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the world at large


ice-age heat wave, can't complain
if the world's at large, why should i remain?
walked away to another plan
gonna find another place, maybe one i can stand
i move on to another day, to a whole new town with a whole new way
went to the porch to have a thought
got to the door and again, i couldn't stop
you don't know where and you don't know when
but you still got your words and you got your friends
walk along to another day
work a little harder, work another way

well uh-uh baby i ain't got no plan
we'll float on maybe would you understand?
gonna float on maybe would you understand?
well i'll float on maybe would you understand?

the days get shorter and the nights get cold
i like the autumn but this place is getting old
i pack up my belongings and i head for the coast
it might not be a lot but i feel like i'm making the most
the day's get longer and the nights smell green
i guess it's not surprising but it's spring and i should leave

i like songs about drifters - books about the same
they both seem to make me feel a little less insane
walked on off to another spot
i still haven't got anywhere that i want
did i want love? did i need to know?
why does it always feel like i'm caught in an undertow?

the moths beat themselves to death against the lights
adding their breeze to the summer night
outside, water like air was great
i didn't know what i had that day
walk a little farther to another plan
you said that you did, but you didn't understand

i know that starting over is not what life's all about
but my thoughts were so loud, i couldn't hear my mouth
my thoughts were so loud, i couldn't hear my mouth
my thoughts were so loud

ocean breathes salty

your body may be gone, i'm gonna carry you in
in my head, in my heart, in my soul
and maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both live again
well i don't know. i don't know. i don't know. don't think so

well that is that and this is this
you tell me what you want and i'll tell you what you get
you get away from me. you get away from me
collected my belongings and i left the jail
well thanks for the time, i needed to think a spell
i had to think awhile. i had to think awhile

the ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in?
in your head, in your mouth, in your soul
and maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both grow old
well i don't know. i don't know. i don't know. i hope so

well that is that and this is this
you tell me what you want and i'll tell you what you get
you get away from me. (you get away from me) you get away from me
collected my belongings and i left the jail
well thanks for the time, i needed to think a spell
i had to think awhile. (i had to think awhile) i had to think awhile

well that is that and this is this
will you tell me what you saw and i'll tell you what you missed
when the ocean met the sky. (you missed, you missed)
you missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye. (you missed)
when the earth folded in on itself. (you missed)
and said "good luck, for your sake i hope heaven and hell (you missed, you missed)
are really there, but i wouldn't hold my breath." (you missed, you missed)
you wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death? (you missed, you missed)
you wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death?

the ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in?
in your head, in your mouth, in your soul
the more we move ahead the more we're stuck in rewind
well i don't mind. i don't mind. how the hell could i mind?

well that is that and this is this
you tell me what you want and i'll tell you what you get
you get away from me. (you get away from me) you get away from me

well that is that and this is this
will you tell me what you saw and i'll tell you what you missed
when the ocean met the sky. (you missed, you missed)
you wasted life, why wouldn't you waste the afterlife?

float on

i backed my car into a cop car, the other day
well he just drove off, sometimes life's ok
i ran my mouth off a bit too much, oh what did i say
well you just laughed it off, it was all ok

and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on any way, well

a fake jamaican took every last dime with a scam
it was worth it just to learn some sleight-of-hand
bad news comes don't you worry even when it lands
good news will work its way to all them plans
we both got fired on exactly the same day
well we'll float on, good news is on the way

and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on, ok
and we'll all float on, alright
already we'll all float on
now don't you worry we'll all float on
alright already we'll all float on
alright don't worry we'll all float on

alright already and we'll all float on
alright already we'll all float on
alright don't worry even if things end up a bit too heavy
we'll all float on...alright
already we'll all float on
alright already we'll all float on, ok
dont worry we'll all float on
even if things get heavy, we'll all float on

alright already we'll all float on
(alright)
no dont you worry we'll all float on
(alright)
all float on...

cowboy dan

well, cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
he goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
he's gonna start a war
he hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
and says "i got mine but i want more"
because, cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
he goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
he goes to the desert, fires his rifle in the sky
and says, "god if i have to die you will have to die"
because, cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
i didn't move to the city, the city moved to me
and i want out desperately
can't do it, not even if sober
can't get that engine turned over
can't do it, not even if sober
can't get that engine turned over
no, no, not even if sober
can't get that engine turned over
standing in the tall grass
thinking nothing
you know we need oxygen to breathe, oxygen to breathe
everytime you think you're walking you're just moving the ground
everytime you think you're talking you're just moving your mouth
everytime you think you're looking you're just looking down
well, cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
he goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
he hops in his pickup puts the pedal to the floor
and says "i got mine but i want more"
cause, cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
he goes to the reservation drinks and gets mean
he goes to the desert, fires his rifle in the sky
and says, "god if i have to die you will have to die"
cowboy dan's a major player in the cowboy scene
he goes the the reservation drinks and gets mean
i didn't move to the city, the city moved to me
and i want out desperately
can't do it, not even if sober
can't get that engine turned over

one chance

we have one chance
one chance to get everything right
we have one chance, one chance
and if we're lucky we might
my friends, my habits, my family, they mean so much to me
i just don't think that it's right
i've seen so many ships sail in
just to head back out again and go off sinkin'

i'm just a box in a cage
i'm just a box in a cage

i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box of mistakes
didn't mean to laugh
didn't know i had
didn't know the better part of what you said
'cause in your head you are not home
didn't get the joke
didn't mean to poke another
just to save myself from some something something or another one
well walk home

i'm just a box in a cage
i'm just a box in a cage
i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box in a cage
i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box, just a box in a cage
i'm just a box in a cage

we have one chance, one chance to get everything right
my friends, my habits, my family, they mean so much to me
i just don't think that it's right
i've seen so many ships sail in
just to head back out again and go off sinkin'

custom concern


the custom concern of the people is
build up monuments and steeples
to wear out our eyes
i get up just about noon
my head sends a message for me
to reach for my shoes and then walk
gotta go to work, gotta go to work, gotta have a job
goes through the parking lot fields
didn't see no signs that they would yield
and then thought, this'll never end
this'll never end, this'll never stop
message read on the bathroom wall
said, "i don't feel at all like i fall."
and we're losing all touch, losing all touch
building a desert

beach side property

"wow!" said the broken californian down
on the beach that used to be by the beach
town hasn't moved but it's getting closer, losing ground
making better views and close relaxing sounds
ground sure don't like the way it's treated so now
it's moving back to the sea
had to hitch a ride with the river
cuz deep down plumbing life is too cramped for me
i got wood legs and bow legs and no legs at all
yeah! would you take a collect call?
oh no, i don't understand
i got poor eyes and sore eyes and no eyes at all
yeah! would you take a fall?
oh no i don't like this plan
it was a staple of brass tacks and waxed backs
oh yeah, a message left on the forehead of god
sent sealed and signed by the saints who sang this song,this song
this song
"we're going union like they say
we'll buy the congregation
then one day, you'll find us sitting
in your chairs with big ideas of stocks and shares."

dog paddle

i'm down on the water
(i'm down on the water)
i don't know so i don't bother
(i don't know so i don't bother)
looking out the window of my dad's old chevy
(lookin' out the window of my dad's old chevy.)
eats a lot of gas cause it's that more heavy
(eats a lot of gas cause it's that more heavy.)
i'm down on the county line and,
(we're all down on the county line.)
we're all screamin' carolina
(we're all screamin' carolina.)
i'm down on the water
(i'm down on the water)
we don't like what we just saw but...
(we don't like what we just saw but...)
i can't swim so i dog paddle
(i can't swim so i dog paddle.)
i can't swim so i dog paddle
i eat? ketchup and burger inside it feels like murder
i can't swim so i dog paddle
i can't swim so i dog paddle
i'm down on the water
(i'm down on the water)
i don't know so i don't bother
(we don't got no meat to swallow.)
lookin' out the window of my dad's old chevy
(i can't swim so i dog paddle.)
eats a lot of gas cause it's that more heavy
(...(?)... inside it feels like murder)
i'm down on the county line and
we're all singin carolina
(i can't swim so i dog paddle)
we're down on the county line again
we're all screaming caroline again
what you say and what you want again
you can't get it cuz you don't get it. no
(i'm down on the water..)

exit does not exist

does not exist, take an exit
i hear voices insinuating
feeds me lyrics to this song that i am saying
sunlight 7:20 pm, early september
standing looking at a photograph
that you do not remember being taken
you look out of breath, and me like i am faking
as a matter of fact i don't recall this photo being taken
you don't even actually exist so i just started shaking
does not exist, take an exit

bankrupt on selling

well all the apostles-they're sitting in swings
saying "i'd sell off my savior for a set of new rings
and some sandles with the style of straps that cling best to the era"
so all of the businessers in their unlimited
hell where they buy and they sell and they sell all their
trash to each other but they're sick of it all
and they're bankrupt on selling
and all of the angels
they'd sell off yer soul for a set of new wings and anything gold
they remember
the people they loved their old friends
and i've seen through'em all seen through'em all and seen through most everything
all the people you knew were the actors
all the people you knew were the actors
well, i'll go to college and i'll learn some big words
and i'll talk real loud
goddamn right i'll be heard
you'll remember the guy that said all those big words he must've
learned in college
and it took a long time
i came clean with myself
i come clean out of love with my lover
i still love her
loved her more when she used to be sober and i was kinder

trucker's atlas


i'm going to colorado
to unload my head
i'm going to new york city
and that's in new york,friends
i'm going to arizona
sex on the rocks all warm and red
and we bled
and the writing in stall said
"we write our maps in the stalls"
i'm going up to alaska
i'm going to get off scot-fucking-free
and we all did
this truckers atlas roads the ways
the freeways and highways don't know
the buzz from the bird on my dash
road locomotive phone
i don't feel and it feels great
i sold my atlas by the freight stairs
i do lines and i crossed roads
i crossed the lines of all the great state roads
i'm going up
going over to montana
you got yourself a trucker's atlas
you knew you were all hot, well
maybe you'll go and blow a gasket
start at the northwest corner
go down through california
beeline you might drive three days
and three nights to the tip of florida
do you speak the lingo?
oh no. no no
how far does your road?
oh no, you don't know
i'm going to colorado
to unload my head
i'm going to new york city
and that's in new york, friends
i'm going up to alaska
i'm going to get off scot-fucking-free
and we all did
and the writing in the salt syas
we ride on out to the stars
i'm going to arizona
sex on the rocks all warm and red

paper thin walls


these walls are paper thin
and everyone hears every little sound
everyone's a voyeurist, they're watching me
watch them, watch me right now
they're shakin hands, they're shakin in their shoes
oh lord, don't shake me down
everyone wants two of them
and half of everyone else who's around
it's been agreed, the whole world stinks
so no one's taking showers anymore
laugh hard it's a long ways to the bank
i can't be blamed for nothin' anymore
it's been a long time since you've been around
laugh hard it's long ways to the bank
tow the line to tax the time, you know
that you don't owe
i can't be a fool for everyone that i don't know