Come Hell or High Water


left alone

he was a vietnam veteran killin' machine
made it back alive not a streak o' mean
good friend o' mine reckon thirty five years
not one cross word lookin' eye to eye

chorus
now ya dont know better
strung out in the cold
ya dont know better
when ya got no home
now ya dont know better
when ya left alone to die

she was pretty as a picture needle in 'er arm
'nother burned out night we were doin' wrong
never hugged and kissed 'er but her heartbeat strong
'nother burned out night we were doin' wrong

chorus

upside down at the bottom of the steps
in a pool o' blood aint nobody left
jus' me and drew and a new york cop
walkin' on change and the fallin' out

chorus

i see pictures ev'ry day and the headline news
i cuss and pray at the world and the blues
and i mow the yard and i go out to eat
still able to work but i jus' cant feel

chorus

i dont know better
strung out in the cold
i dont know better
but i gotta home
and i dont know better
when i leave ya alone to die

chorus  

c. 2017 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


i dont wanna disappear anymore
intro

chorus

i dont wanna disappear anymore
i'm tired o' hidin' in the shadows
i love to work and keep my head above water
it's hard to live in the darkness

bridge 1

i keep movin' if i wanna survive
i send a lil money home sometimes
but i dont wanna disappear anymore

chorus

bridge 2

i (cant) remember how it use to be
a job and a home and a family
i dont wanna disappear anymore

chorus

bridge 3

i can do anything that you need
long hours little pay's no stranger to me
i dont wanna disappear anymore

chorus

chorus-instrumental-???

bridge 4

i get my clothes from a second hand store
my shoes fit good enough til tomorrow
i dont wanna disappear anymore

chorus

bridge 5

i still wanna believe in the truth
but the laws of color they always turn blue

repeat bridge 1

chorus
i dont wanna disappear anymore

c. 2018 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


the new damnation alley


bloody curtains in plymouth
dried out in st johns
makin' a livin'
on a whim outta town


feelin' my age
feelin' senical and wrong
too scared to believe
i belong anymore

jude's rollin' in the ev'nin'
not a crumb for a bum
betcha bottom dollar
one day he gonna run

chorus

billionaire barbarians
old cut throat history breeds
old money drags a poor man down
the new damnation alley
the new damnation alley

the truth takes a beatin' 
like a whippin' boy screams
rich guys smilin' 
for the kings and queens

limousine liars
clipper ships for slaves
street to street
shore to shore

chorus

coast to coast
now face to face
see the lovely children
tore up inside

stories tell times
of the names and graves
covered up by the love
we forgot to save

chorus
chorus

c. 2017 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


it is what it is

chorus
it is what it is
aint nuthin' too special
a gift from above
not down below
hold on to your feet
better watch where ya goin'
there's a man upstairs
it is what it is

gotta friend er two
still livin' wanna talk to
shake hands now and then
dont say nuthin'

chorus

sun hot as hell
ground broken and dry
break a sweat halleluja
you aint naked and cold

chorus

my body gets tired
fired up at sundown
i see your pretty face
yo kisses come around

chorus

some people get crazy
gotta a streak o' mean
they piss me off sometimes
i walk away free and clean

chorus

chorus

c.2016 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


black bitter moon

intro

a thousand stars been lost in her eyes
tendin' bar in biloxi for a soldier eyes
pensacola blood in the sun and the sand
in the twinkle of a minute leaves another young man

chorus

that ol black bitter moon
hangs over my head
come hell or high water
comes the rain and the dread
comes the rain and the dread

intro

shove off to the ocean fly up to the sky
aint a drop o' lick o' sense in washington's mind
rocks in the road rock n' roll in my head
dirty socks in my closet bad luck up ahead

chorus
intro

bloody arm on the phone
daddy's drunk with a knife
party line sick alone
she cant run she cant hide

hold my hands in the air
pray for peace do i dare
stay home with my darlin'
so sweet and so fare

chorus
chorus
intro

c. gypsyeyes music, bmi 2017
malcolm holcombe


october mornin'
(better in f# minor)////marco play 2/4 or half time---more like a dirge--

october mornin' four a.m.
nite as black as a one-eyed cat
smokin' chains will hold ya down
the sun wont rise the sun wont rise

legs cant run no feet can turn
back your words they're gone for good
hope has left your troubled world
helpless eyes oh helpless eyes

chorus
mothers rest your souls someday
find your children safe and well
never more too far away
never more far away

her southern blood was warm and red
plastic pearls around her neck
blessed she was all was said
love so true love so true

hand in hand the sound of shoes
walkin' up the road with you
silver hair and sweet perfume
stain glass shines stain glass shined

chorus

walls of thunder satisfied
jaws of churches closed your mind
left to wonder time and time
lost am i lost am i

venetian blinds the heavy door
left a burnin' growin' old
darkness falls before i know
where you are where you are

chorus
chorus

c. 2017 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


legal tender

my cousin's in and outta jail
more times than i can count
bad habits run in the family
marshall still grows pot

trailor meth labs round the corner
they make all the money
pharmaceuticals paint the sky
 and fill the cementaires

bridge
that's the best i can tell
morphine's legal tender

i suck up to you you suck up to me
we could play and sing like the beatles
i was a younger man head full o' sand
now i'm washin'way into pieces

i use to run thru the woods run thru the streets
run to the eyes of a preacher
drink and work you under the table
in the mirror stands clark gable

bridge

now the world is flat flat as hell
re runs on the tv
they keep me here and off the edge
and fucked up on the needle

yeah i'm full o' shit but i got it made
dont wanna hurt your feelin's
in a twenty by twenty paradise
you can leave me

bridge
bridge

c. 2017 gypsyeyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


gone by the ol' sunrise

lights across the river
close enough to touch
a mile from here to me and you
gone by the ol' sunrise

satisfied and hungry
too busy countin' time
way too fast breathin' still
gone by the ol' sunrise

chorus
lookin' in your eyes so tired o' feelin' sad
prayin' in the evenin' mist gone by the ol' sunrise
givin' is the gift of life and my tongue should turn to stone
the ground will swallow up my bones gone by the ol' sunrise

instrumental

chorus

lights across the river
close enough to touch
a mile from here to me and you 

c. 2018 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


brothers keeper
intro

oh helpless we been told
believe before my eyes
the sadness we behold
in one another's arms

the breadlines of the bones
the God forsaken skin
shriveled by the sun
and shaken deep within

chorus
i am my brother's keeper
so lost among these days
beyond the weepin' screams
i travel far away

intro pickin'(instrumental??)-verse-chorus-?

you savor word and deed
and spout the fountains full
of mighty hands and feet
to bare the swords of peace

oh but sorrow comes to hold
and knows no tongue to speak
to suffer madness close
and under lock and key

chorus

intro pickin'

my doorstep windows cast
the shadows from the light
of distant stars away
and wish upon the night

chorus
chorus

c. 2017 gypsyeyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


in the winter

skin and bones
feel the wind thru the windows
shiver like a dog
coughin' thru a wall
red blooded mem'ries
o' that ol' missin' money

bridge
and the sun goes down
in the winter
and the sun goes down
in the winter

a red hot nickle
spend a dime for a fiddle
pull the shades
close the curtains
the moon stands still
hard times keep a rollin' 

bridge

chorus

i shoulda stayed down south
with my brother i could trust
i shoulda worked in the city
where the jobs was aplenty
aint it strange when ya wait
and you wish for a saviour

bridge

fifteen below
four days in a row
gone stir crazy
in a lunatic mind
no man's land
under cardboard on the sidewalk

bridge

old and sick
(dyin's) none o' your business
feet damn frozen
stuck to the floor
angel wings
ring the bells o' mercy

bridge
bridge

chorus
chorus

c. 2018 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


merry christmas

silver spoon in your eyes
never mind mama's tired
go to sleep outta sight
merry christmas

rockin' chair grouchy gums
edge o' nite on the tv
black and white make it color
merry christmas

chorus

merry christmas fried chicken
left overs in the mornin'
never got what i wanted
never kept what i got
merry christmas

fruit cake is the best
save yourself for the rest
two dollars for the children
merry christmas

brylcream ol spice
aqua velva it aint nice
coon track change a tire
merry christmas

chorus

sellin' grit for a nickle
shovel coal in the stoker
daddy's drunk doncha know it
merry christmas

runnin' chains in the snow
go to church when ya go
go to hell if ya dont
merry christmas

chorus
chorus

c. 2017 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe


torn and wrinkled

to the point short and strong
ol pictures from the second war
humbled by the stories he told
i'll never be the man he was

bloody knuckles bustin' tires
good days in a suit and tie
glimpses of my father's pride
left only torn and wrinkled

chorus
forgive me when i turn away
and mumble to the floor
the perfect words are gone for sure
and the mirror's torn and wrinkled

it's hard to measure up inside
to ev'ry nobel sacrifice
my father lived to do what's right
as best i know he tried

my concious carries all the weight
to spare another's heavy burden
back then a family stayed together
silent nights and hurtin'

chorus

the bedroom walls were smoky blue
whispers in the greasy kitchen
a young and skinny kid got old
and the mirror's torn and wrinkled

you're lookin' like your father now
his fewer words say more thank i
the older i become it seems
the faster time does fly

chorus
chorus

c. 2016 gypsy eyes music, bmi
malcolm holcombe