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Better Kind of World

by sue jeffers

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more words 04:01
silly me when the phone rang at midnight i thought that it just might be you on the line been thinking of putting the guitar thru the wall again but answer and i tell my dad that everything is fine in my dream the other night we were riding on the train over snow covered bridges thru some town i kept falling thru the ceiling you were chatting in the lounge car and strangers kept pulling me down well we're coming on a new year and we've got a chance i swear i'll try to keep my seat down on the floor i'm not talking about perfection we'd both know that was a lie but there are ways to a better kind of world well the past's knocked us around and the now can throw you to the ground i remember being there its hard to get up any more can get so damn dark and you get so damn tired gets hard to remember that there ever was a door so tonight i've turned the lights out & i'm burning wicks down here alone trying to keep my head above the ash but you know i have a flashlight and the batteries are still alright we can kick away these cans and all the broken glass we stumbled to the new year and we've got a chance i swear i'll try to keep my seat down on the floor i'm not talking about perfection we'd both know that was a lie but there's ways to a better kind of world copyright Sue Jeffers 2006
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birth 03:04
and our lips our arms our throats choked with the ashes clinging greedily to our eyes like dried starfish grabbing for new life with the moisture leaving black streaks the back roads you'll take home with you tomorrow while i'm still sleeping yes we could stand here our feet planted in the wet gravel and wait for the rain to melt us away but we've both swallowed a bit and we'll cough all night before we forget this wasn't always a part of us
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foreign fighters crossed the border from kuwait into iraq 200 thousand strong they came and started to attack foreign fighters in their humvees foreign fighters in their jets dropping dirty bombs out by the tons & 300 million leaftlets the foreign fighters' strong man spoke from far across the sea we must crush the evil doers, that's what jesus said to me they have botch-you-lism, anthrax, and want yellow cake and tubes to make nukeyaller devices - and i swear that its all true after 20 days, 2000 tons of bombs and thousands dead the foreign fighters climbed a statue, put their flag over it's head said torture chambers, secret police are gone forever more then put soldiers in their stead, did the same behind locked doors and they said we're hear to liberate and not to occupy we've found no weapons of md but many more will die if we keep killing civilians we just can't be blamed for that its the fault of all those foreign fighters we've been shooting at they started wrapping villages with razor wire and guns put up signs that said this fence is here for your protection do not approach or try to cross or you'll be shot -to make clear the foreign fighters are just here to help spreading violence and fear the foreign fighters bombed a wedding party and they said we targeted a compound - those were bad guys in the beds so the witnesses and video all say that we were wrong but they were doing foreign terror dances and singing foreign songs a foreign fighter cheerleader made his position clear in the affairs of Iraq , for'ners should not interfere we'll install the proper folks in our brand new democracy and pax americana will reign from sea to burning sea copyright 2006 Sue Jeffers
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5 am 03:00
2 clock in the morning here it's 5am back home wish you were here to share this but i don't have time to feel alone and i'm not going to call again but honey after all these years i'm still falling another pot of coffee i'll be heading out the door grab my guitar from the corner and my sweater from the floor but i'm not going to call again tho even after all these years i'm still falling i don't mean to complicate things i'm just up for liberation help me pull our hat down from that crowded closet shelf i can deal with compromise yeah, i've been out here for a while as long as i can hear you smile i guess i'll keep it for myself 4 oclock in the morning guess it must be dawn back there hours past the time my day should end got 3 pillows and a king size bed i'll lay down here and clear my head but in the morning i'll still be falling sitting on the runway now i can hear those engines start to groan touch down by midnight and tommorrow i'll be home and you know that i'll come calling cause honey even after all these years i'm still falling copyright Sue Jeffers 2006
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funny i've not been sleeping lately when i do its not for long but the last time i went under i was dreaming of a song "if i got your name tattooed here on my arm do you think it would help impress your mom?" even tho when i woke i didn't rush to the corner to enshrine your name in a heart on my shoulder it doesn't mean no it doesn't mean doesn't mean that i've changed my mind well i sent a note off to the senator told him i didn't like his plan he sent back some form letter talking bout one woman and one man bein' vital to america's very heart and soul along with purtectin the flag up on the pole now he doesn't mind torture and war is just swell but activist judges will land us in hell well it doesn't seem, no it doesn't seem doesn't seem i changed his mind you know i've not been happy lately with the way things are turning out seems there's tyrants everywhere with excuses and lies that they mouth so we stand up and keep shouting no hey we demand that liberation begin at home just 'cause i believe that the world can be brighter and i won't let the bastards go without a fight it doesn't mean, no it doesn't mean doesn't mean i've lost my mind copyright Sue Jeffers 2006
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tiltawhirl 03:34
well i cleaned the house the other day found the floor and used a broom and i even cleaned the car out something that you said i'd never do been trying to rinse my spirit clean maybe hot wax my mind i can feel the mess around us by i swear that i know that we can shine its just an observation, i'm not making a complaint we all make our own decisions here and you say that i'm free to walk away any time but i've got no plans i'm not making any plans to hike without you just when i think i've got things in control i'm reminded while i sleep always someone going to come round breaking things i find the glass in the morning with my feet i remember when i asked if you would be my gal you said you already were now its like we're on some tiltawhirl with bolts too loose to hold the floor i'm just writing incantations here lighting candles to the night we all make our own decisions dear and you may say that i'm free to leave this ride anytime but i've got no plans i'm not making any plans for getting off without you
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6:15 in Union Station thermos full of wine down here on track 26 an hour past the time crawled down to the station rush hour traffic lakeshore drive folks with signs up on the bridge said he lied they died chorus; selling us some slaughter and selling us some lies a torture appetizer with a side of freedom fries to be eaten over breakfast with a tablespoon of fear and thrown down in the evening with some ignorance & beer i've got a camera full of photos of my niece at 6 months old and a book full of dead children never mentioned in the polls and a child with one mother one father and one leg sacrificed to the straight talking stiff necked corporate USA chorus: an hour past toledo and 1/2 past the last wine each time i turn out the lights my thoughts fill with the crimes operation 'raqi freedom liberator, lightning, storm squeeze play, spear, new market high tech military porn chorus: copyright Sue Jeffers 2006
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tonight somebody's mother is lying underneath a wall brought down by another mother's son and the people there start digging for the living and the lost looking for a reason or a why for what was done one father finds his daughter walking dazed among the rubble while a brother's huddled crying down beside his sister's shoes somewhere in the distance the men who sit in power well they're calling for a bloodbath say there's nothing else to do chorus: they call for war without an end to just go on and on my friend and the leaders will keep fighting while the others pay the cost til the people rise to stop them heal the connection that's been lost tonight somewhere a mother's told her teenage son is dead brought down by another child's gun and the family's told he sacrificed for country and for god take comfort that he gave his life so the battle could be won one father finds his daughter on the network's nightly babble and a mother's crying praying that her son is found unharmed somewhere down the street the men who stand to profit well they're calling up their brokers to discuss their stocks and bonds chorus: tonight somebody's mother is lying underneath a wall brought down by another raytheon bomb and the people there start digging for the living and the lost while waving flags some celebrate with patriotic songs one father finds his daughter walking dazed among the rubble while a crying down beside her brother's stolen youth somewhere in the distance the men who sit in power well they're calling for a bloodbath and they will not speak the truth
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frontier red 04:53
boarding pass out of chicago got provisions with the money from the show guitar on the seat beside me my companion coming home it's frontier red and girlscout cookies kafka or the lounge car movie waiting for the great leap forward when the train hits eastern time and there's all this going nowhere and there's more of moving slow freight train outside south bend and we'll be here til it goes finally connected on the phone riding in and out of dead end zones pulling out of elkhart it was good to hear your voice when the sign outside said waterloo I was trying to say goodbye you were fading so I heard just what I wanted you to say sometimes we're moving forward sometimes we're losing ground I see no point in flying if you're not there when I touch down boarding pass home from chicago running late with a couple hours to go guitar on the seat beside me my companion coming home people round here look confused and drunk others just are lost can't find the space they've come from don't know where to get off so their time's spent moving back and forth and time is moving slow freight train outside cleveland and there's no place else to go copyright 2006 Sue Jeffers
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spring 06:24
well the sky turned black, started moving in every direction and the clouds came down they rested on the trees and lay down on the ground i stay amazed at the power the mother can bring and what seems so hard now if we make it to the morning it may not mean a thing and i will wait for you while the storm comes thru and we wake up new now candles light the room i find myself lost in the flame been careful all this time i'm finding it's not easy writing down these lines when i'm with you now my mind moving in every direction when your so near i know i want to be here for all my years and i will wait for you when our storms come thru and we wake up new and i stay amazed at the power the mother can bring and what seems so hard now if we make it to the morning it may not mean a thing when i'm with you now and we're moving in every direction what i mean to say is i want to be there while you're dreaming i want to see you when you wake and i will wait for you while our storms come thru and we wake up new copyright 2006 Sue Jeffers

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sue jeffers Ohio

Sue Jeffers is a folksinger in the finest sense of
the word, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and
all Woody’s musical offspring. Her career has
spanned more than thirty years.
Songs give power to movements. If you believe
in solidarity forever, Sue Jeffers’ Up With the
Masses will inspire you, embolden you, and
connect the struggles of the early 20th century
with our.
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