20,000 Versions of the Sun

20,000 Cover CDBaby

Can’t Get Out of My Own Way

I’ve been in first place, I’ve been in last place.
I’ve been the worst case, I’ve been the whole parade.
I’ve been my own best friend, there have been days when
I couldn’t get out of my own way.
You’ve got to get out of your own way.

When you were a dark room, I was just a dim light,
a stumbling in the night to find a way.
When I finally understood, I saved the only one I could.
I couldn’t get out of my own way.
You’ve got to get out of your own way.

Trouble doesn’t need any help from me.

I laugh like my father did, I love like my mother did.
What you did or you didn’t get, it’s just a tail you chase.
It’s like my grandmother said, don’t blame it on us kid.
You’ve got to get out of your own way.
You’ve got to get out, you’ve got to get out,
you’ve got to get out of your own way.

 

Solamente

In the mind of the brilliant sun,
who are you and I beneath this shading palm.
In conversation, in my imagination,
I heard what you might say,

Solamente, solamente la vida.
(It’s only life)
Veinte mil versiones
(20,000 versions 
de la mente del sol.
          of the mind of the sun)

When you wrote your, your book of life,
you were living hand to mouth while your patient wife
lied to the landlord, with empty cupboards.
I heard what you might say

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What is a dance without gravity,
what is love without pain.
We do everything right and it turns out wrong,
we do it again and again.

My 20,000 versions of the sun
have left me with an empty heart,
Gabo, what can be done.
With a slow touch, he said, “don’t think so much,
it gets better when you sing.”

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Tell my heart, it’s just one day,
just one day in the mind of the sun.

 

Never Say Never

It was the 7th day of March in 1965.
A little big man with his arms at his side,
crossed the Alabama River with the people behind,
saying Never Say Never, Never Say Never.

For those come and gone, allowed only to dream,
for those breathing in that moment, for those yet to be,
they would give up their bodies for the world to see.
Never Say Never, Never Say Never.

Everybody’s on the edge.
Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Beaten for the privilege.

Say it loud, say it again,
it’s so much deeper than the skin.
Say it now, say it again,
it’s so much deeper than the skin.

Hate is a chain with a prisoner at both ends.

An American Heartbreak in the bright light of day,
it’s not business as usual on an Alabama highway,
no headlights in the mirror, no hooded face.
Never Say Never, Never Say Never.

Everybody’s on the edge. Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Beaten for the privilege.

Say it loud, say it again, it’s so much deeper than the skin.
Say it now, say it again, it’s so much deeper than the skin.

Hate is a chain with a prisoner at both ends.

 

All This Time

The sun rose, the sun set,
people called it time.
It’s an old story, how precious is this time.
You told me that you needed some
and wanted none of mine.
It’s an old story, told one more time.

And now what am I gonna do
with all this time,
with all this time.

You can’t touch it with your fingers,
but you feel it moving on,
and you know when it’s gone it’s gone.
I know that heart inside you
is as golden as the sun.
It’s an old story, I’m just not the one.

And now what am I gonna do
with all this time,
with all this time.

 

Good Morning

All of that fire, all of that gold,
spills out on the water
while the land’s dark and cold.
Nighttime surrenders
in violet hues,
‘til it’s just the morning,
missing you.
Barefoot on the carpet,
you’re not at home.
Long road, so many
kindnesses shown.
I’m a poor man to many,
rich to few,
now it’s just the morning,
missing you.

Wake up, breathe in,
all you can say is good morning.
Better make friends with the truth.

When I tell you my story,
it falls out of my mouth
just like I was singing
a Song of the South,
where the cobblestone history,
the deep rutted words,
get paved right over like they
never occurred.
But, the more I keep talking,
the less you say,
still I keep on surrounding
the truth that way,
to do it all justice,
all the rises and falls,
now it’s just the morning,
remembering them all.

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All of that fire, all of that gold,
spills out on the water,
while the land’s dark and cold.
I know you’ll come back,
I’ll come back too,
til it’s just the morning,
me and you.

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