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.
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

Just a simple guy     livin’ 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

Just a simple guy.    Livin’ 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 and 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

Just a simple guy.    I am a simple guy.    I am a simple guy

 

Nothing 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     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

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 whilel 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

 

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