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Hello Love

Hello Love
2006
  1. (© Ford)

    Yer a human thing
    Who yah think that you're foolin”
    Yer not foolin”, not foolin’ me
    Yer a human thing
    Yer so busy frontin’
    Confusin” courage and acting
    Move me
    Move me
    Could it really be so wrong
    To let somebody, somebody see.
    Move me
    Move me
    A girl can keep it together
    Come on now, you know you we’ll take the weather
    Come on now, you know we love your weather
    You got roots cannot be torn from under
    Won’t you shake it like you've never done before
    You've got roots cannot be torn from under
    Won’t you shake it like you've never done before
    You're a human thing

  2. © Neil Young

  3. (© Sean Hayes)
    www.seanhayesmusic.com

  4. (© Ford/Parton/Klein)

    In spite of everything around me
    I hit the floor, and my feet kept moving
    I looked forwards and never backwards
    I was out the door like a rollin soldier
    Impossible to keep a straight line
    Too young to keep these bitter hearts
    And all around me somebody's singin’
    Get back get back
    Long hair comin down her shoulders
    She is tired, and feeling so much older
    So tear the pages from the family bible
    It came down upon the women for survival (x2)
    I wasn't meanin’ nothing at all
    You stop me if I get it wrong
    I think I'm hearing somebody saying
    I'm gonna spank you till you can't sit down
    Bust apart ah we lose each other
    The constellation of my sisters and brothers
    Spreading out into the darkness
    Goodbye to you in the sadness of this
    Impossible to keep a straight line
    Too young to keep these bitter hearts
    And all around me somebody singin
    Get back get back

  5. (© Parton)

    Well here I am undone again
    I know I'll see you I just don't know when
    Little stars all a-twinkling
    I wonder where you are
    I wonder what you're thinking

    I know I gave my heart a little soon
    I walk for miles underneath the moon
    I'll sing this sad lonesome little tune
    For you

    Little patch of grass under the overpass
    I'll rest for hours amid the flowers
    Just a tiny bird with a little song
    And when the sun comes up
    I'll be long gone.

  6. (© Jeremy Lindsey)
    www.jtandtheclouds.com

  7. (© Ford)

    Hello love my old friend
    Sure is good to see you again
    I stood out, on the road
    Just a watchin’ the cars
    A come and go
    I felt empty, I felt bare
    I really thought that I could not care
    All the leaves are soaking wet
    How succulent a little spring day gets
    If you kiss me once
    Out here in the rain
    We’ll go back and start all over again
    So lift up every voice and sing
    Sing to the tree tops
    And everything
    Say hello love
    My old friend
    Sure is nice
    To see you again

  8. (© John Hurt)

  9. (Traditional)

    Tell me how did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
    How did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
    How did you feel, when you come out of the wilderness?
    Lean and lonely lord
    Well, I felt like shouting, when I came out of the wilderness.
    I felt like shouting, when I came out of the wilderness.
    I felt like clapping, when I came out of the wilderness.
    Leaning on the Lord
    Well, I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
    I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
    I told everybody, when I cme out the wilderness.
    Lean and lonely Lord
    Tell me how did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
    How did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
    How did you feel, when you come out the wilderness?
    Lean and lonely Lord
    Well, I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
    I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
    I felt like shouting, when I come out the wilderness.
    Lean and lonely Lord
    Well, I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
    I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
    I told everybody, when I come out the wilderness.
    Lean and lonely Lord

  10. (© Parton)

    You see people coming from all sides
    With their broken hearts and hollow eyes
    And you try to love but it's easier to hate
    When the seed that was planted was watered too late
    Oooh oh child
    Oooh oh child
    Your roots stretch down to grow up wild
    Roots stretch down to grow up wild

    It was late last night when the doorbell rang
    My brother in some trouble
    He stood shaking on the doorstep in the rain
    With a freight train pounding in his veins
    And I took him in and cleaned him up
    Gave him some water and I put him to bed
    Then I cried for the sadness of his life
    And his lonely struggle with addiction
    Friends say oh what a shame
    Mum says no one but himself to blame
    But I don't want to play that game
    'Cos I know the truth is not so plain
    Call it a hard life or a lack of love
    Call it passed down from his father
    Call it lack of faith in god above
    There are no easy answers
    He is just a child
    He is just a child
    Arms stretched out for love
    Arms stretched out for love
    Arms stretched out for love

  11. (© Rev. Charles A. Tindley)

    I’m thinking of friends that I used to know
    Who lived and suffered in this world below
    They’ve gone off to heaven, but I want to know
    What are they doing there now?
    Oh, what are they doing in heaven today
    Where sin and sorrow have all gone away
    Peace is found like a river they say
    Oh, what are they doing there now?
    There’s some whose hearts were burdened with care
    They spent their moments with all frightened and scared
    But they clung to the cross in trembling and fear
    Oh, what are they doing there now?
    What are they doing... (chorus)
    There’s some who were poor and often despised
    They looked up toward heaven with tear-blinded eyes
    While people were heedless and deaf to their cries
    Oh, what are they doing there now?

    (Chorus)

  12. (© Parton)

    Instrumental

Chinatown

Chinatown
2003
  1. (© Ford)

    The way your mind works
    Drivin' so fast, carving your way
    Through the city

    Well you can't tell me
    You get what you want
    You've figured it out
    And yer just fine

    Cuz you're talking to yourself
    You don't hear a thing
    And all history unfolds before you
    But you shut your eyes
    But you shut your eyes
    It's not happening
    We all grew up and
    We fend for ourselves
    And we fend for each other
    We fend for each other
    Sometimes

    But you keep on racin' and runnin'
    Like something is chasing you
    Like something's gonna get you
    Well something's gonna get you someday

  2. (© Townes Van Zandt)

  3. (© Ford)

    Took a walk in my neighborhood
    It was two in the morning
    By the skytrain station

    The streets were full of junkies and homeless
    And they all wanted something
    They all wanted something

    And what am I supposed to do?
    There are too many of you
    Too many of you

    Give some change, look you in the eye
    Say that I too am human, I could easily be you
    Easily be you

    Don.t we all hover between apathy and compassion
    Fill up all our days with so much distraction
    Makes it easier to see what we don't want to

    But we all live here
    We all live here
    We all live here don't we?

  4. (© Ford)

    I'm a ship, I'm a ship, I'm a ship
    Out on the sea
    None of my loves
    Floating wild come back to me
    So I write you a letter, I'll write you a letter
    With this here pen
    Don't make me wait, don't make me wait
    Cos I'm your friend

    I'm in love with the garden
    That is down the street
    And the earth is a warm thing under my feet
    And the earth is a warm thing under my feet

    Oh long streams of light
    Lift me, from this dirty town
    Cuz I'm losing stain, soak me yeah with rain, rain, rain, rain

    I'm a ship, I'm a ship, I'm a ship
    Out on the sea
    And all these clouds flying by so fast
    Well they confuse me
    And the long leaves in the tall trees
    Pale in the sunshine
    And I was twistin' and turnin'
    In the cool sheets past bed time

    Plant me in the garden
    Don't you let me roam
    Cuz love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Plant me in the garden
    Don't you let me roam
    Cuz love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Plant me in the garden
    Don't you let me roam
    Cuz love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Love is a feeling like a warm dark stone
    Love is a feeling like a warm dark stone

  5. (© Parton)

    Out in the trees, dirt on our knees
    We laid him down forever
    And on that hill there it was still
    As in the ever after

    He lays his rest we knew it best
    To lay him down so gently
    And now he sleeps where moss does creep
    And no more is he with me

    The birds did cry, and so did i
    To think of life so lonely
    And in their song, I heard it long
    What sadness, and what beauty

    Your friend is gone, but you live on
    In life you loved him fully.
    But now little streams and forests dream,
    And All is made more holy.

  6. (© P.D., arr. Ford/Klein)

    Well i ain't gonna marry
    Neither settle down
    I'm gonna sit right here
    'Til i tear this barrel house down

    Ain't no use a weepin' and there ain't no need to cry
    Because you got a home
    Just as long as i got mine

    Well i loves you baby
    And i'll tell the world i do
    I don't love nobody
    In this whole round world but you

    Did you get that letter
    Mailed in your backyard
    Well it's sad what they said
    But your best old friend had to part

  7. (Traditional. arr. © Holland/Parton/Ford/Klein)

    Well who’s gonna shoe your pretty little foot
    Who’s gonna glove your hand
    Who’s gonna kiss your red ruby lips
    And who’s gonna be your man

    Is that you Reuben
    Is that you Reuben
    Where have you been so long? X2

    Well papa’s gonna shoe my pretty little foot
    Mama’s gonna glove my hand
    Sister’s gonna kiss my red ruby lips
    And I don’t need no man

    Well I don’t need no man, no
    I don’t need no man
    Sister’s gonna kiss my red ruby lips
    And I don’t need no man

    Well the longest train that I ever saw
    It was 90 coaches long
    And the only man that I ever loved
    He was on that train and gone

    Chorus

    Oh where’d you get that hat you wear
    And that coat you got so fine
    Well I got my hat from a railroad man
    And my coat from a worker in the mine

    Chorus

    Well Reuben made a train and he put it on the track
    Run it to the lord knows where
    Reuben made a train and he put it on the track
    Run it to the lord knows where

  8. (Traditional arr. © Ford)

    Oh there is a house in New Orleans
    They call the Rising Sun.
    It's been the ruin of many young poor girls
    And God I know I'm one.

    My mother, she was a tailor, yeah yeah
    She sewed my new blue jeans
    My father, he was a gamblin' man
    Down in New Orleans.

    I got one foot on the platform, yeah
    The other foot on the train
    I'm going back to New Orleans
    To wear that ball and chain

    Oh mother please tell your children, oh yeah
    Not to do what I have done
    Go and spend their lives in sin and misery
    In the house of the Rising Sun.

    Now the only thing a gambler needs
    Is a suitcase and a trunk
    And the only time he will be satisfied
    Is when he's all drunk.

    Oh there is a house in New Orleans.
    They call the Rising Sun.
    It's been the ruin of many young poor girls
    And God I know I'm one.

  9. (© Ford)

    If I wanted to say to you
    That I wanted to see your face again
    That I want to hear you laughing
    In spite of all the damage I've done

    If I wanted to hear you talkin'
    Or to hear your sense of things
    Or to call you up on a Sunday morning
    In spite of all the damage I've done

    Well I broke up our home and left you nowhere to run
    Yes I broke up our home and left you nowhere to run

    i.m living out my days away
    I think you understand that I could not stay
    But I like to hear you laughing
    In spite of all the damage I've done
    In spite of all the damage I've done

    Well I broke up our home and left you nowhere to run
    Yes I broke up our home and left you nowhere to run

  10. (© Parton)

    Some blues are just blues, mine are the lonesome blues
    Some blues are just blues, mine are the lonesome blues
    All the birds flew south for the winter
    Left me these lonesome blues

    My baby left me, hitched a train down south
    My baby left me, hitched a train down south
    I still taste his kisses
    Like candy in my mouth.

    I wish i had wings, just like an aeroplane
    I wish i had wings, just like an aeroplane
    Fly down, find my baby. never be lonesome again.

  11. (Traditional arr. © Ford)

    Well in my time of dying
    I don't want nobody to moan
    All i want my friends to do
    Come and fold my dying arms

    Well, well, well so i can die easy
    Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

    Won't you meet me Jesus, meet me
    Won't you meet me in the middle of the air
    And if these wings should fail me lord
    Won't you meet me with another pair

    Well, well, won't you meet me Jesus
    Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

    I'm going on down to the river
    Stick my sword up in the sand
    Gonna shout my troubles over lord
    I done made it to the promised land

    Well, well, well i done crossed over
    Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

    Ever since i've been acquainted with jesus
    We haven't been a minute apart
    He placed the receiver in my ear
    Threw religion in my heart

    Well, well, well i can ring up my Jesus
    Jesus gonna make up my dying bed

  12. (Traditional arr. © Parton)

    I wish, i wish my baby was born
    Sittin on her mama's knee
    But you, poor girl are dead and gone
    And grass is growing over thee.

    Oh i'm not no saint, no i never shall be
    Til the sweet apple grows on a sour apple tree
    Still i hope that the day will come
    When you and i will walk as one.

    I wish i wish my baby was born
    Sittin on her papa's knee
    But you poor girl are dead and gone
    And grass growing over thee.

  13. (© The Be Good Tanyas)

    Instrumental

  14. (© P. Rowan)

Blue Horse

Blue Horse
2001
  1. (© Parton/Holland/Barrett)

    Well I feel like an old hobo,
    I'm sad lonesome and blue
    I was fair as a summers day
    Now the summer days are through
    You pass through places
    And places pass through you
    But you carry 'em with you
    On the souls of your travellin' shoes

    Well I love you so dearly I love you so clearly
    Wake you up in the mornin' so early
    Just to tell you I got the wanderin' blues
    I got the wanderin' blues
    And i'm gonna quit these ramblin' ways one of
    these days soon
    And I'll sing

    The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs...

    Well it's times like these
    I feel so small and wild
    Like the ramblin' footsteps of a wanderin' child
    And I'm lonesome as a lonesome whippoorwill
    Singin these blues with a warble and a trill
    But I'm not too blue to fly
    No I'm not too blue to fly cause

    The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs...

    Well I love you so dearly
    I love you so fearlessly
    Wake you up in the mornin' so early
    Just to tell you I got the wanderin' blues
    I got the wanderin' blues
    And I don't wanna leave you
    I love you through and through

    Oh I left my baby on a pretty blue train
    And I sang my songs to the cold and the rain
    I had the wanderin' blues
    And I sang those wanderin' blues
    And I'm gonna quit these ramblin' ways
    One of these days soon
    And I'll sing...

    The littlest birds sing the prettiest songs....

    **I don't care if the sun don't shine
    I don't care if nothin' is mine
    I don't care if I'm nervous with you
    I'll do my lovin' in the wintertime
    ** Syd Barrett

  2. (© Ford)

    I'll be the wind in your leaves
    The warmth of the sun
    I'm always drawing your colours
    I'm always tracing your footsteps

    It's a hard world it's a cold world
    I could never say what I mean
    I went looking in all the wrong places
    There's nothing wrong with you

    Broken telephone
    The lines are down
    The wires no longer reaching
    Connection's gone

    Higher and higher
    I am taken by what you've given to me
    Higher and higher
    I am taken by what you've given to me
    What you've given to me

    I'll be the wind in your leaves (repeat first verse)...

    Broken telephone the lines are down
    I throw myself at nothing
    I throw myself at nothing
    Higher and higher I am taken by
    What you've given to me...

  3. (Traditional)

    Well I married me a wife
    She gave me trouble all my life
    She ran me out in the cold rain and snow
    Rain and snow, rain and snow
    She ran me out in the cold rain and snow

    She came a runnin on down the stairs
    Combin' back her long yellow hair
    And her cheeks were as red as a rose
    As a rose, as a rose
    And her cheeks were as red as a rose

    Well I ain't got no use
    For your red apple juice
    And I'm not gonna be treated this a way
    This a way this a way
    And I'm not gonna be treated this way

    I see you sitting in the shade
    Counting every dime I've made
    I'm so broke and I'm hungry too
    Hungry too, hungry too
    I'm so broke and I'm hungry too
    I'm so broke and I'm hungry too

    (repeat first verse)

  4. (Traditional arr. © Holland)

    It was on one bright March morning when I bid New Orleans adieu
    And I took the road to Jackson town, my fortunes to renew
    I cursed all foreign money, no credit could I gain
    Which filled my heart with longin' for the Lakes of Pontchartain.

    I sat on board a railway car beneath the morning sun
    And I rode the rails 'til evening and I laid me down again
    All strangers here no friends to me 'til a dark girl towards me came
    And I fell in love with a Creole girl from the Lakes of Pontchartrain.

    I said my pretty Creole girl, my money here's no good
    If it weren't for the alligators I would sleep out in the wood
    You're welcome here kind stranger, our house is very plain
    But we never turn a stranger out on the Lakes of Pontchartrain.

    She took me to her mama's house and she treated me quite well
    The hair upon her shoulders in jet black ringlets fell
    To try to paint her beauty I'm sure t'would be in vain
    So handsome was my Creole girl from the Lakes of Pontchartrain.

    I asked her if she'd marry me, she'd said it never would be
    For she had got another and he was off at sea
    She said that she would wait for him and faithful would remain
    'Til he returned to his Creole girl from the Lakes of Pontchartrain.

    So fair thee well my bonny old lass I may never see you no more
    But I won't forget your kindness in that cottage by the shore
    And at every social gathering a golden glass I'll drain
    And I'll drink all health to the Creole girl from the Lakes of Pontchartrain.

  5. (© Ford/Parton)

    Run away to the seashore
    It doesn't matter anymore
    It doesn't matter anymore
    Words dry up and fly away
    With the passing of the days
    Eventually you just let the stone fall

    I dreamed that i saw you you were down at the corner store
    You were looking thru magazines and you flew out the door
    I was trying to wave to you but you wouldn't wave back
    Now you know i understand you're with me only in the past

    My palms are not open they're closed they're closed

    Colours streak the sky
    We laugh and we cry
    And we dance in the cool grass
    With the fireflies
    We dance in the cool grass
    Sunset birds
    Sweet sweet music
    Swallow our words
    You set sail and you left this town
    Run away run away you're so far from me now
    So far from me now

    Run away to the seashore it doesn't matter anymore it
    Doesn't matter anymore

    I dreamed that i saw you you were down at the corner store....

  6. (Traditional *with add. lyrics © Parton)

    Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird
    She warbles as she flies
    She never hollers coo coo till the fourth day
    Of July

    Gonna build me log cabin
    On a mountain so high
    So I can see Willie as he goes on by

    Well I've played cards in Texas
    And I've played cards in Maine
    Oh I'll bet you five dollars I'll beat you
    Next game

    Jack of Diamonds Jack of Diamonds
    Oh I know you of old
    You robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold

    Rye whiskey, rye whiskey
    Oh I know you of old
    You robbed my poor pockets of silver and gold

    *Sometimes I feel much younger
    Sometimes I feel so old
    Sometimes the warm sun shines sometimes it's
    Dreadful cold

    Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird
    How I wish she was mine
    She never drinks water she only drinks wine

    (Repeat first verse)

  7. (© Parton)

    All the dogs are haunted
    And the snow melts on the grass
    You were what i wanted
    But the fever could not last

    In the day i am dreaming
    In the night i am cold
    While the stars are up there singing
    All the dogs are growing old

    No regrets, they're out the window
    Frozen on the silver pane
    Gone like winter let the wind blow
    Let the dogs howl at the rain

    In the day i am dreaming
    In the night i am cold
    While the stars are up there singing
    All the dogs are growing old

    Oh the cats are in the alley
    And the rats are on the wire
    Time is breathless as a blossom
    And it's bursting with desire
    And the dogs they wander freely
    Through the streets of long gone dreams
    Drift like ghosts down the backroads
    All the way to new orleans

    In the day i am dreaming
    In the night i am cold
    While the stars are up there singing
    All the dogs are growing old

  8. (© Ford)

    You said to yourself that we did not love you
    All of the years didn't mean nothing
    You told yourself we would not forgive you
    Mistakes that you made would keep us separated

    Comin' home hard day done
    Comin' home hard day done

    Don't you know it's your laugh we laugh that
    Pulls us through
    And the strength and the love that we carry
    We got it from you

  9. (© Parton)

    Don't you fall in love with me
    Don't show me your affection
    I can't give you what you want from me
    I don't want the attention

    I gave away my heart before
    And it only caused me sorrow
    How could I think of loving someone
    Today or tomorrow

    Don't you fall...

    I've been so long confused
    Was I loved or was I used

    Now the sun goes up and down
    And the weather rains and shines
    I lost my heart somewhere
    Oh I need to take more time

    Don't you fall in love with me
    Don't show me your affection
    I can't give you what you want from me
    I don't want the attention

  10. (© Ford)

    Up against the wall
    You don't stand so tall
    Better run run run put your armor on again

    She is 12 years old
    Nothing she don't know
    She says you're 32 but you wanna be 16

    I know that you did not receive
    What it was that you needed when you were growing
    But tell me what's the worth
    You're repeating history verse by verse

    What do you prove
    No matter what you say I think you'll lose
    You'll lose
    You'll lose her

    Up against the wall
    You don't stand so tall
    Better run run run put your armor on again

    Isn't it time we recognized that we all live
    Such broken lives sometimes
    And it's sad but true that you still carry so
    Much with you

  11. (© Stephen Foster)

  12. (© Geoff Berner)
    www.geoffberner.com

    Wound up drunk again on Robson Street
    Strange cuz we always agreed
    At the start of every evening
    That's the last place I wanna be

    Coffee drinkers dressed in black with no sugar
    They don't give me no respect
    They say 'look here comes another one'
    And i don't know what they mean yet

    Chorus

    And i say
    Keep it light enough to travel...
    Don't let it all unravel...

    Promise me we won't go into the nightclub
    I feel so fucked up when I'm in there
    Can't tell the bouncers from the customers
    And i don't know which ones i prefer

    Promise me we won't go into the nightclub
    I really think that it's obscene
    What kind of people go to meet people
    Where they can't be heard or seen

    Chorus

    Broke the windows at the logging company
    Just to get a little release
    Had to throw down my accordion
    To get away from the police

    And I say...