AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
SHAKING the SOUL TREE - LYRICS
Leave A Good Thing Alone


Little boy playing on the floor
building blocks up off the ground
gets it so high, tries for just one more
and it all comes tumbling down

     Why can't you leave a good thing alone?
     why can't you leave a good thing alone?
     try to make it closer than close
     you look up and find your good thing gone

Oh happy day when you take a bride
you're gonna honor, love, and obey
until you want a little on the side
and so you go and throw it all away

     Why can't you leave a good thing alone?
     why can't you leave a good thing alone?
     try to make it closer than close
     you look up and find your good thing gone

I've done it so many times before
it must be something buried in the bones
lost all I had trying to get a little more
I just can't leave well enough alone

     Why can't I leave a good thing alone?
     why can't I leave a good thing alone?
     try to make it closer than close
     I wake up and find my good thing gone

Look Into It


Don't stop at the wrapping
you better see what's inside
pretty bows and colored paper
might have something to hide
it might look like a present
sitting under the tree
but look into it deeper
and see what you see

Don't stop when that letter
is brought to your door
though the name and the address
might both be yours
it might seem like a message
meant only for you
but look into it deeper
and see if it's true

Don't stop at the cover
you better read it friend
sometimes the beginning
is not like the end
it might tell you a story
like you've never heard
but look into it deeper
what's under those words?

     Mistakes - we make 'em
     dumb chances - we take 'em
     foolin' ourselves - we do
     if only we knew

You might meet a woman
it's love at first sight
you stay up late talking
way into the night
she might be the best woman
that you'll ever find
but look into it deeper
before you make up your mind

Rueful Rules


Lonely told me to call you
sick and tired said it was time
I took orders from hungry
and kept angry on the line

but fearful got you to listen
to hateful in place of me
you paid attention to painful
and claimed that you had to be free

     now rueful rules around the house
     and joyful is long gone
     restless wrestles me at night
     and sleepless meets the dawn

hopeful's left town already
wishful's all packed up too
I begged contented to stay
but it's got to go away with you

     listless settled in my soul
     since we've been living apart
     twisted up is all in my mind
     and hurting helped itself to my heart (solo)

     sad and blue promised to be true
     I wouldn't have to be alone
     but I just about died when satisfied
     said it was never coming back home

useless swore that you knew me
wasted said it was time
pointless said over and over
that hopeless wasn't lying

Thirty-five Women

When I was young
I'd think about women
and what they were really like
how I ought to love them
and how to make them love me too
and once or twice
my friends gave advice
and I read myself a book or two
and then my daddy sat me down
and told me what I had to do (he said)

     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women

     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women

     he didn't say a word
     about nothing I heard
     or anything that I read
     thirty-five women
     that was all he said

I thought of what he said
and shook my head
and said I'm not sure I see
it sounds so simple
still it's not clear to me
are you saying I should go and
really get to know 'em
or just out for coffee or tea?
My daddy smiled and said
son you're not listening to me

     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women

     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women

     he didn't say a word
     about nothing I heard
     or anything that I read
     thirty-five women
     that was all he said

That was years ago
and now I know
about what my daddy said
and thirty-five women
have made a way through my head
now some were fine
and some were kind
and some said they came to stay
and thirty-five women
made me what I am today

     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women
     go out - you go out
     with thirty-five women
     now some were fine
     and some were kind
     and some said they came to stay
     and thirty-five women
     have made me what I am today

     thirty-five women
     made me what I am today

Breaking the Ice

Ooh Darling, you're so cold
and I can't understand it, cause you should know
if there's a natural born loving man, that's me
     
     I've got so much love to give
     and I get more every day that I live
     and that's why I'm twice
     the man I used to be
          
          So think twice about me and you
          cause breaking the ice is all that I'm trying to do

Ooh darling, I may be old
and age is a number, or so I'm told
but if you didn't know mine, how old would I be?
     
     I've got so much love to share
     my cup runneth over til it's just not fair
     I've been given a treasure,
     and you could be holding the key
          
          So think twice about me and you
          cause breaking the ice is all that I'm trying to do

     I'm not bitter, and I'm not tired
     never waved goodbye to my heart's desire
     guess I'm just full grown and free
     there's cherry blossoms blowing through my soul
     and spring still turns me from silver to gold
     I look in your eyes and I'm all I ever wanted to be

Ooh darling, you're so sure
that we don't have much, and we won't have more
but it takes a lifetime to fill a heart, you see
    
     It's true I don't have time to spare
     I'm closer to the finish, but I don't care
     I've learned how to live,
     and every day is precious to me
          
          so think twice about me and you
          cause breaking the ice is all that I'm trying to do

After the Fall

After you've said it
you knew it was wrong
after you've said it
now everything's gone
everything's different
everything's changed
after you've said it
nothing's the same

After you've done it
you can't take it back
no fiction can help you
when it's after the fact
four little words
can do so much harm
after you've done it
it's over and gone

     Nothing can save you
     no one can make it right
     no lie can cover
     what's come into sight

After you've lost it
there'll be no excuse
after you've lost it
you'll find that's the truth
hoping and wishing
won't help at all
cause nothing but winter
comes after the fall

Drive Me Darling

Take the wheel - why don't you drive for a while?
I've been at it so long I just can't raise a smile
you know how to do it, darling, just as well as I
you drive, and I'll just go along for the ride

Drive me darling, wherever you'd like to go
it's more fun sometimes when you don't let me know
you were born with a talent for running the show
and you're so surprising when you're driving me slow

     I'm not going along to get along my dear
     with you at the wheel we've got nothing to fear
     you're smooth and you're steady and you handle the turns
     in a way that I'd like to be able to learn

There's no need to get anywhere fast
so you set the tempo, but let's make it last
just being together, that's the key to the deal
and we're better off taking turns at the wheel

Lorelei

Lovely Lorelei
ooh, you're the light in my eyes
I can see you with my eyes closed after you're gone
I can still see you there
sun moving though your hair
and though you're walking away, you still stay on

Sunstruck and dumb am I
ooh, with your light in my eyes
got 'em shut tight so I can see you better now that you've gone
and I can almost touch you there
my fingers moving through your hair
and though you're long gone away, you still stay on

     You keep leaving, you keep leaving me
     but though you're leaving, at least you're leaving me free
     (free to follow)

          Lorelei, you're at play by a waterfall
          Lorelei, that fine spray doesn't touch you at all

          Lorelei, you are taking your own sweet time
          or am I only making believe that you're mine?

Something there in your smile
lingers on after a while
can it be that you are thinking of me after all?
Do you ever see me there
moving through the lightening air?
And though I'm far away, can you hear my call?

       You keep leaving, you keep leaving me
        but though you're leaving, at least you're leaving me free
        free to follow...

I Picked Her Up

You loved her first
Lord knows it's true
she wouldn't be all she is
if not for you
used to be your true love
that don't mean she's not mine
cause I picked her up
when you left her behind

She gave her heart and soul
completely to you
but that didn't satisfy
you had to have something new
off you went down the road
someone else on your mind
and I picked her up
when you left her behind

You taught her everything
you gave her a home
but she learned her lessons well
she can make it alone
so now she comes to me
glad of what she can find
I picked her up
when you left her behind

     Now finders can keep and losers will weep
     we just have to live with the change
     but who's doing the weeping and doing the keeping
     is not up to us to arrange

So the day that you want her back
just say the word
I'll bet she comes running
cause haven't you heard?
She'll always be your love
no matter how much she's mine
and you'll pick her up
when she leaves me behind

You Scare Me

There's grey in your hair
and you scare me
I don't know where you've been
but I've never been there,
and you scare me

     All my doors open wide
     when you look in my eyes
     you surprise me

     There are knots in my line
     when your hand's close to mine
     it unties me

You don't ever get mad
and you scare me
all the lovers you've had
have been good, have been bad,
and they scare me

     You live out in the light
     and your world is so bright
     you see through me

     I'm afraid if we touch
     it would all be too much
     you undo me

          Though you tell me
          that I may have won you
          I am silent at best
          for the rest I ignore and I shun you

          Though you've done nothing wrong
          and we might get along
          I am one who
          has to stay in control
          has to stay in control
          you're too much of a risk
          and I'm one too

You don't ever say no
and you scare me
you don't question me, so
I can't guess what you know
and you scare me

    There are rumors I've heard
    and you don't say a word
    but you dare me

    and I can't trust myself
    so I've got someone else
    but you scare me

One Step Closer

Her hair flared red in the morning sun
and what she said got me to thinking
that a brand new day had begun
but she cried
and she lied
and then she married a rich man's son
now I'm one step closer to finding the one

Her hair shone gold in the candlelight
and the secrets she told gave me a feeling
that she really might be all right
but she made a plan
with a man
and he ruined her just for fun
now I'm one step closer to finding the one

     Blue eyes, brown eyes, green eyes, grey
     if I don't get an answer then I'm on my way
     brown eyes, green eyes, grey eyes, blue
     can't stop looking until I'm through

Her hair flowed brown, down like a waterfall
but the sound of her leaving had me almost believing
I was headed nowhere at all
still I knew
it's so true
I'm gonna search her out before I'm done
I'm just one step closer to finding the one

You Know

Who's got me gliding like I'm living in a dream?
And what gets me so far gone?
When I finally learn
that I've taken a wrong turn
what keeps me going on?

     You know - you know
     and what you know is all I need
     to make me whole

Who finds a way to lift my spirits every day
and who makes me laugh like no one else?
And who else has found
how to ring my rolling down
until I just can't help myself?

     You know - you know
     and what you know is all I need
     to make me whole

          All I know is who you are
          and who you're gonna be
          what's pure and clear from far and near
          is all you are to me

Whose power is such she can heal me with a touch
when I've been wounded by the world?
And who is this
who plunges with a kiss
into a pool of you girl?

     You know - you know
     and what you know is all I need
     to make me whole

A Brand New Fool

You say you got men lined up at your door
starting to wonder what you need me for
treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen, baby, that's your rule
you got all that talent, I know it's true
so this shouldn't be too hard for you
go out and find, find yourself a brand new fool

You say you got worlds, baby, to explore
used to love me, now you're not so sure
but why should I sit and cry while you treat me cruel?
If I don't figure in your plans
you must not think that I'm much of a man
so go out and find, find yourself a brand new fool

     Someone who'll fall for your line
     about how different it'll be this time
     who'll sit still for your running around
     and bounce back every time that you let him down

It seems that I'm easy, baby, to ignore
you're sick of me, but I know a cure
out of sight's out of mind, like they say in school
you had me blind, baby, you're so bright
I must have been out of my mind, all right
now go out and find, find yourself a brand new fool

Bad Intentions

She had bad intentions
when she caught my eye
she got up close to me
then she told me why
and once she'd whispered
what she wanted to do
I had bad intentions too

She had bad intentions
but she felt so good
I thought that I shouldn't
but I knew I would
and once she'd started
all that she could do
I had bad intentions too

She had bad intentions
she never meant to stay
when she got what she wanted
she just went on her way
but I learned my lesson
and now it's true
I got bad intentions too

I got bad intentions
I don't mean to stay
when I get what I want
I'll just go on my way
now my intentions
are bad it's true
but that's what I got for you


Sleeping Beauty

All your life you've been asleep
dreamless sleep was all you knew
and no one ever cared about you
for everyone was sleeping too

You lay behind a hedge of thorns
no one knew that you were there
while a hundred years and more
have passed before your eyes

     But I know what heroes know
     and I have gone where heroes go
     and I have done a hero's deed
     and come to claim my prize

          So wake up my love
          open your eyes
          my kiss is drowned upon your lips
          I come to you with no disguise

There are those who work their spells
and tear apart the joys of men
so darling there may come a day
when you will fall asleep again

Your beauty hidden from the world
your beauty hidden from you too
and you won't even know me then
but darling I'll know you

     So I'll cut down your hedge of thorns
     and break the spell they put you in
     and I will do it all for you
     and I will do it all again

          So wake up my love
          come back to life
          my kiss is drowned upon your lips
          it's time that you became my wife

Aint That a Man?


I was born in the river, but I stepped out of there
so I'm a creature of water and a creature of air
I've got blues in my left hand, gospel in my right
I've got a hold and I'm hanging on tight
aint that a man? Hmmmm, aint that a man?

Bubbles rise in the ocean, rain falls through the air
so I'm always going, but I never get there
I've got blues in my left hand, gospel in my right
I'm not giving up without some kind of fight
aint that a man? Hmmmm, aint that a man?

Now here's how you can tell that it's time to move on
when you can't get better, then you'd better get gone
I've got blues in my left hand, gospel in my right
I'm up sometimes in the middle of the night
aint that a man? Hmmmm, aint that a man?

You can feel like a stranger, or like you belong
if you can choose to be right, then why choose to be wrong?
I've got blues in my left hand, gospel in my right
I'm standing here in a heavenly light
aint that a man? Hmmmm, aint that a man?


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