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Love Is Strange

Released: 2010

CD Apple Music

Love Is Strange

A 2-CD Live Set Featuring Browne and Lindley.

  • 1. I'M ALIVE
    Its been a long time since I watched these lights alone
    I look around my life tonight and you are gone
    I might have done something to keep you if Id known
    How unhappy you had become

    While I was dreaming of you
    With my heart in your hands
    And I was following though
    With my beautiful plans

    Yeah, now Im rolling down this canyon drive
    With your laughter in my head
    Im gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
    Cause those dreams are dead
    And Im alive

    I want to go where I will never hear your name
    I want to lose my sorrow and be free again
    And I know Ive been insane
    When I think of places I could have been

    But I was dreaming of you
    With my heart in your hands
    And I was following through
    With my beautiful plans

    Standing here by the highway side
    Watching these trucks blow by
    Inches from my face
    Yeah, thinking bout the time Ive wasted
    And the pleasure we once tasted
    Looking up and down this road
    Ive been here before
    Cant be here no more

    Yeah, now Im rolling down California five
    With your laughter in my head
    Im gonna have to block it out somehow to survive
    Cause those dreams are dead
    And Im alive

    Hey, look at the way I believed in you
    And loved you all these years
    Now you can fill a swimming pool with all my salty tears
    If youd have told me what was in your heart
    Instead of all your lies
    I thought that it would kill me
    But Im alive
    Yeah, Im alive

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1993 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 2. CALL IT A LOAN
    In the morning when I closed my eyes,
    you were sleeping in paradise,
    And while the room was growing light,
    I was holding still with all my might.

    Oh. what if it's true?
    ah, what my heart says?
    Oh, what'll I do?
    What if this feeling becomes hard to part with.

    You were meant to play your part
    in the design of a desperate heart.
    And while you gave your love to me,
    I was betting I was getting in free.

    Oh, if I'd only known,
    ah, what your heart cost.
    Oh, can we call it a loan
    and a debt that I own
    on a bet that I lost?

    In the evening when you see my eyes
    looking back at you, no disguise,
    I'm not sure who you think you'll see.
    I'm just hopin' you'll still know that it's me.

    Oh, what if it's true?
    ah, better ask the man inside
    Oh, oh, there seem to be two.
    One steals the love, and the other one hides.

    Yeah, can we call it loan
    till I'm paid in full for the seeds I've sown?
    Yeah, can we say that I've grown
    in some way that we may have yet to be shown?

    Oh, if I'd only known,
    ah, what your heart cost.
    Oh, can we call it a loan
    and debt that I owe
    on a bet that I lost?

    By Jackson Browne and David Lindley
    1980 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP, Neuoleum Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 3. LOOKING EAST
    Standing in the ocean with the sun burning low in the west
    Like a fire in the cavernous darkness at the heart of the beast
    With my beliefs and possessions, stopped at the frontier in my chest
    At the edge of my country, my back to the sea, looking east

    Where the search for the truth is conducted with a wink and a nod
    And where power and position are equated with the grace of God
    These times are famine for the soul, while for the senses its a feast
    From the edge of my country, as far as you see, looking east

    Hunger in the midnight, hunger at the stroke of noon
    Hunger in the mansion, hunger in the rented room
    Hunger on the TV, hunger on the printed page
    And theres a God-sized hunger underneath the laughing and the rage
    In the absence of light
    And the deepening night
    Where I wait for the sun
    Looking east

    How long have I left my mind to the powers that be?
    How long will it take to find the higher power moving in me?

    Power in the insect
    Power in the sea
    Power in the snow falling silently
    Power in the blossom
    Power in the stone
    Power in the song being sung alone
    Power in the wheat field
    Power in the rain
    Power in the sunlight and the hurricane
    Power in the silence
    Power in the flame
    Power in the sound of the lovers name
    The power of the sunrise and the power of a prayer released
    On the edge of my country, I pray for the ones with the least

    Hunger in the midnight, hunger at the stroke of noon
    Hunger in the banquet, hunger in the bride and groom
    Hunger on the TV, hunger on the printed page
    And theres a God-sized hunger underneath the questions of the age
    And an absence of light
    In the deepening night
    Where I wait for the sun
    Looking east

    By Jackson Browne, Jeff Young, Kevin McCormick, Scott Thurston, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio Lewak, Luis Conte
    1996 Swallow Turn Music, Glad Brad Music, Inc., Eye Cue Music, adm. by Almo Music Corp, Bateria Music, Irague Music, ASCAP / Neurp Songs, Faux Music, Longitude Music Co., all rights on behalf of Faux Music, adm. by Longitude Music Co. BMI
    All Rights Reserved
  • 4. THE CROW ON THE CRADLE
    The sheep's in the meadow
    The cow's in the corn
    Now is the time for a child to be born
    He'll laugh at the moon
    And cry for the sun
    And if it's a boy he'll carry a gun
    Sang the crow on the cradle

    And if it should be that this baby's a girl
    Never you mind if her hair doesn't curl
    With rings on her fingers
    And bells on her toes
    And a bomber above her wherever she goes
    Sang the crow on the cradle
    The crow on the cradle

    The black and the white
    Somebody's baby is born for a fight
    The crow on the cradle
    The white and the black
    Somebody's baby is not coming back
    Sang the crow on the cradle

    Your mother and father will sweat and they'll slave
    To build you a coffin and dig you a grave
    Hush-a-bye little one, never you weep
    For we've got a toy that can put you to sleep
    Sang the crow on the cradle

    Bring me my gun, and I'll shoot that bird dead
    That's what your mother and father once said
    The crow on the cradle, what can we do
    Ah, this is a thing that I'll leave up to you
    Sang the crow on the cradle
    Sang the crow on the cradle

    By Sidney Carter
    Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. BMI
    All Rights Reserved
  • 5. MERCURY BLUES
    Well, if I had money tell you what I'd do
    I'd go downtown and buy a Mercury or two
    Crazy 'bout a Mercury, Lord I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road

    Well, the girl I love, I stole her from a friend
    He got lucky stole her back again
    She heard he had a Mercury, Lord she's crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road

    Well, hey now mama you look so fine
    Ridin' round in your Mercury 49
    Crazy 'bout a Mercury, Lord I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road

    Well, my baby went out she didn't stay long
    Bought herself a Mercury, come a cruisin' home
    Crazy 'bout a Mercury, yeah she's crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road

    Well, if I had money tell you what I'd do
    I'd go downtown and buy a Mercury or two
    Crazy 'bout a Mercury, Lord I'm crazy 'bout a Mercury
    I'm gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road

    By K. C. Douglas and Robert L. Geddins
    B-Flat Music BMI, Tradition Music Co. BMI
  • 6. EL RAYO EX
    I am "El Rayo".
    Soy el cantar del gallo.
    Soy el caiman del bayou,
    Cuando lo parte el rayo.

    Ven, ven aca.
    Vuelve aca.
    No no tengas miedo.
    No no te voy a dar.

    Soy alacran pelu,
    Que pican en el desierto.
    Cuando se va la luz?
    El ha no mas el viento.

    Oye me flor del Mayo,
    Yo soy el hombre Rayo.
    Soy el cantar del gallo,
    Cuando lo parte el rayo.

    Ven, ven aca.
    Vuelve aca.
    No no tengas miedo.
    No no te voy a dar

    By David Lindley and Jorge Calderon
    Neuoleum Music ASCAP, Googoplex BMI
  • 7. SIT DOWN SERVANT
    Sit down!
    (oh, please don't make me)
    Sit down!
    (Cause I just got to heaven.
    I'm gonna walk around)
    Sit down, servant, and rest a while, sit down.

    Oh, I can't sit down,
    Oh, I can't sit down,
    I can't sit down,
    I just got to heaven and I can't sit down.

    Now you can talk about me as much as you please,
    (Sit down servant)
    The more you talk I'm gonna bend my knees,
    (Sit down servant)
    I'm on my way to heaven to tell my story,
    (Sit down servant)
    I'm gonna put on my crown and sing in glory.

    Oh, I can't sit down,
    Oh, I can't sit down,
    I can't sit down,
    I just got to heaven and I can't sit down.

    Now when I get to heaven gonna put on my shoes, yeah, yeah, yeah.
    (Sit down servant)
    I'm gonna walk all over heaven singin', shoutin' the good news, yeah,
    (Sit down servant)
    I'm gonna march to the throne and lay me right down, yeah, yeah.
    (Sit down servant)
    I'm gonna give my ever-lovin' Jesus my new crown, yeah

    Oh, I can't sit down,
    Oh, I can't sit down,
    I can't sit down

    Traditional
    Arrangement be Robert "Pop" Staples
    Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co. BMI
  • 8. TAKE IT EASY
    Well Im runnin down the road tryin to loosen my load
    Ive got seven women on my mind
    Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
    One says shes a friend of mine

    Take it easy, take it easy
    Dont let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
    Lighten up while you still can
    Dont even try to understand
    Just find a place to make your stand
    And take it easy

    Standin on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
    With such a fine sight to see
    Its a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
    Slowin down to take a look at me

    Come on baby, dont say maybe
    Ive got to know if your sweet loves gonna save me
    We may lose and we may win
    But we will never be here again
    Open up, Im climbin in
    To take it easy

    Well Im a-runnin down the road tryin to loosen my load
    Got a world of trouble on my mind
    I lookin for a lover who wont blow my cover
    Shes just a little hard to find

    Take it easy, take it easy
    Dont let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
    Come on baby, dont say maybe
    Gotta know if your sweet loves gonna save me

    Words and music by Jackson Browne and Glen Frey
    Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 9. FOR TAKING THE TROUBLE
    For taking the trouble, for hanging on and tryin'
    Now you've been working through the rubble of a shattered mind

    Yeah Baby, tell me why the tears are falling from your eye
    Tears of laughter, tears of grief, are they the tears of a captured thief?

    You thought that you were home free, thought you had her well in hand
    But there were things about her you didn't understand

    Yeah Baby, tell me how you're gonna keep that promise now?
    To live your life without regret and make it work with what you get

    You didn't then, but now you know
    When she began to lie-you really should have let her go

    You're learnin' how to talk about it, you're learnin' how to bend
    It's like you're learning how to walk all over again

    Yeah Baby, tell me who you're gonna give your lovin' to?
    That girl who catches every eye
    Or the one you can set your compass by

    You set it by her soulful smile
    The fire in her eye
    And the way she goes that extra mile
    The love you wanted this to be
    Is somewhere down the line
    You'll find her eventually

    Your grandma and her grandma
    Sittin' 'round heaven discussin' the law
    Lovin' that girl was not your crime,
    Livin' without her gonna take some time
    Lovin' that girl next thing you knew,
    You'd turned away from the thing you do
    Lovin' that girl, you couldn't see
    Living without her gonna make you free

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2002 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 10. FOR EVERYMAN
    Everybody I talk to is ready to leave
    With the light of the morning
    Theyve seen the end coming down long enough to believe
    That theyve heard their last warning
    Standing alone
    Each has his own
    Ticket in his hand
    And as the evening descends
    I sit thinking bout Everyman

    Seems like Ive always been looking for some other place
    To get it together
    Where with a few of my friends I could give up the race
    And maybe find something better
    But all my fine dreams
    Well thought out schemes
    To gain the motherland
    Have all eventually come down to waiting for Everyman

    Waiting here for Everyman
    Make it on your own if you think you can
    If you see somewhere to go, I understand
    Waiting here for Everyman
    Dont ask me if hell show
    Baby, I dont know

    Make it on your own if you think you can
    Somewhere later on youll have to take a stand
    Then youre going to need a hand

    Everybodys just waiting to hear from the one
    Who can give them the answers
    And lead them back to that place in the warmth of the sun
    Where sweet childhood still dances
    Wholl come along
    And hold out that strong
    But gentle fathers hand?
    Long ago I heard someone say something bout Everyman

    Waiting here for Everyman
    Make it on your own if you think you can
    If you see somewhere to go, I understand

    Im not trying to tell you that Ive seen the plan
    Turn and walk away if you think I am
    But dont think too badly of one whos left holding sand
    Hes just another dreamer dreaming bout Everyman

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1973 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 11. YOUR BRIGHT BABY BLUES
    Im sitting down by the highway
    Down by that highway side
    Everybodys going somewhere
    Riding just as fast as they can ride
    I guess theyve got a lot to do
    Before they can rest assured
    Their lives are justified
    Pray to God for me, baby
    He can let me slide

    Ive been up and down this highway
    Far as my eyes can see
    No matter how fast I run
    I can never seem to get away from me
    No matter where I am
    I cant help feeling Im just a day away from where I want to be
    Now Im running home, baby
    Like a river to the sea

    Baby if you can see me
    Out across this wilderness
    Theres just one thing
    I was hoping you might guess
    Baby you can free me
    All in the power of your sweet tenderness

    I can see it in your eyes
    Youve got those bright baby blues
    You dont see what youve got to gain
    But you dont like to lose
    You watch yourself from the sidelines
    Like your life is a game you dont mind playing to keep yourself amused
    I dont mean to be cruel, baby
    But youre looking confused

    Baby if you can hear me
    Turn down your radio
    Theres just one thing
    I want you to know
    When youve been near me
    Ive felt the love stirring in my soul

    Its so hard to come by
    That feeling of peace
    This friend of mine said,
    "Close your eyes and try a few of these"
    I thought I was flying like a bird so far above my sorrow
    But when I looked down I was standing on my knees
    Now I need someone to help me
    Someone to help me, please

    Baby if you need me
    Like I know I need you
    Theres just one thing
    Ill ask you to do
    Take my hand and lead me
    To the hole in your garden wall
    And pull me through

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1976 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP and WB Music Corp
    All Rights Reserved
  • 12. TU TRANQUILO
    Voy bajando por la carretera
    a ver si echo algo pa fuera
    pq a veces no hay manera
    voy a reventar
    Tengo siete mujeres en la cabeza
    claro, claro, as me pesa
    como a Joselito
    el levante empieza a soplar
    hay cuatro que me quieren amarrar
    hay dos que me quieren apedrear
    una me queda
    que la va diciendo
    a todo el mundo por ah
    que es mi colega!
    fjate tu que plan

    Y yo me digo;
    t tranquilo
    hztelo tranquilo
    no le des ms vueltas
    t tranquilo
    porque yo me digo
    t tranquilo
    no le des ms vueltas
    t tranquilo

    Apoyado en una esquina
    viendo como pasa la vida
    el semforo est en verde
    y t te paras a mirar
    dime que no te paras
    slo para verme la cara
    si hay una palabra que odio
    la acabas de pronunciar
    qu forma de hablar es esa
    de "a lo mejor..."
    he de saber seguro
    si va a salvarme tu amoor
    podemos ganar
    podemos perder
    pero aqu no nos volveremos a ver
    as que abre la puerta
    y mueve el culo
    y arranca ya
    que yo me subo

    t tranquilo
    hztelo tranquilo
    Tu Tranquilo
    no le des ms vueltas
    t tranquilo
    Voy bajando por la carretera
    a ver si echo algo pa fuera
    solo necesito una cosa
    una amante que no sea religiosa
    ni peligrosa y que me
    coma como un bogavante
    en salsa rosa
    es lo que yo me digo

    t tranquilo
    hztelo tranquilo
    Tu Tranquilo
    no le des ms vueltas
    t tranquilo

    t tranquilo
    hztelo tranquilo
    Tu Tranquilo
    no le des ms vueltas
    t tranquilo

    Words and music by Jackson Browne and Glen Frey
    Translated by Kiko Veneno
    Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved

  • 13. LATE FOR THE SKY
    The words had all been spoken
    And somehow the feeling still wasnt right
    And still we continued on through the night
    Tracing our steps from the beginning
    Until they vanished into the air
    Trying to understand how our lives have led us there

    Looking hard into your eyes
    There was nobody Id ever known
    Such an empty surprise
    To feel so alone

    Now for me some words come easy
    But I know that they dont mean that much
    Compared with the things that are said when lovers touch
    You never knew what I loved in you
    I dont know what you loved in me
    Maybe the picture of somebody you were hoping I might be

    Awake again I cant pretend
    And I know Im alone
    And close to the end
    Of the feeling weve known

    How long have I been sleeping?
    How long have I been drifting alone through the night
    How long have I been dreaming I could make it right
    If I closed my eyes and tried with all my might
    To be the one you need

    Awake again, I cant pretend
    I know Im alone
    And close to the end
    Of the feeling weve known

    How long have I been sleeping?
    How long have I been drifting alone through the night
    How long have I been running for that morning flight
    Through the whispered promises and the changing light
    Of the bed where we both lie
    Late for the sky

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1974 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 14. THESE DAYS
    Well Ive been out walking
    I dont do that much talking these days
    These days
    These days I seem to think a lot
    About the things that I forgot to do for you
    And all the times I had the chance to

    And I had a lover
    Its so hard to risk another these days
    These days
    Now if I seem to be afraid
    To live the life I have made in song
    Well its just that Ive been losing so long

    Ill keep on moving
    Things are bound to be improving these days
    One of these days
    These days I sit on corner stones
    And count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend
    Dont confront me with my failures
    I had not forgotten them

    Words and Music by Jackson Browne
    1973 Open Window Music ASCAP, Companion Music ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 15. 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
  • 16. LOVE IS STRANGE/STAY
    Love, love is strange
    Lots of people take it for a game
    Once youve get it you never wanna quit
    Once you`ve had it you`re in a awful fix
    Some people, they don`t understand
    They think lovin` is money in their hand
    But your lovin` will never be arranged
    Love is mystery, love is change
    Baby, my sweet baby, baby you`re the one
    People stay just a little bit longer
    We want to play - just a little bit longer
    Now the roadies 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 wont you stay just a little bit longer
    Please, please stay just a little bit more?

    Won't you put your sweet lips
    To mine
    Tell me you love me baby
    All of the time

    Stay just a little bit longer
    Please please please please tell me that you find too
    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...

    "Love is Strange" by Mickey Baker, Elias McDaniels, Sylvia Robinson
    Ben-Ghazi Enterprises, Inc., BMI, Twenty Nine Black Music BMI

    "Stay" by Maurice Williams
    Cherio Corporation BMI
    All Rights Reserved
  • 17. THE NEXT VOICE YOU HEAR
    Gather your deeds and your possessions,
    Whatever certainty you've known,
    Forget your heroes,
    You don't really need those last few lessons.

    Stand in the open;
    The next voice you hear will be your own.

    Well alright, they knew how they could hurt you,
    And you let them cut you to the bone.
    But God forbid,
    You allow them to rid you of your virtue!

    Forget their laughter;
    The next voice you hear will be your own.

    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear will be your own.

    Throw down your truth and check your weapons.
    Don't look to see if you're alone,
    Just stand your ground,
    And don't turn around -- whatever happens.
    Don't ask directions;
    The next voice you hear will be your own.

    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear...
    The next voice you hear will be your own.

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    1997 Swallow Turn Music ASCAP