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there's no smoking marijuana on this train there's no smoking marijuana on this train they'll stop and throw your ass off leave you stranded in Alpine Texas there's no smoking marijuana on this train y'all can play that guitar on this train y'all can play that guitar on this train but you gotta keep it down for all the people sleeping round you but y'all can play that guitar on the train but y'all can't smoke your reefers on this train y'all can't smoke your reefers on this train just bake it in a brownie if you gotta bring it on here 'cause y'all can't smoke your reefers on this train you best look like a gringo on this train you best look like a gringo on this train or storm troopers in El Paso will demand to see your papers if you don't look like a gringo on this train the kids had all the hotdogs they could eat the kids had all the hotdogs they could eat after the drug raid when we got back on the train the kids threw up the hotdogs on their seat and the cars smell like an outhouse on this train the cars smell like an outhouse on this train three days out from L.A. the Texas Eagle sure is smelly and the cars smell like an outhouse on this train we don't care 'bout your perscription on this train we don't care 'bout your perscription on this train don't matter what your doctor sez it ain't legal in texas there's no smoking marijuana on this train there's no smoking marijuana on this train there's no smoking marijuana on this train if the conducter suspects you then the police will collect you there's no smoking marijuana on this train
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i hadn't showered for a week but the bus had broke down needed some new parts so we drove into town didn't have no money so i sat at a cafe with a brother and some cops and drank some coffee i smiled at the clean folk in their neat flannel shirts and the sheriffs from 3 counties looked at me and my dirt it was raining pretty hard outside so we sat there for a while and i looked back at them and drank my coffee went to the laundromat and sat for a spell by the sign that said no loitering and loitered on the corner back outside brother mike was looking for a ride to get back to the camp and make more coffee finally got back up the hill the first thing that we did was fill the pot back up with water we could boil threw some logs onto the fire and sat and waited for a while pulled out our cups and drank more coffee every day the cops come by and look in on the scene find us hippies sittin here all strung out on caffeine we don't have no donuts so they don't stay very long we're not doing nothin wrong, just drinking coffee i've seen a lot of weird things on this trip that we've been on prob'ly see some weirder things before we are gone i've seen coffee boil for three hours without getting brown and the wood spirits come down to get some coffee well the bus still isn't runnin well and i'm stuck up here in hippy hell the coffee can is running out of grounds the rainbow family's leaving home but i ain't got nowhere to go i'll just sit here on this mountain drinking coffee
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as a thousand dirty hippies left the east i took apart my thoughts and let go those i didn't need now the second pot of morning coffee's gone without sleep and there's nothing in my head besides me now i'm sitting on a mountain out beside a dirty road waiting for a ride to take me home waiting for the rain to come, waving at the police and there's nothing in my head besides me i really wanted to talk to you but i guess i'm out of words can only watch your shadow in the trees i had something to give you but it faded in the light left me nothing in my head besides me the one's who stood beside me last night moved every time every time i turned to look their way leaving nothing but the silence and my ego on the ground leaving nothing in my head besides me well the test last night was easier than the lessons on the way but it's never been quite like this before looking different ways at all the things that i've been shown and there's nothing in my head besides me and there's nothing you could give me that i need
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the president looked in the camera today and these were the words that he said "we have sources of intelligence" but it's clear that they're not in his head he said that he's praying for guidance to help him to do what is right well he may be hearing voices but i doubt that it is god that keeps on a telling him 'fight, george fight' chorus: we've been told we should watch what we do and we say only traitors would dare to dissent but i've no plans to shut up or join the refrain for war without end amen, amen at breakfast he prayed for forgiveness and strength but offered no plans to repent by lunch he was planning destruction again and how many more troops will be sent but god knows that he killed his own people and his plans are a threat to world peace he has weapons that cause mass destruction and that stockpile he plans to increase chorus: the pentagon outlined their new battle plan to lob 400 missiles a day to create the effect that hiroshima had and leave no place in baghdad that's safe to hell with geneva conventions that prohibit such criminal schemes it's terror when someone else sets off a bomb but destroying whole towns is just foreign policy chorus: the world it is growing more tired each day with this incessant lusting for war and the reasons that just keep on changing to explain what the fighting is for while the public relations firms work overtime to sell us this grand killing spree make no mistake when it's all said and done they will have set that iraqi oil free chorus
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eat the rich 05:45
well you know it doesn't make me feel better to hear that along with his new orders for the world the president has said that no one in russia will starve this year and you know it doesn't make me feel any better that somewhere on the corner of wall street and the 5th street park in between the soup line and the presidential yacht i lost a friend leaning on the sidewalk there, he lost himself well he said, i'm not feeling much better today i'm starting to feel crushed and i got nowhere to go used to feel that someday i'd be able to get home now i just feel beat well you know it was the last time that i saw him it was starting to get cold, he'd stopped talking 'bout a home somewhere in the night was when he left the world alone next morning the city crew took in another john doe so you know it doesn't make me feel any better to hear about an evening in the banquet hall at a thousand bucks a plate a hundred rich white men all sitting round talking about just how great this country is but they can't say that no one in hillcrest will starve this year so you know it doesn't make me feel any better to hear that along with his new orders for the world the president has said that no one in russia will starve this year when he can't even say that no one in cleveland will starve this year no one in dc will starve this year no one in kent will starve this year.... copyright 2002 sue jeffers
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i keep seeing shots of people both here and there carrying their presidents on a stick these old men using people's lives on both sides of the line to play their politics and they're yelling for war, yelling for war i hear the news they managed to update the boots for those who lead this war yeah the technology's changed but the thinking's still the same as in all the other wars that we've ever fought before so we're yelling for more i hear the preachers on the television recreating their religion trying to sanctify their fears and everyone is looking for someone else to blame for the evil that we've had a hand in for all these years so we're yelling for war i've heard people who i thought were sane cheering for killing terror and pain falling on those they don't know 'cause they're scared for themselves and they're scared for their friends so they're looking to someone who claims that he knows why we're yelling for war tonight the first american to be buried by this war was given his salute the grandson and the son of those who were asked to fight before and we're still looking for reasons for what these men were asked to do so we're yelling for more we've been manipulated, terrorized, cheated and abused asked to do things we can't explain so people cheer a killing field their friends and family walk because they're told by their leaders it will help to stop the pain caused by yelling for war the generals keep telling us the children that we kill are collateral damage or just mistakes we've been taken to the point our humanity is lost and we've got to help each other to find out what it takes to stop yelling for war stop yelling for war copyright 1986 2002 sue jeffers
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i have buried all my demons of fear and insecurity with half a million dead bodies over in sand bunkers and shifting graves and grocery stores somewhere far away somewhere where i don't have to look at children dead on either side cut down by someone's father or mother while somebody's brother or sister cried all just doing what they had to do being all they could be in the end i have buried all my demons of fear and insecurity with strip mines and toxic dumps, poisoned lakes and sacrifice zones and shopping malls not too far away i have won my war with the planet, covered over my mother with tar concrete and cyanide pools, styrofoam and pesticides i am horrible in my mastery i have purchased my present with my children's end oh, but i'm proud of my excess and deny my insecurity and i stand in the center of my world and beat my chest and wipe my hands on my flag, here on my world here in my world where i don't have to see starvation or pain or death unless i choose to for i have numbed myself with my fear and my greed and maybe this is all that i can be is this really all i will be in the end copyright 2002 sue jeffers
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you are here 03:51
here in my corner i feel like i'm waking in the middle of a year long thought that i've been thinking thinking that maybe it's time to try and get some sleep or maybe it's time to try to reach the ground and be with you i hold out my arms now to you my brother seems like we're waiting here for some kind of sign it's been weeks now that i've been marching but tonight its seems there's time to drop out of the line and you are here, i am here and we are one and our life circles out around us circles out round everyone you are here, i am here and we are one let our love circle out around us circle out round everyone i close my eyes but i can't see a thing now it's not at all like yesterday i walked the road out into the moonset when there was nothing left to say i woke this morning down by the river when the sun was in my head and i've been thinking that i could love you or i may already be there and you are here, i am here and we are one and our life circles out around us circles out round everyone you are here, i am here and we are one let our love circle out around us circle out round everyone copyright 2002 sue jeffers
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somewhere between tea time and a sunrise in a box of mirrors i saw you turn and walk out in suprise going for directions, i could hear in your reflections just a hint of fear i dropped at the roadtop with my expectations closed my eyes and i disappeared came back with an explosion from the distance looked on as i finished spinning someone elses dance after going four directions i remembered more old questions and i couldn't choose hung on for a moment feeling so confused in all i planned to let go you were never one of the things i meant to lose copyright 2002 sue jeffers
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back behind jerry's my true love he lies shot him in the head there just to see if he would die stuffed him in the dumpster once shiny and new he fit in with the spud skins and leftover number 2's woo hoo..... the dumpster behind jerry's was no pretty sight and no one would get in it , that's if they was alive but since when he was living at jerry's he was fed just seems a fitting place for the bastard now he's dead woo hoo.... back behind jerry's my true love he lies shot him in the head there just to see if he would die but don't be too suprised if you don't see me around i'll be in another state by the time the body's found woo hoo.... copyright 1987 2002 sue jeffers
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tell me what do you think as you sit in your chair which kind of bomb you'd rather fall from the air to cut off your head and then burn up your hair hey, how about one with humanitarian flair there's a difference said the president biting his lip if dad's killed by a serbian (terrorist) with a gun at his hip or mom is blown up by a smart bomb that slips maybe it changes the way the blood drips and compassion fatigue, yes compassion fatigue the us cannot get compassion fatigue and forget who the victims are supposed to be because NATO (our) mission has got to succeed on sixty minutes mrs. albright did say that one hundred fifty iraqi children dying each day from the sanctions enforced by the us of a is a price that is high but she's willing to pay we'll keep killing those kid's until we get our way now she is scowling as she comes from the screen and speaks of a kosova ethnically clean she's making the case that its much more obscene than a hospital bombed from a computer screen and the us cannot get compassion fatigue and she says compassion fatigue, yes compassion fatigue the us cannot get compassion fatigue if we happen to bomb the folks trying to flee it's all part of the mission and you can't blame me we've bombed hospitals trains and a vegetable mart but it wasn't our fault and our bombs are all smart the chinese should have left when they saw the war start the killing must stop and we're doing our part targets are programmed before pilots aim if people are there well we just can't be blamed we'll apologize daily and still feel no shame when you're fighting a war it's all part of the game and compassion fatigue yes compassion fatigue the us cannot get compassion fatigue since folks start getting squeamish when we make people bleed the news reports here will just have to stay clean depleted uranium's been dropped near your farms but look at iraq, there's no cause for alarm and if your next child is born with no arms don't come crying to us cause we meant you no harm radioactive shells, yes we have dropped and some of the dust may have settled on your crops and we'll do it again and you can't make us stop 'cause the war crimes tribunal won't try the world's cops and compassion fatigue yes compassion fatigue the us cannot get compassion fatigue and folks can't start to question all that shit on tv or they might start demanding that we desist and cease
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officer tom 05:27
as i drove down from the shores of lake erie one saturday after a show the air it was hot and the hour was late as i started on my journey home my volkswagon had lasted for many a mile, but the right headlamp it was gone when i saw blue lights flashing i pulled to the side i expected a ticket that wouldn't take long he came to the window, explained why he stopped me while shining his light in my eyes it seemed that he might let me go with a warning we i told him the junkyard was the next next place i'd drive but then he informed me the road i was on had been used as a drug corridor and the beam of his flashlight it moved to the backseat and he tried to pry open the passenger door chorus: well officer e. of the garretsville's finest has been watching too much bad tv so he was out fishing with flashlight and gun after hours of trolling he thought he'd catch me the officer asked if i had any drugs and i showed him my sugared caffiene but he kept asking for acid or pot, maybe heroin guns or maybe coccaine he said 'you don't mind if i search thru your car after asking me 3 times for weed so i politely declined his intrusion and told him i'd rather just go home and sleep but officer e had been trained like a lot of the cops working here in the US of A he was taught how to threaten and taught how to lie but the constitution it just gets in the way i proceeded to tell him he'd just make a mess of my things that he wouldn't clean up he finally realized i was not consenting and so he decided to bring round the dog well officer e. of the garretsville's finest has been watching too much bad tv so he was out fishing with flashlight and gun after hours of trolling he thought he'd catch me my car it was filled up with garbage and gear dog hair and dog food all around a moldering apple behind the back seat but i knew that there just were no drugs to be found the officer said put your hands on the wheel and don't move 'cause we've been trained to shoot and either his doggy was hungry or horny or officer e wasn't telling the truth and striking a macho pose, hand on his holster claimed the dog it had hit on the car so i had to get out and he searched me for weapons and asked where i'd hid all my marijuana then he proceeded to read me my rights 'til i told him i'd nothing to say i stood with the backup cop there on the berm and officer e. started digging away well officer e. of the garretsville's finest has been watching too much bad tv so he was out fishing with flashlight and gun after hours of trolling he thought he'd catch me for more than an hour he looked thru my stuff taking everything out of the car i spoke up to tell him he'd better be careful while moving around my guitar i started to wonder just what he would do after hours with nothing to show and i was suprised when the whole thing was over that no pot from his pocket fell onto my floor so if you go driving thru northeast ohio and happen to come to a sign warning you that the next town up is garretsville make a left turn and go round to the side until officer e. of the garretsville's finest stops watching too much bad tv and no longer goes fishing with flashlight and gun or after hours of trolling he'll try to catch thee copyright 2002 sue jeffers
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spud leads to heroin heroin to spud makes too much sense to me you know how those spud spud spud can be no more aid, aid to spud no contra to three no kaola, tip the waiter spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud spud copyright 1986 2002 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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