Lyrics

All lyrics by Jonathan Best except where otherwise noted. Click on a title to hear the song. Eventually I hope to 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

I’ll Meet You There

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

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

Nothin But Love

(Music and 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

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

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

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

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