Big Picture Blues Lyrics

Life of Me

When I was young I did not want to stay the same
Now I’ve become a man who can’t stand to change
But for the life of me now
I need to, I need to

I’ll find a song in a head full of feedback
Sing along till I bring the old me back
For the life of me now
I need to, I need to

A long year in the wrong town
Just pulled me further down
I can’t seem to find the strength to climb now

I can’t reply when they ask, have I seen you?
Can’t rely on a memory to be true
But for the life of me now, for the life of me now
I need to, I need to
For the life of me now, for the life of me now

Lazarus

Tell me, which hand wears the gold band again?
I used to know that sort of thing way back when
I can’t tell you where my hands have been
Oh no

But I’m standing up, I’m walking away
Like Lazarus, my past was a grave

How can a man ever pay for his sin?
How can a man bring the boy back again?
Wish I could tell you where my boy has been
But I don’t know

I’m standing up, I’m walking away
Like Lazarus, my past was a grave

I’m walking away…

Oh father, I will not fail you again
Take what you have given me and hurl it to the wind
I swore one day you’d see me stand among the men and make good
I swore you would

I’m standing up, I’m walking away
Like Lazarus, my past was a grave

I’m walking away…

Strangers

We drove across the middle
Of the country of our birth
Feeling lost, feeling orphaned
Strangers to the Earth
I was sick with fever
On the passenger side
Of a vehicle that we had called salvation
A foreign car we thought was our salvation

A reason for escaping is easy to find

So much education
So little to say
When the situation changes
In unspeakable ways
We’re killing where we come from
Since the day we’re born
Any faith we find along the way is shaken
Any innocence we try to claim is taken

A reason for escaping is easy to find

Open your eyes, cut your ties and let go
Open your eyes and let go
Open your eyes, cut your ties and let go
Open your eyes and let go

When it broke I woke up
To the dying of the light
You were steering, you were smoking
With the radio down low
I offered to drive
You said, ‘Let’s stop for the night
And let the morning sun decide where we should go
The morning sun will know where we should go’

Mirrors

Paul was a kid from my old neighborhood
His old man was a monster
I hadn’t seen him since sophomore year
With two weeks left, he just disappeared

Something inside
Told him to try
Try to keep trouble, trouble away
Try to keep trouble away

Paul got his folks’ old place when they passed
He had us over for beers
He never told us and nobody asked
Why he took out all the mirrors

Something inside
Told him to try
Try to keep trouble, trouble away
Try to keep trouble away
Try to keep trouble
Try to keep trouble away

If you want to know why
Look yourself in the eye

I know I don’t do enough with the day
And way too much with the night
A call from home, I’ve got nothing to say
Can’t even be polite

So I just lie
And tell them that I’ve

Been trying to keep trouble, trouble away
Trying to keep trouble
Trying to keep trouble away

If you want to know why
Look yourself in the eye
If you want to know why
It’s something inside

He never told us and nobody asked…

Zenith

The only thing I’ll do tonight
Is make the record spin
I can’t seem to come up with
A single original sin
A single original sin

I was afraid of the dark
Till I found my way around it
It was like I lost a key
And suddenly, I found it
Suddenly, I found it

I had an uncle who watched the fights
On a beat up Zenith set
Punching the air where the enemy was
But he hadn’t seen it yet
He hadn’t seen it yet

He was afraid of the dark
Till he found his way around it
It was like he lost a map
And, just like that, he found it
Just like that, he found it

I don’t want no one to shine their light
Shine their light on me
I don’t want no one to shine their light
I know what they’d see
I know what they’d see

Avenue A

Where were all the poet boys
With battered boots and wine
To unlace your tied up tongue?
Taste you wild and young?

Four flights away
You’re a song they’ll never play
In a little two-room over Avenue A

Used to see some friends around
But now those days are gone
You don’t go home to Montreal
You don’t go out at all

Four flights away
Is a million miles today
In a little two-room over Avenue A

You can’t stand people’s pity
Don’t even have a phone
You can’t smoke in New York City
Oh, but you can be alone

Four flights away
There’s a big world but you’ll stay
In your little two-room
In a little two room
In a little two room over Avenue A

Who In the World

Who in the world do you think you are?
I know what you’re here for
I should have known by the sound of the car
Not to go down to the door

Who in the world do you think I am?
I’ll never be the same
You stuck a knife in the side of my life
Then took a hit off the blade

Like this never happened
This never happened at all
Like this never happened
Never happened at all

I went out of my mind
You couldn’t find me there
Climbed out of my skin
I’m sure, for years, you looked everywhere

What in the hell do you think this is?
A movie starring you?
And this is the scene where the ex-best friends
Patch it all up out of the blue

Like this never happened?
This never happened at all
This never happened
We never happened at all

I went out of my mind
You couldn’t find me there
Climbed out of my skin
I’m sure, for years, you looked everywhere

Who in the world do you think you are?
Who in the world?

Do You Ever

I remember a party
Some long time ago
That awful cover of ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’
Played on a radio
Oh, and I wonder
Do you ever
Feel like going home?

I remember an airport
And a plane that came late
I sat and I listened
To ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
Play on a Muzak tape
Oh, and I wonder
Do you ever
Think of your mistakes?

Is there light left over?
Would I see what I dream?
Would you see me?

I remember a real kiss
On the nape of your neck
We listened to hiss
From the tape in the deck
Still stuck there, I suspect
Oh, and I wonder
Do you ever
Wish we never met?
Oh, and I wonder
Do you ever?

T.P.’s Blues

Tom Petty’s got the blues, I don’t know why
Tom Petty’s got the blues, I don’t know why
It’s like he can’t decide
If he should laugh or cry
Tom Petty’s got the blues, I don’t know why

I keep playing Country records every night
I keep playing Country records every night
I never did before
But right now they feel just right
Playing Country records every night

People always try to change mind
People are always trying to change my mind
Well hey, come take a shot
It’s troubled all the time
You people always trying to change my mind

Baby wears a weary look these days
My baby wears a weary look these days
There’s hardly any work
And the work it hardly pays
So my baby wears a weary look these days

I got a friend in Washington D.C.
I got me a friend in Washington D.C.
Guess I’m lucky in a way
Ain’t too many folks can say
I got a friend in Washington D.C.

I ask her why the whole thing’s going so wrong
I asked her why the whole thing going oh so wrong
She said, ‘Same old story
These people can’t get along
That’s why the whole thing’s going so wrong’

I got a great big hole where faith should be
I got a great big old hole where faith should be
I tried to make it fit
One day I just let go of it
Now I’ve got a great big hole where faith should be

Tom Petty’s got the blues, and I know why
Tom Petty’s got the blues, and I know why
Old Tom’s singing them blues
Like they’re keeping him alive
Tom Petty’s got the blues, and I know why

Best of You

It’s no use looking backward
On my life as an actor
From this bittersweet hereafter, I know

But back in the beginning
When no one was pretending
A perfect world was spinning

And I could do what no one else could do
Get the best of you

I’m driving past our old bar
Through the light where you stopped the car
And said if I was gonna go so far
I might as well start walking

So I did
And we quit talking forever

It’s more dumb than tragic
When you let young theatrics
Become your old habits

‘Cos they will do what no one then can do
Get the best of you

I’m driving past our old bar
Through the light where you stopped the car
And said if I was gonna go so far
I might as well start walking

So I did
And we quit talking forever

Oh baby, it doesn’t matter
If we shatter to pieces and parts
Oh darling, how could it matter?
Love will scatter its seeds with our hearts

So forget the rest of you
Who will get the best of you?
The best of you

Snowdrifts (Words and Music by Jared Woods)

Slow and steady, taking aim
Shoot the moon in the night sky
Hands are cold and shaking
Pointing out the Milky Way

Doesn’t take long once you’re here
To think you’re the only ones alive
The lucky ones grew up here
I was along for the ride

My head is clearing
Stars align
If the end is nearing
I’m gonna take my time

The lake is frozen over
Let’s walk a single-file line
To the other side of nowhere
Maybe there we can reside

Words keep piling up like snowdrifts
None of them make sense
Taking paths of least resistance
We just take them all again

My head is clearing
Stars align
If the end is nearing
I’m gonna take my time

Brilliant but fading
We’ll teeter till we fall
That’s all

I’m gonna take my time
I’m gonna take my time

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