Running On Empty

Running On EmptyThe RoadRosieYou Love The ThunderCocaineShaky TownLove Needs a HeartNothing But Time | The Load Out | Stay

Running On Empty

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In 65 I was seventeen and running up 101
I dont know where Im running now, Im just running on

Running onrunning on empty
Running onrunning blind
Running onrunning into the sun
But Im running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In 69 I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I dont know when that road turned onto the road Im on

Running onrunning on empty
Running onrunning blind
Running onrunning into the sun
But Im running behind

Everyone I know, everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I dont know about anyone but me
If it takes all night, thatll be all right
If I can get you to smile before I leave

Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
I dont know how to tell you all just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends that I used to turn to pull me through
Looking into their eyes I see them running too

Running onrunning on empty
Running onrunning blind
Running onrunning into the sun
But Im running behind

Honey, you really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
Id love to stick around but Im running behind
You know I dont even know what Im hoping to find
Running into the sun but Im running behind

Words and Music by Jackson Browne
1977 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

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The Road

Highways and dance halls
A good song takes you far
You write about the moon
And you dream about the stars

Blues in old motel rooms
Girls in daddy's cars
You sing about the nights
And you laugh about the scars

Coffee in the mornin'
Cocaine afternoon
You talk about the weather
And you grin about the room

Phone calls long distance
To tell you how you've been
You forget about the losses
You exaggerate the wins

But when you stop to let 'em know
You got it down
It's just another town
Along the road

Ladies come to see you
If your name still rings a bell
They give you damn near nothin
And they'll say they knew you well

So you tell 'em you'll remember
But they know it's just a game
And a long the way their faces
All begin to look the same

But when you stop to let 'em know
You got it down
It's just another town
Along the road

Well it isn't for the money
And it's only for awhile
You stalk about the rooms
And you roll away the miles

Gamblers in the neon
Clinging to guitars
You're right about the moon
But you're wrong about the stars

By Danny O'Keefe
1977 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp and Road Canon Music BMI
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Rosie

She was standing at the load-in
When the trucks rolled up
She was sniffling all around
Like a half grown female pup
She wasn't hard to talk to
Looked like she had nowhere to go
So I gave her my pass
So she could get in and see the show

Well I sat her down right next to me
And I got her a beer
While I mixed that sound on stage
So the band could hear
The more I watched her watch them play
The less I could think of to say
And when they walked off stage
The drummer swept that girl away

But Rosie you're all right you wear my ring
When you hold me tight Rosie that's my thing
When you turn out the lightI've got to hand it to me
Looks like it s me and you again tonight Rosie

Well I guess I might have known from the start
She'd come for a star
Might have told my imagination not to run too far
Of all the times that l I've been burned
By now you'd think I'd have learned
That it's who you look like
Not who you are

But Rosie you're all right you wear my ring
When you hold me tight Rosie that's my thing
When you turn out the light I've got to hand it to me
Looks like it's me and you again tonight Rosie

By Jackson Browne and Donald Miller
1977 Swallow Turn Music 1977 ASCAP
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You Love The Thunder

When you look over your shoulder
And you see the life that youve left behind
When you think it over, do you ever wonder
What it is that holds your life so close to mine

You love the thunder and you love the rain
What you see revealed within the anger is worth the pain
And before the lightning fades and you surrender
Youve got a second to look at the dark side of the man

You love the thunder and you love the rain
You know your hunger like you know your name
I know you wonder how you ever came
To be a woman in love with a man in search of the flame

Draw the shade and light the fire
For the night that holds you and calls your name
And just like your lover knows your desire
And the crazy longing that time will never tame

You love the thunder and you love the rain
You know your hunger like you know your name
I got your number if its still the same
And you can dream but you can never go back the way you came

Words and Music by Jackson Browne
1977 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
All Rights Reserved

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Cocaine

You take Sally and I'll take Sue
There ain't no diff'rence between the two
Cocaine, runnin' all around my brain

Headin' down Scott
Turnin' up Main
Looking for that girl who sells cocaine
Cocaine, runnin' all around my brain

Mm, mama, come here quick
That old cocaine 'bout to make me sick
Cocaine, runnin' all around my brain

Late last night about a quarter past four
Ladanyi come knockin' down my hotel room door
Where's the cocaine? It's runnin' all around my brain

I was talking to my doctor down at the hospital
He said, "Son, it says here you're twenty-seven, but that's impossible
Cocaine, you look like you could be forty-five"

Now I'm losing touch with reality and I'm almost out of blow
It's such a fine line, I hate to see it go
Cocaine, runnin' all around my brain

By Rev. Gary Davis, with additional lyrics by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey
1977 Chandos Music ASCAP

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Shaky Town

I've witnessed those one-night stands
Must have played in a thousand bands
But I'm just here tonight; tomorrow I'll be gone

Seen folks show their blacker side
Seen them die just for foolish pride
And those drivers always ask to hear the same old song
That's a big ten-four from your back door
Just put that hammer down

This young man feels those eighteen wheels
That keep turnin' 'round to take me down to
Shaky Town

I've heard all those hard luck tales
From all of you U. S. males
I've heard you tell those lies about the love you've known
And I've followed those highway signs
And I've run down those thin white lines

Like those drivers, this old road is all I call my own
That's a big ten four from your back door
Just put that hammer down
This young man feels those eighteen wheels
That keep turnin' 'round to take me down to
Shaky Town
All the way down to Shaky Town

By Daniel Kortchmar
1977 Kortchmar Music ASCAP
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Love Needs a Heart

Maybe the hardest thing I've ever done
Was to walk away from you
Leaving behind the life that we'd begun
I split myself in two

Proud and alone, cold as a stone
Rolling down that hill into the night
I could see the surprise and the hurt in your eyes
From behind each flashing city light

Love needs a heart and I need to find
If love needs a heart like mine

Love won't come near me, she don't even hear me
She walks past my vacancy sign
Love needs a heart, trusting and blind
I wish that heart was mine

Proud and alone, cold as a stone
I'm afraid to believe the things I fed
I can cry with the best I can laugh with the rest
But I'm never sure when it's real
And it may be the hardest thing I've ever done
But apart from all that I hope to find
Where's the heart that's been looking for mine?
I hope it finds me in time

Love needs a heart and I need to find
If love needs a heart like mine

By Lowell George, Valerie Carter and Jackson Browne
1977 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP Naked Snake Music BMI & Vanilla Grits Music BMI
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Nothing But Time

Rolling down 295 out of Portland, Maine
Still high from the people up there and feeling no pain
Gonna make it to New Jersey, gonna set it up and do it again

I got a bottle of wine (pass it over)
I got a broken white line (I'm still sober)
There ain't nothin' but time between this Silver Eagle
And that New Jersey line

Well it's a rock and roll band or a movie you can take your pick
And it ain't bad work if you can get it
But you gotta make it stick
But getting any kind of sleep on this rolling motel that's the trick

It s just a bottle of wine (pass it over)
It's just a broken white line (I'm still sober)
It's just a whole lot of time in the twilight zone
Between me and these friends of mine

By Jackson Browne and Howard Burke
1977 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
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The Load Out

Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down
Theyre the first to come and last to leave
Working for that minimum wage
Theyll set it up in another town

Tonight the people were so fine
They waited there in line
And when they got up on their feet
They made the show
And that was sweet
But I can hear the sound
Of slamming doors and folding chairs
And thats a sound theyll never know

Now roll them cases out and lift them amps
Haul them trusses down and get em up them ramps
Cause when it comes to moving me
You know you guys are the champs
But when that last guitars been packed away

You know that I still want to play
So just make sure you got it all set to go
Before you come for my piano

But the bands on the bus
And theyre waiting to go
Weve got to drive all night
And do a show in Chicago
Or Detroit, I dont know
We do so many shows in a row
And these towns all look the same
We just pass the time in our hotel rooms
And wander round backstage
Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd
And we remember why we came

Now we got country n western on the bus R&B
We got disco in eight tracks, cassettes in stereo
We got rural scenes and magazines
And we got truckers on the CB
And we got Richard Pryor on the video
We got time to think of the ones we love
While the miles roll away
But the only time that seems too short
Is the time that we get to play

People youve got the power over what we do
You can sit there and wait
Or you can pull us through
Come along, sing the song
You know you cant go wrong
Cause when that morning sun comes beating down
Youre going to wake up in your town
But well be scheduled to appear
A thousand miles away from here

By Jackson Browne, Bryan Garofalo
1977 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP & Gianni Music BMI
All Rights Reserved

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Stay

Stay
Just a little bit longer.
We wanna play
Just a little bit longer.

Now the promoter don't mind.
And the union don't mind
If we take a little time
And we leave it all behind
And sing one more song.

Oh won't you stay
Just a little bit longer.
Please, please, please
Say you will.
Say you will.

By Maurice Williams, additional lyrics by Jackson Browne
Cherio Corp. BMI
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