Never Enough

©1987 Andrew Calhoun, recorded on The Gates of Love and Phoenix Envy.

Whatever I have, it is never enough 
Glide on smooth water and make it rough 
Own my own home and think it strange 
Sit in my kitchen, wait for life to change 

Out in my garden grow peaches and berries 
Up in the chimney live goblins and fairies 
Out by the rock by the water running 
Out by the rock by the lizard sunning 
I want to be free, not another dull tragedy,
Come with me, I have seen the fields 
Come with me, I have seen the fields 

We walked two by two by eight, but the sun driving down 
And the candy we ate made us ugly and mad 
Left us walking alone, in the dead zone 
In the dead zone 

Life came to visit, he was big in size 
He sat and he broke my chair and he told me lies 
About the income tax and his other facts 
His coat was manifold, his manner bleak and gay 
He stuttered easily and he rose and he died away 

Death came to visit, it was small in size 
And it spoke mo truth and it told no lies 
And it spoke no words but two blackbirds flew out of its cape 
In trying to escape, they bang the windowpane, bang the windowpane 
Bang the windowpane, blackbirds blackbirds, bang the windowpane
Bang the windowpane, bang the windowpane, 
Hear the bell ring,
Hear the bell ring, 
It might be for you, it might not be,
Hear the beil ring

I am in the race, you are in the race 
We are God's own, we are no disgrace 
Cast your vote upon the water, 
Cast your vote upon the rage, 
Send your note up to the stage 
This is your place 
This is my place 
Get that gong out of my face 
Get that gong out of my face, 
gong gong gong gong, going gong gong gong gong gong gong 
Give me shooboopadoo, give me shoobopadee, 
Get my home run city out of slavery 
We were drunk in love, we were tip to bow 
We were high and full, but we are sober now 
We are sober now 

We know many things 
They have made us weak 
We have many friends with whom we do not speak 
We have many sorrows which we cannot cry 
We are still in darkness though we can't see why 
Though we can't see why 

God is after you, Henry 
And I hear he's mad 
I heard him on the back porch 
Talking to your dad 
He said he's tired of ya 
Running around his yard 
Playing hide and seek 
You'd better stay on guard 
God is wearing an old blue hat 
And some baggy pants 
He's staking out the neighborhood 
You haven't got a chance 
Here he comes, Henry, the Great Forgiver 
To unwind your bowels and pluck out your liver 

I will make a shield, Henry 
With my little sister 
We'll go up to God and we'll say 
"Hey, Mister 
Where's the barbershop 
Where's the barbershop 
We need a little off the top 
Can you direct us to the barbershop?" 
And if you get safe, Henry 
If you escape Hell's door 
We still don't like you 
Don't come around no more

There's not much I want, just to make amends 
With a former lover and a couple of friends 
By a happy fire, on a little hill 
I would like to read my will 
Tell a little story, and pass through glory 
With a hand in a hand in a hand in a hand in a hand 
But I fear for my children, and seeing them damned 
I wait for the gang to come to the door 
Or the police to come 
With guns on their hips 
Lies to sign 
Slavery 
The will be no one, only many 
On a rack that goes around and breaks our backs across the ground 
And again the sound,
Unknown to the guard who stands outside 
So pale and grim and strong and stupid 
Send me back to Ethiopia 
Send me back to Madrid, 
I want to see my sister again 
Give me shooboopadoo, give me shoobopadee, 
Get my home run city out of slavery 
We were drunk in love, we were tip to bow 
We were high and full, but we are sober now 

Whatever I have, it is never enough 
Glide on smooth water and make it rough 
Own my own home and think it strange 
Sit in my kitchen, wait for life to change

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