at the end.

 

A lonely man

can only be lonely for so long

before its too late and everything’s gone

 

There was a time when you could

just count on Otto to win

Time after time just as long as the money rolled in

he had no qualms about China, the way you and I do

He didn’t ask any questions that we didn’t want him to

We said: “forget about the past, we’re in the futures business baby”

 

An Ottto, desperate for a friend

becomes a desperate Otto in the end

 

The Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah

music and lyrics by: Rueben deGroot

 

Flying across the desert

in his life and in his dreams

He always follows yonder star

he always watches MTV

 

He likes to get down, down, down

In his gown, gown, gown.

 

He’s the Sheik (Shake! Shake!)

He’s the Sheik (Shake! Shake!)

 

He sips the Gin and the Coca­Cola

He speaks the english and the espanola

He’s the Ayatollah of Rock

He’s the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah

 

Lovely, Lovely Riydah

Mecca and Medina

Oh the times we had

back in Ol’ Baghdad

 

Oh we’re gonna get high, high, high

in Dubai, bye, bye

 

He’s the Sheik (Shake! Shake!)

He’s the Sheik (Shake! Shake!)

 

He sips the Gin and the Coca­Cola

He speaks the english and the espanola

He’s the Ayatollah of Rock

He’s the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah

 

The girl in the dining room

Rueben deGroot

 

You, you were so high

I said that I was thinking about you

and I, I would be lying

to say that I was keeping anything from you

and I will string you a long,  long line

and hang you out to dry

and I will string you a long,  long line

and hang you out to dry

 

the girl in dining room

you know she’s making eyes at you

I thought she made them at me

and by the time I get halfway round the room

this girl comes up to me and says she knows me

well, I lie

 

I lie lie lie

I lie lie lie

 

Milton Bradley

Rueben deGroot and Cameron Latimer

 

Milton Bradley, kindest sir,

you made all the games that are and were.

And I a long time player, first time complainer

 

I know love’s a game for fools

but even a game for fools has rules

I play fair, I don’t keep score

But this game of love its no fun anymore.

 

You must, you must understand

you were once, you were once a young man

I know it takes all your concentration,

but honey, could you please make your move.

 

My baby says, Milton Bradley’s not real

That hes like the tooth fairy and the little baby seals

But I’m gonna make you pay one way or another

If  I got to pay you a visit, me and thee Parker Brothers

 

You must, you must understand

you were once, you were once a young man

I know it takes all your concentration,

but honey, could you please make your move.

 

LYRICS FROM OTHER ALBUMS:

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

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