AL BASILE: WORDS & MUSIc
AT HOME NEXT DOOR - LYRICS

Eighty Bells


Eighty bells ringing, and they're ringing one by one

Eighty bells ringing, and they're ringing one by one

I count 'em as I hear 'em, when I get to one my time is done


That big door is closing, and I know my time ain't long

Big door is closing, and I know my time ain't long

They keep out anybody who isn't there by the time it's gone


I walk a little faster, got such a long long way to go

Walk a little faster, and I'm counting as I go

I'd dearly love to get there ooo-ooo, will I make it I just don't know


I see that door is moving, it's like the setting of the sun

The bells are into single digits, and I break into a run

If I just had a little longer, but they won't hold that door for anyone


The final bell is ringing, I'm reaching for the door

Final bell is ringing, and I'm leaning, straining for the door

Will I be on the inside, or left out here forevermore?


Too Much Like Fate


It's too much like Fate the way you showed up today

after all the years that you've stayed away

After all this time, oh oh you might want me back

It's like a train is comin' and I'm tied down here on the track


Well it's just your style to show up like this

when I worked so hard to forget your kiss

If you had a heart oh-oh you'd leave me alone

It's too much like Fate you'd hate me enough to come home


They say you make your own life

ahh, and that might be true

I was livin' all right so far away from you

I coulda kept on going ohh, and that woulda been fine

now the hands on the wheel

ohh don't feel like mine


Well it's just my luck that you're not dead

that you turn up now looking good instead

After I was sure, oh oh it's finally too late

no matter what you say it's way too much like Fate


Keep That Heart


A heart's not a toy, it'll heal if you break it

it's still good, don't throw it away

it's gonna hurt til you wish you could do without it

but you'll be glad that you got it around some day


Someday someone who isn't just bitter

someday someone who isn't just wrong

everything'll be different when you're with her

better be ready when she comes along


A heart's not attached, it can make you worry

you can lose it in a room in some other town

It rolls under the bed if you leave in a hurry

make sure you remember to keep it around


Someday someone'll show a little faith in you

someday someone'll take you as you are

you're gonna want to make room in your life for her too

if you don't have a heart you won't get far


A heart's not a cracked plate, you can make it stronger

you can toughen it up til it can't be killed

you can deepen it to keep your feelings longer

you can make it hold more when it's filled

Someday someone who doesn't try to hide from you

someday someone who doesn't need to run

is gonna make you want to be a giver to the limit too

with the help of a heart it can be done


Stony Ground


In this big world feeling small

so many voices shouted down

no one hears them when they call

Seeds that are sown on stony ground

Stony ground and thorny ground

Seeds that are sown on stony ground


Some are captured where they fall

briars and brambles all around

who can hear them when they call

Seeds that are sown on thorny ground

Stony ground and thorny ground

Seeds that are sown on stony ground


Over in the meadow growing tall

brothers and sisters all around

which of them can hear me call

A seed that's sown on stony ground

Stony ground and thorny ground

Seeds that are sown on stony ground


And who can put down roots at all

where no foothold can be found

and which of you can hear me call

A seed that's sown on stony ground

Stony ground, stony ground

A seed that's sown on stony ground


Only Jodie Knows


I like to tell stories about yesterday

and when it comes to the women, you're the one that got away

I took a little trip once, just across the track

and you ran off with Jodie before I could get back


They say turnabout is just fair play

I did the dance and I had to pay

I can't help wondering about the way your love goes

but that's something only Jodie knows


I still can remember how you made me feel

didn't have to work at it, just part of the deal

A good day around you was the best I had

and when the night turned cold, ooo it didn't seem so bad


Of all sad words of tongue or pen

the saddest are these, “It might have been”

and I wish that I knew just how your garden grows

but that's something only Jodie knows


Only Jodie knows how to give you slack

how to let you leave, knowing you'll be back

Only Jodie goes where I couldn't go

to the places you ohh never let me know

(solos)
Only Jodie knows how to let you see

he's the kind of man you needed me to be

Only Jodie goes where I wouldn't go

to the places I ahh never let you show


It hasn't been too bad, aww livin' this way

but it hasn't been roses each and every day

I made my bed, I sleep in it fine

but I can't help thinking of what might have been mine


I could have been living in Jodie's place

maybe coulda had that smile I see on Jodie's face

and life woulda been different, I suppose

but that's something only Jodie knows


A Mystery To Me


I didn't know there was a problem 'til she left me

I came home from work and found that she was gone

She put it in a note and this was all she wrote:

Dear baby, sorry, I just can't go on.”


I guess you'll say I should've seen it coming

But she was good to me right til the end

Her loving was the best just before she left

And all along I thought I was her friend


Was I a guy who wouldn't listen?

Was she the kind who wouldn't say?

If we could've talked it out in a whisper or a shout

Would she still be living here today?

(solos)

Was I a guy who wouldn't listen?

Was she the kind who wouldn't say?

If we could've talked it out in a whisper or a shout

Would she still be standing here today?


I guess you always think you understand them

until they show how wrong a man can be

I lived with her for years and never saw her clear

She's just a mystery to me


She Was Saying “Giddyap,” I was saying “Whoa.”


I met her at the crossing behind the railroad tracks

she was in a hurry but I was holding back

I said “You're going too fast, I have to take it slow.”

She was saying “Giddyap,” I was saying “Whoa.”


She tried to reason with me by a movement of her dress

and soon enough I found myself in the mood for saying “yes.”

But right when I got started, she started saying “no.”

I was saying “Giddyap,” she was saying “Whoa.”


I said “I'm not a jockey, and you, you're not a bride.

So why don't we just go back home and forget about this ride?”

Then she blew the note that broke me down like the walls of Jericho -

Now we're saying “Giddyap,” and no one's saying “Whoa.”


It Is What It Is


You don't smile when I smile

you never answer me when I call

I must be out of my mind

to hang around you at all


If I invite you to a show

you got a reason why you can't go

what's the matter with me

that's what I'd like to know


You don't understand

I really am a hell of a man

ahh but I don't belong

in that heaven where you come from


It is what it is

something that could never be

I might just as well

try to walk across the deep blue sea


I don't understand

but I'm not a part of your plan

a-a-and it didn't take long

for the whole thing to turn out wrong


It is what it is

something that could never be

I might just as well

try to walk across the deep blue sea


A Little Too Far


I guess you've got enough friends now

and you don't need me any more

and you're just too preoccupied

to see me walking out the door


But there is gonna come a day

when you wish you had me around

and then you're gonna look for me

and see I'm nowhere to be found


You used to snap your fingers and there I'd be

to satisfy your every desire

you took me for granted, now you''ll see

I won't be putting out that fire


You went a little too far baby

when you underrated me and you

you went a little too far darlin'

now we're really through –aww really through


When you're off doing your own thing, girl

you don't see how it makes me blue

I tried to live in your world darlin'

but your world begins and ends with you


Now there is gonna come a time

when you wish you still had me near

I'll bet you won't believe your eyes

when you see that day is finally here


You used to snap your fingers and there I'd be

at your every beck and call

you took me for granted, now you'll see

I can't be bothered with you at all


You went a little too far baby

when you separated me and you

you went a little too far darlin'

and now we're really through – really through


Trying to Impress the Girl


I'm tryin' to impress the girl, tryin' to impress the girl

cause I want to be a part of her world, tryin' to impress the girl

I don't know how to do it but I got to get to it

tryin' to impress the girl


Wish I knew what to say to get her thinkin' I'm okay

wish I knew what to do to make her kinda like me too

Don't know how to play it, gotta find a way

tryin' to impress the girl


The girl is so fine she's heard every line

so what am I supposed to say?

This game is so hard she's holding all the cards

there's got to be a better way


My friends try to help, they say “be yourself”

now what is that supposed to mean?

When I'd rather be anybody else but me

I gotta find a better routine


She prob'ly thinks that I'm a fool, tryin' so hard to be cool

I bet she's gonna walk away and never hear a word I say

Afraid I'm gonna blow it, I hope I don't show it

tryin' to impress the girl


Miss Dissatisfied


Miss Dissatisfied won't let me be on your side

Lord knows I've tried and I've tried

but you're just gonna be dissatisfied


Always gotta get your way

had to have it yesterday, gotta have it again today

but dissatisfied is how you're gonna stay


First thing you ever said to me was crazy

the way you're goin' I gotta wonder where you've been

you just keep on runnin' wild, like you did as a little child

and you haven't made any more sense since then


Miss Dissatisfied any man walking at your side

is gonna find himself denied

cause you're always gonna be dissatisfied


My Phone's Got a Mind of Its Own


Didn't mean to call you baby, my phone's got a mind of its own

didn't mean to call you baby, my phone's got a mind of its own

it's just an accidental thing, I must have sat down on it wrong


No, you didn't hear a voice, I only got the TV on

I'm not sittin' on a barstool, I just got the TV on

you know I love you darlin' but my phone's got a mind of its own


Go back to sleep baby, I swear there's nothing going on

go back to sleep baby, cause there is nothing going on

I didn't even mean to call, it's just my phone's got a mind of its own


Please believe me baby, I'm sittin' here all alone

please believe me baby, I'm all by myself alone

first thing in the morning I'll be on my way back home


The Streak


I'm on a streak and I know it well

try not to think about it that might break the spell

I get my hits each and every day

don't know how I do it but I find a way

I might keep this groove or lose it fast

so I'm sure gonna ride it as long as it last

as long – as it – last


I feel good now, it's not always like this

there was many a time when I'd swing and miss

Sometimes you can bite, sometimes you get bitten

but that wasn't a slump, I just wasn't hittin'

I might keep this groove or lose it fast

so I'm sure gonna ride it as long as it last

as long – as it – last


Well I know this streak has gotta end some day

but until then I'm gonna play it my way

Cause I'm on a streak and I have no doubt

you can try your best but you can't get me out

you can't get me out...


The Closer


This party's winding down it's coming up on dawn

the rooms have gotten quiet now most everybody's gone

Now and then you hear a voice trying to make some sense

If someone stole a heart tonight he left no evidence


But me I'm a closer

here's all you need to know

you may well have got here first

but I'll be the last to go

I'm a closer, I like to close the show

and what begins after it ends

I'll be the first to know


The ones who rate the party steal away when it starts to slow

And some refuse to be the ones to say when it's time to go

And then there's some who look around and leave without a fight

They can't pay tomorrow's price for staying out tonight


But me I'm a closer

I like to stay and learn

when it comes to a party

I leave no stone unturned

I'm a closer, I'll be the last to leave

what comes to light after the night

I'll be the first to see

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