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Here is a nearly complete set of the lyrics for Sarah June’s wonderful album “In Black Robes”. Sarah is not only an amazing guitarist with a beautiful and unique voice but an amazing songwriter and lyricist as witnessed by the following lyrics. Sarah can be contacted at sarahjunecontact@gmail.com

Crossbones In Your Eyes

this is the end my friends
we’re all skeletons
with crossbones in our eyes
and wing-tipped shoes spit shined
we’re gonna

shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
go and take ’em down
go and take ’em down now

now I’m drivin’ in my all black ’68 Cadillac
with my speakers blown
I rattle like a poison snake
but that’s just the chance you take
when you get too close
I want you to

shake shake rattle your bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle your bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle your bones
shake take ’em down
go and take ’em down
go and take ’em down now

this is the end my friends
we’re all skeletons
with crossbones in our eyes
and wing-tipped shoes spit shine
we’re gonna

shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
shake shake rattle our bones
shake take ’em down
go and take ’em down
go and take ’em down now

Cowboy

button up your coat, winter wind’s pretty cold this evening
she said “yeah i’ve been out today and it’s not cold it’s freezing.
saw my whole conversation on the air, didn’t really want to share
but they made me…
tried to bend my words like i bend a string
but hard as i tried i couldn’t bend anything

and i woke up to a photo-negative landscape
and i reached over hoping to find your familiar shape
and i took up smoking ‘cuz i wanna be a cowboy
i’m so tough i’m gonna self-destruct it’s poetry

i triple-tied my steeltoe boots ‘cuz i’m leaving
she says “what can i do?” i say “give me a story worth believing”
you know you bend your words like you bend a string
but hard as you try you can’t bend anything

and i woke up to a photo-negative landscape
and i reached over hoping to find your familiar shape
and i took up smoking ‘cuz i wanna be a cowboy
i’m so tough i’m gonna self-destruct it’s poetry

and this is all i want, this is all i need
the late afternoon stripes painting stripes on the bed sheets
and i’m wearing nothing but a bath-towel-turban
and i’m closing my eyes to hear the highway humming
and you know i like the way you wear those ripped-up jeans
you know, i like that you know what i mean when i say
“you are so utterly human”
but love is just timing and you were a little too late
and i’m still trying to find that river
so i can skate away

Judgement Day

a hooded man with a bony hand

he pointed to me one day

before i knew there was no turning back

i was on my way to judgement day

and now i’m just a lonely skeleton

in my coffin black

singin’ love songs to the grim reaper

i hope he brings me back

oh yeah

‘cuz i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

and not in my soul

no i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

i ain’t gonna pay that toll

a hooded man with a bony hand

he pointed to me one day

before i knew there was no turning back

i was on my way to judgement day

and now i’m just a lonely skeleton

in my coffin black

singin’ love songs to the grim reaper

i hope he brings me back

oh yeah

‘cuz i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

and not in my soul

no i ain’t all dead

no not in my head

i ain’t gonna pay that toll

oh no

oh no

From My Window High

magnified

from my window high

i study you

while you tie your shoes

you don’t see me

across the street

a convex lens

lets me in

and i love you more

than the girl on the second floor

i know she talks so sweet

but look how she shuffles her feet

she don’t love you

draw a card

the queen of hearts

is this a sign

that you are entwined with me?

but i love you more

than the boy with the metal heart

i know he shines his shoes

but he can’t sing the blues

he don’t love you

magnified

from my window high

i study you

while you tie your shoes

Brand of Bitterness

I peel the label off my bottle of regret
don’t want nobody to know my brand of bitterness
a black candle burns, it bears your name
hallelujah – you’re consumed by flames

and I hope each time you hear me sing
it reminds you what the reaper brings

‘cuz stolen jewels they shine so nice
reflecting all that tainted light
and I might be in love with a crooked thief
but he ain’t sharp enough to swindle me
oh no no

I peel the label off my bottle of regret
don’t want nobody to know my brand of bitterness
a black candle burns, it bears your name
hallelujah – you’re consumed by flames

and I hope each time you hear me sing
it reminds you what the reaper brings

‘cuz stolen jewels they shine so nice
reflecting all that tainted light
and I might be in love with a crooked thief
but he ain’t sharp enough to swindle me
no no

The Reaper

digging a grave for these lonesome bones
don’t fear the reaper cuz he’ll bring ya home
in black robes
too bad you had to go down like that
I saw the reaper black on your back
he tipped his hat as if to say
I’m glad to see you’re goin’ my way my way my way

you should have known the waves were cruel
but you just smiled and played a fool
but you know the way down
yeah you know the way down
but you know the way down boy
yeah you know the way down

digging a grave for these lonesome bones
don’t fear the reaper cuz he’ll bring ya home
in black robes
too bad you had to go down like that
I saw the reaper black on your back
he tipped his hat as if to say
I’m glad to see you’re goin’ my way my way my way

you should have known the waves were cruel
but you just smiled and played a fool
but you know the way down
yeah you know the way down
you should have know the waves
but you know the way down
yeah you know the way down
yeah you know the way down boy
yeah you know the way

Bluesy Melody

well are you looking for a god up in the sky
blue between the clouds
oh when ya coming down to me?

oh I’m so earthy
look at my shadow on the ground
gravity is keeping me down
gravity is keeping me down
gravity is keeping me down

well this is what they call life, baby
that bluesy melody that swings me
that sweet chariot that brings me home

the trees by the highway are skeletons
with filmy thin tired skin
and the pavement is rolled out like a picnic blanket
every day is a steel-ant banquet
and now some guy’s name is even on the river beds
i gotta shell out 2 bucks just to get my feet wet
and I’ll stand at the sandbar
thinking it’s not real far ’til they
swing low sweet chariot bring me home

well this is what they call life, baby
that bluesy melody that swings me
that sweet chariot that brings me home
well this is what they call life, baby
that bluesy melody that swings me
that sweet chariot that brings me home
that sweet chariot that brings me home

Paper Lantern

when i grow old will i braid my hair
or will it be curls in white
will my voice shake like a paper lantern in the wind,
or will i just sigh

will i sit in an ivy garden
or in a room up high
will i still wear my mother’s locket
with a picture of my father inside

she dreamed in black and white
she dreamed in black and white

she dreamed in black and white
she dreamed in black and white

when i grow old will i sleep with the light on
or will darkness finally be kind
or will i sleep with the TV on, bathed in it’s flickering light

will i sit in an ivy garden
or in a room up high
will i still wear my mother’s locket
with a picture of my father inside

will i dream in black and white?
will i dream in black and white?
will i dream in black and white?
will i dream in black and white?
will i dream in black and white?

when i grow old will i braid my hair
or will it be curls in white
will my voice shake like a paper lantern in the wind,
or will i just sigh

In Your Chevrolet

skull and bones

i’m alone

phone never rings

dial tone’s lonely moan

is comforting

you got a diamond

i got a spade

you’re gonna sparkle

i’m gonna dig a grave

and then pray

on my knees….

in your chevrolet

we drank tanqueray

’til the road and sky

had no horizon line

and you had a diamond

i had a spade

you’re gonna sparkle

i’m gonna dig a grave

and then pray

on my knees….

(oh on my knees)

Motown

dear detroit,
you gonna be alright
i know you in the shadow of
all them things that loom above
and they may say you’re falling down
but don’t forget you’re still Motown

and i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these break these chains

and east coast they know what i mean
tattooed tears for R.I.P.
and i carry a blade with a steel grin
watch out baby i ain’t afraid of sin

and all them girls in the background sung
“do run run run da do run run, do run run run da doo run run, do run run run da do run run…”

and i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these break these chains
you can break these break these chains baby
you can break these break these chains

dear detroit,
you gonna be alright
i know you in the shadow of
all them things that loom above
and they may say you’re falling down
but don’t forget you’re still Motown

and i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these chains
yeah i know you can break these break these chains
you can break these break these chains baby
you can break these break these chains

and all them girls in the background sung
“do run run run da do run run, do run run run da doo run run, do run run run da do run run…”

dear detroit,
you gonna be alright

‘Till You Hit the Pavement

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

wanna catch a train, go down south

feel the summer wind in my mouth

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

and those wheeling seasons

they grind down to the bone and then they

spit you out and spin you ’round and keep you up all night

this is what i look like, i’ve been screaming in my sleep for six days

welcome to mass-confusion, all my fine-lines have been frayed

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

i used to sum up life with one statement:

you don’t know you’re falling ’til you hit the pavement

my life cracked open wide, wide, why?

am i caught between ground and sky

i am caught between ground and sky

we are all caught between ground and sky.

have we found perfection?

or just distractions?

i am a fraction of an inch from caving in.

the highway is drawing me in

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

time’s running out, the gravel’s thin

Still Missing Fencepost… and Sally Goes Round the Roses (cover)

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