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Time The Conqueror

Released: 2008

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Time The Conqueror

  • 1. TIME THE CONQUEROR
    Time on my side, a stowaway in the slipstream
    A time I could glide the shifting currents of my dream
    In my dream the singing was coming from the sky
    In my dream the sunlight was falling from one side
    And every blade of grass was casting its own shadow
    And every little bird was singing its own song

    Time in my mind, the past of least resistance
    The future almost blind, both in need of assistance
    In my mind the question: Sunrise or sunset?
    In my mind I'm certain: Nothing's certain yet
    With every grain of sand casting its own shadow
    And every ray of the sun flashing on the sea
    Time may heal all wounds
    But time will steal you blind
    Time the wheel, time the conqueror

    Time to decide what kind of world I believe in
    The world open wide,
    Or the world about to stop breathing
    In my world I'm standing just inside the door
    In my world I'm speaking into the ocean's roar
    And every thought of you casts its own little shadow
    And everything I wanted, subject to review
    Time may heal all wounds
    But time will steal you blind
    Time the wheel, time the conqueror
    Time will heal all wounds but time...

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 2. OFF OF WONDERLAND
    It was easy for me
    Up so high in my tree
    Living off of Wonderland
    Living with an unknown band
    Waiting there for Everyman

    There was change in the air
    It was love everywhere
    Living off of Wonderland
    Ankle deep in contraband
    Working on a life unplanned

    Didn't we believe in love?
    Didn't we believe in giving it away?
    That didn't really leave us with the love
    To find our way
    After RFK and Martin Luther King

    Do you feel it today?
    Love is still on the way
    Coming over Wonderland
    The world is in your open hand
    Once again it's at your command

    Didn't we believe in love?
    Didn't we believe that love would carry on?
    Wouldn't we receive enough
    If we could just believe in one another
    As much as we believed in John

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 3. THE DRUMS OF WAR
    Roll out the drums of war
    Roll up the cover of the killing floor
    Roll out the drums of war
    And let's speak of things worth fighting for
    Roll out the drums of war

    Time comes when everything you ever thought you knew
    Comes crashing down and flames rise up in front of you

    Roll out the drums of war
    Roll back the freedoms that we struggled for
    What were those freedoms for?
    Let's not talk about it any more
    Roll out the drums of war

    Whatever you believe the necessary course to be
    Depends on who you trust to identify the enemy
    Who beats the drums for war?
    Even before peace is lost
    Who are the profits for?
    And who are they who bear the cost
    When a country takes the low road to war

    Who gives the orders, orders to torture?
    Who gets to no bid contract the future?
    Who lies, then bombs, then calls it an error?
    Who makes a fortune from fighting terror?
    Who is the enemy trying to crush us?
    Who is the enemy of truth and justice?
    Who is the enemy of peace and freedom?
    Where are the courts, now when we need them?
    Why is impeachment not on the table?
    We better stop them while we are able
    Roll out the drums of war

    Whatever you believe the necessary course to be
    Depends on who you trust to identify the enemy
    Who took this country to war?
    Long before the peace was lost
    Who are the profits for?
    And who are they who bear the cost
    And who lay down their lives?
    And who will live with the sacrifice
    Of our best and brightest hopes,
    The flower of our youth,
    Of freedom, and the truth?

    By Jackson Browne, Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio Lewak and Jeff Young
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP; Eye Cue Music, Bossypants Music; Songs of Windswept Pacific, BMI; Bateria Music, ASCAP; Glad Brad Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 4. THE ARMS OF NIGHT
    The things people do looking for understanding
    Defy understanding
    If only they knew where the love they seek
    Is truly to be found
    Into the arms of night with their dreams held tight
    In their endless flight through the failing light

    The places you go thinking that love may find you
    When love is behind you
    It's all you can do to let the angels
    Find their own way home
    Into the arms of night with your endless fright
    With your face alight and your prey in sight
    Into the breach in search of the new
    Though after so many times
    You will have betrayed that too

    Into the arms of night with your endless fright
    With your eyes all bright and your prey in sight
    Into the arms of somebody new
    Until that's no longer so,
    And you are no longer true

    By Jackson Browne and Danny Kortchmar
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP; Stellgrace Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 5. WHERE WERE YOU
    Where were you when the sky cracked open
    Waiting for shelter and barely coping
    Thinking you could ride the storm out,
    Hoping it would be all right
    Where were you when they gave the warning?
    Hundred fifty-mile winds by morning
    Category four making landfall in the wild gray light
    Where were you?

    Where were you in the social order?
    The Lower Nine or a hotel in the Quarter
    Which side of the border between rich and poor?
    Where were you gonna evacuate to?
    Assuming there was any way to
    Where, if you didnt own a car?
    Where were you?

    Where were you when you understood
    However decent, however good
    However hard some people try
    They only barely make it by
    Theyre born, and live their entire lives in harms way

    Where were you when you heard the stranded,
    The injured and the empty handed
    Were running out of food and water at the Superdome?
    The newborn and the elderly
    Exposed to even more misery
    While those in charge of rescue
    Waited for the Guard to come
    And those who left the Convention Center
    Were stopped on the bridge when they tried to enter
    The safety of the west bank, and higher ground
    And when the Guard finally did arrive
    And got to work on about day five
    Mainly they were used to keep the looting down
    Where were you?

    Where were you when you realized
    However strong, however wise
    However true our leaders appear to be
    They talk about prosperity
    However hard this country strives
    If property is valued more than lives
    How strong will we ever really be?
    How long do we imagine well be free?

    We hold the truth self-evident:
    The photograph of the President
    From Air Force One, he viewed the devastation
    Shaved face, rested eyes
    Looking down, he circles twice
    On the way home from his vacation
    Where were you, when you got the picture?
    Where were you?
    Where were you when the streets filled up with black water?

    Where were you when defeat and destruction
    Reigned in the Crescent
    Where were you when it blew from every direction
    Where were you when the promise was made
    To return, and rebuild and restore to its people
    The city that gave us the first American music
    True inspiration and the freedom to use it
    Where will we find it again if we lose it?
    And where will we be, if we ever cease to love?
    If we ever cease to love . . .

    By Jackson Browne, Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio Lewak and Jeff Young
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP; Eye Cue Music, Bossypants Music; Songs of Windswept Pacific, BMI; Bateria Music, ASCAP; Glad Brad Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 6. GOING DOWN TO CUBA
    Sometimes I get to feeling low
    Wish I could just pick up and go
    Somewhere new might change my point of view
    Or maybe somebody - I don't know
    Toss the idea to and fro
    Not sure what makes it come and go
    But there it is again, sweet music on the wind
    From over the Gulf of Mexico

    I'm going to down to Cuba someday soon
    Following that Caribbean moon
    It's been too long since I've been there
    I'm going down there to see my friends
    Down where the rhythm never ends
    Where women wear gardenias in their hair

    People will tell you it's not easy
    You're not supposed to go, they say
    They say that Cuba is the enemy
    I'm going down there anyway

    I'm going down to Cuba to see my friends
    Down where the rhythm never ends
    No problem is too difficult to solve
    Yeah times are tough down there it's true
    But you know they're going to make it through
    They make such continuous use of the verb "to resolve"

    They've got to deal with that embargo
    Enough to drive any country insane
    They might not know all the freedoms you and I know
    They do know what to do in a hurricane

    Maybe I'll go through Mexico
    And old Jesse Helms don't have to know
    Anyway, all the allies of the USA
    Travel to Cuba everyday

    I'm going down to Cuba to see my friends
    Down where the rhythm never ends
    Where by comparison my troubles just unravel
    I'm North American you know
    Don't like to hear where I can't go
    Free people will insist on the freedom to travel
    I'm going to drink the ron aejo
    And walk out on the Malecn
    In one hand a Monte Cristo
    And in the other an ice cream cone

    I'm going down to Cuba with my band
    We're going to formulate a plan
    Whereby we obtain that "cultural" permission
    If I told you once I told you trs
    It'll put a smile on your face
    To see a Chevrolet with a Soviet transmission

    Ah but the country casts a spell
    And there are things I think of still
    Like the beauty of that woman who spoke to me
    In the Hotel Nacional

    I'm gonna book my flight today
    I am definitely on my way
    Just hold my place and I'll get back in the race
    When I'm back in the USA

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 7. GIVING THAT HEAVEN AWAY
    Pretty Nova, one year over
    Legal age of consent
    In the flower of sweet youth our
    Days of heaven were spent

    Giving that heaven away
    Giving that heaven away
    Rock 'n' Roll, and freeing your soul, and
    Giving that heaven away

    I'm looking 'round for that sixties sound -
    Those days are gone
    And all us acid dropping, world stopping, be bopping
    Freaks are just hanging on

    Little Nova, did you have to show the
    Whole world how to rebel?
    Standing there with your long brown hair
    Like a cool breeze blowing through hell

    Giving that heaven away
    Giving that heaven away
    Back in those days we all were so crazy
    Giving that heaven away

    Giving that heaven away
    Giving that heaven away
    Oooooooh
    Giving that heaven away

    Seems like the whole world's at a fire sale
    But I might be wrong
    With all the home shopping,
    Bling bling and hip hopping
    Maybe it's just going strong

    But hey now Nova, we both know the
    Ones who're always making it pay
    Well any fool can sell a jewel
    But an angel will give it away

    Giving that heaven away
    Giving that heaven away
    Oooooooh I'm going go down singing
    And giving that heaven away

    Where did the day go in that Winnebago?
    The two of us hot as a stove
    Fools for pleasure, digging for treasure
    Down in that Black Oak grove
    Giving that heaven away
    Giving that heaven away
    Oooooooh
    Giving that heaven away

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 8. LIVE NUDE CABARET
    I went to the Live Nude Cabaret
    To see what I could see
    And I saw the ladies dancing
    An I guess that they saw me
    Neither did I vanquish, or surrender to desire
    But what I saw revealed to me
    Was just more fuel on the fire

    I've heard form follows function
    And I think that must be true
    Especially when you think of
    What the female form will do
    Its lines and shapes are everywhere
    As if they follow me
    Repeating my own longing in everything I see

    Star of happiness, star of love
    Lead us to the shore
    That only women hold the promise of
    Men would give them money
    And men would give them gold
    And shower them with promises
    Of luxury untold
    And make their vessels of creation
    The temples of our souls
    Ohhhhh let my people go

    Sea of loneliness, sea of love
    Carry me upon your endless depths
    And bear my heart above
    For I would give her money
    And I would give her jewels
    And lead her to the palace my imagination rules
    And fashion from her nakedness
    The innocence that's gone
    Gone as the time she's given the suffering of fools

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 9. JUST SAY YEAH
    I wanted to be somebody you see
    When you're feeling good
    I started looking for your little MG
    In my neighborhood
    I started feeling kind of funny and free
    When you were around
    And I began to cook up a plan to
    Take you out of town

    Not really dating, we were relating
    And we were friends
    It's hard to say where the relating leaves off
    And where loves begins
    A friend will tell you all kinds of stuff
    That a lover won't
    And you would think you would see love coming
    But of course, you don't

    I want to hold you, don't want to mold you
    Into someone else
    I never could have invented you
    Or written you so well
    I never met another woman who
    Possessed your particular charms
    I want to be that man who will see that
    You never come to harm

    Must have been you I dreamed of
    Yeah that was you all right
    You were the laughter I was listening to
    Standing in the light
    You were the lover in the sunrise who
    Had begun to slip away
    Though I was just a kid I must have known
    You'd be real someday

    I want to know you, I want to show you
    That you're not alone
    You've been the only thing steadyin' me
    And I guess we've both known
    Maybe you haven't been that ready to see
    That I could take you there
    Well that was then, but this is when
    I need to hear you say yeah
    Baby just say yeah

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved
  • 10. FAR FROM THE ARMS OF HUNGER
    Far from the arms of hunger
    Far from the world disorder
    Beyond the reach of warfare
    Blinded by faith no longer
    No longer free to plunder
    No longer safe to rule
    A world no longer ours alone

    Where people walk in wonder
    And speak to one another
    And recognize as brother
    The face across the border
    Across a sea of differences
    Across the drifting sands
    The joining of our hands in time

    When will we find
    We can no longer look away
    When will we mind
    The killing in our name each day
    When we decide
    That all our might just weighs us down
    Then will we find
    The means to turn our world around

    When will we find
    When will we mind
    When we decide
    The means to turn our world around

    Far from the arms of hunger
    Far from the world disorder
    Beyond the reach of war
    There is a world where we belong

    Words and music by Jackson Browne
    2008 Swallow Turn Music, ASCAP
    All Rights Reserved