Sunburst Beauty

Two long months in a uniform
Little minds push me to conform
And the ground screamed out from beneath my feet
And all my dreams never seemed so sweet

Then the first day out, I take my leave
And put my Sunburst Beauty down upon my knee
And I sang a country song with nothing to lose
It was my body and The Folsom Prison Blues
It was a country song with nothing to lose
It was my version of The Folsom Prison Blues

The two of you looked so proud
Faces shining and you smiled out loud
The ground screamed out from beneath your feet
And all your dreams never seemed this sweet

And the band played on, I marched right by
Looking straight ahead with my chin held high
And I sang a country song with nothing to lose
It was my body and The Folsom Prison Blues


© Gordon 2019

Easy Chair

I am happy now living without your tender touch
I am happy now living without your faded plush
Do you wanna take it easy there?
Do you wanna get over my new chair?

I am happy now living without your padding tear
I am happy now living without your high-back wear
Do you wanna take it easy there?
Do you wanna get over my new chair?

Send me down this rocky road
Lennon songs while love grows cold for two
Make some room on my old floor
Dust is there and spiders crawl through you
Tie me down you easy chair
Time has come and I’m not scared for you

I am happy now living without your pleat and beg
I am happy now living without your wobbling leg
Is your ottoman going to stare?
I’m coming home with my new chair

Send me down a dusty trail
Lover’s course and we derailed, we two
Make some room through my old door
Brand new shining rocking score for two
Tie me down you easy chair
Time has come and I’m not scared for you
Tell me why you easy chair
Time has come and I’m not scared for you

Easy chair, do you wanna come home now, I’m thinking I was wrong

© Ambrosino 2019

 

The Lord of the Creepers

He ate to much of my birthday cake
Can you feel the shake of my earthquake?
I can’t stop it with my rocket

One life taken
One life saved
He’s The Lord of the Creepers
Not The Lord of the Brave
I can’t stop it with my rocket
Tap me out then cash me in

He’s The Lord of the Creepers
Yeah he creeps to the bone
No one is safe around him
And don’t get caught in the front room of his home
He’s the new religion scratched from the basement floor
And your lives changed forever when he walked through our door

He stood there bleeding from the wounds that he wore
Roberto Cavalli, he was home from the war
Wearing sunglasses he kicked all our asses
He tapped us out, he cashed us in

© Gordon 2019

On Again, Off Again

You can lean to the west girl, but you might miss the cold
You can’t go back to college, all the money’s been sold
And if you answer the questions
Though you never would
It’s just not where you are, It’s just not where you are

I can’t alter my ego
Or further the flame
Asking only completeness
Demanding only the same
I’ve just not come this far, I’ve just not come this far

We’re on again, we’re off again
We should take toward the stars
We’re on again, we’re off again
Giving chase from the start

We can ask of the lonely
What’s at home in the dark?
Just like living ain’t easy
For the wounded at heart
It’s just not who we are, It’s just not who we are

We’re on again, we’re off again
We can’t read for the parts
We’re on again, we’re off again
Auditioning right from the start

We’re on again, we’re off again
We should ask for the sun

© Ambrosino 2019

Best Friend of the Century

I always said that I wanted you
Your high tides and your perfect views
You always said that you’d love me twice
A kick starter with bedroom eyes

I always said that you wanted me
Your best friend of the century
I only mentioned you’re younger twice
My best cask and my favorite wine

It was once, not twice
There was always something out of sight
I was lost not wise
Without you

I always said that I wanna be
Your best friend of the century
You only said that you wanted twice
Your lips kissed in some candlelight

It was once, not twice
There was always something out of sight
I was lost not wise
Without you

© Ambrosino 2019

 

The Shroud Has No Pockets

If you’re a holy-rollin’ man, raise up your hands
If you’re a holy-rollin’ man, raise up your hands
And teach your children to do the best they can

I’m gonna tell my Mama, the things I’ve done
Gonna tell my Mama, the things I’ve done
And I loved me a woman, and she’s the only one

Now you’ve got your diamonds, and I got my guns
You’ve got your diamonds, and I got my guns
And I’ve loved me a woman, and you’re the only one

Oh the shroud has no pockets, for silver or gold
The shroud has no pockets, for silver or gold
I’m gonna spend my money before it gets too old

I’m a holy-rollin’ man, I raise up my hands
I’m a holy-rollin’ man, I raise up my hands
And I teach my children to do the best they can
Yeah I teach my children to do the best they can

© Gordon 2019

Western Sky

When you hold your little head up to the sky
And there’s all these little things you do and say
And you want to live a life that’s full of whys
Just like everything in me, under Western Skies

After all, your pretty head is spinning wild
And I hope those sleepy dreams come true, as mine
And when all the sad eyes disappear in to the wild
Just like everything in me, under Western Skies

You and I, will you hold back any memories of youth?
Will you pull back any hair that’s fallin’ loose?
Are you cold my little angel?

You and I, will you hold back any tears of baby blues?
And forgive me for my trouble-guided rules?
Are you cold my little angel?

When you hold your pretty smile up to the sky
And the hopes and dreams will color, in a while
After all you do and say my butterfly
Just like everything in we, under Western Skies

© Ambrosino 2019

I Don’t Like Music

Well we loaded up into the little bar up on Queen
And from the looks of the crowd its gonna be another let down
And just like every other night
Me and the blues are gonna have a fight
That 1-5-7 is keeping us from the get-down
 
Now I don’t know why
I do this anymore
Makin Rock n Roll with nobody on the dance floor
I don’t know why
I don’t like music anymore
I can’t remember the words to all of my favorite songs
Another Chance To Be Wrong
 
Sweet Latina at the bar with a broken heart
Won’t you stand a little bit closer on my next break
The Modela in your glass is lookin extra fine
And that big watch around your wrist is keeping my good time
 
Now I don’t know why
I do this anymore
Makin Rock n Roll with nobody on the dance floor
I don’t know why
I don’t like music anymore
I can’t remember the words to all of my favorite songs
Another Chance To Be Wrong
 
Now the Twin is too big
Princeton is too small
Yeah I’m looking for love between the lightning and the sun
And one thing is for real
And one thing is for good
When you look in the eyes of a ghost and he tells you not to run
Another chance to be young
 
Now I don’t know why
I do this anymore
Makin Rock n Roll with nobody on the dance floor
I don’t know why
I don’t like music anymore
I can’t remember the chords to all of my favorite songs
Another Chance To Be Wrong
Gordon ©2017

NRG

Turn up your gravity
This is only half of me
Turn down your NRG
This is all not happening, to me

Got no boat that I wanna row
Filled with seeds that I gotta sow
Got no time to let it be, got no time for NRG, for me

Even though, I wanna go
Way up high and way down low
Turn down your NRG, this is only half of me

Tear down this effigy, built by someone personally
Burn down your NRG, this is all, not half of me. You see?

Even though, I wanna know
What stays high and what stays low
Turn down this NRG, this all but half of me

Even though, I wanna go
Way up high and way down low
Turn down your NRG, this only half of me

Even though I wanna know
What stays high and what stays low
Ambrosino © 2017

Little Things

Ever after are the little things
And somewhere out there shines its ring
Ever after are the pretty things
Dress it up in webs and wings

Graduation from the simple things
A brand new love, it has a sting
Even after some folks drown
They’re still swimming, I don’t know just how
It’s not to say they are the simple things

And ever after are the little things
Never mastered says the king
Ever after are the simple things
Altruistic is the queen

Ever after are the little things
And somewhere out there shines its ring
Ever after are the pretty things
Dress it up in webs and wings
Ambrosino © 2017

If You

If you, turn your diamonds in to wine
And if you, sail your heart into mine
If you, free your soul from the wild
And if you, show my feet to the fire

I know you think we’re a thousand pieces
Tumblin’ round a lonely sea
You say it only stings around a jelly’s strings
You say I’m swimmin’ in the water
That’s surrounded by the ocean depths
That’s with you life vest

If you, want to hold on the line
If you, lace your fingers with mine
If you, keep our love on the wire
And then your, electricity’s live

I know you think we’re a thousand grasses
Growin’ neath a lonely tree
You tell me that it’s only green, as much as weeds can be
Say I’m hangin’ from a branch that’s near about to be
The branches bend
That’s with you my friend

If you, grow this love on the vine
If you, feed it, do right, divine
If you, arrange your stars by desire
And then you, keep this love light alive
Ambrosino © 2017

Settle

Settle down, settle up, settle in
You wanted to breathe free
Figured out, figured up, figured in
It’s how it’s gonna be
And I know she wants the better side of me

Crowded up, crowded out, crowded in
You’re weak beyond the knees
Buttoned up, buttoned down, buttoned in
It’s how it’s gonna feel
And I know she loves a different side of me
Cause I know she wants the better side of me

Time looks ahead for me, you know?
Do you know what I mean?
Her mind closes so slowly while she
She hates on me

Settle down, settle up, settle in
You wanted to breathe free
Figured out, figured up, figured in
It’s how it’s gonna be
She knows she wants, and I know she wants
The better side of me

Time looks ahead for me, you know?
Do you know what I’ve seen?
Her eyes close away before she knows
She hates on me

Settle down we’ll see
Settle up not me
Settle in not she
Ambrosino © 2017

Harbor

If you offer me to go, home
Hands down turned around I’d go
The harbor nights are growing cold
Sent back clearance rack I’m sold

If you offer me your soul
Face down common grounds and groans
The harbor lights they take their toll
A knock down drag ‘em out head cold

And I feel so well
And I feel so well
And I just can’t seem to break inside your shell

If I offer you the coast
Love sick spinning round and soaked
These harbor rains they feed the shoals
Washed up little necks and boats

And I feel so well
And I feel so well
And I feel oh so well
And I just can’t seem to break inside your shell
And I just don’t seem to wade outside your well
And I just won’t seem to swim inside your swell
Ambrosino © 2017

The Different boy

I can hold on to you, but only if you let me
Throw you away like a burned down match, if you wanna forget me
Give you all my love, and hang it on a ring
Any less than that is more than I can do

I can breathe you in, Show you out
To the back door of the lobby
I can wish you well, call you a car
And watch you escape me

You’re my high wire, I’m your net
So Momma take a look at me now, tell me something you’ll never regret

It feels just like, we’ve been here before
It’s clear to me now
And you’re not quite, The burning ember
That I remember
Different Boy Different Day

They tell me good will stay, the others get away
3 inch hoops and high heels, Rule breakers of the rules

Your closet light burns my eyes
When I try to close them
And you’re not quite, The burning ember
That I remember
I can Breathe you in, Show you out
To the back door of the lobby
I can wish you well, Call you a car
Watch you escape me
Different Boy Different Day

Gordon ©2017

Lucia Ann

7 days in a week, 40 days a year
Dirty miles I drove, all become so clear
Well I’m strung out from the highway
I need a pick up, but my get up has come and gone
Now the miles that come between us
Are the stories and the napkins to be unfold

Many people change, some they stay the same
And there’s folks that rust, like an old tow chain
And I’m hungry on the highway
I got the feeling that I’m a gonna bust
And the sky that come between us
Is an ocean, or a puddle, it ain’t that much

Lucia Ann, don’t you know?
I got a picture and a pedal to make me go
Lucia Ann don’t you know?
I got a fever and sweater to make me cold.

40 miles are done, rest in front of my nose
I can charm the dust, right here off my clothes
And I’m strung out from the highway
I got a pencil and a purpose to write some prose
Now the time looks thin between us
Like Catherine Zeta in some big guys clothes
Zeta Jones

7 days in a week, 40 days a year
Dirty miles I drove, all become so clear
Well I’m strung out from the highway
I need a pick up, but my get up has come and gone
Now the miles that come between us
Are the stories and the napkins to be unfold
Zeta Jones
Yeah the miles that come between us
Is an ocean, or a puddle, it ain’t that much
Ambrosino ©2016

First Night

New Year’s Eve in Manhattan
Never thought this could happen
Something more than a duty call
Got my back up against a wall

Never thought this could happen
New Year’s Eve in Manhattan
Made it home for the ball to fall
I put your back up against the wall

Ain’t got me no Cuban slide
I hit the floor and I want to die
You took my hand and you led me there
We bump and grind like we didn’t care

Loving you for loving me
Gonna be all that I can be
So take my hand and you lead me there
I’ll bump and grind with you anywhere

Well it’s just another night, no it don’t mean that much to me
It’s just another night, me thinking I was the one
Just another night, shaking all that you got for me
Well it’s just another night, me thinking that you were the one
You were the one

New Year’s Eve in Manhattan
Never thought this could happen
Something more than a duty call
Got my back up against a wall

Never thought this could happen
New Year’s Eve in Manhattan
Made it home for the ball to fall
I put your back up against the wall

Well it’s just another night, no it don’t mean that much to me
It’s just another night, me thinking I was the one
Just another night, shaking all that you got for me
Well it’s just another night, me thinking that you were the one
You were the one
Gordon ©2016

Carry Me

Fill me up with your golden spoon
Feed me anything that doesn’t move
Tear me up, just like lovers do
And I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be that cool

Cover me up with your winter blues
Settle me down inside a broken room
Cast me out just like shadows do
And I don’t know if I’m ever gonna look at you

Carry me up, to the window by the moon
Carry me down on your shoulders to my room
Carry me over just like lovers do

Win me over like good fortunes do
Wind me up with your game show clues
Call me names they’re gonna stick like glue
These sticks and stones are never gonna see you though

Carry me up, to the window by the moon
Carry me down on your shoulders to my room
Carry me over just like lovers do
Ambrosino ©2016

Drivin’ 2

I’ve been drivin’, Sunken Island, I’ve been drivin’
You’ll be drivin’ too
Lights are blinding, lines are winding, power lining
And we’ll be right in tune.

Everyday when the sun goes down
We’ll creep up on a different turn around
When the morning time’s a new
We’ll be drivin’ too

By the lake end, no mistaken, hair’s misshapen’
Time’s escapin’ you
Now we’re wakin’, windows shaped in, hearts with fingers
Drawn in morning dew

Anyway when we leave these grounds
We’ll speed up as we both leave out this town
When the road stretches out towards blue
We’ll be drivin’ too

Everyday when the sun goes down
We’ll turn up in a different part of town
When the morning time’s a rue
We’ll be drivin’ too
Ambrosino ©2016

Respa Raider

Respa Raider save me tonight
Make it somehow seem all worthwhile
Respa Raider I’m not too far gone
Knowing, loving, what’s going on

It’s all I’ve ever thought of what to say
It’s all I’ve ever dreamed now for yesterday
It’s all I’ve ever saved now for later
We’re always riding high on my Respa Raider

Respa Raider, love me till dawn
Carry me back home, I belong
Respa Raider don’t put up no fight
Send me backwards, save me tonight

It’s all I’ve ever thought of what to say
It’s all I’ve ever dreamed now for yesterday
It’s all I’ve ever saved now for later
We’re always riding high on my Respa Raider

Respa Raider, save some for later
When you’re always sloggin’, flat joggin’
Respa Raider save now for later
Because your only stop is, when the clock is killing time
Respa Raider, love me tonight, Respa Raider
Respa Raider, save me tonight, Respa Raider
Ambrosino ©2016

Mother, Mary’s Well

Canvas, Cameras, it’s hell upon a day
New boss, workhorse, treating her this way
Forward, onward, nothing left unsaid
Captured, cast down, giving in to daily’s dread.

But I won’t let this soul which speaks
Get caught up in my head
And she won’t let this someone breathe
Without showing them the way
Mother, Mary’s Well
She’s Well

Dance halls, protocols, collecting what’s for sale
Hairpins, jasmine, clinging from it all
Forward, backward, Mary’s moving down the hall
She’s upstaged and outraged, he’s kissing her this way

But I won’t let this soul which speaks
Get caught up in my head
And she won’t let this someone breathe
That’s killing her this way
Mother, Mary’s Well
She’s Well

But I won’t let this soul which speaks
Get caught up in my head
And she won’t let this someone breathe
That’s killing her this way

But I won’t let this soul believe
It’s causing me to fray
And she won’t let this someone drink
From waters washed away
Mother, Mary’s Well
She’s Well
Ambrosino ©2016

Green Not Black

You’re not my little fodder for song
Or something really bad that I’ve done wrong
Or sugar locked up in a dish
Or a deep night falling star wish
For me you were tailor made
Face me face to face
Its green not black
I’m standing on a razor’s edge
With rocking horse griddles and haystack heads
For you there’s always one more left
But watches make me keep it deep under my breath
For you I was tailor made
Face me face to face
It’s green not black
Something tell me not to look back
Amazed to be next to what’s so easily had
I feed you both night and day
Laying on leather in the usual way
For me you were tailor made
Face me face to face
It’s green not black
Gordon ©2014

Lovesong For Marriage Equality

Wanting you
The best thing that I’ll ever do
No more ones there’s only twos
Darling is it really true
You wanting me
The best thing that I’ll ever be
All the world can see me free
Finally
And today’s the day that restarts our memory
and fades away the ghost of what I used to be
And tonight leads to the last one
When I die in the nape of your neck
Your words aloud
Fly me to the wedding cloud
Pins me up in pelham blue
Darling is it really true
Look at me
Never better could I ever be
Two parts equal making up our we
Finally
Never better could I ever be
True finally
Gordon ©2015

Everything

You don’t play the guitar
You don’t bring me love songs
Your script may be pretty
But what you write is all wrong
You’re everything I never wanted
Leave right now
You’re everything I never wanted
Let me show you how
Hearts on the doorstep
Body on the floor
You can’t push a princess
When outside the door
you’re everything I never wanted
Leave right now
You’re everything I never wanted
Let me show you how
There are those who love me
And know what that means
They raise a glass to heaven
Pours god’s love on me
They’ll leave you from my body
Leave you from my sight
Your script may be pretty
But I hate what you write
You’re everything I never wanted
Leave right now
Your’re everything I never wanted
Let me show you how
Gordon ©2015

God Only Knows

I can’t wrestle with my conscience
Lord its far too strong for me
And if it tears my heart out
Say which way shall I bleed
Cause God only knows
Which way the wind will blow the next time we are here
And I’ll be the one
That listens to the gentle tap of your tears
Is it you for me my dear?
Is it you?
Would it hurt to say that you love me?
Them three words I love to hear
And if it tears your heart out
Make it fast and make it clear
Cause God only knows
Which way the wind will blow the next time we are here
And I’ll be the one
That listens to the gentle tap of your tears
Is it you for me my dear?
Is it you?
Gordon ©2014

Turnstyle

There was a turnstyle, there was an alibi
You had your heart set at a different speed
I shot a man down, he drew his gun down
How could you notice I was thinking of you?
All down through Pendegrass, all through the safety glass
You had your heart set at a different speed
I shot a man down, he drew his gun down
How could you notice when you’re thinking of me?
Someone like you could never grow cold
I’ll steal your heart and your lips right from under your soul
Someone like me could never be alone
Now that you’re coming home
When all that seems has just been sewn
Inside a world that’s so cold
Someone like me could never be sold
On stealing your heart & your lips right from under your soul
Someone like me could never be alone
When you  coming home?
When all that seems has just been sewn
Inside a world that’s so cold
I remember you sitting next to your home
Chuck Taylors loose, someone else’s shirt is on
I remember you sitting next to a cordless phone
I hear you coming home
When all that seems has just been sewn
Inside a world that’s so cold
Ambrosino ©2015

66

I know you hear my footsteps
Tick Tockin on the brickwork
I know you know that I’m coming
Ghetto hot mess knee jerk
You never said that you want me
Never acting like you don’t
Keep me tied up in a jacket
Never thinking that I won’t
Leave hungry
Not Starving
Now you nothing more than a metaphor
High heels bangin on the floor
Don’t you worry bit about  me –  baby
She take everything easy
And
I see the Army’s right behind me
Bayonet gonna gut me
Competition make you feel good
But never thinking that I would
Leave hungry
Not Starving
Leave hungry
Not starving
Now you a
Ghetto thug dirty knuckle lover
Keep a left foot in the gutter
Don’t you follow my footsteps
Or give away your death threats
Leave hungry
Not starving
Gordon ©2015

You’re You

I was thinking we could just get started
And find a meadow that we could both abuse
It’s not going home that’s your problem
It’s the language and the tongue that we confuse
Take holiday from your problems
Just let them all slowly fade from you
There’s not a pretty face that’s north of Wildwood
There’s not a growing space that’s south of you
I’m so amused by the course you walk your shoes
But you don’t, and that’s probably why you’re you
I’m so amused by the force with which you choose
But you don’t, and that’s probably why you’re you
Ambrosino ©2015

Fight Song

I hit him in the chest
Facts said I was wrong
I had a good ride
I knew it all along
I had to do it right
I had to get along
Regardless of your life
You’ve got a fight song
I had him on the ropes
This person that I know
A fighter and his life
A sailor and his storm
You’ve gotta do it right
You’ve gotta get along
Regardless of your life
Regardless of this song
That’s when you lead somebody on again
That’s when you bleed somebody dry
That’s when you lead somebody on again
That’s when you bleed somebody dry
You’ve got a fight song
Because here’s a fight song
Ambrosino ©2015

Happy Song For Thee

I put my arms around her
Stringing up her guitar
Sitting on blue leather
Riding ‘round in her blue car
Sitting in the winter sun
Shining through the leafless trees
Her head against my sweatered chest
Moving as I barely breath
And I watch your body dance from across the room
And I feel your body dancing beneath mine
And I feel your arms reaching for me
Baby this might be
A Happy Song for Thee
So her lips will make the shape of my name
Like its not been said before
Blankets piled 2×3
Made there in the floor for loving me
Now I’m on my bended knees
Praying just to wash her feet
The  flesh of her standing legs
Brush against my face’s cheek
And I watch your body dance from across the room
And I feel your body dancing beneath mine
And I feel your arms reaching for me
Baby this might be
A Happy Song for Thee
Gordon ©2014

Lovesick

Close the window from the breeze
Lift your blanket for me please
Sanctuary is in blue
Tell me all them things I should do
I recall my only son
Telling me that I’m the one
Sanctuary is inside you
Then comes a good stern talking to
They all think they see your smiling face
But they don’t know the way
You wipe the makeup from your eyes
I’m lovesick on your dime
Brought the Angel to her knees
Lift your blanket for me please
Sanctuary is beside you
I’ll tell you all good things I will do
They all think they see your smiling face
But they don’t know the way
You wipe the makeup from your eyes
I’m lovesick on your dime
They all think they see your smiling face
But they don’t know the way
You wipe the makeup from your eyes
I’m lovesick on your dime
©2014 Gordon

Demon

And I don’t know if I can make it
In a world where I can’t shake it
And a warm sun that’s filled with ego
Shines a bright light brings out my demons
And I won’t pray for benediction
Cause I don’t care where far away is
And I won’t say if there’s a reason
For a world where I’m hiding demons
Hold True to you, or hold nothing
And I won’t say if I can make it
And I won’t know the laws I’m breaking
And I’m hungry, if that’s illegal
So I won’t try feeding demons
And I don’t know if I can take it
When the walls bend and the heart aches
And I won’t say if there’s a reason
For a world where lives only demons
©2014 Ambrosino

Don’t Eff Me

Don’t fix me for someone else
Just put me in your pocket
Don’t put me on the shelf
‘Cause your lips could raise the dead
If the dead would listen to what they said
Oh the ground shakes when my general speaks
Don’t fix me for someone else
Just put me in your pocket
Don’t put me on the shelf
Wrap me up in towels and blankets
And put me in your closet
And bring me out when you wanna play
Don’t fix me for someone else
Just put me in your pocket
Don’t put me on the shelf
Put a quarter in the slot I’ll sing songs for you
Then wrap it up with a can of Pecan Pie
Don’t fix me for someone else
Just put me in your pocket
Don’t put me on the shelf
Wrap me up in towels and blankets
And put me in your closet
And bring me out when you wanna play
©2014 Gordon