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A Simple Guy

^ I started this song as a teenager and finished it early in this century.

 

You can really learn a lot from killing a man
By the time that you are sober
I did it for my country but they’ll never understand
Now the life that I have known’s as good as over
I’m just a simple guy
Living a simple lie

The future tried to taunt me I just turned a blind eye
When I bought my first Land Rover
Now the headlights are no longer shining and the wells have all run dry
And the life that we have known’s as good as over
I’m just a simple guy
Living a simple lie

Father you were my hero
And before the war was finally lost
You bought me toys you fed me and you clothed me
You never told me what it cost
Mama didn’t raise me to be this kind of man
Can just see her eyes when I go back to her again

I will always love you both I know you know
And your amber waves of clover
I’ll only leave my footprints and take pictures when I go
And remember life ain’t over ‘til it’s over
I’m just a simple guy
I am a simple guy
Livin a simple lie

Free Like Jumbo

(words by Kat,  Cecelia Villar, Mary Poole, and JB)

Bangled elephant
Flying through the sideshow
No one’s watching him
I guess he’s on his own now

I’m walking
Listening
Hummin’
And I’m wheezing
Crying
Slippin and Slidin’

Crazy little man
With his big shoes barking
Tattooed human fly
Winks in my direction

I’m walking
And I’m looking
And I’m listening
And I’m humming
And I’m waking
And walkin’
Waiting

When the ringmaster calls me
I have to tell him no
I love to watch and listen
But I’m not in your show

Living in the wild
Free Like Jumbo
I don’t mind
Living in the jungle

From the Big Bang

I had a dream
It washed away the anger
And helped me to remember
Just who we are

And in that dream
We were exploring caves when
A light drew you deeper into
Places unknown

Don’t forget to wake me up I’ll
Love you while my dreams are hot and
Just in case I done forgot just
What it is that we have got you must
Not be scared to wake me up I’ll
Love you and I’m never gonna stop

And in that dream
Your voice was singing to me
Words that went right through me
Warming my flesh

The words that you sang
Were from an unknown language
Sounds that I never heard before
Rocking my soul

We go back to the big bang where
We first met
I don’t understand what my maker told me
But her words I’ll not forget
She said our love is not about two candles melting into one
Our love is not that kind of coupledom
It’s more like a big black hole
That’s a billion times bigger than the sum
It’s from the big bang
That’s where it’s from
It’s from the Big Bang
Now don’t play dumb
It’s from the big bang
Yum yum

Our love just keeps expanding
Our love just keeps expanding

I had a dream
It washed away the anger
And helped me to remember
Just who we are

Higher

I look into your eye
It moves me
But in the other eye
I see someone still born
And when something passes by
Brushing you softly like fur
In this darkness do you dare
Holding me softly at first

And when you hear that
Long forgotten sound
You must not hold on to the ground
Love will never come down to meet you
It’s gonna take you higher
Higher and then
It’s gonna take you higher
Higher again

You look up to the stars
It moves you
You look down at your feet
Yes we’re trying so hard
When you try to look inside
It’s such a delicate birth
In this darkness do you dare
Holding me softly at first

And when you hear that
Long forgotten sound
You must not hold on to the ground
Love will never come down to meet you
It’s gonna take you higher
Higher and then
It’s gonna take you higher
Higher again
It’s gonna take you higher
Higher and then
It’s gonna take you lower

Horn & Blow

Put on your red boots baby
Cause we’re goin out of style
& put your good foot forward
The boogie man’s on trial
And as we dance cross the fire
Can you hear it sing
I’m gonna take you higher
Than you’ve ever been

Cause we got such a long way to go
We might as well get out our horn & blow

Cause we’re all on the same road
Though I’m not in your shoes
And as long as we’re winning
It’s impossible to lose
And as we dance cross the water
The ice is getting thin
Our future’s getting shorter
Than it’s ever been

Still we got such a long way to go
We might as well get out our horn & blow

And we all are the same dude
Though I’m not quite sure who
But we all got to eat food
And do the doo doo doo
And as we dance like the devil
With a shit eatin grin
We got to be more on the level
Than we’ve ever been

But we got such a long way to go
We might as well get out our horn & blow

Humdi

(words and music by Angel Fernandez and JB)

I, I Was born on a tin roof I
Fell off when I caught the neighbors watching
I’d climb the tree but
The angel’s got the mango
Gimme that talk back

Lately I’ve been behind the eyeball
Lost sleep
Making lists of what I’d die for
Let it go the
Engineer is crying
Gimme that talk back

Gimme that, gimme that love to me
Gimme that, gimme that love to me

Humdi, Humdi for love will I go
Hungry, hungry for love will I go home
Alone
Along the railroad track
I hear someone sing ‘God Bless the Child’
But if you got some money
Or if you got somebody to
Fill the cracks of love
Everybody sing

Gimme that, gimme that love to me
Gimme that, gimme that love to me

I’m taking a picture
Cause I wanna remember
I wanna remember
The voices above me
And the hand in the garden
You know I’d enter the kingdom
But if you’re thinkin’ ‘bout hangin’
Just pick up the phone now
Put your trigger finger in the dial
Don’t hang up the phone now
Just let it keep ringin’
Let it keep ringin’
Maybe someone will answer
Even though there’s no answer to the Humdi in my heart

Humdi Humdi for love will I go
Hungry Hungry for love will I go home
Alone Along the railroad track I hear
Someone sing ‘God Bless the Child’
But if you got somebody
I know you’ll find somebody to
Fill the cracks of love
Everybody sing

If I Could Just Dance

You don’t know where you been
Unless you been there before
Cuz with the use of a pin
You can open up the door
And take a peek in
Then open a little more
Peripheral vision
someone shufflin across the floor

Shy man like a lap dog wonderin who does what
Is getting really small
But the old pretty boy lingers on remembers love
I do it all

If I could just dance
On my mom and dad’s bed
Get outa my pants
Get the dreams outside a my head

If I could just set my soul on fire
And I wouldn’t even need a match
Heart be thumping’ like a blown out tire
And I wouldn’t even need to crash
If I could just dance

as your hanging on the edge of your seat
Lookin all around
You might find yourself dancing on your feet
If you’d only look down

If I could just dance
In my favorite shoes
Take a big chance
Palestinians dancing with Jews

If I could just set my self a side
And I wouldn’t even need to last
Whole damn world see my soul on fire
And I wouldn’t even hear the blast
If I could Just dance

If i could just dance
On the middle rail of my track
If I could just dance
To the church and back

If I could just dance
Rearranging the pews
If I could just dance
Palestinians dancing with jews

If I could just dance

If I Had Her Love

Sitting alone in this hot-spot
Two outa three bars ain’t bad
Don’t know what I’m tryin’ to say but this email is way too sad
One more trip to the restroom
Give me more time to reflect
Lately I been finding wisdom in places I’d never expect
I didn’t know what I had when I had her
Now I don’t know what I don’t now that I don’t
But this hole in my chest
Is gettin the best of me
Getting her back would be harder
Than tryin to teach this computer to sing

But if I had her love
I could do anything

Wonder if she’s sorry as I am
For saying the things that we said
I can’t believe we could hurt each other so much in the safety of our bed
So now I only live in the future
The past is overrun with regret
The present is worse cause I can’t get the past out of my head

I didn’t know what I had when I had her
Now I don’t know what I don’t now that I don’t
But this hole in my chest
Is gettin the rest of me

Getting her back would be harder
Than tryin to fix these melted wings
But if I had her love
I could do anything

Finding my way back to her heart would take longer
Than walking the trail of Ho Chi Minh
But if I had her love
I could do anything

In Your Pan

You know I wrote the bible and I didn’t even get paid yea
And they accused me of libel and removed my head, yea
And it’s aching
It feels like a strip of bacon
In your pan

But you know I keep my filter tips right between my lips, yea
And I never fail to get a light from one of your gypsters
And it’s smokin’
Lord knows my heart is soakin’
In your pan

Oh baby won’t you take my hand
And read the lines
That tell the plan
Of how my life
Is bound to end
Or if you’d only
Be my friend

Now my dogs are cookin’ on the fire at the end of the trail, yea
And the angels in the choir they can really wail, yea
And I’m goin’
Lord knows my coins are glowin’
In your pan

It Will Not Be Electric

It will not be electric
It will use very large balloons
You will at birth select it
We’ll grow them in the womb
It will not be electric
But it will radiate
And be the first non-human elected
And then you will forget

It will not be electric
It will use tiny metal balls
It will make everybody rich
And always makin’ love
LL Bean has got one
And so does Sara Lee
You won’t even taste it in your food
We’ll send it out in space

It will not be electric
But underneath your skin
We’ll personalize your body
And eat whatever food you like
It will not be electric
It will use you like you used me
Your body will not reject it
And then you will forget

JIGABY ARGABO

(words by Jonathan Best and Mary Poole and Joni Mitchell)

I came upon a child of god he was walking
Along the road and I asked him where are you going
And he told me
He told me
The child of God I came upon he was walking
He was walking
Along the road and I asked him where are you going
And he told me
To God I swore I’d fight his war
In again out again down again up you and you

Jigabe Argabo
Gigajaby Ahjio, ah ah

10,000 miles away I sit and I watch him
Wonderin’ if his Father he forgot him
And he told me
He told me
The children of god I came upon they were walking
They were walking
Off to war and I asked them why are they going
And they told me
When we were born  God was gone
In again out again down again up you and you

Jigabe Argabo
Gigajaby Ahjio, ah ah

Can you feel the thinking in your head you
Wonder if your children will forget you
When you use the bomb used once in a lifetime
Even if they’ll forgive you
The reason it was used will they forget too?

Jigaby Argabo

And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

Mountain Love

You were a mountain so far away
Didn’t think I’d reach you
Certainly didn’t think that I would reach you today
Didn’t know your grasslands gave life its very home
Didn’t think I’d lie there
Certainly didn’t think that I would never lie alone
Didn’t know your secrets were my secrets too
Certainly didn’t know that I would love you like I do

Your mountain peaks rise above breathable air
Didn’t think I’d climb them
Certainly didn’t think that I could make it up there
Didn’t know your streams led to rivers deep and long
Didn’t think I’d walk them
Certainly didn’t think that I would follow one back home
Didn’t know your secrets were my secrets too
Certainly didn’t know that I would fall in love with you

You are a mountain so far away

My First Christmas Song

And on this wintry eve the air is warm
Outside dad leaning on his horn
But all I hear is the beating of my heart
As my world slowly falls apart

All my life I’ve waited patiently
For God to give to me my due
But now my beating heart is telling me
That long ago he gave it all to you

The gift with my name under the tree
It’s not for me
The gifts with my name under the tree
They’re all for me
To give to you

So I hope the snow will stick around
And cover all the gifts strewn across the ground
And the one wrapped in my broken heart
While my world slowly falls apart

The gift with my name under the tree
It’s not for me
I’m hanging by a thread to the gift with my name
My very life depends on the gift with my name
Wrapped in my heart
Under the tree

So now I hope the snow will stick around
And help to soften that blaring sound
Of the angels blowing on their horns celebrating your birth
And now they’re singing with me
the song I’ve been singing all my life long
And it goes like this

The gift with my name under the tree
It’s not for me
The gifts with my name under the tree
They’re not for me
The gifts with my name under the tree
They’re all for me
To give to you

Nothin But Love

(Lyrics by J. Best and Nancy Koppelman)

I don’t bring her flowers or wine.
I don’t bring her much of my time
The love that I give
Though she needs love to live
Is not the only thing on her mind

I don’t give her nothin’
Nothin’ but Love      

Her mother doesn’t like me at all
The few things I gave were too small
She wants me to bring
A big diamond ring
The next time that I come to call

But I don’t give her nothin’
Nothin’ but Love
I don’t give her nothin’
Nothin’ but Love

She could find someone who would give her the moon
But I don’t think it would be the real thing
Then again there are men who would give her the world
But it’s not big enough for the love to fit in

I just got her letter today
It came from so far away
But back to me she would come
if I’d just give her some
Indication that I want her to stay

But I don’t give her nothin’
Nothin’ but Love
I don’t give her nothin’
Nothin’ but Love

Simple Quiet Little Town

This thing that we got goin
When it started it was flowin
But now I see it goin
To places ain’t worth knowin
Let’s take this circus tent down
Let’s make it easy
On this simple, quiet, little town

When I met you at the station
You let your imagination
Run wild and I got on with you
Careening round the bend I see the steeple and the wheels slow down
Let’s make it easy
On this simple, quiet, little town

Disappointment standing at the front of the classroom
Tells my head to stand in the corner
My heart is thumpin faster and faster
Knowin it can’t hide any longer
This thing now that it’s over
It plays over and over
You know that it was short and to the point
As we gaze down from this hill
Let’s not make a sound
Let’s make it easy On this simple, quiet, little town

Singing, Dancing and Falling

When we climb
We are blind
On the edge of it
And I wonder why
I always hear that sound

When we fall
We are all
On the edge of it
And still I hear that sound

And the angels sing some more
And they’re dancin cross the floor
And they’re singing while they fall

And the angels sing some more
And they’re dancin cross the floor
And they’re singing while they fall
And they’re dancing while we fall
And we’re singing while we fall
And we’re dancing while they fall
And we’re singing while we fall

Stuck In My Mind

Stuck In my mind
Stuck In my mind
I’m tryin to re-chart the course I laid while I was blind
Oceans of regret wash over me
I’m grippin the wheel as I stare out to sea
I think I see Jesus while I’m stuck in my mind

Stuck in my mind
You’re stuck In My Mind
The newspaper promised it’d lie to me just one more time
I got too much future way too much past
How long can this thing they call happiness last
I’ll be walkin with Jesus but now I’m stuck in my mind

It’s scary what I might do if I wasn’t stuck in my mind

Stuck in my mind
I’m startin to think it’s a comfortable place to unwind
I just noticed that they gave me a computer
As long as I’m stuck here I might as well boot her
I’m textin with Jesus and we’re both now stuck in my mind

THANK GOD I’M ALIVE AND I DIE

I died when I lost my laptop
I died when I lost my mom
And I died when I lost your precious love

Thank God I’m alive
Thank God I’m alive and I die

I died when I lost my direction
The day I lost my best friend
And my only connection

Thank God I’m alive
Thank God I’m alive and I die

I died when I lost my erection
I died when I lost my home
Then I lost the election

Thank God I’m alive
Thank God I’m alive and I die

I died when I lost everything I believed
When the rivers of hatred filled up my seas
I waited for love that I could not receive
So I waited for death
And now I can breath

Now I die between every inhale and exhale
Every gift I give and I get
And I die when you give me your precious love

Thank God I’m alive
Thank God I’m alive and I die
Thank God I’m alive
Thank God I’m alive and I die
Thank God I’m alive

The Fog

Sorry that I put you on a leash.
Can’t believe I put you on a leash
It was the fog
It was the fog of love

Sorry that I took my own life
Can’t Believe I took my own life
It was the fog
It was the fog of war

I can’t believe
all the things we done
It was just like a dream
Was it me who pushed that button?

Money, sex, dreams, birds, bombs and bones
They put me in another zone
But it was the fog
It was the fog of love
It was the fog of war

It is sad the things that I’ve been given
Were stolen from the ones that I love best
And it’s sad that I must go on living
In pursuit of my happiness

And the war that I keep fighting
A war that nobody ever wins
Just to protect the gifts that I’ve been given
Shows the depth of my ignorance

And the love that I keep giving
A love that’s from when life begins
Is the same love that helps me be forgiven
For the depth of my ignorance

The Lovers Nest

The one I feared the most
Climbed up my tree
She pulled my hair
She poked my breast and pulled me near
And then undressed
My wrinkled heart

And then she left
The lovers nest
Was never meant
To keep me safe
I burned it then that very night
Before its owner came back home

Is that someone behind that tree
Looking for my heart
Still beating

credits

Witness
The next time I make love Gonna be on the dance floor
I need a witness
Whole lotta witness (repeat chorus)
 
The first time I made love
It turned into whole lotta love
The love turned into a whole lotta stuff
I don’t understand
 
But the next time I make love Gonna be on the dance floor
I need a witness
Whole lotta witness
 

The next time I make love
With anybody else but me
Everybody’s gonna be dancing and clappin
Everybody’s gonna be down with what’s happnin

Cause the next time I make love Gonna be on the dance floor
I need a witness
Whole lotta witness

Who’ll do the Bus Stop laugh

Well I found me a train
With a heart in the middle.
Told her my plan
She asked me a riddle
My mind was a blob
Said I’m not into trucks
She said no prob
I just had lunch and I guess you’re wonderin’ how
I still got all my teeth

Well I went to the super center
Just to get me some honey
They wouldn’t check me out
‘Cause I had no money
So I Went to the bank
And I asked for a penny
They opened the drawer
And they didn’t have any and I guess you’re wonderin’ how
I still got all my teeth

Who’ll Do the Bus Stop Laugh?
Next stop we’ll be gettin off

Well I went to the Hagen Daz
Everybody on the ground
Pantyhose head standin there
Broken cones all around
The man on the chair
With an Uzi in his hand
I said what’s goin on here
He said I don’t understand
You still got all my teeth?

Who’ll Do the Bus Stop Laugh?
Next stop we’ll be gettin of