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POSTCARD FROM ANTIGUA

This postcard was left at the hotel desk
With a brown-skinned girl in a floral print dress
On the sun-drenched island with the fine white sand
Where my love and I walked hand-in-hand
You can stand waist-deep in the turquoise seas
While the palm trees rustle in the tropical breeze
But that breeze won't help you when the sun gets high
Then it's SPF 30 or you're going to fry

CHORUS:
Hello from old Antigua
Here is a postcard from Antigua
Life's a Beach on old Antigua
We had us a great time, wish we were there

This postcard hung out for a couple of days
Then was taken into town in the usual way
Past goats and chickens and one-room shacks
Over car-eating roads that could break your back
Where they drive on the left and there are no signs
The views are splendid but the curves are blind
There's something waiting for you over every hill
And if a cow doesn't stop you then a pothole will

Chorus

BRIDGE:
Now when the sun goes down you can find your way by the light of the moon and stars
The tree-toads chime the mosquitoes dine and the geckos patrol the bars
You can sip coladas by the waterside float away on the island rum
Or make love to the thunder of the ocean tide and the air conditioner's hum
And God bless the air conditioner

This postcard arrived when a month had been spanned
We were back on the case, we were losing our tans
Hadn't taken much more than a couple of days
For the salt and the sanity to wash away
But we looked at the picture and it made us smile
That was it for conversation for a little while
Postcards are great things to keep around
But it's time to start saving for our next trip down

Chorus


ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT

He says he loves her, but she's not here now,
And your perfume's like a song
He would love to play along
Only for one night

He understands you, more than you wanted him to,
You share a spark that no one sees
But something's whispering in the breeze, and it says
'Only for one night'

One night is longer than some people ever get to slip the ties that bind
One chance beneath the stars to see who else you are,
and to leave your lives behind

But in the morning, his kiss is fading,
He's a stranger at your door
Is this the deal you waited for?
Only for one night

One chance beneath the stars to see who else you are,
and to leave your lives behind

He says he loves her, but she's not here now,
And his skin's so soft and warm
Would it really do you harm?
Only for one night

Would it really do you harm?
Only for one night
Only for one night
Only for one night
Only one night



THE GIRL FROM THE GREAT DIVIDE

She was tall and dark and slender, and she said that she loved the dance
There was something unspoken between us, but I dared not take the chance
We were something more than strangers when the hour of parting arrived
And she went west to her new life, she was bound for the Great Divide

Word came that she had married, and we all did wish her well
I swore to profit from my mistake and to heed the tolling belle
If a girl should capture my fancy, not to let that girl go by
And I raised a glass in a sad salute to the girl from the Great Divide

Now fruits are for the picking and I picked till I had my fill
But alone I'd find her photograph, and her face it stayed with me still
Till the night in the crowded tavern, where I made ready to play
She stepped up to me smiling, and the years just fell away

Then later, over coffee, we talked of the things we'd done
She threw back her head in laughter, it was like she never had gone
Then she spoke about her marriage, and the ways of compromise
And I saw how time had touched her face and the sadness around her eyes

We talked the moon down from the sky and I brought her to my home
I laid a pallet down on the floor for her to sleep upon
But in the silence that followed our singing, she came into my arms
And the dawn was sweet and quiet, and the morning sun was warm

The sea was cold at sunset and I pressed her to my side
We could not speak so we looked away, our feelings for to hide
Her hands were strong and her lips were soft and her eyes a smile did pass
But the rising tide, it drowned our steps, and the sand was smooth as glass

And her dark hair hid her face from me as I saw her to her plane
That would carry her west to her husband, to whom she would explain
She'd decide if she wanted her freedom, she would write if she wanted to stay
And I dream at night of the Great Divide, and her voice so far away

She was tall and dark and slender, and she said that she loved the dance



WALTZ WITH MY BABY

Come Saturday night, we'll be making the scene
With Friday a mem'ry and Sunday a dream
The dance hall is packed but we really don't care
We move through the crowd as if no one was there
When I waltz with my baby the world holds its breath
The room fades away, just the two of us left
She's as light as a dream, I get lost in her gaze
I could waltz with my baby the rest of my days
Doesn't matter how old or how corny the tune
By a chandelier's fire or a midsummer moon
With her in my arms and our hearts beating time
We move to the music; I feel like I'm flying
When I waltz with my baby the world holds its breath
The room fades away, just the two of us left
She's as light as a dream, I get lost in her gaze
I could waltz with my baby the rest of my days
There's a light in her eyes that only I see
There's a smile on her lips that is only for me
There's a ring on her finger and one on my own
With her arms around me I know that I'm home

And if one stays behind and one is set free
I'll be waiting for her as she will for me
And when we're reunited on that far-away shore
We will dance like we parted but a moment before
When I waltz with my baby the world holds its breath
The room fades away, just the two of us left
She's as light as a dream, I get lost in her gaze
I could waltz with my baby the rest of my days

When I waltz with my baby the world holds its breath
The room fades away, just the two of us left
She's as light as a dream, I get lost in her gaze
I could waltz with my baby the rest of my days

I will waltz with my baby the rest of my days


THE FOOL

You can call him Jack of Hearts, you can call him Prince of Knaves
From the suits he has discarded and the cards you think he saves
But his face is hard to read, he's grown open as a grave
And now you just can't guess his hand until he makes it
And the judge says he is dangerous, and crazy, like a fox
As he walks into the courtroom with his favorite paradox
And says 'You cannot hope to catch this boy if you nail him in a box'
And he takes the judge's hammer, and he breaks it
And they say that he's a joker, they say he is a fool
Like the ones in caps and bells, like the ones who break the rules
But he's always standing ready to fly or take a fall
And the Fool could be the savior of us all
The diplomats and princes of that world they think is real
Are served by those with broken hearts and shoulders on the wheel
They see the Fool in his ragged dance and they don't care how he feels
When just by his simple steps he seems to tell them
You say your days are wasted, you tell me they're too tough
For you to lead the lives you'd like, but you know that's just your bluff
Because you have all the time there is, who never have enough
But they never seem to buy this dream he is selling
And they say that he is crazy, they say he is a fool
Then they dream of their caps and gowns and the years they spent in school
Till they're haunted by the wisdom born of that freedom they recall
That the Fool might be the wisest of us all
And romantics turn to cynics when the fiery leaves are gone
And the trees stand cold and naked, unprotected from the dawn
They are stripped of all illusion with no dreams to carry on
And life is only a series of departures
But it takes as great a leap of faith to deny as to believe
And you are the looms and the guiding hands and the patterns that you weave
And his is just a gypsy soul with no intent to deceive
When he tells you he sees arrivals in your future
I've heard that love is treacherous, I've heard it's not for fools
That it's only for the cunning thieves, like ancient treasured jewels
But he has no need to hide his heart behind the unseen walls
And the Fool could be the richest of us all


LIBERTY'S SONG

Your tall ships dance upon the bay,
The rockets burst and the marches play
My torch is bright in the evening sky
It is the Fourth night of July
You drift before me on the tide,
Where your weary fathers once arrived
Who looked at me and saw their dreams
Of fortunes made and lives redeemed

And you sing your patriotic songs,
You sing "His truth goes marching on"
"Oh, say can you see," "Let Freedom ring,"
"My Country, 'tis of Thee" you sing

But I am not bound by your frontiers,
Nor troubled by your worldly fears
You've put your faith in gold and steel
But I recall how freedom feels
I see across generations, beyond every troubled sea
I froze with the rebels in Valley Forge, I wept with the Cherokee
I whisper in every hamlet, I plot behind every throne
And whoever fights to break their chains will never fight alone
Now my name is called throughout the land,
The weapons pass from hand to hand
Determined to be free once more
The people storm the palace doors

But in the ashes of the old regime,
I've watched the newest Caesars scheme
While the ones who clearly heard my call
Are the first ones stood against the wall

But though I fade or am forsworn,
Tomorrow I will be reborn
In your children's children's hearts I rise
For I am the Fire that never dies
I see across generations, beyond every troubled sea
I fall in a Chinese square and dance on a Wall in Germany
I whisper in every hamlet, I plot behind every throne
And whoever fights to break their chains will never fight alone

I see across generations, beyond every troubled sea
I stand with the rebels of every age and page of history
I whisper in every hamlet, I plot behind every throne
And whoever fights to break their chains will never fight alone
Whoever fights to break their chains will never fight alone.


THE WALL

It's two thousand years ago, where the Jordan cools the land
And a people rise in pride against a Caesar's hand
Rome sends her legions in,
Casts the people to the wind
And back in Jerusalem
Leaves little standing but a wall

Many homes in many lands, many times the lesson learned
Always strangers at the feast, to be used then to be spurned
Easy mark for evil aims,
First the rack and then the flames
Cast out to wander once again, with faith sustaining like a wall

And the land gains great renown,
A jewel for every crown
On the hill above the town a crescent moon gleams in the morning
But the people still recall
How the Holiest of all
Stood in grace before the fall, and their prayers are filled with yearning

From the ashes of their lives they cross the open sea
With little more than hope and bitter memory
They set foot on the sand,
Take freedom in their hands
And they vow to make a stand and live or die before the wall

And now a nation once again,
With ancient stones and modern men
Who climb the hills to comprehend the panorama of the ages
Where every nation built to last
On the ruins of the past
But each one's day was gone so fast, in a land where nothing changes

In this cradle of belief, where love has turned to stone
And those who'd understand are left to stand alone
Where the desert water's sweet,
Where the blood runs in the street
Where faith and reason meet, they stand before a wall

Where the past and future meet, they stand before a wall



GLAD FOR THE CHANCE

Weren't you glad for the chance to be had
By a lover who gave less than you?
When he was gone did you still hear his song?
Did it hide in the walls of your room?
Like a toy you were broken and cast aside
Just a ring he put on for the dance

And weren't you glad,
Oh weren't you glad for the chance
Aren't you glad for the chance to be bad,
Stealing pages from dusty old books
After the storm do you wake up so warm?
Do you care how the winter time looks?
When the stranger comes in he is all electric,
And you're shocked by the spark in his glance

And aren't you glad,
Oh aren't you glad for the chance
Your heart is a well, you pour your love out on the sand
You never worry you might some-day run dry
You shower all your dreams on every cowboy that you can
When they fade away you seem so surprised
And you turn to me with tears in your eyes

And won't you be glad for the chance to be sad
When the gold that you mined goes to fools
After all of your tries you finally thought you were wise,
Now it's time to go back to your schools
Ah but given some time, in a season or so,
You'll be ready for your next romance

And won't you be glad,
Won't you be glad

Won't you be glad for the chance



RULERS OF THE SEA

We are sailing, we are sailing
We are masters of the ocean as we ride beneath the wind
We are rising, we are falling
As we crest a wave, then hit the trough, then crest a wave again
For a moment we're the buccaneers who used to ply these shores
But baseball caps and bathing suits were not their uniforms
Have a cool rum punch and toast the memory
Of the day we were the rulers of the sea

We are sailing, we are sailing
There's a storm on the horizon, there's a haze upon the bay
But it's a hot day, it's a high sun
That would bake us all like fishsticks if it wasn't for the spray
That comes up in sheets to drench us, till our skin is glistening wet
Then we sail right through a squall, but how much more soaked could we get
Have a cool rum punch and toast the memory
Of the day we were the rulers of the sea

We put in at an island and we swim out to the reef
With masks that pinch our noses and snorkels in our teeth
One more school of tropic tourists bobbing gently on the bay
Trying not to hurt the coral, or to scare the fish away

Then we are sailing, we are sailing
When the captain turns the boat around the sun hangs in the west
We are laughing, we are singing
We are trying to do the limbo, that's the part the crew likes best
But one final gift awaits us, there are flying fish to port
And then dolphins off the starboard bow, King Neptune's own escort
Have a cool rum punch and toast the memory
Of the day we were the rulers of the sea

There's time for one last snapshot as our harbor comes in view
Then we leave a tip and shake hands with the captain and the crew
Then we're slipping on our sandals, we say goodbye and then
We step down on the sand, and we are land-lubbers again

Then we are walking, we are walking
Up the beach and past the palm trees that lead back to our hotel
We are sunburned, we are wind-burned
And our salty skin, it prickles, and our t-shirts feel like hell
We were masters of the ocean, we were rulers of the waves
But right now I'd trade my kingdom for a shower and a shave
And a cool rum punch to toast the memory
Of the day we were the rulers of the sea.



JOSH IS IN LOVE WITH A DANCER

Josh is in love with a dancer,
What is the boy going to do?
Stand up and count, he's got one left foot,
Come down to dance, he's got two
She's tall and she's slender and graceful,
And she glides through the smoke and the noise
While he waits in the wings and he watches all night
As she dances with all of the boys
She moves like the wind and she moves like the sea,
He's afraid that she'll leave him behind
Beached like a whale when the tide goes out,
Blown like a dream in his mind
Josh is in love with a dancer,
A candle in love with a flame
He's starting to melt, he's afraid he'll get burned
And he's not even sure of her name
He would like to go over and ask her
If there is room in her world for romance
And maybe what is she doing the rest of her life,
But he can't even ask her to dance
She moves like the wind and she moves like the sea,
He's afraid that she'll leave him behind
Beached like a whale when the tide goes out,
Blown like a dream in his mind
Go on, take her out on the floor,
What did you come here for but to be loose and free in the night
So maybe you're not Fred Astaire,
Baby what does she care, maybe Josh by himself is all right
Oh Josh, by yourself you're all right
He's not listening

Josh is in love with a dancer,
Headed home with his heart in a sling
She's gone on the arm of a faster man,
And ain't love a wonderful thing
She moved like the wind and she moved like the sea,
She moved off and left him behind
Beached like a whale when the tide runs out,
Blown like a dream in his mind
Beached like a whale when the tide runs out,
Blown like a dream in his mind


TURNED TO LIGHT

Into your garden fall the wayward seeds
Beyond the walls which you have fashioned
Where every line is drawn to serve your needs
So your pleasures and your pains are safely rationed

But the seeds fall there, in the light and air
To disturb your careful concentration
And the wild flowers rise to the open skies
With perfumes of strange anticipation
It is the wind, it is the rain, it is a heartbeat once again
It is a dream you only find when you stop dreaming
Like a bird in flight through the wond'rous night
It is a mystery of darkness turned to light
In conversation fall the wayward words
Sparked by some fire you're not aware of
You could pretend that they were never heard
You've got your garden to take care of

But they've dropped like jewels in some quiet pool
And the ripples rise till they surround you
And you're tempest-tossed, though your harbor's lost
You have no fear that it will drown you
It is the wind, it is the rain, it is a heartbeat once again
It is a dream you only find when you stop dreaming
Like a bird in flight through the wond'rous night
It is a mystery of darkness turned to light
At the garden door, you look back once more
Then you turn to face tomorrow
There are paths to choose, you will win and lose
But there'll always be a sign to follow
It is the wind, it is the rain, it is a heartbeat once again
It is a dream you only find when you stop dreaming
Like a bird in flight through the wond'rous night
It is a mystery of darkness turned to light

It is a dream you only find when you stop dreaming
Like a bird in flight
It is a mystery of darkness turned to light.


Get in touch... Song lyrics... Josh's new CD 'Postcard From Antigua'