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Land of the Plenty

by JL Stiles

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1.
People have a hard heart, tryin to survive Better you than me because what's mine is mine When it's all in the land of the plenty People walkin briskly, bundled up in the cold Steppin over a man, he was lying down in the road When it's all in the land of the free Purple mountains majesty, amber waves of grain Searching the whole world for the cheapest slaves When it's all in the land of the plenty Yeah it's all in the land of the free Sit back and wonder about the reasons why If money flows like a river then why's the land so dry? We gotta sit and listen to a pack of lies Tellin us we can choose with a brainwashed mind When it's all in the land of the plenty It's all in the land of the free Sure like to protest, make the whole world change But I got the gun pointed, don't know where to aim All the lowdown dealings with our hard-earned pay Tellin us the world's gone wrong so no one's to blame when it's all in the land of the pleny Yeah it's all in the land of the free Yeah it's all in the land of the free
2.
You and me holdin eachother and havin fun By the waves underneath the mornin sun I'm gonna do my part, love her from the start, drive her crazy, yeah drive her mad Yeah I got to do my part and love her from the start and drive her crazy, drive her mad You know that our love is true I couldn't get enough of you I'm gone out of my mind, wastin all my time, running round town dreamin of a love so true You drive me crazy, I love you babe, you know it's true, you know it's true You know that our love is right Cause we're dreamin of each other late into the night I forgot what love was like, you holdin me tight's bringin back memories from a long time ago You drive me crazy, I love you babe, you know it's true, you know it's true You and me holdin each other underneath the settin sun Lovin me long when the day is done mad Yeah I got to do my part and love her from the start and drive her crazy, drive her mad
3.
Little tiny creatures clinging to the face of the earth Little tiny creatures clinging to the face of the earth They don't what it's worth as they crawl and struggle just to find their way Believin' in a grand design's a blind leap of faith Tiny little creatures mechanically return to their homes (All the creatures have their place of rest) Spinning on a speck of dust and rising with the dawn (We are all a product of the sun) They’ll all have come and gone in a flash of time they do not understand (In a flash of time they don’t understand) Livin is just livin and it aint thinkin about the end (We’re too busy tryin to have some fun) Flyin high above the houses lookin just like toys (tiny creatures with their tiny toys) Everything is smooth and easy high above all the noise) (little tiny creatures clinging to the earth never understanding what their lives are worth) (floating in the blackness of the universe, crying with laughter on the bright blue earth) (You may think that I don’t think it means a thing bein a tiny creature in the heart of spring) Tiny Creatures, Tiny creatures, it’s all good (Ahhhhh) Tiny fine creatures floating up into the sun (tiny creatures, tiny little creatures) Glidin sly pelicans lookin like they’re havin fun (Sly pelicans are havin their fun) It’s just a spark of luck in a time and place we find hard to believe (A world of magic we find hard to believe) We are all just tiny creatures livin in a dream (tiny creatures aren’t as real as they seem) And if you’re feelin like the world is gonna pass you by (don’t feel the world is gonna pass you by) We are all just tiny creatures hanging on for the ride (little tiny creatures clinging to the earth never understanding what their lives are worth) (floating in the blackness of the universe, crying with laughter on the bright blue earth) (You may think that I don’t think it means a thing bein a tiny creature in the heart of spring) Tiny Creatures, Tiny creatures, it’s all good (Ahhhhh)
4.
Just One Day 03:09
Chicken On the fire, sweet cherry wine, my oh my I wish you were mine. You’re so pretty you’re so sweet shufflin with me down the street But now your gone, gone away from me Yeah you're gone oh babe, though I knew you just one day Dancin' by the fire while I play my guitar I put it down just to join you a while Driftin' away, fallin' down in the sand I pulled you down with me when I took your hand But you're gone, gone away from me (Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before Gone gone hurts me to soul have you ever loved this way?) Yeah, you're gone, oh babe, though I knew you just one day (Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before Gone gone hurts me to soul have you ever loved this way?) Will I find another just as sweet? (Will i find another as sweet could have been the one for me Hope you feel the same, I know you feel the same, yeah i know you feel the same) You're on my mind, oh babe, though I knew you just one day (Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever felt this way before Gone gone hurts me to my soul have you ever loved this way?)
5.
She Laid him down, never let him go Older than him she gets the young boy to roll SHe can't get enough, rolls til the mornin sun He can't get enough rolls til the day is done Most young girls, the same, older girls play no games Sees a young girl givin' him a sweet smile Gives it a try, it might be worth his while Cross hangs down her breast, nature takes care of the rest Says everybody wins, you can confess your sins And come clean again to see me next weekend Every day's the same he needs to spice up his life No need to waste time, he knows she won't be his wife
6.
Guvna's Funk 03:53
7.
Steppin outside, feelin might low Look up at the sky, somebody's tryin to let me know God is watching over me, watching over me I's gonna leave this town, no place to go The end of the line with nothin' to show But God was watching over me, watching over me I saw a smile on a young boy's face He stood up and let an old lady have his place Rumblin' down this broken road, slowly Gettin' where we had to go To the preachers in the pulpit, the hustlers on the street You gotta keep on fightin' when they think they got you beat God is watching over you, watching over you We're all caught in a never-ending war The more we lose we may get ground down for more A power-hungry greedy fool's got nothin' else to do And all their followers of faith Flexin' muscles to make themselves feel great The more we fight our bloody war, the bigger pawns we become Jeanie had a hard life You could see it in her eyes She said, "When I had nothin', one thing kept me alive" God was watchin' over me, watchin' over me Yeah God is watching over me, watchin' over me
8.
Fallin down and jumpin up and headin on our way, I never missed a day A pat on the back, I brace myself for a slap right in the face But while the fakers fade away jonny’ll be here to stay Cause I’m in it for the long haul The world is getting more and more like one big corporation spreadin like a virus The same few voices are prattling all there lies We need something to inspire us Our backs are getting close to the wall in due time we’re heading for a fall If we aint in it for the long haul History aint made by the voices claiming victory today Cause in due time where gonna pass it down the line even if it happens too late Yeah we’ll bomb ‘em right out of their homes, starve ‘em right down to their bones They’ve seen it all before, that’s why they’re in it for the long haul.
9.
A lot can change five years down the road People age, children growin old You and I, feelin' fine even though we got no place to hide You and I, feelin' fine even though we got no place in time Visit friends from times long ago Some have families some are still alone Old friends gather 'round to be reflections of the time the do not see Childhood photos of forgotten men lost in the oceans of our dreams Why, my friend, ain't you satisfied? Two friends can walk on side by side Warm old sun lies by our side, captured in the corners of our eyes You and I breathe like the wind, on our bicycles we glide on by Golden valleys, lovers in the mist A love so strong she knows I can't resist While I'm dreaming outside, sleeping, underneath the stars and deep black sky Clawing at my soul these days of old I never knew might pass me by
10.
Are we driftin' like fools, takin' what we're given? Are we hearded like sheep while we try to keep on livin? You try to justify yoiur spirit deep inside But it ain't no consolation when you almost lost your mind. How am I supposed to fight when the fightin takes your life? How am I supposed to see when the truth is out of sight? How am I supposed to know how to make a decent life? Have we all lost our souls are made a sacrifice? How am I suppposed to try when I gotta live a lie? When I'm lookin in the mirror but I can't see eye to eye Yeah how am I supposed to fight, how am i supposed to fight Why I am supposed to care when a rat race ain't my game If it boils down to that then it's just a cryin' shame But I got no one to blame How am I supposed to know when I've been burned before Believing in a love that headed out the door? You we're thrown out in this world where no one's got a clue The wise men only act like they know the real truth How am I supposed to know? Why am I supposed to care? It's all so complicated and I'm just a simple man. How am I supposed to know? How am I supposed to know? I'm always on the run but I got no place to go Yeah How am I supposed to know?
11.
Yeah I told you I loved you, baby. You never cared a dime. When I told you I needed you, You wouldn't change your mind You used to hold me soft and sweetly, baby. Now your heart's as hard as steel When you told me you were leavin' Couldn't believe it was real Love you spring and summer Love you winter and fall Love you night and day Just can't stay away While I sit here broken-hearted Every day seems the same I have to tell you I'm so sorry I ever knowed your name Ain't no use in your evil cryin' Yeah you know you done me wrong Ain't no use you comin' back
12.
You know the boogie runs through my veins You know the boogie runs through my veins It heals all my wounds, takes away the sorry and pain Have you ever loved a woman deep down in your soul? Have you ever loved a woman deep down in your soul? It's a hard road to travel when you got the boogie down in your bones I'm so sorry little babe, I'm a headin' back down the road I'm so sorry little babe, I'm a headin' back down the road I hope you remember you never let this good man go I believed in you baby, thought you had a heart of gold
13.
Meteors 04:03
14.

credits

released August 20, 2005

JL Stiles on vocals, guitars
Zach Morris on drums (track 1, 2, 3, 7, 10 and 12)
Jeremy Hoenig on drums (track 6, 8, 11, 14)
Ed Ivey on bass, tuba, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Wil Blades on organ tracks 1 and 2
Chip Roland on organ tracks 6 and 8
Emiliano Juarez on lead guitar, track 1
Nelson Lunding on piano, tracks 8 and 11
Kelly Canova on backing vox track 3
David Black on drums, track 5
Jimmy Sweetwater on percussion track 5
Paulo Baldi on congas track 6

Produced by JL Stiles and Ed Ivey
Engineered by Thom Canova on tracks 1 to 5, 7, 9 ,10, 12 and 13 and Tim Freeman on the rest.
Assistant engineer: Simon Timony
Mastered by John Greenham

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JL Stiles San Francisco, California

I would love to fingerpick and sing just like Blind Blake but as everyone knows, this is like becoming the Buddha.

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