daniel steinbock

Out of Blue

  1. Pine Needles
  2. Good News
  3. 13 September
  4. Out of Blue
  5. Too Close To You
  6. Road to the Desert
  7. Lying & Cheating
  8. Poet’s Price
  9. The Shadow
  10. Into the Light

Lyrics

PINE NEEDLES

I dedicate this to the Muse
Turning up out of blue
Singing to me all the things
I ever sang to you

If I’m Heaven-bound
I hope you’ll track me down
Every needle on the pine
Points the way

Or if I’m bound for Hell
I’ll sing fare-you-well
Just think on me time to time
At the end of the day

My love is in the garden
Early in the morning
Look and see all the seeds
We started

I dedicate this to my Muse
That’s you-know-who
There’s a God above so let’s make love
In the living room

If I’m Heaven-bound
I hope you’ll track me down
Every needle on the pine
Points the way

Or if I’m bound for Hell
I’ll sing fare-you-well
Just think on me time to time
At the end of the day

GOOD NEWS

So many times I’ve been struck down, in my tracks,
at the shining light of you
And along came that old familiar sound, in my chest,
when I caught a sight of you
That’s when I start to hum along, under my breath,
to the song of you
Someday I’ll sing out loud the love I’m feeling now
and spread the good news

In a little while we’ll all be gone
Going back to our Heavenly home
In the night all I have is worry
In the day it’s the same old show
And there will come a day when I’ll lay my burden down
Spill out my heart in the river of your love
But in the meanwhile, I might as well
Spread the good news

How many times have I been struck down, in my tracks,
at the shining light of you?
It’s been so long since I heard your call, beaming out,
the burning inside of you
That’s when I start to hum along, under my breath,
to the song of you
And when I feel you now I’ve got to sing out loud
and spread the good news

13 SEPTEMBER

Close your eyes, remember when
Two little kids kissing in the tree again
When I think about and aloud how free and complete
In your hands
Darling it’s true, I fell for you

13 September, I reached for you
And the size of your heart made that so easy to do
When the tips of my fingers touched your ankle bones
Whoa Lordy, I fell off this world

When I think about and aloud how free and complete
In my hands
Darling it’s true, I fell for you
When I think about and aloud how free and complete
In your hands
Darling it’s true, I fell for you

For you make a long life worthwhile
For a single smile on a single day
For you, I’m a little less lonely tonight
I’m a little more today

We were spinning into something, unexpected and unseen
Darling, your name, most beautiful in history
Wanna slip away and escape these old bones
These old poems, this whole game?
Throw ‘em into the fire again and again

When I think about and aloud how free and complete
In your hands
Throw me into the fire again and again

OUT OF BLUE

I spent my youth chasing two ways of making love
First one was lonely but it sure felt good
Number two was something new, she blew all the hinges off
Got me so high I was making out with God above
In a thing called love
Till the drugs wore off

All my bliss turned to madness, night and day
I’ve been searching for a middle way
Out of blue, there was you, waking up the neighborhood
And for the first time, love wasn’t just Hollywood
Wasn’t just feel good
God you feel so good
When we’re waking up the neighborhood

Breaking loose was one pursuit you knew all the physics of
Showed me to the one thing I couldn’t put my finger on
Now every time I close my eyes
I feel your body moving mine

From the start I know we’re gonna make out
I’m not afraid of the faith now
In my heart I’m never gonna fade out
I’m gonna love you all the way down

I was swirling in the blues
Till I found you
I was so confused, show me the true way out
Till I found you, and your twist and shout

You’ve got me all washed out — of blue, there was you
Waking up the neighborhood
And for the first time, love wasn’t just Hollywood
Wasn’t just feel good
God you feel so good

From the start I know we’re gonna make out
I’m not afraid of the faith now
In my heart I’m never gonna fade out
I’m gonna love you all the way down

I’m never gonna fade out
In my heart, I’m never gonna fade out

TOO CLOSE TO YOU

1.
Picked up at the crossroads
Kicked out in New Mexico
Woke up on the good side of the river
This afternoon
Goddamn wage slavin’, I swear
I’m never going back to there
This morning I combed my hair
For no one else but me

Well I never had religion
But I always keep the faith
When I was a child, I had visions
Like a shine upon my face
I never made it past the preacher
He always smelled the booze
But every night I’m born again
Into something new
If I ever make it back to California
I’m gonna put down roots

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin’ too close to you

Found Jesus on the bathroom floor
I was sprawled out, strung out in a Baton Rouge bar
He rolled a spliff and we both hitched out
To Lake Pontchartrain
He said, "I ain’t fleein’ the law
I abide
My Father’s law is come
And my Father’s law is mine"

We never made it to the Delta
But we surely sang the blues
All I need is the sunshine, my ukulela
And a pair of old brown shoes
I never made it as a folksinger
I couldn’t hold a tune
But every night I’m born again
Into something new
If I ever make it back to California
I’m gonna put down roots

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin’ too close to you

2.
Seven years-old and I couldn’t sleep
Mama, I don’t want to die
What am I, what am I supposed to be?
And my mother pointed up to the sky
"For every star that you can see
There’s a child afraid of dying
What you are, what you are was meant to be
Filling the black up with shining"
That’s when it started:
Broke-open-hearted

3.
And as I’m sinking in my bed
Thank my holy lights that never end
Tonight I’m gonna lay my head
By a river of shooting stars

Well I never been to Heaven
But I’ve seen Annapurna in bloom
I never made it back to California
To put down roots
I never been one for oneness
I set a table for two

Cause I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
I never had a hard time
Gettin’ too close to you

ROAD TO THE DESERT

On the road to the desert
With the desert behind
A church without walls on the edge of forever
The sun in your eyes
You take me all the way down
California One
Rolling on the bed in your attic
We make love

Make love
Make love
Make love
Make love

When you’re in trouble in mind
And you throw up your hands
When the heart feels broke open wide
It’s the beginning of the mend
Every cloud will turn into sky
Every life released
As softness returns to your eyes
You’ll return to me

Turn love
Turn love
Turn love
Turn love

Black bullets of rain on your attic
Black thunder roll
Fond memory turns into tragic
When you don’t let go
As today turns into twilight
The rain turns to snow
Oh lover, why did you fade away?
Or did I let you go?

- – - –

On the road to forever
With forever behind
A church without walls, in the desert
The sun in your eyes
Will this moment last forever?
Will you be my only one?
You’re with me now is all that matters
When all is said and done

LYING & CHEATING

Darling, all of your life,
You’ve been looking for a light
And it’s weighing you down
Maybe the one that you found
Ain’t the best in this town
And it makes you itch

You’ve been lying and cheating
No rhymin’ or reason
I’ve been trusting in treason
In the morning I’ll be gone
Say it ain’t so
In the morning I’ll be gone
Say it ain’t so

The book of love is a long and torrid tract
And I’m the kind of man who reads the back of a paperback
Lately, a wind’s been blowing strange
I’m afraid to turn the page, and see you’ve…

Been lying and cheating
No rhymin’ or reason
I’ve been trusting in treason
In the morning I’ll be gone
Say it ain’t so
In the morning I’ll be gone
Say it ain’t so

I know, I know, people change
That’s how I can be leaving you
You loved me for awhile
The sweetest smile I’d ever kissed
But in a postmodern world you give yourself
To everyone else but the one you love

POET’S PRICE

I kicked the door so closed
It won’t open anymore
I heard the blackbird sing
For the last time

And every time I pay
That old poet’s price
I thank you, babe, for doin’ me wrong
Thank you road, for making it harder
Thank you love, for leaving me out in the rain
Thank you for making me pay

I woke at midnight
Hazy in a half moon
I watched the white waves break
On the coastline
And I’m tossed upon the waves
That roll inside

And every time I pay
That old poet’s price
I thank you, babe, for doin’ me wrong
Thank you road, for making it harder
Thank you love, for leading me out in the rain
Thank you…

Every road that I took
Every song that I sang
Every lover I lost
Every friend who lay dying
Every con I played
Every god that I prayed to
When I felt so crazy
Like I was dying

Is a white bird rising over me
Now gone
Gone
Gone

I kicked the door so closed
It won’t open anymore
I heard the blackbird sing
For the last time

THE SHADOW

Bathed in the shadow of your heart
Fated to long and lonely roam
Far across the wild and windy night
Are all the things that call me back home

I wrote a letter in my tent
To keep away the wolves and the spirits
How long till I am satisfied
With a love that lives only to die?

Hills golden under sun
Those rays always give you a long-legged shadow
And arms that reach across the valley
And all the things I call home

INTO THE LIGHT

1.
I’ve been dreaming of the fall all of my life
Falling in the love, fall of the sky
Then I saw in your eyes
The fade of us all into that great night
Oh why?
The fate of us all, the fade and the fall

Now I’ve been filling up the salt shakers of life
Shaking ‘em out, all the days of our lives
Then I saw in your eyes
We’ve been dreaming it all, through that great night
Through that great night
The dream of us all, the dream of us all

2.
I don’t belong in this city
Stars crying at my window
All I ever see are city lights

All the lands that lay within me
Great river valleys unseen
I laughed, turned my back
I’ve gone to live out in the light

3.
Oh my darling in crime, let’s make babies
We’ll name ‘em after your old man
And your grandma’s cat: Chuck and Snow
And we’ll all go to Yellowstone in an old Volvo

Outer space has never been this close
So near and dear to me
But even the constellations
They keep changing
If I keep up my end of the deal
Is it enough?
Sometimes the desperation
Gets a little bit hard to keep up

And in the dancehalls tonight
We’re shaking ‘em out, all the days of our lives
That’s what I saw in your eyes
So keep shaking me all through that great night
Just keep me shaking all through the night