LYRICS

Burning the Bigtop Down

Words and Music by Mike Younger

Together (4:27)

Sisters! Brothers! Boys and girls!

Come on and dream about a different world

And together we will find a better way

Where each and every person matters

In fancy clothes or dressed in tatters

And together we will find a better way

We’ve got people cashing in on the times

and people locked up for victimless crimes

people losing touch with what’s really real

And yes I feel In my heart

that it’s time for us to make brand new start

And together we’ve got to find a better way

Some have mountains of silver and gold

and some they just get left out in the cold

And together we will find a better way

Tired world, sick with greed

got six billion hungry mouths to feed

And together we will find a better way

Confusion and anger on every side

it’s getting to be there’s nowhere to hide

gonna take a miracle to make it heal

And yes I feel in my heart

that it’s time for us to make a brand new start

And together we’ve got to find a better way

Soulsearching (4:18)

I’m gonna make my way over to the riverside

And when the moon is high I’m gonna take it on a midnight ride

Cos every once in a while I need a little place to hide

When the weight of the world starts chewing me up inside

So if you call me up and I’m nowhere to be found

You’re gonna have to keep it together

til I get back on the merry-go-round

 

Soulsearching baby Soulsearching baby

Soulsearching down by the riverside

 

I’m gonna take my place down at the water’s edge

I wanna feel the wind on my face when I make my pledge

I wanna get in tune to higher frequency

where the cussing and the fussing and the fighting don’t follow me

So don’t you worry none if you can’t get me on the line

I’ll be over here by the water stepping out of my worried mind

 

Soulsearching baby, Soulsearching baby

Soulsearching down at the riverside

 

Just let my mind go drifting out where the river’s flowing

all the way down and out to the sea

Where a fog is lifting and a cool breeze blowing

Come along come along with me

 

Soulsearching baby, Soulsearching baby

Soulsearching down by the riverside

Laying Low (4:20)

Come on baby don’t hang your head so low

The road is long and you’ve still got a ways to go

So spin the dial on your dashboard radio

If you can find the words

Come on baby don’t turn your face away

the night is young and you’ve still got a lot to say

We need to hear your voice more than ever today

Won’t you make yourself heard?

Cities burning on the hillside, angry seas begin to rise

Gotta fly above the smoke to see through the lies

This aint no time for laying low and letting things slide

Running back home for a place to hide – I need you by my side

It’s always somebody else’s problem

that’s how we got here

disposable nations and civilizations

with garbage piling up to our ears

Come on baby don’t walk away just yet

there aint no telling how dark this night could get

We’re gonna find out what we don’t know

about the point of no return

Fish are floating in the harbor, withered crops waste in the fields

Anyone with any sense would take to their heels

But this aint no time for laying low and letting things slide

Running back home for a place to hide

I need you by my side

Lord of the Fleas (3:26)

Lord of the fleas

just keeping track of all the enemies

just pushing back on all the agencies and refugees

that don’t really fit in the fantasy

everybody make way 

for a brand new day 

better watch what you do

and mind what you say

Ah but fortunately

we’re all prepared for this catastrophe

we’ll all be spared of the blasphemy and the agony

we don’t even share the same reality

together we fall 

divided we stand

that’s the way we do it in the promised land

Just listen to the people shouting out his name

it’s a bonafide calamity, a national shame

and burning the bigtop down is the name of the game

Here comes the money tree

he’s only looking out for you and me

I heard he’s handing out a subsidy as a gurantee

to all his friends and family

stealing from the poor just to give to the rich

and nobody seemed to notice when he made the switch

Just listen to the people shouting out his name

it’s a bonafide calamity, a national shame

and burning the bigtop down is the name of the game

Ragtime Angel (3:45)

Been a long and weary winter

waitin on the spring

for the flowers to be blooming

fot the little birds to sing

for the crickets and the butterflies

out across the open fields

on my way to greener pasture

baby with the frost at my heels

 

But I am just a stranger in this town

and I don’t even know my way around

So if you haven’t any other plans

I wish you’d take me by the hands

and be my ragtime angel

I’ll be your easy-rolling man

 

Seen the heart of the city

through a dirty looking glass

seen things that aint too pretty and man I nearly froze my

ask me one good question and I won’t tell you any lies

Well I’m on my way to glory

baby in the sweet by and by

 

I pulled into a truckstop

about this time yesterday

just to ask them for directions 

and they sent me on my way

down a little country backroad

that’s how i ended up in here

Yes, I’m only passing through

but isure was fine to meet you my dear

Killing Time (4:54)

I remember like it was yesterday

every song that old jukebox used to play

like strangers waiting on the same slow train

it was bound to carry each of us away

We were all just killing time and getting through the night

and all that really mattered was feeling alright

Things were simpler then

it was good enough just to find a friend

and in my mind I can still pretend

to bridge the distance that time will never mend

We were all just killing time and getting through the night

and all that really mattered was feeling alright

I often wonder what became of you 

and if you ever really found what you were after

when you set out on your own

I sure wish you were sitting here with me

I sure could use a little company

and lately I’ve been feeling so far away from home

We used to all look out for each other

kind of like sisters and brothers

it seems so far away from me now

must have slipped right through my fingers somehow

We were all just killing time and getting through the night

and all that really mattered was feeling alright

I guess that I aint been so easy to find

the truth is I’ve been spending most of my time

chasing rainbows round a hairpin turn in the road

I sure wish you were sitting here with me

I sure could use a little company

and lately I’ve been feeling so far away from home

We were all just killing time and getting through the night

and all that really mattered was feeling alright

Baby What Can I Say? (3:25)

Baby what can I say? Please tell me do

for it seems I may never be over you

I can’t get no rest when the day is done

your memory follows wherever I run

You used to be my love not so long ago my dear

I still recall the tender words you used to whisper in my ear

I didn’t know what I had

I couldn’t see it then

What can I say?

I let you slip away

My beautiful friend

I was as rich as any king when I had nothing at all

you alone by my side holding me up so I wouldn’t fall

I didn’t know what I had

I couldn’t see it then

What can I say?

I let you slip away

My beautiful friend

Devil's On The Rise (4:29)

Brother I you’re going down to the delta

Brother if you’re gonna ride the Mississippi Queen

do yourself a favor and heed what I tell you

beware them hoodoo women down in New Orleans

The lady with the beads aint nothin but a lowdown cheater

She says they bring good luck but that aint true

and Shanghai Lil aint nothin but a mean mistreater

she’ll drink up your blood and suck all the life out of you

 

Is it only my imagination?

Or is there more than meets the eye?

Ever since she crossed my path I had a strange sensation

can’t help but feeling like the devil’s on the rise

 

Shotgun Lou she’ll lead you to destruction

she’ll take you down to the snake-pit just to dance 

then she’ll tempt and tease you with sweet seduction

and then she’ll laugh in your face and leave you lost in a trance

 

You can go right ahead and take your chances

you don’t have to take my advice

maybe it’s just the way she smiles when she dances

she’ll capture your soul if she catches your eye

 

Evangeline she stands upon the levee

waiting for her man to roll on in

and there’s a dark cloud hanging down low and heavy

cos somebody’s cooking up some mighty bad medicine

 

Is it only my imagination?

Or is there more than meets the eye?

Ever since she crossed my path I had a strange sensation

can’t help but feeling like the devil’s on the rise

Desdemona (4:21)

Oh my darling Desdemona

why can’t we run away tonight?

why don’t we drive out to the desert

and leave this craziness behind?

there aint nothin here but ruins

of all the things that used to be

cheap imitations and illusions

are all that’s left for you and me

 

This old world keeps getting colder

getting colder by degree

just take a look over your shoulder

and baby tell me what you see

and then come and lay yourself beside me

and wrap me in your heart of gold

cos I beieve that you just might be

my only shelter from the cold

 

Oh my darling Desdemona

forever faithful and true

I’ve been shrouded with confusion

all along this avenue

these pretty lights are so deceiving

they never fail to leave me blue

but my heart’s still on my sleeve 

and I still believe in you 

 

This old world keeps getting colder

getting colder by degree

just take a look over your shoulder

and baby tell me what you see

and then come and lay yourself beside me

and wrap me in your heart of gold

cos I beieve that you just might be

my only shelter from the cold