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A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

©J. D. Carroll

Creative Ventures Music, Inc./ ASCAP


He was sittin' at the counter of a broken down diner

drinkin' coffee that was blacker than black.

The neon sign was arcin' the waitress was a whiner

and the cook had a cigarette hack.

"What dragged you into our corner of hell?"

The waitress grumbled as she refilled his cup.

He looked over the brim, gave a narrow grin

and said, "I just stopped by to see what was up."

"I'm sure you won't recognize me

My clothes have changed, I know.

But I'd come to this place after the show

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago.

Yea, I'd come to this place after the show

  A Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

The jukebox started playing as she walked through the door. 

A song about a long-legged babe.

Everyone was watching as she walked across the floor. 

High maintenance was her stock and trade.

"Give me the best you've got and make a quick, 

I don't like to wait."

She looked down the counter at the coffee cup 

And said, “Oh, its you. I can't believe you're straight." 

"You know her?" the waitress gasped, 

Coffee Cup let no emotion show. 

"She's just a girl I used to know 

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

"She's just a girl I used to know 

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

Not much conversation. Nothing to be said.
Someone cracked an off-color joke.
High Maintenance was laughing. Coffee shook his head.
But everyone was listening when he spoke,

 

“I can laugh at our former situation,
 I'm glad that you can too.
It would be sad if we forgot about what we had
 "Cause I know I’ll never forget about you.”

"I remember the night we broke up

You said you wanted to fly solo

Well, it seems you haven't flown very far
  From a Couple of Lifetimes Ago.
It seems you haven't flown very for
  From a Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

The pause went on forever. The cook prepared her order

He turned and said, quite perturbed,

"You two were burnin' brightly when you danced along the border

of the real and the really disturbed.

Now you're like two icebergs floating in the ocean

Only touching when you collide.

"Is that a crime," the waitress whined.

"It's just sad," the cook replied.

Coffee Cup stood up, payed his check.

High Maintenance purred as he turned to go,

"You want to pick up where we left off

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago?"

"You feel like picking up where we left off

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago?"

Coffee Cup was leaving with no thought of revival

When he stopped, turned to her and said,

"What makes you think we'd have a chance at survival?

More likely one of us would end up dead."

"You're both dying anyway." said the cook

As he lit up a smoke.

"You should chill and give us all a thrill,

push it all in and go for broke."

"We can't do that," said Coffee Cup,

"Although, I'm sure you'd all love the show,

I've grown too young for that heart attack 

from A Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

I've grown too young for that heart attack 

from A Couple of Lifetimes Ago."

Life rolls like a highway. Crossroads come along.

You have to choose which ones you take 

and decide if they were right or they were wrong. 

You have to choose which ones you take

and decide if they were right or they were wrong.

A Quite Remarkable Woman

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

A Quite Remarkable Woman

©J. D. Carroll

Creative Ventures Music, Inc. ASCAP


She's got a smile thats disconcerting and a style thats just plain rude


You don't know if shes flirting, you don't know what shes up to.


But still you want to meet her and you want to take her home.


You don't know exactly how to treat her. Certainly not like any other girl that you've known.



She's A Quite Remarkable Woman,  Who'd rather be any place else


A Quite Remarkable Woman. One look in her eyes and you're under her spell.  Oh well.



She seems to sense you apprehension. She means to make you wait all day.


Its all way beyond your comprehension but you don't care you just wait.


Because you really want to meet her and you want to take her home


You don't know exactly how to treat her. Certainly not like any other girl that you've known.



She's A Quite Remarkable Woman,  Who'd rather be any place else


A Quite Remarkable Woman. One look in her eyes and you're under her spell.  Oh well.



She never makes her statements questions. She doesn't ask if "Ya know"


Ignores all cliched suggestions. Outrageous antics leave her cold.


But you really want to meet her and you want to take her home.


You don't know exactly how to treat her. Certainly not like any other girl that you've known.



She's A Quite Remarkable Woman,  Who'd rather be any place else


A Quite Remarkable Woman. One look in her eyes and you're under her spell.  Oh well.




Ballad of He & She

A Couple of Lifetimes Ago

Ballad of He & She

Ballad of He & She © J D Carroll

Creative Ventures Music, Inc.  ASCAP


He was a mid-aged romeo

told he she was pretty

She said, "Oh, really?  

How would you know?"

He spoke of money

wrapped his arms around her

She slapped him in the face 

and told him where to go.

And then she walked out the door

Never gonna go back  there anymore

Never gonna let on that she was more

Than he had ever hoped she could be,

Than he had ever hoped she could be.


She ran a two o'clock spot

full of smoke and whiskey

She said, "It's risky,

but then it's a life."

He walked in the door

drank a shot of bourbon

kissed her on the lips

and dropped her on the floor.

And then he walked out the door

Never gonna go back there anymore

Never gonna let on that he was more

Than she had ever hoped he could be.

Than she had ever hoped he could be.


Instrumental


They met in the cafe

drinking cups of coffee

She told him off

and he took her by the arm.

He swept her off her feet

told her that he loved her

She said, "Oh really, I knew all along."


And then they walked out the door

Never gonna go back there anymore

Never gonna let on that they were more

Than we had ever hoped they could be.

Than we had ever hoped they could be.


Christmas 1916

Dreamer's Choice

Ballad of He & She

Christmas 1914

©J. D. Carroll

Creative Ventures Music, Inc. ASCAP


Young Tommy Flynn lifted his rifle

and aimed it towards No-Man's Land.

He found it ironic the night before Christmas

he might kill another man.


Now No-Man's Land was only fifty yards wide

not much more than a football goal line.

When the cannons were still and the wind was just right 

he'd hear Fritz lying about Fräuleins


CHORUS 

Just six months ago he was in a London pub

wooing his own sweet Kathleen

Now he's stuck in a trench between Belgium and France.

No place for a boy of nineteen.

That's no place for a boy of nineteen.


The weather was mild throughout that winter

the day had dawned with a mist.

Tommy peered out over his trench

and was hit by the spirit of Christmas

Fritz had crawled out over top his rampart

but instead of holding his gun

He carried a small evergreen tree

with candles and sweet sugarplums.

Fritz saw Tommy, gave him a wave

and gestured for him to join in

His comrades had gathered around the tree

together they started to sing.


Chorus


Tommy looked around and thought to himself,

"Perhaps I should mow them all down."

He buried that thought as he looked down his line,

saw his fellows all singing along

Tommy stood up and climbed over the top 

made his way to the small Christmas tree

Together that morning, they stopped the war

by all singing a song about peace.


Chorus


By the end of the carol both sides were there

they shook hands and started to talk.

Small gifts were exchanged mostly chocolate and beer

then came a well worn football. 

Some wanted a game but most were content

to just share in a kick-around.

At the end of the day both sides retired,

left the tree on the battleground.

Throughout the night they shouted across

 trading insults, barbs and jokes.

As the night wore on the chatter died down, 

 each man was alone with his soul.


Chorus


When the generals found out what had occurred

They were looking for someone to blame.

"We can't run a war if the men are all singing

and playing some football game!"

"Never again! Never again!"

they screamed from behind their lines.

from their château headquarters they passed the orders

"No one will fraternize!"


Chorus


Young Tommy Flynn lifted his rifle

and aimed it towards No-Man's Land. 

Dirty Hotel

Dreamer's Choice

Dreamer's Choice

Dirty Hotel

©J. D. Carroll

Creative Ventures Music, Inc.


It was a Dirty Hotel in the middle of a hot spell

and she couldn't have looked much cleaner.

I would have tried if I thought she'd comply

you really should have seen her.

Disadvantaged, somehow I managed to produce my gentleman's smile

but she turned around and said, 

"Hey boy, slow down, 

I think I'm gonna stay for a while."

So, I pulled up a chair, tried not to stare

until I found out which game we were playing.

I realized she saw through my lies

so I looked like I knew what I was saying.

Really cool I was nobody’s fool

and I thought I was doing the playing.

'Till I threw the pass and she started to laugh

I knew it wasn't worth staying.


Ah, don't we make it look easy.

It’s not much, but it helps pass the time.

And you say it’s driving you crazy.

I know how hard it is to be decent and kind,

Decent and kind.


I was sitting there with a couple of pair

and the sakes were growing higher.

I drew a boat, lit up a smoke

I would have sold it to the highest buyer.

In command of a mighty nice hand

I thought that we all could retire.

'Till the cards were laid down and some drunken clown 

had four kings

I called him a liar.

So I left the game after saying something strange

and went off to conquer the planet.

I was hidden so well no one could tell

some friends thought the spacemen had landed.

Badly shaken, I thought I'd been taken

but I found it was only for granted.

So I asked the coach for the best approach,

he said, “Give them your coat."

and then he fainted.


Ah, don't we make it look easy.

It’s not much, but it helps pass the time.

And you say it’s driving you crazy.

I know how hard it is to be decent and kind,

Decent and kind.

Dreamer's Choice

Dreamer's Choice

Dreamer's Choice

  

Dreamers Choice

©JD Carroll 

Creative Ventures Music, Inc./ASCAP


Dream the dreams that no one else is dreaming.

Sing your song in your own voice.

Live your life as only you can live it.

And love your loves as if you had no choice,

Yes, love your loves as if you had no choice.


Counting all the stars in the summer sky.

Tryin' to catch lightning in a jar.

Just a kid growing up free

No one should tell you exactly who you are.

The train is waiting at the station

It's leaving sooner than it seems.

I see you standing on the platform

with your baggage, your guitar and your dreams.


Dream the dreams that no one else is dreaming.

Sing your song in your own voice.

Live your life as only you can live it.

And love your loves as if you had no choice,

Yes, love your loves as if you had no choice.


You've got a chance and you should take it.

You know best what you can do.

When dark clouds come threatening

It’s up to you to shine on through.

It’s not my place to advise you.

I'll leave that to your old man.

I might suggest you try and stay in touch

Give me a call when you can.


Dream the dreams that no one else is dreaming.

Sing your song in your own voice.

Live your life as only you can live it.

And love your loves as if you had no choice,

Yes, love your loves as if you had no choice.