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Unsuccessful Outlaw

 
An Old Fashioned Dance

Since You've Been Gone
Christine
The Unsuccessful Outlaw
A Hard Way To Learn
Try A New Face

I Count Myself Lucky

Where You Gonna Sleep
The Honky Tonk Blues
Waterfall
Stay At Home
A Place On The Road
Alone Again

 

 

An Old Fashioned Dance

In the park by the bandstand in a small country town,
On Saturday evening the folks came around.
The music would play and the couples would sway,
Twirling around in the park.
Enchanted, a young girl gazed out at the sight
And dreamed of a young man holding her tight
The music was playing and she started swaying,
Dancing alone in the dark. Singing
I wish he would dance some old fashioned dance with me
Wish he would just let himself go and kiss me
It would be grand if he'd take my hand
And dance with me here in the park.

Breathless with wonder, the young boy was nearby,
Frightened of speaking and breaking the spell.
He silently watched as she danced in the star light
Twirling alone in the dark
From the first time he'd seen her that summer of nights
He'd dreamed of a moment of holding her tight
His poor heart was pounding, the first chords were sounding
As he came through the trees in the park.
He said, please let me dance this old fashioned dance with you
I promise I won't let myself go and kiss you.
But it would be grand if you'd take my hand
And dance with me here in the park

Though many years passed in that small country town
On Saturday nights the kids still come around
But they no longer sway as a country band plays
Softly at night in the park
There's a DJ and lights at the Royal Hotel
They pack themselves in and it's hotter than Hell
The music is pumping, the dancers are jumping
Frantically lost in the dark
And there's no one to dance an old fashioned dance with them
No one to wish they could just go and kiss them
No One to feel Grand to be Just holding hands
Dancing alone in the dark

But outside the disco free of the rush
A young girl retreats from the smothering crush
She dreams of a young man holding her hand
And asking to dance in the park
Then from the hotel her young man comes shyly
Holding his hat and hiding his eyes
I Can't do this New kind of Dancing they Do
But I could waltz with you there in the park.
So please won't you dance an old fashioned dance with me
Come and be close to me, two step or waltz with me
It would be grand just to be holding hands
And dancing out here in the park

I  wish you would dance this old fashioned dance with me
Wish you would just let yourself go and kiss me
But it would be grand to be holding hands and
Dancing alone in the park.

I wish I could dance some old fashioned dance with you...

©2008 Jack Pledge

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Since You've Been Gone

You said I would fall apart, you thought it would break my heart
To hit the road and leave my ass behind
But I said I would get along, write myself some hurting songs
And drink until the doctor says I'm blind
And since you've been gone I've been getting on with being on my own
Since you've been gone I've been getting on with sleeping all alone
Since you've been gone I've been oh so lonely, on my one and only
Crying all alone since you've been gone

I used to wonder what I'd do if I had no one to answer to,
I'd stay up late and have myself a blast
You'd be feeling sad and blue and I'd be doing what I do
And everything be working out at last
But since you've been gone ...

I thought being through meant I could do just what I wanted to:
Watch TV and get out of my mind.
I used to think that you'd be mad, I used to think that I'd be glad,
And I used to think that life would be just fine.
But since you've been gone ...

©2008 Jack Pledge

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Christine

Well she never knew her papa.
She only ever met her mama
in a cell in the Melbourne jail when she was fully grown.
She'd been looking for a lady,
one who held her as a baby.
Till a turn of events found her living in a better home.

Ain't it funny how the road bends, ain't it funny how the story ends.
Born of one blood, raised of another
by the will of the state she was taken from her mother
Christine, Sweet Christine
She knows where she's going, knows where she's been
Christine, Sweet Christine

And when she didn't finish Uni,
her mother must have thought her loony.
With a song in her heart and head full of foolish dreams
She took to music for a living
and sang of loss and love's forgiving.
Till her songs found her living out the life of her foolish dreams

Ain't it funny how the wind blows, ain't it funny how the story goes.
She couldn't get a break in the radio game
But now she's got a spot in the Hands of Fame
Christine, Sweet Christine
She knows where she's going, knows where she's been
Christine, Sweet Christine

©2008 Jack Pledge

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The Unsuccessful Outlaw

He was an unsuccessful outlaw from across the Tasman Sea
And he swore he’d never have another jailer.
So he packed up all his things on the day they set him free
And he went to try his luck out in Australia.
Well he made a lot of money but he pissed it all away
And he went through ladies like a drunken sailor.
And he never stopped to think about the passing of the day
Cause he knew the grass was greener in Australia...

There was twenty years behind him when she came into his life
And tried to mend his ways just like a tailor,
for she was a chieftain’s daughter and she’d been the Captain’s wife
And she knew which grass was greener in Australia.
She’d had her share of trouble as she wandered through her life
 And she’d learned to overlook life’s little failures.
So she was under no impression she would ever be his wife
 For she knew a thing or two about Australia...

So sail away my lads if you think you’ve got the nerve,
Sail away to the land we call Australia.
Sail away but remember that you get what you deserve,
Cause that’s the way it is out in Australia…

Now he‘s no more chasing ladies and he’s put away the Strat,
And he rarely has a song to regale you.
Seems he’s traded in the music for a tractor driver’s hat
And now he’s plowing up the highlands of Australia.
For years they’ve been together and for years they’ve been apart
And for years they’ve learned to be each other’s jailers.
And he’s lived his life caught between the wallet and the heart
And he’ll probably be dying out in Australia.
So sail away, me lads, if you think you’ve got the nerve…

©1988 Jack Pledge

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A Hard Way To Learn

Recently you took to drink and you think you might need a shrink
You’re living on the brink of a completely broken heart
She’s fed up with your alibis, had it with your feeble lies
And looking how to make a brand new start
Cause you said you wished you were single
Want to get out there and mingle
Want to feel that tingle you no longer seem to get
But if you don’t stop at wishing one day you might go out fishing
And find yourself with trouble in your net

Cause there’s a hard way to learn to be careful what you wish for
The dreaming’s often sweeter than the taste of coming true
But we all have to learn what we know by the doing
No one can make your own mistakes but you

It happened just the other day, a little bit of harmless play
But now you’re on the way to getting caught up in a lie
You’re swearing you were home alone, she’s checking out your mobile phone,
Looks like this time you can’t make it fly
She said if you deceived her she would take the kids and leave you
You said you might believe her if she took the cockie too.
So now you’re sitting home alone, crying on the telephone
Cause that parrot was the last one to believe you

And there’s a hard way to learn…

©2008 Jack Pledge

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Try a New Face

Did you ever have a day that you want to throw away?
Did you ever say some things that you wish you didn't say?
A messy kind of day where you want to run away and make a new start?
Were you ever being cool, breaking all the rules?
Ever think you're clever when your acting like a fool?
Ever have a day where everything you do keeps falling apart?
You want to try a new face, try a new place,
try another time in another part of space.
Take another path at a different sort of pace,
take another role in another human race.
Try a new game, try a new name,
find another city and another kind of fame.
Pack up your case, find a new place and try a new face...

Well I had my share of days where nothing went my way,
said a few things that I wish I didn't say,
the messy kind of stings that never go away even with your best friends.
I've had my share of blues, aired my share of truths,
Blown a fuse or two and paid my share of dues,
and I've had a few days where nothing that I do goes right in the end.
I want to try a new place, try a new face,
try another line in another part of space.
take different path at a different sort of pace,
take another role in another human race.
Try a new name, try a new game,
find another city and on a west bound train.
Pack up your case, find a new place and try a new face...

©2008 Jack Pledge

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I Count Myself Lucky

I'm lazy, hazy, certifiably crazy
I never should have won a love like hers.
She ain't flashy, just classy, fit and firm and sassy.
And at times I've got to hang on in the curves.
But I count myself lucky when we turn out the lights
I count myself lucky in the middle of the night
And I count myself lucky in the morning when
I'm lying there holding her tight.
I count myself lucky when I lose all the fights,
Count myself lucky that I'm holding her tight,
Count myself lucky, count myself lucky
That she's with me tonight.

She's a beauty, a cutie, she makes my heart do a double duty.
And takes me places, lord, I've never been.
Why she can't see what a fool she found in me.
I'm just thankful that she's got no taste in men.
And I count myself lucky when we turn out the lights
I count myself lucky in the middle of the night
And I count myself lucky in the morning when
I'm lying there holding her tight.
I count myself lucky when I lose all the fights,
Count myself lucky that I'm holding her tight,
Count myself lucky, count myself lucky
That she's with me tonight.

I'm thoughtless, senseless, dumb and loud and shiftless.
And I think I'm getting worse each passing year.
She's pretty, witty, smart and sharp and gritty.
And I know I've caused her way too many tears.
I count myself lucky she's my favorite song.
I count myself lucky, all night long.
And I count myself lucky knowing morning come
And I won't be alone.
I count myself lucky that I'm where I belong,
I count myself lucky she won't leave me alone,
I count myself lucky, count myself lucky,
That she came along.

©2007 Jack Pledge

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Where You Gonna Sleep Tonight?

Central Station at midnight she's feeding a stranger a line:
You see I kinda got stuck and I'm down on my luck, I haven't eaten in a very long time...
The man he hands her a dollar as he runs for the 12:05.
His face was a curse as he opened his purse but he never even looked in her eyes.

Now I'm no mountain of courage and I really didn't want to begin
but it was breaking my heart to see her choosing a mark and starting all over again.
So I walked up close beside her to ask why she was out on the street
when she should have been home in a room of her own but I didn't have the courage to speak.

I should have said,
Where you gonna sleep tonight when the city is dark and the streets are wild?
Where you gonna lay your head till the morning comes?
Who's gonna tuck you in, pull the blanket up under your chin?
Where you gonna sleep tonight my poor young friend.

I walked on without speaking. I was afraid of what it might entail.
Needless to say I didn't carry the day. You couldn't even say that I failed.
I don't know if I could have helped her but I should have had the courage to try.
Instead I walked on by without asking why and till wear it till the day that I die.

I should had said,
Where you gonna sleep tonight...?

©2008 Jack Pledge

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The Honky Tonk Blues

Every once in a great long while you give me reason to smile.
It’s those moments I’m remembering of you.
And every once in a great long while we walked along that long and lonely mile,
It’s those moments I’m remembering of we two.

And every once in a while when that juke box plays one of
Those old honky, honky tonk tunes, I gotta stop awhile and think of you.
And all of the while, I’m trying to smile, I’m buying my buying my beers by twos cause
I can’t help remembering how you left me with the honky tonk blues.

So every once in a great long while we walked along that long and lonely mile,
 It’s those moments I’m remembering of we two…

©2008 Jack Pledge

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Waterfall

You fill me up like a waterfall,
 Full, running swollen with this year’s thaw.
And if I’m short of words you’ll speak for me.
If I lose my nerve you’ll stay with me, strengthen me, nurture me,
For you keep me free from the undertow.
And I just thought that you might like to know.


You lead me into the summer sun,
Far from the cold of the lonely ones.
 And when I’m feeling low you’ll comfort me.
And if I lose my way you’ll call to me, search for me, rescue me,
 For you are my beacon to safer shores,
And I just thought that you might like to know
How I need you, how I love you so…

©1976 Jack Pledge

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Stay At Home

Well I used to stay out late at night, smoking with the boys
Drinking beer and chasing girls and making lots of noise
But ever since I met you, darling, you’ve been on my mind
And that’s enough to keep me feeling fine

And now my friends all call me stay at home cause that’s just what I do
You won’t catch me running round and acting like a fool no more
So let them call me stay at home cause Lord I know its true
I’m just happy staying home with you

I used to spend my money, break young hearts and have myself a time
Raising hell in cheap hotels and chasing long white lines
But I’ve left it all behind me now, my running days are through
Ever since I fell in love with you

And now my friends all call me stay at home…

©2008 Jack Pledge

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A Place In The Road

We have come to a place in the road
Where I must leave you to carry your load
Twice now I've been burned so as far as I'm concerned
You can do the rest just traveling on your own

You have told me the tales of your life
Of your sorrows that cut like a knife
But I no longer care about the burdens that you bear
And I'd just as soon you find yourself a wife

And now I must be on my way
And I've only one thing left to say
The lesson that I've learned from the times that I've been burned
Is that there comes time to call it a day.

So you can take all the love from your love songs
Add in all the stories you rhyme
Pack up all your dreams, your tasteless dated schemes
And put them where the sun never shines.
Yeah, put them where the sun never shines.

©2008 Jack Pledge

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Alone Again

You feel I've been unfair in asking this of you
You feel I've over valued what I've done for you
But when it  comes to give and take, in the deals that we make
How come I'm giving more and getting less from you
I don't resent the times that you've abused me
And I know you think you tried to help me out
But everything you touch turns to shit and costs too much
And frankly that's help I can do without

But we've been friends for such a very long time
Our falling out just lays there like a land mine
But if the best revenge, is a good life full of friends
I can safely put all thoughts of you away
Cause I've got everything I need to have a great life
And I'm sorry that you've nothing left but memories and spite
So you can have the music, keep the money, you can use it
When you go to bed alone again tonight.

©2007 Jack Pledge

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