The Andy Rau Band

Americana music... an eclectic blend folk, rock and bluegrass from Southern California

Americana
an eclectic blend of folk, rock and bluegrass styles

LYRICS    Simple Man
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ANDY RAU
PURPLE RAVEN MUSIC, BMI
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED USED BY PERMISSION

SIMPLE MAN
i have watched the time go by
i've risked it all for foolish pride                     
i've yearned for changes fate's denied                
i gaze upon them still
engaged in battle with my plans
struggling to understand                     
what makes this simple man                
wander up that hill

simple man what are you doing
simple man what are you proving
sou need a simple plan
simple man

i dream the wind has pulled me free
above it all above the sea
and looking down through blues and greens
i see a ship like me
rocking to another’s song
the stars have proved the compass wrong
will anyone be searching long
for a ship that looks like me

simple man what are you doing
simple man what are you proving
you need a simple plan
simple man

what’s so complicated what’s so complicated
it’s just your life
It’s kind on over-rated not that sophisticated
just change yourself and you’ll be all right

an empty hand lurks in the dark
to shove me back each time I start
if only I could disregard
the things that people say
and look at me I write this tale
of woe is me while others sail
as both our silver linings pale
i’ll find another way

simple man what are you doing
simple man what are you proving
you need a simple plan
simple man

i dream the wind has pulled me free
above it all above the sea
and looking down through blues and greens
i see a ship like me
rocking to another’s song
the stars have proved the compass wrong
will anyone be searching long
for a ship that looks like me

simple man what are you doing
simple man what are you proving
you need a simple plan
simple man

simple man - what are you doing
simple man - what are you proving
simple man - simple man simple man
simple man - simple man

TILL I FIND SOMEONE
days can pass so slow
when I’m all alone
i don’t know just where I will go
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone

and so I search around
tideways up and down
i try to keep these feet on the ground
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone

she’ll suddenly appear
friends try to make it clear
but I’m not so convinced she can hear
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone

till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone
till I find someone

WHY DID YOU RUN

you used to be crazy about me
we used to have so much fun
now you’re acting just as crazy without me
so tell me girl why did you run

evenings on the beach watching the horizon
we’d sit there till the morning sun
laughing ‘bout the story we were writing
so tell me girl why did you run

do I pull you back
do I let you go
won’t you talk to me
won’t you let me know

the curtain came down
in the middle of the show
will you walk with me
will you make me whole

maybe getting close made you frightened
maybe it was something I have done
maybe it’s become unexciting
tell me girl why did you run

do I pull you back
do I let you go
won’t you talk to me
won’t you let me know

the curtain came down
in the middle of the show
will you walk with me
will you make me whole

you used to be crazy about me
we used to have so much fun
Now you’re acting just as crazy without me
So tell me girl why did you run
Tell me girl why did you run

A NICE DREAM
something has been shattered
i can feel it in your touch
things that really mattered
don’t seem to matter all that much

could it be our promise
has blown into the dusk
and left us here among our tears
with nothing but the past

it was a nice nice dream
that had to end some day
it was a nice nice dream
that’s fading fading away

we are not the only ones
who’ve played this little game
we roll the dice and risk the price
that love will not remain

and so we took our chances
but got caught up in the rain
while others won the sunshine
and walk down lover’s lane

it was a nice nice dream
that had to end some day
it was a nice nice dream
that’s fading fading away

just trying harder brings more pain
i don’t know why it fans the flames
we’ve overstayed our welcome here
seems so sad to disappear

it was a nice nice dream
that had to end some day
it was a nice nice dream
that’s fading fading away
fading fading away
fading fading away

IT REMINDS ME OF MY LIFE
birds in the sky
circle ‘round their prey
don’t ask them why
they cannot say

and it reminds me of my life
spinning in circles
yeah they remind me of my life
spinning in circles

day turns to night
night turns to day
don’t ask them why
they cannot say

and it reminds me of my life
spinning in circles
yeah they remind me of my life
spinning in circles

i don’t know what I’m gonna do
can’t explain my melancholy mood
if I could I would turn and run
melt away with the evening sun

a child starts his life
an old man slips away
don’t ask them why
they cannot say

and it reminds me of my life
spinning in circles
yeah they remind me of my life
spinning in circles

‘round and ‘round - ‘round and ‘round
‘round and ‘round - ‘round and ‘round
my heart pounds lonely sound
‘round and ‘round

and it reminds me of my life
spinning in circles
yeah they remind me of my life
spinning in circles

and it reminds me of my life
spinning in circles
yeah they remind me of my life
spinning in circles

and it reminds me of my life

THEY WANT TO FEEL LIKE ME
when you're with me I feel like a king
with a throne and a crown and a ring
all kinds of friends bring me all kinds of things
they want to feel like me
want to be like me

when you're with me I feel like I glide
through the air with these wings of mine
people stop to look up from their lives
they want to feel like me
want to be like me

follow me follow me
down to the river down to the sea
follow me follow me
down where my river ends

they want to feel like me want to see like me
want to know your love through eternity
they want to be like me want to breathe like me
want to hold your love to eternity

when you're with me I feel like a train
rolling back to my homeland again
strangers stand crying in the rain
they want to feel like me want to be like me

follow me follow me
down to the river down to the sea
follow me follow me
down to my river
we’ll be there together
down where my river ends

they want to feel like me
want to be like me

FOR YOU
you talk about packing your bags and leaving
you don’t deserve the tears you cry
and with the kind of life I’ve been leading
i have no alibi

but if I told you that I need you
with all my heart and all my soul
if I told you that I breathe you
can I have you to hold

i wrote this song for you
kind of a silly thing to do
but every note and every word is true
i wrote this song down for you

but if I told you that I need you
with all my heart and all my soul
if I told you that I breathe you
can I have you to hold

i wrote this song for you
kind of a silly thing to do
but every note and every word is true
i wrote this song down for you
i wrote this song down for you
i wrote this song down for you

NIGHT SHIFT
i’m working the night shift ever since you went away
i’m working the night shift what else can I do
i’m working the night shift where tears are my only pay
i’m working the night shift waiting here for you

seems we just got loving started
seems we just got loving right
now I lie here broken-hearted
chasing your memory through the night

i’m working the night shift ever since you went away
i’m working the night shift what else can I do
i’m working the night shift where tears are my only pay
i’m working the night shift waiting here for you

said we’d always be together
said we’d never have to part
and I don’t know if I can ever
erase this longing from my heart

i’m working the night shift ever since you went away
i’m working the night shift what else can I do
i’m working the night shift where tears are my only pay
i’m working the night shift waiting here for you

ooh
ooh
ooh
i’m working the night shift waiting here for you

 SUE ANN’S LONELY
she drove a hearse down sunset
she always looked good in black
she loved the looks that she’d get
but she rarely gave them back

there I stood on the corner
with my thumb in the wind
she slowed to look me over
then she told me to get in

sue ann’s lonely sue ann’s lonely like me
sue ann’s lonely sue ann’s lonely like me

she asked where I come from
didn’t ask where I was going
i said I come from lonesome
is that a place that you might know

i saw a tear come rolling
down a face that was soft and pure
her sadness touched my soul and
i knew for sure

sue ann’s lonely Sue Ann’s lonely like me
sue ann’s lonely Sue Ann’s lonely like me

she’s a lonely girl in this lonely world
and her daydreams swirl round this lonely world
and her night schemes whirl round this lonely world

i saw a tear come rolling
down a face that was soft and pure
her sadness touched my soul and
i knew for sure

sue ann’s lonely Sue Ann’s lonely like me
sue ann’s lonely Sue Ann’s lonely like me
she drove a hearse down sunset

GET OVER IT
maybe we worked for a while
but nothing lasts forever
don’t mean to cramp your style
but you’ll find someone better

get over it - don’t live in the past           
get over it - loosen your grasp
get over it - go find a new path
get over it – get over it

love is just a game
to while away the hours
sunshine turns to rain
and too much kills the flowers

get over it - don’t live in the past           
get over it - loosen your grasp
get over it - go find a new path
get over it – get over it

just learn to look at life like me
forget what you’ve been taught
then Look at love and see
you can turn those tears right off                      

but go ahead and cry
if you find it satisfying
but me I’m heading down the line
i find no use in trying

get over it - don’t live in the past           
get over it - loosen your grasp
get over it - go find a new path
get over it – get over it

MEANT TO DO
yesterday morning I got the news
she was leaving on a Baja cruise
with a guy she met at the grocery store
now I’m all alone once more

but it’s not like this is the very first time
seems like I’m always waiting in line
to have my heart broken in two
maybe this is what I’m meant to do

thought that she might be the one
thought that we could walk in the sun
find a place on a cul-de-sac
live our life never look back

but it’s not like this is the very first time
seems like I’m always waiting in line
to have my heart broken in two
maybe this is what I’m meant to do

lonely nights lonely days
i’ll live my life sitting in a haze
there'll be lonely months lonely years
i’ll spend my time fighting back tears

yesterday morning I got the blues
she was leaving me on a Baja cruise
with a guy she met the day before
now I’m all alone once more

but it’s not like this is the very first time
seems like I’m always waiting in line
to have my heart broken in two
maybe this is what I’m meant to do

but it’s not like this is the very first time
seems like I’m always waiting in line
to have my heart broken in two
maybe this is what I’m meant to do

THE HEAD SONG
well I went down to the town witch doctor
he shook his rattles and said
i’ll make you one offer mister
i’ll give you twenty dollars for your head

what would you do with my head
what would you do with this brain
the first I like to collect
the rest I’d probably frame

well I went down to the man on the street
i asked him what he’d give for my head
he said well you know I’m really more into feet
but I’ll give you my last piece of bread

what would you do with my head
what would you do with this brain
the first I’d keep as a pet
the rest I’d probably frame

i always thought that I was worth more
maybe a four on a scale to five
but I found out my actual score
was well below the poverty line

well I went to a friend to hold her
cause I knew that she’d hold me back
i’d rest my head on her shoulder
she’d get me back on track

I told her about that card carrying witch doctor
i told her about that card carrying bum
i knew that their prices would shock her
but she agreed with them

i said what would you do with my head
what would you do with this brain
the first I’d place by the bed
the rest I’d probably frame

i said what would you do with my head
what would you do with this brain
the first I’d place by the bed
the rest I’d probably frame

they all want my head for cheap
they all want my brains those creeps
they all want me dead for keeps
and where they gonna hang the frames

 SHINE ON ME
if the sun’s gonna shine
if the sun’s gonna shine on the sea
if the sun’s gonna shine on the earth and the pines
then why can’t it shine on me

if it can burn off the winter snow
to nourish the rivers and the streams
if it can take a seed and make it grow
then why can’t it shine on me

the Greeks and the Romans worshiped that star
back in the olden days
they may have gone just a little too far
i only need it to light my way

if the sun’s gonna shine
if the sun’s gonna shine on the sea
if the sun’s gonna shine on the earth and the pines
then why can’t it shine on me

and what about the Aztecs down in Mexico
they’d sacrifice a virgin each week
i don’t know if it made the crops grow
but the birth rate most certainly increased

if the sun’s gonna shine
if the sun’s gonna shine on the sea
if the sun’s gonna shine on the earth and the pines
then why can’t it shine on me

if it can burn off the winter snow
to nourish the rivers and the streams
if it can take a seed and make it grow
then why can’t it shine on me

if it can take a seed and make it grow
then why can’t it shine on me

 I’M A PRISONER
i was young and I was foolish
spent my time a running ‘round
now it’s too late to undo it
for I’ve lost what I have found

i’m a prisoner I’m a prisoner
i’m a prisoner can’t you see
i’m a prisoner each time I think of her
i’m just a prisoner running free

she was all I ever needed
guess I knew it all the time
but I traded love for freedom
now the sentence fits the crime

i’m a prisoner I’m a prisoner
i’m a prisoner can’t you see
i’m a prisoner each time I think of her
i’m just a prisoner running free

so I guess I’ll keep on moving
though my past still lies ahead
cause no matter what I’m doing
I never ever will forget                                            

i’m a prisoner I’m a prisoner
i’m a prisoner can’t you see
i’m a prisoner each time I think of her
i’m just a prisoner running free

 MY HEART
people walking down the street
love is dancing in their eyes
me I stand here in defeat
got nobody by my side

my heart my heart my heart is waiting
my heart my heart is for the taking

you won’t mistake me for James Dean
no pretty face upon a magazine
but you know somehow it seems
there’d be someone out there for me

my heart my heart my heart is waiting
my heart my heart is for the taking

day and night they melt like one
into a future that has already begun
and as I view the changing sky
i feel my life is passing right before my eyes

my heart my heart my heart is waiting
my heart my heart is for the taking

SAD SONG
there was a sad old song
that they used to play
on the radio
almost every day

it was about some guy
who had lost his girl
no matter how he tried
he couldn’t save his world

now I feel like that sad song
after years I can finally relate
yes I feel like that sad song
i feel like that sad song today

her lips were soft and sweet
they’d whisper in his ear
words like eternity
the future seemed so clear

now I feel like that sad song
after years I can finally relate
yes I feel like that sad song
i feel like that sad song today

standing alone
no place to go
just like that guy
on the radio

he longed to hold her tight
to get her back on track
but she pushed him aside
saying no way Jack

now I feel like that sad song
after years I can finally relate
yes I feel like that sad song
i feel like that sad song today

COMPLETELY SATISFIED
i’m walking down this road
sun is shining oh so bright
i dropped my weary load
i’m completely satisfied

there are mountains to my left
the ocean to my right
i have got nowhere to get
i’m completely satisfied

quit my job at forty eight                             
took a final withdrawal from the bank
threw out the clock threw out the news
cashed in the stock cashed in the blues

now I can look tomorrow
straight in the eyes
no room for sorrow
i’m completely satisfied

 I COULD REST EASY
if I could only see you again
then I could rest easy
if I could take back those words that I said
then I could rest easy

it’s hard to explain sitting here in the rain
i feel like a song with no refrain
if I could only see you again
then I could rest easy

if I could turn back the hands of time
then life would be easy
one more chance to make you mine
then life would be easy

it’s hard to explain sitting here in the rain
i feel like a song with no refrain
if I could turn back the hands of time
then life would be easy

it’s hard to explain sitting here in the rain
i feel like a song with no refrain
if I could only see you again
then I could rest easy
life would be easy
i could rest easy