TOYS

The universe is a playground.
All of these things are toys.
We need eyes to look around,
And ears to hear the noise.

Nothing exists, unless we live,
And nothing there is to do.
Nothing to take, nor to give,
Nothing without me or you.

When we die, it goes away.
It is time to go home again.
Then someday, again we play,
Though we know not when.

THE WAY IT GOES

The bombs fall from the sky,
The roadside bomb explodes,
Nobody stops to wonder why,
That is just the way it goes.

Armies standing at the ready,
The river of death still flows,
War drums pounding steady,
That is just the way it goes.

Some people starve, others relax,
No matter the way the wind blows.
Rich and poor, those are the facts,
That is just the way it goes.

Some of us have no homes,
Some spend a fortune on clothes.
One will find, wherever he roams,
That is just the way it goes.

From poverty, we look away,
Not our problem, we suppose.
It is so easy for us to say,
That is just the way it goes.

Things are screwed up, just a touch,
Not all of the inequity shows,
But do not worry about it too much,
That is just the way it goes.

Raindrops running down the drain,
Upon the pavement that grows,
And to our children we explain,
That is just the way it goes.

THE GHOST OF PHIL OCHS

When you see homeless people on the street,
When you see people, with no food to eat,
Thank your lucky stars, it is not you.
The luck of the draw pulled you through.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes walking by.

When you see the floodwaters come,
The tsunami beats down like a drum,
Upon a house made of sticks, not bricks,
At the mercy of the wild waters’ tricks.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes floating by.

When the drone attacks a brother,
Fast asleep in the arms of his mother,
While the sister hides deep in a hole,
Death wreaks havoc upon her soul.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes flying by.

When you see a kid getting beat,
He hangs his head down in defeat.
When you see an old man abused,
Or an innocent man falsely accused.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes crawling by.

When you see the massive poverty,
Beside the audacity of private property,
The inequity of the rich and poor,
The refugees of genocide and war.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes drifting by.

Whenever the starving baby dies,
His stomach swollen, his mother cries,
Too weak to swat the flies from his eyes,
While the rich man turns away and sighs.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs is wondering why.

So when you see the homeless on the street,
When you see people, with no food to eat,
Thank your lucky stars, it is not you.
The luck of the draw pulled you through.

There but for fortune, go you and I,
The ghost of Phil Ochs goes walking by.

 

SHOOTING STAR

I don’t need no million dollars,
I don’t need no fancy car.
All I need is your love baby,
You are my shooting star.

I don’t need no marijuana,
I don’t need no drug or pill.
All I need is your love darlin’
You are my biggest thrill.

I don’t need no fancy houses,
I don’t need no shiny ring.
All I need is your sweet lovin’
You’re my one and everything.

I don’t need no pretty flowers,
I don’t need no mountain high.
All I need is your sweet beauty,
I don’t have to wonder why.

I don’t need to go to heaven,
I don’t need to ever cry.
If l have you while I’m livin’
I’ll be happy when I die.

I don’t need no million dollars,
I don’t need no fancy car.
All I need is your love baby,
You are my shooting star.

NO END IN SIGHT

There is no end to madness,
No end to now and then.
There is no end to sadness,
No end to where we’ve been.

There is no end to the war.
There is no end to the fight.
Whatever we are fighting for,
There is no end in sight.

There is no end to the hate.
There is no end to strife.
There is no end, as we wait,
There is no end to life.

There is no end to space.
There is no end to light.
No end to this rat race,
Or to the human plight.

There is no end to poverty,
No end to hunger and thirst,
No end to the inhumanity,
We must have seen the worst.

There is no end to the pain.
There is no end to pleasure.
Too much for us to explain,
A universe without measure.

There is no end or beginning.
There is no end of the line.
No end to losing and winning.
No end to yours and mine.

There is no end to positive,
No end to heaven and hell.
There is no end to negative,
Insofar as we all can tell.

There is no end, not ever,
No end to what takes place.
There is no end to forever.
The proof is before your face.

There is no end to love,
There is no end to rhyme,
No end to the stars above,
There is no end of time.

MAN OF THE HOUR

You are wise for your age,
Learned to turn the page,
Always had a good heart,
Empathetic from the start.

What a man you can be,
With the ability to see
The important things
That each life brings.

You have it all in you,
Deep down within you,
Even tempered and bold,
Like heroes of old.

The man of the hour.
The man with the power
To bring us together,
Us birds of a feather.

KING OF THE HIGHWAY

I am the king of the highway,
And am going to be home soon,
Where I can do things my way,
And dance to my own tune.

Standing on the on ramp,
Waiting for a ride,
Feeling kind of lonesome,
And restless inside.

Off to see the world,
Taking a little trip,
Hoping I will find out
What it means to be hip.

Taking to the highway,
Living on the road,
Every day a little brighter,
With a little lighter load.

Searching for an answer,
The question is unknown.
Heading nowhere special,
I fly to say “I’ve flown.”

Blowing with the wind,
The destination unclear.
Knowing I will get there
Without a doubt or fear.

With faith I will survive,
Knowing nature will provide,
Without food or money,
Using my thumb with pride.

Standing on the on ramp,
Inside the freeway sign,
Wherever the driver’s going,
It suits me just fine.

As long as we are going,
Exactly where, I don’t care.
I will sleep in his car,
And rest until we are there.

Next stop is Kansas City,
If I have to walk or run.
After that, who knows where?
Everywhere, before I’m done.

Then there will come a time,
And soon will come a day,
When I will find my home,
Where forever I will stay.

I will rest my bones,
My travels will be done,
The happiest man alive,
Here beneath the sun.

I am the king of the highway,
And am going to be home soon,
Where I can do things my way,
And dance to my own tune.

HOMELESS

He is looking for his marbles,
He is searching everywhere.
Everybody has some troubles,
And he sure had his share.

In this world of hardship,
He is looking for a home.
He cannot seem to find it,
Wherever he does roam.

He grew up in the projects,
He struggled all his life.
Once he had some prospects,
He had children and a wife.

Now he has a low down feeling,
About how the cards were dealt.
In his day, he did the dealing,
And he remembers how it felt.

Along came the big recession,
He lost his job and family.
He fell into a deep depression,
After the divorce decree.

His luck ran out a long time ago,
And he is really not to blame.
He lost his home and had to go,
Lost his marbles, then the game.

FRIEND AND LOVER

If you have a rough life,
With troubles to no end,
Get a gal like my wife,
A lover and a friend.

Whenever I feel lonely,
Whenever I feel down,
I think about my lady,
I smile instead of frown.

When winter wind is blowing,
The sun does cease to shine,
I see her face is glowing,
And soon I feel just fine.

Whenever I feel sadness,
Whenever I am blue,
She fills me with gladness,
She tells me “I love you.”

She has a heart as big as the sky,
And a soul that’s just as deep.
I feel so good I could almost cry,
And so happy I could weep.

So if you have a rough life,
With troubles to no end,
You need a wife like my wife,
A lover and a friend.

FOREVER WHEN

My dog has no nose,
So how does he smell?
Until he gets the hose,
He will smell like hell.

My cat has no eyes,
So how does he see?
He soon will realize,
He needn’t see to be.

My fish has no spine,
So how does it feel?
It will feel just fine,
Enough to feel real.

My mind has no brains,
So how does it think?
It knows if it rains,
Must be time to blink.

My world has no peace,
So how does it live?
Someday it will cease,
No more lives to give.

The sun may burnout soon,
So how will we survive?
Without a sun and moon,
We cannot stay alive.

It all goes on somewhere,
So how do this I know?
I can feel it in the air,
Almost everywhere I go.

My time has no end,
So where does it go?
It goes around the bend.
It goes ever so slow.

I have been here forever,
So where have I been?
From here to wherever,
Ever since, forever when.