Lyrics for Solid Heart

Solid Heart is a special limited-edition CD for the benefit of the In Harmony project in Corvallis, Oregon.

Copyright © 1999 Greg Brown/Hacklebarney Music

  1. I Must Be in Oregon
  2. Solid Heart
  3. If You Don't Get It at Home
  4. Famous Friends (initial release)
    Build a Little Village (second release)
  5. Winter Rain
  6. Further In
  7. Lullaby
  8. If I Had Known
  9. Vivid
  10. Pound It on Down
  11. This Blue
  12. A Grown Woman (A Woman Like Me)
  13. Ring around the Moon

I Must Be in Oregon

Let me make it clear It rains in Seattle more than it does here We have lots of fun Raising bananas one by one I must be, I must be in Oregon. The sky is hanging low As a clothesline full of clothes As your hair all full of rain As my heart sometimes does I must be, oh I must be in Oregon. My life, it got too wild down the hole I followed Alice When I needed peace and quiet Well, I popped up in Corvallis I must be, I must be in Oregon. If you want a little snow Up to Mount Hood you can go My baby blows me away In lingerie and Pendleton I must be, I must be in Oregon. Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain Rain, rain, rain, sun, rain Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain Rain, rain, rain, rain, sun I must be, I must be in Oregon. I'm gonna go up on the Umpqua Catch me a big old trout I'm gonna go up on the Umpqua And drag his bad ass trout ass out. <gonna kick him out> Well just the other day My friend Jim stopped by to say His old Volvo didn't die It just completely rusted away I must be, I must be in Oregon. Ah, my baby loves me so Outside we never go We play Scrabble by the fire Make love 'til we expire I must, I must be in Oregon. There's rain down in the alleys Rain down in the street It was raining when we parted It'll rain next time we meet And I must, I must be in Oregon. I know I must be, I must be in Oregon.

Solid Heart

lyrics by Josť Flores I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart, I wonder if I'll ever get to see my sisters, I hear the whispers of angels, I want my family together again, Oh, I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart. I pretend to be a tiger, who is cunning and smart, I touch sorrow and grief, and make happiness where I walk, I feel grief about my family. I worry about my brother and my mother. Oh, I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart. I understand that life hurts many, I say and know that I love my family, I dream about my family being together, I try to help my family, I hope my brother and sisters still love me, Oh, I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart. Oh, I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart. Oh, I am a good brother, and I have a solid heart.

If You Don't Get It at Home

(originally on Further In) [chorus:] if you don't get it at home you're going to go looking if you don't get it at home you're going to go looking if you don't get it at home the need for love won't leave you alone if you don't get it at home you're going to go looking children they don't need a lot of stuff children sure do need a lot of love they need love to give them pride to make them feel real good inside if they don't get it at home they're going to go looking 'cause... [repeat chorus] lovers got to feel it real and strong one kiss can mean more than making it all night long with no kiss and no embrace you get to feeling out of place if you don't get it at home you'll go looking 'cause... [repeat chorus] it ain't down at the bottom of a jug and it ain't in the broke-down palace of drugs it's right there in our hearts that's where we gotta start if we don't get it at home we'll go looking as the branch is bent so shall it grow that might be true but even so a strong wind of real love will straighten us right back up and we might find a place our heart is welcome but... [repeat chorus]

Famous Friends (initial release)

My famous friends don't ever write me any letters But I can tell they're almost always doin' better I see their names in magazines They talk about their big-ass scenes My famous friends ain't really my friends at all. My famous friends I mostly knew when we were young Oh, but I could tell even then they'd soon be gone They weren't happy with their deal They wanted fame to feel more real They changed their names, I wonder if their heart's the same. Oh, my famous friends, if you should ever hear this song Don't try to get in touch with me, it's been too long Count your money, fix your chins Clean up, find god, and get more thin I've got some friends that love me good, and they ain't famous. I've got some friends, I love 'em good, and they ain't famous.

Build a Little Village (second release)

ah tonight i'm feelin' lonely my friends are far away some are out in oregon some in new york state time is flyin' by faster every year i'm gonna get out my shovel put it in the ground right here i'm gonna build a little village that's what i'm gonna do gonna build a little village for me & you well some little children ain't got no one to care every night they pray for some love from somewhere some old people so lonely they wanna talk & sing why don't we get together now & do this lovely thing why don't we build a little village that's what we oughta do ah build a little village you come too oh a light in the window for supper one for company a light in the window for laughter & one for sympathy a light in the window for welcome & one for how we begin a light in the window in the darkness that says "child come right on in" we're gonna build a little village that's what we're gonna do ah build a little village you come too [repeat last 4 lines]

Winter Rain

If I saw you out in the crowd again, Would you pick me out, would you be my friend, Would you smile now like you smiled then, If I saw you out in the crowd? If I saw you out in the street today, Would you look at me or would you look away, Would you go for coffee, would you come to stay, If I saw you out in the street? I've got a restless heart and restless feet, I'm December cold and July heat, I ain't someone I would want to meet, So I just keep on movin'. If you saw me here in the window frame, Would you stop and wave, would you call my name, If you walk on by it's me to blame, Me and the winter rain. Me and the winter rain.

Further In

(originally on Further In) further in, grandmother; grandfather, hold my hand as I go on through this life and try to understand the beauty of your faces I will never see again but I know you're with me now leading me further in further in, you friends of mine, they led me further in I know I've hurt you many times and I've helped you and I will again you to me and me to you, and us to all of them the circle that will ever grow as we go further in further in, O my love, take me further in past the place where love hides its face and down to where we begin so deep in this mystery, my tears on yours depend and they like some wild river flow as we go further in

Lullaby

I look at you, and I think of bed, You move so cool and freely, And I know what's goin' on in your head, Oh, babe, you make me sleepy. We've been married all these years, We know each other deeply And oh my dear, oh my dear, You still make me sleepy. The children, they are nearly grown, And ain't they turned out sweetly, Tonight they're out, and we're alone, And, oh babe, you make me sleepy. I know your stories, you know mine, Ah, but tell that one again to me, About that room and the red, red wine, Oh, babe, it makes me sleepy. You make me feel like lying down, Let down your hair completely, Ah, when you put on that old nightgown, Oh, babe, you make me sleepy. And in your arms I sleep so fine, So well do you meet me, And you can wake me any time, Oh, babe, I ain't that sleepy.

If I Had Known

(originally on Down in There) A little creek you could spit across Jimmy and me each took one more toss our spinners bright in the evening air People always said, There ain't no fish in there Well grownups they ain't always right Jimmy and me walked home slow that night right down Main Street in our P.F. Fliers with two 5 lb. bass making grown men liars Jimmy if I had known-- I might have stopped fishing right then It's just as well we don't know when things will never be that good again A hayride on an Autumn night Well we was 15 if I remember right We were far apart at the start of the ride but somehow we ended up side by side We hit a bump and she grabbed my arm The night was as cold as her lips were warm I shivered as her hand held mine And then I kissed her one more time And Jane if I had known-- I might have stopped kissing right then It's just as well we don't know when things will never be that good again She was older than me I guess Summer was invented for her to wear that dress I knew about risk and she knew about proof and that night she took me up on the roof We could see the lights of the little towns We could watch the August stars come down Shooting stars, meteorites-- we went on a ride through the sky that night And, oh, if I had known-- I'd do it all over again Some things just get better and better and better than they've already been

Vivid

(originally on Slant 6 Mind) You gave me flowers, all wet with dew, You gave me flowers, I'd like to give you something too. Vivid flowers, raggedy yellow red and blue, Smell of rain and summer. Vivid, just like you. You gave me music with the bouquet from your hand, You gave me a living song, something I could understand. Let's go walking when the party is through, You gave me so much, I want to give you something too.

Pound It on Down

Catfish ain't bitin', water ain't flowin', River's so low you can walk clean across. I'm all through travelin', home's where your hat is, I ain't got no hat, and I ain't got no boss. Pound it on down, pound it on down, Pound it on down, deep in the ground. I loved some women more than I should have, I loved some others less than was right. Some loved me madly, and some done me badly, I'm drinkin' one drink for each one tonight. Pound it on down, pound it on down, Pound it on down, deep in the ground. I got an old boat sets low in the water, I built it myself out of riverbank junk. When I am gone, throw my old bones in, Cut the rope, kick the boat, buddy, I'm sunk. Pound it on down, pound it on down, Pound it on down, deep in the ground. Pound it on down, pound it on down, Pound it on down, deep in the ground.

This Blue

When I woke up last night, I was still here, Your lipstick on my knees and on the mirror, It said, in red, toodle-doo, Now I'm this blue. Well, there's a dog out by the lamp post, cold but free, Just enjoyin' doin' what you did to me, Screwdriver does it to the screw, Now I'm this blue (this blue, how blue, so blue). I was sad before I met you, baby, so what the hey, Every little ride through Joyville must end some day, I got off, you did too, Now I'm this blue. Ah, honey, you can keep what's in my pockets, but send back my pants, Send my little heart back if you get a chance, It don't mean a thing to you, And I'm this blue. It don't mean a thing to you, And I'm this blue. (blue as my new Ovation guitar, baby, is too....)

A Grown Woman (A Woman Like Me)

A grown woman, a woman like me, Walks alone in the evenin' thinkin' 'bout her baby, Not the one who left when things got to where they just couldn't understand, No, the one she used to carry who's now grown up to be almost a man. A grown woman, a woman like me, Can still see him come a-runnin' and hollerin' for mommy, Hope the love she's given him will help him understand, How to really give love back, how to be a kind and a gentle man. A grown woman, a woman like me, Turns off the porch light, wishes on the first star that she sees, Oh, please lord, take care of him, for I have done all that I can, Now he's out there with his all kinds of dreams of what it is to be a man.

Ring around the Moon

(originally on 44 & 66) We don't know when we came; you know it's been so long, Everything is the same; so let's do one more song. Ring around the moon; long, long time 'til day, Play me one more tune; please don't go away. You be the mandolin; I'll be the steel guitar, You dance out and in; I'll cry up so far. Long, long time 'til day, Play me one more tune; please don't go away. Everybody's been alone, been to the parade, Tryin' to find the bones of this masquerade. And there's a ring around the moon; long, long time 'til day, Play me one more tune; please don't go away. Love she always passes lightly and away, Like a lioness gets restless when she comes to stay. And there's a ring around the moon; long, long time 'til day, Play me one more tune; please don't go away. Pickin' on the strings, tapping of your feet, Well, these are age-old things, but who can say how sweet. When there's a ring around the moon; long, long time 'til day, Play me one more tune; please don't go away.