Performed by Jim Almand
Music by Jim Almand --- Lyrics by Jim Almand & Steve Black

Story

A mid-tempo jazzy/walking/blues, and a late night write of passage and friendship between Steve Black and I. Off the 'Dancing In The Church' CD 

Lyrics

V1) We sat down in the morning light, after drinking all night long. And through the fog of conversation, a ray of truth began to dawn. You said, "Life is like a movie. We're all acting out a script." So I said, "Pass me the popcorn, I wanna see how it ends." --- V2) Well we talked about the good times, and the things that made us laugh, and the lovers that we'd left behind, and the ones that made us sad. I was there when they ended. You were there when they began. And there were years when I was crazy, but I knew you'd understand. --- C) The way of the world, can spin your life around. And the winds of change can knock a good man down. When they want more than you've got, well I'll give you my word. I'll be there for you my old friend. That's the way of the world. --- V3) Well the bottles almost empty, and the cigarettes are gone. And the street lights are going out. And the musicians going home. There's too many problems, and not enough old friends. So take care of the world, until we meet again. ----- (Two Acres and a Song Publishing, BMI, copyright 2002) ----- Download @ CD Baby   

Written & performed by Jim Almand

Story

A road side love story off the 'Power of the Spoken Word' CD

Lyrics

V1) On a long stretch of road to a short order town, stood Bone with his guitar trying ta strum one down. Searching the windshields for a friendly face, and wondering how he'd ever fill up his life with all this empty space.. --- V2) Lilly worked the counter at the 'Truck Stop Cafe', serving up coffee and bacon and eggs, and letting her life slip away into the TV screen, but holding back just enough to hold on to her dream. --- C) Ah, but oh, you hang your dreams upon a star? Well stars fall down like tears across a broken heart. --- V3) Well there ain't no hurry, when there's no-where to go, so Lilly took her orders with eyes on the 'soaps'. As the world was turning around the days of her life, she kept longing and yearning each one into lonely night. --- V4) Well then came the day when ol' Bone walked through the door, looking like no-one Lilly had ever seen before. And he sat down at the counter to order up a meal, looked up into Lilly's eyes, and time stood still. --- V5) Well later that night, they went out on a date. And Lilly called the truck stop and quit the next day. Last I recall, they'd gone south to Mexico. I guess the star was worth the fall for Lilly and the Bone. ----- (Two Acres and a Song Publishing, BMI, copyright 1996) ----- Download @ CD Baby

Performed by Jim Almand
Poetry by Dylan Thomas, music by Jim Almand

Story

A somewhat raucous rendition of the classic Dylan Thomas piece. I gained permission from the Trustees of the Dylan Thomas copyrights to put music to it and place it on my 'I'll Call You' CD  --- Download @ CD Baby

Written & Performed by Jim Almand

Story

An homage to the friends and family who have chosen to leave us behind. Off the 'Letters From the Desert' CD 

Lyrics

V1) Got your letter today, said you'd took to the skies. Said you had to go away, and you couldn't bare to see it in my eyes. And there was no way out but out of here. And, without a doubt, you'd run out if tears. And all of your dues had been paid. God I wish you'd stayed. --- V2) Well I'll be alright, nothing heals like time. There'll be songs to write, and there'll be words to rhyme. But there'll also be those moments when I'm alone, and I'll realize that you are gone. So many promises we never made. God I wish you'd stayed. -- V3) Every story must end, but not my love for you. And every road must bend, in our search for the truth. But if I had my wish, you'd still be here. But when you needed me most,  I wasn't there. And you chose to go through that doorway. God I wish you'd stayed. --- And when it's all said and done, we'll meet again, I don't know where,and I don't know when. But wherever you are, I pray, that you're not afraid. Oh god, I wish you'd stayed. (Two Acres and a Song Publishing, BMI, copyright 2002) --- Download @ CD Baby

Performed by Jim Almand, et al.
Written by Jim Almand

Story

An up-tempo, pentacostic, hill-billy, blues tune. Off the 'I'll Call You' CD

Lyrics

V1) There's a story on the mountain, so the old folks say, that the tall pines whisper in the Spring, about a wonderin'  man and a mountain maid, and the trysting tree where they're laying. --- V2) He came out of the city, with a world full of pride, and a heart that no-one had ever known. Then he saw her on her mountain, and his whole body cried.  Fore he had to have her love for his own. --- C1) He said, " Come to me baby in the middle of the night.  I'll wait for you. I can take ya from this mountain and give you a life that's made for two. There's a world out there, and I know that's where I'll make it through. As long as I, I have you." --- V3) Well she'd lived on the mountain every day of her life. And her soul flew with the birds in the trees. But she likes the songs he sang, and the color of his eyes, as they sat beneath their trysting tree. --- V4) But his pride was stoned, and her poor heart moaned, when she said that she could never go away. Then she begged him to leave, for he was born to roam, and their love would only wither if he stayed. --- C2) Still he cried, "Come to me ...... and I know that's where I'll make it true. As long as you, you love me too." --- V5) Well she found him in the morning, by their trysting tree, lying in the flowers still as night. He had waited for her, even though she'd begged him to leave, and the cold wind took away his life. --- V6) Now you can hear her softly singing 'cross the mountain breeze, just as faint as that first breath of Spring, as she carries him wild flowers to their trysting tree. It's a sad love story that she sings. --- C3) She says, "Wait for me baby in the middle of the night, I'll come to you. I'm alone and I'm living on a mountain world that's made for two. Why couldn't I see, when we met on that first day of Spring I needed you. Now I know, our love was true." ----- (Two Acres and a Song Publishing, BMI, copyright 1976) ----- Download @ CD Baby