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All songs by Jonathan Best except where otherwise noted. Click on a title to hear the song. Eventually maybe I’ll  get all 200 or so lyrics here.

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A Simple Guy

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 no longer shine 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

FLYING OUR LAST PAIR OF WINGS

Someday love will be the only way
To answer any question asked
In the meantime we can Only pray that it will last
Someday love will be the only way
For us to know just what is real
In the meantime I can Only tell you how I feel

Wonder what it’d be like
If this kiss was a final goodbye
And we were flying our last pair of wings
Wonder would you crying
If this song was a last lullaby
And we were flying our last pair of wings
I feel my life is like a tall oak tree
I climb around it as it grows
A bluebird lands on a branch
And she tells me that she knows
She told me that love is the only way
To answer any question asked
You need never fear it
And rest assured that it will last 

I’ll Meet You There (Words by Rumi)

Come come whoever you are
Wonderer
Worshipper
Lover of leaving
Ours is not a caravan of despair
Even if you have broken your vow a thousand times
I’ll meet you there
Come, yet again
I’ll meet you there

Out beyond ideas of wrong and right there is a field
I’ll meet you there
When the soul lies down in that grass
The world is just too full to talk about
I’ll meet you there

I died from minerality and became vegetable
And From vegetativeness I died and I became an animal
I died from animality and became human being
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels
Soaring higher than angels

What you cannot imagine
I shall be that
What you cannot imagine
I shall be that
What we cannot imagine
We shall be that

Out beyond ideas of wrong and right there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
The world is just too full to talk about
I’ll meet you there
I’ll meet you there

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

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 taken 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

 
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 off