Lyrics

Angels on the Subway                               all songs written by Jenna Lindbo

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Angels on the subway angels in the sky
Angels at the grocery store behind you in line
Angels all around we collide from time to time
Might appear like a child or the stranger passing by

Angels on the subway angels in the sky
Your heart can still detect them even when they’re in disguise
When you’re low down on your luck they’ll come to your side
When life is rolling easy they like to share the ride
Oh they like to share the ride

Angels wearing lab coats angels pumping gas
Muddy paw angels who like to jump up on your lap
Angels in the garden helping dreams to grow
Angels you might recognize and some you’ll never know

Angels on the subway angels in the sky
Your heart can still detect them even when they’re in disguise
When you’re low down on your luck they’ll come to your side
When life is rolling easy they like to share the ride
Oh they like to share the ride

And when you meet those angels I hope you see yourself
You are an angel in the life of somebody else

Angels in this city angels of all kinds
Angels on the airwaves keeping radio alive
Angels all around we collide from time to time
Angels on the lookout when we ourselves are blind

Angels on the subway angels in the sky
Your heart can still detect them even when they’re in disguise
When you’re low down on your luck they’ll come to your side
When life is rolling easy they like to share the ride
Oh they like to share the ride

 

Josephine

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I saw the sun drop over the Blue Ridge
right through the notch like a molten key
though it burned my eyes to watch
I tried and I could not look away
or dare to even blink

Oh Lord let me slide through the gap like the sun
through the narrows before the snow fall so that when the morning comes
I can take Josephine in my arms one last time
Josephine I would lay down my life Josephine

In the quiet starlit hours she listened for his call
Still one candle softly beaming the bedside window left ajar
when she heard chimes faintly ringing she knew he was not far
Come in my love oh darling and she took him in her arms

I’m weary from the travels but soon I must be gone
for tomorrow you’ll be married like they planned for all along
I will live in your heart dear and when springtime comes
we’ll leave this place together we’ll find our mountain home

For the Lord let me slide through the gap like the sun
through the narrows before the snow fall so I could reach you before the dawn
I would hold you forever love and take you for my wife
Josephine I would lay down my life Josephine

Shortly after her true love parted
Josephine knew that she held his child
come the end of May she’d give him the name Nathaniel
in honor of his father whom he would never meet

Though she prayed to the mountains for his soul to keep
it seems the wind was wicked and the snow much too deep
that fateful day he attempted to retreat he made his grave in narrows
that gap just out of reach

 

Rainy Day Medicine

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Shirley had a sweet tooth that came out when the grey
Blanketed the sky for more than 8 days straight
She’d come down to the bakery her friends would wait outside
When she stepped up to the counter I asked her what she’d like

She said I I need my rainy day medicine my rainy day medicine child
Key lime pie is heaven sent one piece for me and two for them
And she looked over her shoulder at her friends
Oh honey I write my own prescription when it comes to this
Rainy day rainy day medicine

Now it really wasn’t certain where Shirley made her home
She always had a rucksack and blankets in a roll
From time to time I’d see her out there walking in the street
When she looked at me and smiled those words came back to me

She said I I need my rainy day medicine my rainy day medicine child
Key lime pie is heaven sent one piece for me and two for them
And she looked over her shoulder at her friends
Oh honey I write my own prescription when it comes to this
Rainy day rainy day medicine

Child when the winter comes and the sky fills up for weeks on end
You’re waiting on the weather man to bring a little sun well darling
You don’t have to wait you can give yourself some love
It could be a song it could be a comic book
A cuppa hot cocoa or fresh baked bread
That old corduroy shirt a conversation with a friend
When it comes to this rainy day rainy day medicine
Oh honey write your own prescription
When it comes to this rainy day rainy day medicine

I need my rainy day medicine my rainy day medicine child
Key lime pie is heaven sent one piece for me and two for them
And she looked over her shoulder at her friends
Oh honey write your own prescription when it comes to this
Rainy day rainy day medicine

 

The Long Road

written by Jenna Lindbo and Willie Carmichael

I don’t want to live in shades of grey
No baby I don’t want to hide this love away
And I can’t keep this pain under my pillow
No I can’t keep the pain

You keep telling me someday we will begin
But baby all your somedays are wearing kind of thin
So in the meantime I think I will be going
Until someday rolls back round again

I’ve met all your ghosts you’ve never left one behind
And I’ve heard all your reasons but they are not mine
You can take the long road that I don’t mind
Long as it ends here by my side

Long as it ends here by my side
I hope it ends here by my side

 

Harbor and My Boat

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Your love is like a nest high in the tree
And in the same breath you’re the breeze that carries me
Your love is both my harbor and my boat
Your the home I dream of and the place I long to go

 

Thank You Jane

Rain began to fall ever so gently
Painting polkadots on warm blacktop
In one more breath it came down in a hurry
Filling all the blank spots left on the sidewalk

I can still remember that very first time
Her red Jeep Wrangler pulled into the drive
She had silver bangles half way up her arms
Turquoise in her eyes and fingers full of songs
Thank you Jane Thank you Jane Thank you Jane

You taught her and she taught me
How to play piano and how to believe
That there’s a song in you and there’s a song in me
And there’s something in the music far beyond what we can see
Thank you Jane Thank you Jane Thank you Jane

She said hello my name is Becky French
We sat down at that old piano my feet still dangling from the bench
Twenty years have come and gone to this day she’s my dear friend
She still says darlin trust yourself and try it again

Those very same words her mama would say
When Becky and Jane sat down to play
She’s run home at lunchtime and they got carried away
The principal called to see why Becky was late again

Thank you Jane Thank you Jane

A warm day last September the wind carried Jane away
She set sail from her rocking chair while me and Becky played
88 full years one for every key
Now I just have to hope she can hear the words i sing

Thank you Jane Thank you Jane Thank you Jane

 

Instrumental Role

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I still have that gold guitar pick he gave me in 8th grade
I thought that we were soul mates and I memorized his face
From the photo booth film strip that took most all our change
I thought surely one day we’d share more than those four frames

I couldn’t see it then that bend up ahead
A twist in the road that I did not expect
Time reveals the weaving of these invisible threads
They play an instrumental role in the stories that unfold

I climbed aboard a schooner when I was just fourteen
Scrubbed the decks I learned the rig I thought I was a pirate queen
With my rubber boots and pigtails overalls and crooked teeth
I thought for sure I’d found my calling a life upon the sea

I couldn’t see it then that bend up ahead
A twist in the road that I did not expect
Time reveals the weaving of these invisible threads
They play an instrumental role in the stories that unfold

Then I moved in with a goddess just down off Portland Street
Thought we’d paint the whole house purple the front door two shades of green
Once we moved in that old piano the one we found for free
I thought surely we’d still be there pulling weeds and planting memories

Whatever happened to the schoolboy who played the saxophone
God only knows the course I’d taken had I stayed out on that boat
Well I’d sure like to thank him for that guitar pick of gold
Took it with me on the schooner where I started playing folk songs
And I wonder about the goddess now she lives so far away
She still climbs in through the window of my heart when music plays
She still comes in through the window of my heart when music plays

Nothing is for certain at last this too I see
All them thoughts I’d been thinking well I had to set some free
Still I made it here by dreaming and I really don’t believe
Even if there was a path I could go straight from A to B
Even if there was a path I couldn’t trade

I couldn’t see it then that bend up ahead
A twist in the road that I did not expect
Time reveals the weaving of these invisible threads
They play an instrumental role in the stories that unfold
They play an instrumental role they play an instrumental role
You play an instrumental role in the stories that unfold

 

Eleanor’s Garden

Luminous magic rising from raised beds
Home of rhubarb and chard
At the end of the rainbow heirloom tomatoes
Strawberries string beans and corn

Even the lightning bugs seem to retire
Once the cricket symphony starts
Feather light moonbeams shine down on the choir
And the bull frogs wake up for their part
In the jasmine parade through the dark

Sugar snap peas and honey suckle climb up her trellis
Hummingbirds frequently call
We keep seashells and marbles there in the brambles
With prayers for the one we’ve lost

Under the sunflowers a rocking chair waits
To take you in her arms
It’s a warm afternoon so kick off your shoes
No reason to hurry at all

People come gather by night and by day
To reflect and celebrate
In Eleanor’s Garden there’s sure to be dancing
On both sides of the gate

 

Head Over Handlebars

The Red Lady rode like a dream
With her big fat wheels and her coal black seat
She took me all over that Cascade town
Just like they said true love can be found

We knew all the side streets and back roads by heart
When I think of her now I can still feel the sparks
Single speed romance head over handlebars

It started four years ago on Valentine’s Day
When my car broke down on the interstate
Really it was lucky because I would have missed out
On a single speed romance that lit up the town

I mean before then we’d been out cruising on the weekends
But since 2-14 you’d never see us apart
Not even back brakes stop that kind of love
Single speed romance head over handlebars

We had our troubles sometimes I was reckless
A busted elbow scraped up knees couple scratches in her ruby dress
But some days we had it so easy
I’d stretch out my arms move them up and down like wings
She’d hum along as we sailed down the street
I never knew bliss like a single speed could bring

Then why you ask do I speak in the past only listen if you want the story

We were out for a stroll in the park one day
Laid down in the grass for a nap I felt a cloud swallow the sun
When I opened my eyes The Red Lady was gone

I like to think she rode away
Off to the river or the square where the drummers played
I searched for weeks all the back roads all the side streets
She was nowhere to be found
I packed my things the last day of summer up and left that town

I am not bitter everyday
I still look at photographs and call her name
Forever thankful I still have the scars
The Red Lady sent me head over handlebars
Single speed romance head over handlebars
Head over handlebars

 

Let There Be Love

Let there be love let there be light
Come shining through the darkness with the sunrise
Let there be love let there be light

May we join hands may we rise up
Come one and all my brothers from every tribe
May we join hands may we rise up

Let there be love let there be light
Come shining through the darkness with the sunrise
Let there be love let there be light

Let there be peace let there be hope
Come flowing like the river upon the shores
Let there be peace let there be hope

May we find truth may we feel joy
Come dancing round like children in this lifetime
May we find truth may we feel joy

Let there be love let there be light
Come shining through the darkness with the sunrise
Let there be love let there be light