Stuck Inside New Jersey

One Mile Out of Califon

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2011

1 mile out of Califon in 1970
I was livin in my parent’s house, my hair was wild and free
I stood out from the local crowd with my bell bottoms on
It was more like Georgia than Jersey one mile from Califon

1 mile out of Califon I stepped into my car
When you’re livin in the country every place you go is far
the windows down and the latest tape of Procul Harem on
I was on my way to see my babe one mile from Califon

The prettiest faces can lead you astray
But the prettiest places can blow you away

2 miles out of Califon when I felt the tire go flat
I pulled over to the shoulder and put on my floppy hat
When I opened up my Hornet’s trunk I found the spare was gone
I was a little mad and a little scared two miles from Califon

2 miles out of Califon when a pickup truck came by
I was ready for a rumble but it was a friendly farmer guy
He said I worked your grampa’s fields and I helped him build the pond
Hop in the back it ain’t safe here two miles from Califon

The prettiest faces can lead you astray
But the prettiest places can blow you away

3 miles out of Califon a Camaro on our ass
I ducked in the hay and started to pray “please let these rednecks pass”
I guess no one was listening cause they put their flashers on
And whooped and cursed and laughed at me three miles from Califon

3 miles out of Califon when they set the hay on fire
Will the bed of a rusty pickup truck be my funeral pyre?
Well I took a leap into the deep grass on the median
I was little bruised but I wasn’t dead three miles from Califon

The prettiest faces can lead your astray
But the prettiest places can blow you away
The prettiest faces sometimes dismay
But the prettiest places can blow you away

One mile out of Califon in 1972
I was workin in my parents’ store
Sellin guitars from Kalamazoo
I recognized my customer though it was 2 years on
And his eyes were red and his hair was long
One mile from Califon

Little Piece of Me
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2011

Her :You never know what’s round the bend
‘Til the day you find the future’s not your friend
I held on tight and took that ride
 And it’s good to know you’re right here by my side

They took a little piece of me
They said that it would save my life
I wondered if I still would be
A woman, lover, and your wife

They took a little piece of me
But I’m not gonna fall apart
I let them take a piece of me
But I won’t let them touch my heart

Him: I try my best to pull you through
But there’s no guidebook to tell me what to do
So day by day, I’ll play it by ear
And I might not always be right but I’ll always be here

They took a little piece of you
They said that it would save your life
I’m here to let you know that you
Are still my lover and my wife

They took a little piece of you
They left the best of you untouched
We let them take a piece of you
But they won’t take a piece of us

 Both: No, they won’t take a piece of us
          They’ll never take a piece of us
          They took a little piece of me
          But they won’t take a piece of us.

The Crazy World
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2008

CHORUS: It's so hard making it through this crazy world
            You think life is complete, telephone rings,
            And you're knocked off your feet

            It's so hard, making it through this crazy world
            Thank God I got you, pull me through this crazy world

I don't know why, I don't know where
I just opened my eyes, and the trouble was there
I can feel my heart race, the sweat on my chest
I'm running in place, need your embrace, to get through this test

(CHORUS)

I'm inclined to give up, I can't take it much longer
They say what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger
I've got trouble in mind, and it doubles with time
I'm reaching for rope, I certainly hope, you're at the end of that line

(CHORUS)

CHORUS: It's so hard making it through this crazy world
            You think life is complete, telephone rings,
            And you're knocked off your feet

            It's so hard, making it through this crazy world
            Thank God I got you, pull me through this crazy world

I don't know why, I don't know where
I just opened my eyes, and the trouble was there
I can feel my heart race, the sweat on my chest
I'm running in place, need your embrace, to get through this test

(CHORUS)

I'm inclined to give up, I can't take it much longer
They say what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger
I've got trouble in mind, and it doubles with time
I'm reaching for rope, I certainly hope, you're at the end of that line

(CHORUS)
Thank God I got you to pull me through this crazy world
Thank God I got you to pull me through
Thank God I got you

Two Reasons
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 209

I’ve got 2 reasons to be cryin’
I’ve got 2 reasons to be crying today
I’ve got 2 reasons to be cryin’
One is me the other is you

I’ve got 2 reasons to be gone
I’ve got 2 reasons to be gone away
I’ve got 2 reaons to be gone
One is me the other is you

If I point myself to the southern sky
And drive into the sea
Would it be enough to get away from you from me

I’ve got 2 troubles on my mind
I’ve got 2 troubles on my mind tonight
I’ve got 2 troubles on my mind
One is me the other is you

If I hold myself to a higher cause
And try to make it right
Would it be enough to get me through a cold dark starless night

I’ve got 2 times that I miss you
There’s just 2 times that I miss you too much
There’s just 2 times that I miss you
One is never, the other’s always

(repeat verse 1)

Stuck Inside New Jesrey
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2010

So many so many
Cars roll through my mind the wheels I left behind
So many so many
Bridges I have crossed don’t tell me that I’m lost
I’m home
            so I must know where I’m going
My anxiety is growing
But here I am
Stuck inside New Jersey

So many so many
Municipalities how can we find peace
So many so many
People everywhere no room to comb your hair
I’m stuck
Like a lamb upon a skewer
I’m a thinker not a doer
So here I am
Stuck inside New Jersey

Liz:                         Blueberries and ice cream
Summers by the pond
And when the summer’s gone
I’m waiting for the bus with a soggy paper bag

So many so many
Boulders on the hill tomatoes on the sill
So many so many
Times that I have tried to take a one-way ride
I’m back
Like a boomerang or yo-yo
There’s no place I can go so
Here I am
Stuck inside New Jersey

Leaving Jackson
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2010

She said life is a tugboat
Hauling you out to the sea
I said life is a roller coaster
You go up and down ’til you’re back where you used to be
But it don’t matter to me
The only thing I know
There ain’t no hope in Jackson

I met her by the Tilt-A-Whirl
She said she’d give me a spin
I took up her offer
And I ain’t been nothin’ but dizzy since then
I think I need my medicine
To help me find my way
To the Turnpike leaving Jackson

I was an underachiever
Nothin’ was going my way
So I didn’t believe her
When she turned around and asked if I wanted to stay
Who are you talkin’ to anyway?
Could it be this dude
Selling greasy food in Jackson

            Oh Jackson
            You can get in your car and drive to the lion’s den
            Oh Jackson
            The tiger lady’s gone
            Say goodbye to the tiger man
            That ain’t who I am

Now it’s a little bit later
I don’t know where I am
Lookin’ for a mile marker
Stuck in the middle of another Jersey jam
But I don’t really give a damn
If it takes all week
I am leaving Jackson
I am leaving Jackson

I am leaving Jackson...


Belly

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2010

Belly
Hanging over belt
Used to be svelte
before Belly
Bigger every day
How much would I weigh
without Belly
Always wear a shirt
When you eat dessert
cover Belly
wo oh belly (3)
Hide it at the Beach
Fuzzy as a peach
O O Belly
O O Belly
Hide it at the Beach
Fuzzy as a Peach
O O Belly
O O Belly
Fold over a thong
I could write a song
about Belly
about Belly 
O O Belly


Boxing Day

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2010

Put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day
Everywhere I turn, stuff gets in the way
Your relatives won’t go away
Put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day

Bottles lined up on the kitchen floor
There ain’t much left of the wreath on the door
Don’t wanna hear Jingle Bells no more
Put up your dukes, this is war

Remind me the reason for the season
Is it to please us, or is it for Jesus?

Put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day
All of this crap, I couldn’t give it away
I love you so, now go away
Or put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day

Remind me the reason for the season
Is it for Jesus or is it for Visa

Put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day
All of this crap, I couldn’t sell on Ebay
I love you so, now go away
Or put up your dukes, it’s Boxing Day


Dave Kleiner: songwriter, vocal, acoustic and electric guitar
Liz Pagan and Lindsey Meyer: vocals
Dave Sherman: electric 12-string and chanting
Dennis Diken: drums and sleigh bells
Graham Maby: bass

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Wallet and Keys

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2011

I had something important to say
But  can’t remember what it was
It was right on the tip of my brain
But it just rolled away in a big ball of fuzz
It’s important It’s important

I’m sure it will pop in my head
The minute that I get up to leave
I took a little nap in your bed
And now I can’t seem to find my car keys
Have you seen them Have you seen them

Wallet and keys wallet and keys
Has anybody seen my wallet and keys (2)

Was I always this way
Or am I getting worse as I get older
Sometimes I repeat what I say
Or am I getting worse as I get older
It concerns me. It’s not funny

Sometimes when I walk out the door I go back and I check
To make sure that I locked it
Wait… I think I just found my keys
They’ve been here all along in my jacket pocket
Now I’m leaving I’ll be leaving

Wallet and keys wallet and keys
I’m glad that I found my wallet and keys
Wallet and keys wallet and keys
Did I tell you I found my wallet and keys
Wallet and keys

Has anybody seen my shoes…


Salem County

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2004

I'm going to leave this winter town
Before the first robin of spring
And when the summer rolls around
I'll find my new love beckoning

CHORUS:             You can't run from your own shadow
                         You can't hide from your own mind
                         If you’re going to Salem County
                        Lose your soul in the Jersey Pines

Once I lived a life so precious
Strolling through Ken Lockwood Gorge
Rolling all the way to High Bridge
Down by Taylor-Wharton Forge

CHORUS

Times grew hard I needed money
You just can't live on foolish pride
Jack's Honey Farm run out of honey
His children chose to subdivide.

CHORUS

Grey smoke across the Jersey Turnpike
Warm water run the Delaware
I hear her crying in the midnight
I feel her calling in my ear

CHORUS

You're gonna lose your soul (4)


If I Had a Home

words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 1998

If I had a home
I’d have you over
I’d make you coffee
I’d share my bread
If I had a home
I would not be lonely
You’d be my company
You’d be my friend

            If I had a home I’d know where I belong
            And I know I’ll get there before long
            And I’ll cook spaghetti just for you
            And I’ll let you stay in my spare room

If I had a home
We’d have discussions
Talk round a table
Some wine and cheese
If I had a home
I’d have an address
I could get letters
Addressed to me

            If I had a home I’d sleep in a great big bed
            With a big fluffy pillow underneath my head
            I’d have nice warm slippers on my feet
            And I would not leave you on the street

If I had a home
I would not be here now
On this cold sidewalk
Watching people pass by
If I had a home
I would make your live better
I’d buy you flowers
So please don’t cry

Love Is the Purest Thing
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2003

The sky opened up its eyes
Looked down at us and cried
All of the misery
Raining on you and me
(Pre-chorus)            Somehow we'll rise above
            This rubble to find love
            Whatever tomorrow brings
            Love is the purest thing

            (chorus) Love is the purest thing
                        Pure as a mountain spring
                        Driven by gravity
                        Drawing you near to me
                        Teardrops eventually
                        1st: Come back home
                        2nd: Fill up the endless sea
                        Love what you done to me
                        Love is the purest thing

                        (bridge)            And you can't hold a life in your hand
                                    Somethings are bigger — you can't understand
                                    And even prophets fall to the ground
                                    Never quite sure what it was that brought them down

And when the search is through
I'm holding on to you
Give me stability among fragility
            Prechours
                        Chorus
                             Repeat:
                                 Love is the purest thing, Love is the p  urest thing
                                 Love what you done to me, Love is the purest thing

Draining My Pool
words, lyrics, and music by David Kleiner SESAC
copyright 2011

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