Gifford Cat Shelter Benefit Show 2016

by Ken Gordon

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Recorded live at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, MA, March 12, 2016

Listen to the entire set (including covers) on YouTube here:
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGK5kWPuBLTNt2QU66aUT3hPD8QrU1rSi

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released March 16, 2016

Recorded and prepared by Ken Gordon

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Track Name: Lottery Prayer
dear God
let me win the lottery
I'll give half the money to the poor

hey God
I went to church today
I've never asked for anything before

you know... you know
you know... you know
you know... numbers

come on
I'm just an average man
you can help me change my life

I know
I don't deserve much
but if could, I'd play your numbers twice

you know... you know
you know... you know
you know... numbers

you know... you know
you know... you know
you know... numbers

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Sad Reporter
hey there sad reporter, nobody gives a damn
about the truth or freedom or the rights of man
people have busy lives and get news when they can
they don't have the time to understand

money is everything
this is the song you sing
your words are beautiful but they don't mean anything

oh you sad reporter, you're not in command
you can't be a team player in a one-man band
people have busy lives and get news when they can
you need to show them how to understand

money is everything
this is the song you sing
your words are beautiful but they don't mean anything

oh poor, sad reporter, when you have control
I know you'll make a difference and redeem your soul
'till then you'll write your stories from your cubicle
get back to work and repeat what you're told

money is everything
this is the song you sing
your words are beautiful but they don't mean anything

money is everything
this is the song you sing
your words are beautiful but they don't mean anything

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: On The Edge Of The Cliff Forever
the wind blows and soft rain falls
on the edge of the cliff forever
above the rolling hills and fishing towns
at the mercy of whims of weather

neverending like the sea
are the tears we have to cry
everything is big mystery now
why do people have to die

on the edge, the rain flows backwards
inviting us to ride the winds
through the clear divide between earth and sky
where the ocean shore begins

miles of rock beneath our feet
open passage to the sky
everything is a big mystery now
why do people have to die

the wind blows and soft rain falls
on the edge of the cliff forever
past the rolling hills and farming towns
at the mercy of whims of weather

miles of rock beneath our feet
open passage to the sky
everything is a big mystery now
why do people have to die

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Flying Horses
I can do this now... spread my arms out wide
the horse moves with me... he's my trusted guide
I'm doing better now... than the day before
let me show you how... I'm doing more and more

wings and hooves beneath me, be my guide
help me ride and reach the other side
imagine horses flying through the air
I'll see you when I get there
when I get there
I'll see you when I get there

I can do this now... hold my head up high
everybody sees... horses in the sky
I'm doing better now... than the day before
let me show you how... I'm learning more and more

wings and hooves beneath me, be my guide
help me ride and reach the other side
imagine horses flying through the air
I'll see you when I get there
when I get there
I'll see you when I get there
when I get there
I'll see you when I get there
when I get there
I'll see you when I get there

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Evil In The Sight Of The Lord
he turned his back on his father
kindness and love, he deplored
spiteful, jealous and hateful
he did evil in the sight of the lord

he went forth in the spirit of lying
hurting people because he was bored
he made ships of wood that were broken
he did evil in the sight of the lord

in church, they called him a pastor
in the shadows, he sinned and he whored
when he thought nobody was looking
he did evil in the sight of the lord

he befriended an elderly woman
made her feel loved and adored
he left once he'd got what he wanted
he did evil in the sight of the lord

in hell, they roasted his body
ate his lips, his legs and his gourd
cooked his guts in the great lake of fire
he did evil in the sight of the lord

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Download A Car
one day they'll make a machine to replicate common mechanical parts
the only trick will be following the instructions
I'd like to live to see the world's first electronic downloadable car
composed of bits and bytes of compressed files found on the internet

downloadable car
download a car
downloadable car
download a car

I'm getting tired of riding bicycles to my crappy job each day
I'd rather take a car but I need to make more money
pressure rising, rent and bills
when I'm feeling ill, I take more pills
nobody needs to know where the car that I drive came from

downloadable car
download a car
downloadable car
download a car
downloadable car
download a car
downloadable car
download a car

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: It's A Shame You Don't Know Me
it's a shame you don't know me and I don't know you
I'd write you a letter if it could get through
I'm sorry you're lonely but what can you do
when your fame becomes your prison

they say there's a dark side of fame and success
when you stand on the mountain
you stand over the rest
and there's people below you demanding your best
and when you say no
they get so disappointed

and some men can't deal with a woman's success
and they want to dominate
and believe they're the best
and they can't stand the feeling
of feeling like the rest
of the people in this world who aren't famous

as though famous is something we should aspire to be
I'd rather be happy than famous, you see
and become the best person I was always meant to be
'cause I know that most people are more successful than me
but I don't measure success like our sick society
and treat others how I'd like to be treated

my head's in the clouds
my heart's almost pure
and I've looked deep inside myself
just to be sure
but without love I don't know how much longer I'll endure
and I bet sometimes you feel the same way

it's a shame you don't know me and I don't know you
I'd write you a letter if it could reach you
and I'm sorry you're lonely
but what can you do
when your fame becomes your prison

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Tail To Tell
all dogs have a tale to tell
you can't always hear them
but they wag their tails
happy when you're feeling well
dogs can't say I love you
but they wag their tails

all dogs have a tale to tell
all dogs have a tail to tell
all dogs have a tail to tell
you, they love you

all dogs have a tale to tell
you can't always hear them
but they wag their tails
happy when they're feeling well
dogs can't say I love you
but they wag their tails

all dogs have a tale to tell
all dogs have a tale to tell
all dogs have a tail to tell
you, they love you

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper) and Marcel Dubois
Track Name: Nothing To Drink And No Stops In The Bars
I am awake by six in the morning
I put on my clothes and find the keys to the car
I hit the road, I can't help thinking
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars

I go to work, it's the same thing each day
boss signs the checks for us, he's got all the power
we are like slaves, I can't help thinking
wasting our lives for dollars, hour by hour

I get out of work by eight in the evening
think about how free and how lucky we are
I tear down the road, I can't stop thinking
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars

nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars

if I could go back to the old days
when I was young and loved and held all the cards
I made mistakes, I can't help thinking
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
who can explain why bad things happen
why good people die and why life is so hard
the night she died I made her a promise
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars

nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars
nothing to drink and no stops in the bars

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Playing With Your Fears
dark tunnel look through
don't let them see you
lights out, can't escape
fall like a snowflake
savings disappear
born on a leap year
old age, setting sun
you may have just won

every night… every day of the year
tv's on... playing with your fears... your fears...

retirement death zone
can't afford your own home
taxes, sting rays
somebody else pays
wildfire, cyberwar
in through the back door
credit card kool-aid
necessary upgrade

every night… every day of the year
tv's on... playing with your fears... your fears... BRIDGE

job cuts shark attack
cool makes a comeback
blackberry foul play
this account's a throwaway
two lane sex ring
try almost anything
soap box fair trade
who wants to get laid

every night… every day of the year
tv's on... playing with your fears... your fears...

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: Federal Reserve
we'll make money selling paper
to the federal reserve
printing pictures on the paper
to show the purpose that they serve
we'll get paper from the bankers
with pretty pictures back again
put the numbers in computers
to remember where we stand

there's no love in this world, only people using people
grab yourself a girl
let your pirate flag unfurl
there's no love in this world, only people using people
take what you can get
you can drown yourself in debt

there are two kinds of people
fools and those who understand
we created this illusion
to control the working man
make him struggle his whole life
never let him see the plan
debt as money is freedom
for the invisible hand

there's no love in this world, only people using people
grab yourself a girl
let your pirate flag unfurl
there's no love in this world, only people using people
take what you can get
you can drown yourself in debt

we'll make money selling paper
to the federal reserve
printing pictures on the paper
to show the purpose that they serve

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)
Track Name: One Night Stand
If I said I loved you, that would be a lie
I only really love myself, I don't want to make you cry
I never really cry that much, I don't allow myself to feel
but you can keep pretending what we had was real

all that I am good for is a one night stand
we'll spend the night together, I'll never talk to you again
I don't want to raise your children, I don't want to hold your hand
all that I am good for is a one night stand

If you say you love me, I will have to run away
nothing you could ever do would make me want to stay
I just can't be happy unless I am living free
I wish I could tell you you meant something to me

all that I am good for is a one night stand
we'll spend the night together, I'll never talk to you again
I don't want to raise your children, I don't want to hold your hand
all that I am good for is a one night stand

WILDCAT GUITAR SOLO over VERSE

all that I am good for is a one night stand
we'll spend the night together, I'll never talk to you again
I don't want to raise your children, I don't want to hold your hand
all that I am good for is a one night stand

Written by Ken(an) Gordon (Cooper)