The Irishman and the Tiger

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Kenny from Killarney was a sorry little man
Nothing that he ever did went according to his plan
Little did he know today when he went out his door
That he would meet a tiger and his life would change for sure
That he would meet a tiger and his life would change for sure

McGillicuddy’s circus was rolling into town
put up all their posters and the people gathered round
nobody was looking and and it changed our Kenny’s fate
when a hungry angry tiger snuck out through an open gate

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now Kenny worked a still hidden out among the green
distilled a murky liquid he pretended was poitín
he’d barely got the fire lit when the tiger happened by
and Kenny started running just as fast as he could fly

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now Kenny was no runner and he ended up as lunch
you were thinking that he’d beat the tiger; sure I had a hunch
did you really think the story could end another way?
and the tiger’s had a taste for weasel ever since that day

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Strikes

Great big storm behind the mountain
See a flash, start counting
Feel the fire, crackling breeze
Thunder rumbles right up to your knees
Lightning

Flash so bright you lose the sky
Feels like Armageddon’s nigh
Push down, move faster
Driving down the throat of disaster
Lightning

High voltage electrical whine
Into my ears through the telephone line
I hear the words, feel the frisson
You talked, I didn’t listen
Lightning

Tires rip the dark wet road
Under-thinking overload
A hundred miles in nothing flat
Never let you go like that
Lightning

Great big storm behind the mountain
Thunder rumbles right to your knees
Great big storm behind the mountain
Thunder rumbles right to your knees
Great big storm behind the mountain
Thunder rumbles right to your knees
Great big storm behind the mountain
Thunder rumbles right to your knees
Lightning

Never Take a Goat

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to sea
I’ve some words of good advice for you to note
your floating will be better
and you end up far less wetter
if you’ll only take along a little boat

now boats are fancy things
says the dry man as he sings
for keeping all the ocean from your socks
and even if they match
you can bet they’re not a patch
on a boat for when you leave behind the docks

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to see
there’s another bit of wisdom you should note
your health will be robust
and your joints will never rust
if you’ll only take along a little coat

a coat’s a wondrous thing
says the warm man as he sings
for keeping all the chilly from your throat
if it buttons or it zips
it’ll keep the frosty nips
from your throat while you’re out sailing on your boat

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

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now, we’ve talked about boats
and we’ve talked about coats
and there’s only one thing left to talk about
goats

if you’re thinking just like me
that you’d like to go to sea
I’ve some final words of wisdom you should note
as you’re loading up your boat
in your warm and fuzzy coat
don’t ever ever ever bring a goat

goats, the hungry things
will eat your sofa to the springs
and if there’s eating to be done, well here’s my vote
put the goat into a pot
and we’ll serve him up right hot
and prevent the creature buttin’ up our boat

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take a boat
that’ll float
and you can quote me when I say
a boat is better any day
for when you’d like to go to sea
and you’re thinking just like me
you’ll need a boat
to stay afloat

so take a boat
and get yer coat
and eat the goat
and stay afloat
your floating will be better
and you end up far less wetter
if you’ll only take along a little boat

Back to You

It’s raining straight in my face and I’m losing my place in lane
as the big rigs go by spitting mud in my face
and it’s all I can do just to hang on and pray
up ahead there’s a curve to the left and I’ll go to the right
and I’ll be home tonight and you’ll be there to meet me
and help me try to make some sense of my day

last night or last week or last month or last year
i’d never have thought i’d be coming back here
to the place that i should never have left in the first place at all
but this morning i woke in more ways than one
underpaid undervalued and under the gun
was the last night week month year of climbing that wall

had a lotta friends who were really great
took the shirt off my back and the food from my plate
but they left me an old mandolin and a song or two
gave a beat up car and an old guitar
and a mandolin I couldn’t play anyway
for this old road warrior that’s bringing me back to you

two iron lungs between my knees
all the leatherwork died of some horrid disease
and I’ll bet you a nickel ain’t no nickel left in that chrome
it’s ragged and ugly but it sure is fast
eating miles and bugs and oil and gas
and time on the road to the hills that we call home

up ahead there’s a curve to the left and I’ll go to the right
and I’ll be home tonight and you’ll be there to meet me
and help me try to make a little sense of my day

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Good Pair of Jeans

I was stuck on the lyrics of another song and decided, about 45 minutes ago, to switch to this idea.

Sometimes a song just needs its own space.

my fav’rite hat is crushed and flat, it’s ragged at the brim
my fav’rite boots are scuffed and scraped and looking mighty grim
my overcoat of black cashmere no longer looks as slim
but nothing beats a good pair of jeans

nothing beats a good pair of jeans
just take a look at these and you’ll see what I mean
blue is best but I’d even wear ’em aquamarine
nothing beats a good pair of jeans

my sweetheart has a couple pairs with legs as long as hers
they seem to fit her well enough and follow her straight legs
follow ’em right to the ground, right where she wears her spurs
no, nothing beats a good pair of jeans

nothing beats a good pair of jeans
turn around and check the mirror, you’ll see what I mean
I’m thinking maybe she should get a pair in tangerine
nothing beats a good pair of jeans

I put all the holes in these; they ain’t no acid wash
I got some from Levi and some others from Oshkosh
wear ’em when I sit and read, wear ’em when I nosh,
’cause nothing beats a good pair of jeans

nothing beats a good pair of jeans
look down at your own and you’ll see what I mean
blue is best but I’d even wear ’em aquamarine
I’m thinking maybe she should get a pair in tangerine
if you know Captain Kangaroo you can even wear ’em green
nothing beats a good pair of jeans
no nothing beats a good pair of jeans