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American Dreams Lyrics

 

Cajun Girl



Serious blue eyes so pale and so shy
Look closer cause sheís got that look in her eye
Red hair that sails on the soft southern breeze
Fingers that fly on accordion keys


You ainít seen nothing
Till youíve seen my Cajun girl
Sheís really something
My sweet singing Cajun girl


Cook Cajun, speak Creole and lay on the spice
Her fancy so free on these Saturday nights
She sing and she play at the parish hall dance
Big city chanteuses just donít stand a chance


You might find my dream
Just west of New Orleans
If you pulled up that via Saint John
Where the twin fiddles play
And she squeeze on that squeezebox till dawn
All night they carry on


Tell long leg Lucille I must send my regrets
Itís nothing sheís done, itís just someone Iíve met
With innocent heart, true talent so rare
She blooms on the bayou this flower so fair

 

 

Baby, You'll Be My Baby



Daybreak pressing on the windowpane
No music playing no morning rain
Nothing but feelings leading me on
I'm just talking to you while you sleep in my arms


As long as I'm here on Earth
Baby you'll be my baby
All of my loveís in these simple words
Baby you'll be my baby
As long as I'm here on Earth


Ooo, life isn't perfect and never will be
But it doesn't matter 'cause you're perfect for me
Through heartaches and mistakes, passion and pain
Down to my last breath I'll call your name


Oh yes, listen to me now
Just as long as Iím living
Just as long as Iím living baby.
Are you listening to me now
Oh yeah, just as long as Iím with you
Just as long, just as long oo, oo
Oh as Iím here on Earth, oh, oh,oh
Just as long as I'm with you.
Just as long, just as long oo, oo
Oh as Iím here on Earth,
Just as long as I'm with you.
Just as long as I'm with you baby, oo, oo
Oh listen to me when Iím saying something
Just as long as I'm with you
Just as long, just as long oo, oo, oo hoo
Oh yeah, just as long as Iím with you.

 

 

An American Family



Worked all his life in the rail yards
Summer heat winter cold
He sits by the fire, this year heíll retire
He donít really feel all that old
She comes in from the kitchen
And sits on the arm of his chair
He looks up and says hey lady I love you
Runs his fingers through her hair


Thereís a picture on the wall of Jesus in the garden
Itís been there since they got the house in í53
It ainít no big deal wonít ever go down in history
Itís just a little story of an American family


She waited for him in World War II
He fought the European campaign
Their son John spent two years in 'Nam
That war, it wasnít the same
Billyís out in L.A. heís a lawyer now
They worry heís so far away
Jeannie got married, she lives here in town
Theyíre cominí over with the kids today

 

 

No Matter How High



When I was a young boy I would dream about life
And wonder just how sweet it would be
Baby I got lucky when I met you that night
Now you'll always have this promise from me


No matter how high I get
I'll always look up to you
Youíll always be number one
I'll settle for number two
You've always been there for me
Baby, I must confess
I'll always look up to you
No matter how high I get


Up here on the mountain it gets crazy sometimes
So crazy I don't know what to do
When I've had it up to here with all of their lies
I can count on you to tell me the truth


You are the one that turned me around
You help me keep my feet on the ground

 

 

If I Was To Start Crying



I sent you candy and a dozen roses
I put my heart into a card three pages long
And now here I sit a-waiting getting older than Moses
For the answer Iíve been fearing all along


Now I knew there were wicked women in the city
Who scattered shattered dreams like fools gold on the ground
I just didnít know that they would be so heartbreak pretty
Or that one single icy laugh could cut me down
 

Because Iíve always tried to keep my pride
Thereís one last desperation measure I havenít tried


If I was to start crying, show my innermost feelings
If I was to break down on my bended knees and just plead my case
Would it thaw your frozen heart a little
Would you show some compassion
Would you only feel pity and then compel to turn me away
Would you only feel pity and turn me away


My walls catch all my anger
Your satin perfumed pillows catch my tears
Oh how I wish tonight that I could be that stranger
Whose hearing all your same old lies through brand new ears

 

 

Turning For Home



The daylight hours are dying
The night is breaking clear
In the distance a boy and his daddy arrive
On a beat up old John Deere
Supperís on the table
Son quittin' time is nigh
Set these wheels straight for the barn
Itís time that you and I
 

Are turning for home
Kick off these workin' shoes and rest these weary bones
The best part of any day is when the job is done
And youíre turning for home


Thereís a letter in the mailbox
From a soldier overseas
His mother runs from the kitchen
She opens it up and reads
Mom I hope this letter finds you well and strong
You and Dad and sister take care
I pray that it wonít be long


Till Iím turning for home
Kick off these walking shoes and rest these weary bones
The best part of going no matter where you roam
Is the turning for home


Now I have been a wanderer
On the wings of a restless wind
Fast trains and back roads
Places Iíve never been
I found every answer
When I fell in love with you
You took me straight to your heart
For the first time I knew


I was turning for home
Kick off these walking shoes and rest these weary bones
The best part of going no matter where you roam
Is the turning, turning, turning for home

 

 

In My Own Crazy Way



The mystery of you and me
Is colored blue on blue
We wanted more than we could give
We couldnít see it through


You wonít believe
These words from me
But still theyíre mine to say
I will always love you
In my own crazy way


Iíve tried to keep my sanity
By being someone else
Someone that you
Could hold on to
I only fooled myself


I knew the part
But in my heart
The role I couldnít play
But I will always love you
In my own crazy way


I know I didnít do the little things
That could make a womanís heart sing
Forgive me
Darling if I brought you any pain
Iím trying to explain
In my heart I was always true


But memories of you and me
Are written on the wind
And sometimes girl
Iíd give the world
To do it all again


And if you need
To call on me
Woh I wonít be far away
I will always love you
In my own crazy way

 

 

Don't Give Up



Donít give up, donít give up
Donít give up, donít give up.
Youíve gotta know that time is on your side
Donít give up, donít give up
Donít give up, no, no
When things get thin
Youíve got to give in
Just donít give up


Now in this world of give and take
One observation you can make
Itís a long hard road until the day you die
But youíve got plenty on your side
You just take it all in stride
Donít let the set backs hang you out to dry


So you just listen here to me
One little problem donít make three
Your obstacles donít need a helping hand
If you just take one at a time
Youíll make it easier to climb
And scale that wall into the Promised Land


Now you may say that Iím a fool
But I say patience is a tool
Youíve got to smell the smoke to put out the fire
Good simple answers are the game
Youíve got no-one but you to blame
Remember this when you get down to the wire


When you see that heavy cloud in front of you
Back off until you see it where the mountain meets the sky
Recharge yourself until you know just what youíve got to do
Then settle down with the peddle down and fly

 

 

Bed Of Roses



Youíre that one special woman
Iíd thought Iíd never find
With a strength to be gentle
And the courage to be kind
Though it hasnít all been roses
I know youíll understand
One of these nights when
Weíre sharing our dreams
Iím gonna take you by the hand


And lay you down on a bed of roses
In that peaceful shelter only love can provide
Iíll lay you down on a bed of roses
And then Iíll lay me down right by your side


Thereís no diamond on your finger
Just a simple wedding band
Seems your knight in shining armor
Is just an ordinary man
Though I promised you a kingdom
And we donít have all we planned
One of these nights when
Weíre making believe
Iím gonna take you by the hand

 

 

The American Dream



Well they moved away from the farms they did not own
To live happily ever after on a G.I. loan
The future was looking bright back in Ď52
ĎNeath the shadow of atomic bombs and the baby boom


You could take a walk downtown without being afraid
And hey, whoís the better center fielder, Mantle or Mays
There was chicken in every pot even when times were lean
We thought everybody had a shot at the American dream


Every mother was supposed to look like Donna Reed
Father knew what was best for you and me
Our lives were etched on eight millimeter frames
As we grew up in houses that all looked the same


But there was trouble on the other side of town
It was a time when people began to stand their ground
Arm in arm they stood as they cried let freedom ring
Everybody wanted to share the American dream


Dream on children, dream on
Donít let anybody tell you the dream is gone
As long as thereís a God above
Keep on praying we never wake up
Keep on dreaming the American dream


Thereís medals on the wall I got back in Ď69
And the quarter acre piece of heaven I call mine
As I turn off the cable and put my babies to bed
I kiss'em goodnight and whisper under my breath