De ja vu

she comes sliding
twisting her way
and by dawn
you know the secret is safe

as our eyes catch in passing
all the while
incoming flashes of disaster

I was told
that everything is relative
you play your cards
and get what you get

months ago
the precedent was evident
I’d shake your hand but
we’ve already met

recall a time
we once knew
I remember, how ’bout you?
her slideshow waivers
and the shock grows tall
don’t worry about babe
you gave your all

Elmer’s

Big ol’ moon is pullin’
like way back when
the tide was ever turning
could you look upon yourself?
could you?
oh
would you?
look upon yourself

crooked river’s runnin’
like my old heart
the flood was never ending
could you look upon yourself?
could you?
oh
would you?
look upon yourself

comin’ unglued
in the morning
because no matter what you find
it’s never, ever
peace of mind
comin’ unglued
that’s for certain
oh how you’re looking through
everything right in front of you
comin’ unglued
comin’ unglued
just thought you should know

white light is watchin’
could you care less?
the heat will be eternal
all’s not lost upon blind eye
all’s not lost
no all’s not
lost upon blind eye

satellites colliding
where will it land
the sky is never falling
all’s not lost upon blind eye
all’s not lost
no all’s not
lost upon blind eye

comin’ unglued
in the morning
because no matter what you find
it’s never, ever
peace of mind
comin’ unglued
that’s for certain
oh how you’re looking through
everything right in front of you
comin’ unglued
comin’ unglued
just thought you should know



Whiskey

Kicked down the door
fell on the floor
eyes all crossed
like a symbol for poison
been in the drink
for damn near two weeks
took another swig
but the whiskey don’t work

the whiskey don’t work
the whiskey don’t work
drop down dyin’
and the whiskey don’t work
time for some pills
mixin’ up the ills
drop down dyin’ and
the whiskey don’t work

brass monkey breakfast with
a spoonful of spuds
pine planks on the shanty floor
dead from the flood
creakin’ and ‘a squeakin’
with the morning whiskey shivers
smooth cool grip
but the whiskey don’t work

the whiskey don’t work
the whiskey don’t work
drop down dyin’
and the whiskey don’t work
time for some pills
mixin’ up the ills
drop down dyin’ and
the whiskey don’t work

Fortune

Days gone by
like an old sedan
blue pedals flaked away
laid their blanket
down upon these
crippled streets and
all those alive
three piece suits
turned to rags

foggy eyed and
troubled grin
tell me where
my fortune is
foggy eyed and
troubled grin
tell me where
my fortune is

sullen laying
on the floor of
the old Long Trail
when’r we walking
out the door
you could almost
hear them wail

shakedown on Wall Street
seconds blast away
drive and drive
name your price
we’ll eat like pigs
while they break like twigs
leaving none for
our sons and their wives

foggy eyed and
troubled grin
tell me where
my fortune is
foggy eyed and
troubled grin
tell me where
my fortune is

sullen laying
on the floor of
the old Long Trail
when’r we walking
out the door
you could almost
hear them wail

-McKeon-