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One Long Skid-Vol. 2

by Jon Clark

Released 2014
© Row North Music
Released 2014
© Row North Music
Singer/songwriter Jon Clark continues the trip with One Long Skid-Vol.2, the companion album to Vol. 1. The band covers a lot of ground here. Enjoy the ride…
  • 06:34 Lyrics
    Mr. Fix-It Man

    Mr Fix-it Man-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, show me your bag you got the tools
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, this big ol’ wheel ain’t got no rules
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, how far it bends I think we’ll see
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, don’t lock us out we need the key

    Last time you showed us how, we broke it all some how
    Can you just tell us why, before you wave good-bye

    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, push in the door and take a peek
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, they told us all you were a freak
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, who wrote the book without an end
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, shall we confess no way to mend

    Last time you showed us how, we broke it all some how
    Can you just tell us why, before you wave good-bye

    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, don’t leave us now without a clue
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, you said we’d learn but no one knew
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, will you come back to look and see
    Hey, Hey Mr fix-it man, what all must change to set us free

    Last time you showed us how, we broke it all some how
    Can you just tell us why, before you wave good-bye

  • 06:26 Lyrics
    I Stole You Around

    I Stole You Around-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    I stole you around, lost my keys on the frozen ground.
    Barren state I’m in, wondering why it’s always been this way.

    Whose got control, not our kind she can sell your soul.
    Hand me what you got, take your pick, and see what’s left to be.

    She’s a doctor, just my pill to take.
    She’s a doctor, and I’ll marry her when I wake.

    She’s a doctor, just my pill to take.
    She’s a doctor, and I’ll marry her when I wake.

    What if days deny, bleached out bones in a desert sky.
    Miracle or trick, I don’t care but please point me to your well.

    Hope you got a clue, uncage me from this crazy zoo.
    Pick’in locks for me, voo-doo heads on a chain from here to there

    She’s a doctor, just my pill to take.
    She’s a doctor, and I’ll marry her when I wake.

    She’s a doctor, just my pill to take
    She’s a doctor, and I’ll marry her when I wake.

    I stole you around, lost my keys on the frozen ground.
    Barren state I’m in, wondering why it’s always been this way.
    It’s always been this way.
    It’s always been this way.
    It’s always been this way.

  • 07:14 Lyrics
    Trip The Wire

    Trip the Wire-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Red tide, witches brew, don't come along…for the view
    One step, two for two, lost your way…but I think you knew
    Big gun, Uncle Sam, guided missile…what's your plan
    Run, run, on the lam, one more brother…one more man

      Next step may trip the wire
      Next step may fall
      Don't put me in the fire
      Don't put me in…the wall

    Who knew what to say, close your eyes…then just lay
    Face down, you will pay, live like me…from this day
    Last time we all thought, different jungle…then you're caught
    Sand man, I just bought, this new problem…you just fought

      Next step may trip the wire
      Next step may fall
      Don't put me in the fire
      Don't put me in…the wall
                                        
    Hum-vee, on the fly, not my road…by and by
    Would you ask them why, face to face…eye to eye
    Endless way to run, tell me now…are we done?
    Look up to the sun, just the same…everyone

      Next step may trip the wire
      Next step may fall
      Don't put me in the fire
      Don't put me in…the wall

    Red tide, witches brew, don't come along…for the view
    One step, two for two, lost your way…but I think you knew
    Big gun, Uncle Sam, guided missile…what's your plan
    Run, run, on the lam, one more brother…one more man

  • 04:55 Lyrics
    Bettter Take Cover

    Better Take Cover-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    I see a cloud but I’m gonna keep planting
    Ducks in a row just a little confused
    Runnin’ it hard and the John Deere’s flyin’
    High on the seat just a spin of the wheel

    Flash in the sky did ya see it now
    Or in my head like a bolt went through
    Maybe it’s real but I think I’m seeing
    A flip of the switch on the big blue wall

      Hey, Hey, Hey you say it’s not raining
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near
      Too far to run and a little too late
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near

    Cloths on the line and they’re blowin’ like crazy
    Goin’ full sail don’t it look that way
    Mother can run and the big dogs’ barkin’
    Gather em in like she does so well

    Chickens don’t care but the goats look nervous
    Bull in the field, he’s still lookin’ for love
    I don’t know why but I think we’re dreamin’
    Seen it before all that comes will pass

      Hey, Hey, Hey you say it’s not raining
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near
      Too far to run and a little too late
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near

    Bring on the sun when the rains’ done pouring
    Wash it away don’t ya smell that earth
    Wiggle your toes can you count your fingers
    I think I’m here not so sure about you.

    How many days will the heavens wail
    How many years can your luck run out
    You got a Sam and his name is Uncle
    Hole in his pocket and it’s torn right through
                     
      Hey, Hey, Hey you say it’s not raining
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near          
      Too far to run and a little too late
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near

    Give it some time and we’ll see what happens
    Nothin’ to show now it’s out of our hands
    Toss of the coin and a few good prayers
    What have you got when it’s just begun?

    Carnival man he just keeps on grinin’
    Line em all up but I can’t lay em down
    Two for a dollar or ten for a five
    Beggin’ for mercy I’m headin’ home now
    Beggin’ for mercy I’m headin’ home now
              
      Hey, Hey, Hey you say it’s not raining         
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near
      Too far to run and a little too late
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near        
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near
      Better take cover cause the thunder sounds near…
              

  • 05:47 Lyrics
    Busy Man

    Busy Man-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Busy man, draggin’ that weight around
    Ball and chain one heavy load
    Break your back then you’re laid out cold____laid out cold

    Up the ladder, nobody’s holdin’ on
    Chase the rabbit in a spinin’ wheel
    Fall out dizzy no more time to steal____time to steal

      Where you runnin’ / busy man
      Better turn around / while you still can
      Simon Peter / shakes your hand
      How’s it lookin’ now / from where you sta____nd

    All that green, what does it buy ya now
    Vapor trail just wave good-bye
    Was it real liv-ing in the eye____in the eye

    Is the kid, walkin’ that narrow line
    Hold my hand let me beg of you
    Not right now if you only knew____only knew

      Where you runnin’ / busy man
      Better turn around / while you still can
      Simon Peter / shakes your hand
      How’s it lookin’ now / from where you sta____nd

    Busy man, draggin’ that weight around
    Ball and chain one heavy load
    Break your back then you’re laid out cold____laid out cold

  • 05:00 Lyrics
    Nobody Special

    Nobody Special-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Mary’s got a tune to sing you tonight
    a song that she learned from the willow tree
    listen can’t you hear when the breezes blow
    sorrow through the branches one bends to the ground

      Hear her______when she cries
      Feel her_______when she sighs

    The crowd’s thinning out some tables are free
    many have seen the fool out the door
    time’s running out for those who don’t know
    one hour left she goes on her way

      Hear her______when she cries
      Feel her_______when she sighs

      Hear her______when she cries
      Feel her_______when she sighs

    Case in her hand down the cold avenue
    she walks through the night, many more than some
    climbing the stairs to a bed on the floor
    lights of the city do their dance on the wall

      Hear her______when she cries
      Feel her_______when she sighs


    Tears for no eyes she tells you that’s so
    covered with anger yet still shows the truth
    one worthy heartache can strengthen your soul
    why did it happen to her just the same

      Hear her______when she cries
      Feel her_______when she sighs

  • 06:48 Lyrics
    Cloud And A Deed

    Cloud and a Deed-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Why in your sleep do you smile if you know
    Dreams from the fire and the ashes of snow
    Show me the place, I’d like to be
    Closing my eyes, so I can see

    Here in my hand spiral airs to receive
    Touching my breath with a cloud and a deed
    Change what you know,  hear not a sound
    Talk to the fool, when he’s not around

    Shadows of fate mirror darkness and birth
    Losing the ground only finding the earth
    Buy me the space, rent me the air
    Drifting above, where I did care

    Questions deny hardly seems like it’s not
    Riddles I know many tales I forgot
    Bring but a child, give what you know
    Talk to the man, all fools must go

  • 04:48 Lyrics
    Don't Tell Me Now

    Don’t Tell Me Now-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    If you’re thinking, of doing your time
    belly up, confess your crime
    make amends, take it head on, just
    don’t____tell me now…just
    don’t____tell me now.

    Bit-a-trouble, drag’in you down
    It’s your life, it comes around
    Who would know, the stripes are yours, just
    don’t____tell me now…just
    don’t____tell me now.

       Last I knew you, still had the sense
       to call the shots, to see it though…
       Can’t you see now, the rules to play
       It’s not your hand, it’s not your day…

    Saw it com’in, and you know why
    They told you so, to late to cry
    Pack your bags, you’re going down, just
    don’t____tell me now…just
    don’t____tell me now

    Watch your back, until you see
    the brightest light, there’ll ever be
    it’s a shame, you can’t go back, just
    don’t____tell me now…just
    don’t____tell me now

      Last I knew you, still had the sense
      to call the shots, to see it though…
      Can’t you see now, the rules to play
      It’s not your hand, it’s not your day…

  • 05:26 Lyrics
    Road Crew Lover

    Road Crew Lover-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    I will tell you, just what I saw, was not my business to see
    but on that day she looked so sweet, I think she smiled at me.
    Boss man said, "you keep your head down, look at her, you gonna die".
    I keep workin' cuz, he got the gun, but all the time I see her cry.
                 
      Oh Lord, oh Lord, forgive my dirty deeds, please lead me to the promised land.
      I done my time, cold chain around my leg, no pain, no burden, no more.
      No pain, no burden, no more.
            
    That man of hers, he treat her wrong, can't take that hand no more
    she gotta leave before the day, they find her bleedin' on the floor        
    Days went by, I never saw again, that pretty dress she wore so well
    I knew somehow and I cried so hard, I'll get that Johnny Dell
                 
      Oh Lord, oh Lord, forgive my dirty deeds, please lead me to the promised land.
      I done my time, cold chain around my leg, no pain, no burden, no more.
      No pain, no burden, no more.

    Hangman jury, they don't know me, no judge gonna see my way
    Jailer man please don't strap me down, will tomorrow be my day?
    I will tell you just what I saw, was not my business to see
    but on that day she looked so sweet, I think she smiled at me
                  
      Oh Lord, oh Lord, forgive my dirty deeds, please lead me to the promised land.
      I done my time, cold chain around my leg, no pain, no burden, no more.
      no pain, no burden, no more.

  • 04:29 Lyrics
    Many Friends

    Many Friends-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2014 Row North Music

    Many years now that have passed
    Many friends I call my cast
    We made games up in our heads just so to laugh

    Do you wonder, do you know
    Do all friends just come and go
    To a place inside your soul, there to be
                               
      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go                           
      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go

    We can stand up, we can shout
    look at friends they’re all about
    I don’t know if I could lose with you around

    Better dreams I’ll never keep
    Laughing days that never sleep
    I’ll just hold my friends with me forever more

      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go
      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go

    When I think of what we shared
    All the times I knew you cared
    Just a day ago I thought of you and grinned

    And I know these days are gone
    Some will say it’s not for long
    I will always keep these memories with me

      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go
      One last time, one last time, many friends may come to see you
      One last time, one last time before we go

NOTES
"One Long Skid" is a collection of songs about the delicate balance in life,
staying upright, falling down, getting up, or staying down.
We're either in control of our skid, enjoying the ride,
or spinning out of control into the dark abyss.
Sometimes our final destination is in the hand of others.
At best we can survive the ride with only a few scars, and plenty of tales to tell.
Hold on tight when you …
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One Long Skid-Vol 1

by Jon Clark

Released 2011
© Row North Music
Released 2011
© Row North Music
Singer/songwriter Jon Clark takes you on a trip through his introspective workingman songs and sends you skidding...
  • 04:54 Lyrics
    Running Wheel

    Running Wheel-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

    Take my mind running wheel, place me on that northern track

    set your speed running wheel, close my coat, I feel the wind

    You say they'll take me there, for times one day

    then I'll find where I've been, just dreaming in the woods, just dreaming in the woods

     

    I'm all packed running wheel, got my things close to me

    all I left running wheel, was my hope and broken praise

    With the time to look again, I'll figure out my loss

    now I know to count my days, and clearer I can see, and clearer I can see

     

    Through the snow running wheel, wind blown drifts some can't see

    with your light running wheel, shine it out, those empty bars

    Gather speed there's one more hill, till we can feel the sky

    place my head in the stars, to see the roaring light, to see the roaring light

     

    Take my mind running wheel, place me on that northern track

    set your speed running wheel, close my coat, I feel the wind

    You say they'll take me there, for times one day

    then I'll find where I've been, just dreaming in the woods, just dreaming in the woods

     

  • 08:07 Lyrics
    Why Was it Time

    Why Was it Time-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    If you go before I can tell you good-bye, show me a sign I can see

    If you're on the right cloud or drifting alone, wondering where am I now

              Will time change you, or keep you the same

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

     

    Who will show you what was never found out, from all your dreams undone

    Lis-ten to the reason that no one explained, why was it time to go

              Will time change you, or keep you the same

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

     

              Will time change you, or keep you the same

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

     

    When you close your eyes will you still see this face, or a whole new picture show

    Is the past no matter to wonder on now, look will I still make you smile

              Will time change you, or keep you the same

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

     

    Does the mark you left just get covered in dust, or blown away like fine sand

    Mov-ing to one place or another in time, gathering speed as you go

              Will time change you, or keep you the same

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

              Who makes the rules now and then

              Who breaks the rules now and then

     

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    Teacher

    Teacher-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    Somebody told me not to lie

    and I listen most the time

    but when changes are slow'n

    down for no reason or rhyme… 

     

    You explain why it's been like this

    Many years just the same

    How do people like scaring

    friends when we're all to blame

     

    We got bombs hidden in our yard

    Mother Bear's got them too

    It's a silly game we play

    in the hands of few                            

     

    One day this will be yours my son

    Look and pray it's still here

    Take your ground and hold it

    close so it's not to fear

     

    Crazy man put that suitcase down

    broken code there it goes

    Flash of bright before the dark

    Are we sane no one knows    

                 

  • 04:55 Lyrics
    Little Mike

    Little Mike-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    Little Mike pushes papers onto the floor

    folds his arms and wonders why

    tease the girls and make their heads turn around

    Mary Sue he makes her cry

     

    What a problem this disruption you know

    how to deal with little Mike

    Shall we make him an example to see

    fix his wagon take his bike

     

         Raise your hand child, raise your hand

         Tell the teacher your no fool

         Close your book now, close your book

         To the corner, on a stool

     

    Mr Jensen said he's tried everything

    Throws his arms up in despair

    Take this boy and sent him up to the home

    Will they break him I don't care

     

    He's just trouble that this world does not need

    Is there something I don't see?

    What's the use of taking time with this boy

    Grown up man he'll never be

     

         Raise your hand child, raise your hand

         Tell the teacher your no fool

         Close your book now, close your book

         To the corner, on a stool

     

    Bet you'll grow up to be gov'ner some day

    Politician of the state

    Take a pen and wink your eye, sign a law

    Wouldn't that just take the cake

     

    Run for president of our country thee

    Chief Commander in his chair

    Then you'll scare us all half out of our wits

    I don't know whose worse for wear

     

         Raise your hand child, raise your hand

         Tell the teacher your no fool

         Close your book now, close your book 

         To the corner, on a stool…To the corner, on a stool

     

  • 09:37 Lyrics
    Two-Stroke Stan

    Two-Stroke Stan-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    If you lose your way, find that old log’n road

    One long skid through the slash

    Straight down the run, take the ridge like he said

    Brings you out to open sky

    When you see that old Hardscrabble Road

    Then you’re home, don’t you know

     

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Forty trees one man

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Never saw it coming, never ran

     

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Forty trees one man

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Never saw it coming, never ran

     

    How many years, just been cut’n for a life

    Yeah his daddy did it too

    Take your pay when the day is done

    Buy some jack to ease the pain

    Sleep it off on the old Dodge seat

    Wake up cold, just one boot on

     

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Forty trees one man

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Never saw it coming, never ran

     

    Some close calls, only one that shows

    What’s a scar without a tale

    Wind that fights, stubborn pine won’t fall

    Hung up luck, just for now

    Turned his back on the devil’s tree

    It came down the worst of all

     

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Forty trees one man

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Never saw it coming, never ran

     

    In the wind, you can still hear that saw

    Howl’in through the stand’n wood

    Some may find, where that same old tree

    Left be-hind just turned to dust

    Take it back, then it all returns

    laid him down to start again

     

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Forty trees one man

    Two—two stroke Stan

    Never saw it coming, never ran

    Never saw it coming, never ran

    Never saw it coming, never ran

     

  • 04:38 Lyrics
    Last Furrow

    Last Furrow-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    Trampled fields of worn out crops

    rusted wheels, the turning stops

    Broken loans a dollar bill

    dirt and dust, the farm stands still

    Tired fence, blown open gate

    where to go, is this ones fate

     

    Thankless work, last furrow set upon his brow

    empty barn, ghostly cold

     

    No more chores, the banker calls

    auction block, the hammer falls

    Breakfast waits on morning sun

    what's the rush, why should he run

    It's a strain what's left to show

    forty years, long time ago

     

    Thankless work, last furrow set upon his brow

    empty barn, ghostly cold

     

    City ways no children's call

    guess that's best, won't see him fall

    way out back, behind the shed

    with the gun, both barrels dead

    scattered crows, the echo sounds

    best be left, just out of bounds

     

    Thankless work, last furrow set upon his brow

    empty barn, ghostly cold

     

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Snake Killer

    Snake Killer-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    Charg'n down a trail, got that look in his eye, he's a roadrunner

    Beat'n down that dust, where the sun don't let up, he's a roadrunner            

    and he's tired of kill'n, them snakes he don't mind

    it's just a profession, one of a kind

     

    Movin' out those legs, down the road straight and wide, he's a roadrunner

    Passin' by them rocks, just a blur we can't see, he's a roadrunner         

    and he stops by a cactus, one button or two?

    there's snakes all around him, "how do you do"

     

    "I don't know if you know, that I kill things like you, I'm a roadrunner"

    "Tell me can't you see, that I'm fast please believe, I'm a roadrunner"              

    but those snakes kept on comin', slow they may be

    they'll challenge any bird, on pe-yo-te

     

    Charg'n down a trail, got that look in his eye, he's a roadrunner

    Beat'n down that dust, where the sun don't let up, he's a roadrunner            

    and he's tired of kill'n, them snakes he don't mind

    it's just a profession, one of a kind

     

  • 06:32 Lyrics
    What's One More

    What's One More-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    More or less fine…          

    cold hard bed, my eyes won't close

    one more summer, brings me home…brings me home

    wishing time, just finds the way…just finds the way

    to return, and see your smile…and see your smile

    will the garden, be as bright…be as bright

     

    More or less fine…              

    beggar's bridge, don't look so good

    seen too many, shoes that fall, shoes that fall

    empty darkness, takes you in…it takes you in

    light a smoke, and turn away…just turn away

    may the fog, help cover up…help cover up

     

    More or less fine…

    just this note, to ease your thoughts

    a hundred stories, I won't tell…no I won't tell

    left unsaid, turn off the light…turn off the light

    no one's home, so let's move on…so let's move on

    capt'n says, "now clean em out"… now clean em out

     

    More or less fine…                  

    what's one more, no one will count

    In my head, just had a thought…just had a thought

    It's your number, should I call…should I call

    take a message, no one's here…no one's here

    never mind, I'll see you then… I'll see you then

     

  • 04:19 Lyrics
    I Didn't Know

    I Didn't Know-music and lyrics Jon Clark © 2011 Row North Music

     

    You asked me one thing that I don't know

    a question worth saving for that big last show

    don't spend it on me if you got any sense

    take it to heaven cause you'll need a defense

     

    I'm sorry… I didn't know…it's just that you seemed so sure

     

    Maybe you're think'n that it's all the same

    definite answers in an indefinite game

    I see no trouble in your ask'n why

    but don't look at me cause I'm not gonna lie

     

    I'm sorry… I didn't know…it's just that you seemed so sure

     

    All's I can tell you is that what I see

    goes round in circles sort of naturally

    one man has started when another man's done

    sowing his seeds and feeling glad for the sun

     

    I'm sorry… I didn't know…it's just that you seemed so sure

     

    So if you think now that I can't see

    maybe you're right cause no one told me

    open that mind let the lessons flow

    the reason you're living is the reason you go

     

    I'm sorry… I didn't know…it's just that you seemed so sure

    I'm sorry… I didn't know…it's just that you seemed so sure

     

NOTES
"One Long Skid" is a collection of songs about the delicate balance in life,
staying upright, falling down, getting up, or staying down.
We're either in control of our skid, enjoying the ride,
or spinning out of control into the dark abyss.
Sometimes our final destination is in the hand of others.
At best we can survive the ride with only a few scars, and plenty of tales to tell.
Hold on tight when you …
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