Pentapus

by Spiff Wiegand

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1.
Girl I love lives on the farm Two strong legs, just one arm Won't do chores but sure can eat Fork and spoon held with her feet I got no money, got no job I barely feed the hogs their slop Hunting through the henhouse bottom to the top Praying for that egg to drop Gonna move to town, move to the city I hear that the girls are pretty Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air Smack dab in the middle of town Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground Living in a penthouse can't touch ground Ten miles out, ten miles back Just to till the 'tater patch I'm so tired when I get home All I do is sit and moan Got no time to get bored Got too many goddamn chores Only time when I sit down Is when I milk the goddamn cow Gonna move to town, move to the city I hear that the girls are pretty Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air Smack dab in the middle of town Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground Living in a penthouse can't touch ground Late at night, nothing to do Play the banjo, tap my shoe Only thing to do is sit Rock my chair, chew and spit I'm so tired when I get home All I do is sit and moan Things get tougher every day If I don't leave I'll die this way Gonna move to town, move to the city I hear that the girls are pretty Live life without a care a thousand feet up in the air Smack dab in the middle of town Living in a penthouse never touch ground, won't touch ground Living in a penthouse can't touch ground Smack dab in the middle of town Living in a penthouse never touch ground Living in a penthouse can't touch ground
2.
Little house, quiet house Drooping eyes and a sagging chin Chilly breeze through the leafless trees A quilt tucked up where my smile begins Ticking grampa clock that dulls me Heart strings pluck a tune that lulls me Belly fed I climb in bed Happy as sin Dishes wait from the food we ate A mellow mood from the apple wine I'm a snug little bug But I'll wake like a butterfly Water from the faucet dripping out of sync with grampa's ticking The cat wants fed but I'm in bed So some other time Throw away half a day All those things to do will keep Breathe in slow and breathe in deep Curl up tight and get some sleep All those things to do will keep Breathe in slow and breathe in deep Curl up tight and get some sleep Curl up tight and get some sleep
3.
Hey, did you hear that I died? Hey, did you hear that I died, old chum? It was terrible I saw it coming like a second before From then until it happened, well I've never lived more Then the pain came Songs and books and how I killed that bird Ketchup and sex and my first dirty word Moving in, moving out and along with the herd Then I bleat like a sheep on the slaughterhouse floor And I winced when I realized I couldn't be alive anymore Did you hear that I died? Hey, did you hear that I died, old chum? It was terrible I saw it coming like a second before From then until it happened, well I've never lived more Then the pain came So many girls who were out of my reach Chocolate and dogs and one perfect peach Learning good, learning wrong and doing a little bit of each I cried out like a child that no one protects Might have died with a smile but was worrying about what comes next Hey, did you hear that I died? Hey, did you hear that I died? Did you hear that I died? Did you hear that I died? Did you hear that I died?
4.
Bright Ideas 03:22
Beetle in the driveway I dare you to release the brake I am three years old Rolling right down the street Celebration time Light a sparkler in the kitchen I won't catch the toss Blame our brother for the burn mark Little girl with your bright ideas Don't listen to a word they say Little girl with your bright ideas Keep 'em coming anyway You won't do your chores So take my teddy bear in your hands He sings a song so sad Until I do the dishes for you Little girl with your bright ideas Don't listen to a word they say Little girl with your bright ideas Keep 'em coming anyway Try to build a boat But will it take the weight? Little brother can't swim Just push him out Little girl with your bright ideas Don't listen to a thing they say Little girl with your bright ideas I love you anyway
5.
You're a double scoop, I'm a cherry pie You're a double scoop, I'm a cherry pie Get to know me A la mode me please You're a lemon drop, I'm a sweet tooth You're a lemon drop, I'm a sweet tooth Sugar treat me Cavity me please Pretty please with sugar on top You're teasing me so but don't ever stop Shaking me up like I'm soda pop oh girl You're a hotcake, I'm the maple syrup You're a hotcake, I'm the maple syrup Let me coat you Sticky soak you please Pretty please, pretty please Pretty please with sugar on top You're teasing me so but don't ever stop Shaking me up like I'm soda pop oh girl Pretty please with sugar on top Mmmmm, don't ever stop Let me be your soda pop Pretty please, pretty please Pretty please
6.
It's Okay 03:04
It's okay that you don't want to kiss me anymore I've been through this before I was nearly out the door anyway And I don't need to stretch out this goodbye But if you want to cry then that's okay And it's alright that you want me to give you back your key It's not like you and me were for eternity But please don't fight I'd rather that you give me one more smile And store me in your file of what's alright Years from now we'll wonder at what could've been Imagine that we should've been much more than we could be I wish I had the answers now we'll never know Imagine how are hearts could grow if they had chemistry Or tenacity So fare the well, it's hard sometimes to have it come to this Never more to kiss that's one thing I'll miss And gee it's swell that for a little while we had fun But now it's time to run so fare the well Years from now we'll wonder at what could've been Imagine that we should've been much more than we could be I wish I had the answers now we'll never know Imagine how are hearts could grow if they had chemistry Or tenacity It's okay that you don't want to kiss me anymore I've been through this before I was nearly out the door anyway And I don't need to stretch out this goodbye But if you want to cry then that's okay Sometimes we need to cry and that's okay I think that I might cry is that okay?
7.
What good is my body if you're not around? What purpose worth having, mundane or profound? I've tried standing up but I keep falling down What good is my body if you're not around? My heart isn't pumping, it don't make a sound When it ought to be thumping as we paint the town And my legs should be dancing as you twirl in a gown What good is my body if you're not around? I can't run my hands down the ridge of your hips I can't bend my neck to savor your lips I can't move a muscle to pull you in tight You've been gone so long that nothing works right Well we made a good team but now I'm the clown Who warms up the bench while you run around And I'd put up a fight but I'd lose the first round What good is my body if you're not around? What good is my body if you're not around? I can't run my hands down the ridge of your hips I can't bend my neck to savor your lips I can't move a muscle to pull you in tight You've been gone so long that nothing works right So I'll be asleep till the sun goes down And probably still sleeping when it comes back around 'Cause I can't see one reason to get off the ground What good is my body if you're not around? What good is my body if you're not around? What good is my body if you're not around?
8.
I dropped a ladder in your heart and lowered myself down Took some measurements in ink to file them in town But my complaints were never heard 'cause you could not be found And so I finally gave up on ever settling down And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose But if you wanna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth 'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues You know you left a little spot in the middle of my bed And a divot at the top where you used to lay your head So I thought I'd write a book out of all those things you said But I finally gave up - it was too long to be read And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose But if you're gonna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth 'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues You fight back everything you think you shouldn't mention And grip your fists around the keys to comprehension 'Cause you don't wanna see me stung you keep your masterpiece unsung But I can see it coiled right there on your tongue And if you're gonna take my time, give me something that I can use And if you're gonna take my life, give me one last wish to choose But if you're gonna take my heart, then lie to me with the truth 'Cause I'm sick and tired of these blues I let your bird out of its cage and it flew out the door While I read each crusty page that was lining its cage floor All your poems, verse, and songs that I'd never heard before And I was glad your bird had flown - I couldn't listen anymore
9.
Up the Hill 03:35
Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay Up the hill today was letting go of love If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never Up the hill today was letting go of love Look at all the tiny houses, tiny little lives Tiny little voices rising so high Guess I gotta make my choices Every single one staring back at me just like a shotgun Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay Up the hill today was letting go of love If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never Up the hill today was letting go, letting go of love Look at all the tiny houses, tiny little lives Tiny little voices rising so high Guess I gotta take my choices Every single one staring back at me just like a shotgun Like a cocked one Walking up the hill today I never wanted love to stay Up the hill today was letting go of love If I go a separate way I'll never live it down no never Up the hill today was letting go, letting go of love Love love love love Letting go of love
10.
It's peaches in the summer and apples in fall It's peaches in the summer and apples in fall But winter can take so frightfully long I'm back with the ball and chain As soon as I'm up I'm going all day As soon as I'm up I'm going all day I gotta grunt while she gets to play I'm back with the ball and chain If she's staying in, then I'm going down She's staying in, then I'm going down When I'm dead asleep then she hits the town I'm back with the ball and chain Every time I wake up I'm still at home Every time I wake up I'm still at home Well where could I go, how long could I roam When I've got the shackles on? The train blows a whistle at four on the clock The train blows a whistle at four on the clock But I'll never go 'cause it never stops And I'm back with Peaches in the summer and apples in fall Peaches in the summer and apples in fall But winter can take so frightfully long I'm back with the ball and chain Back with the ball and chain Back with the ball and chain Back with the ball and chain
11.
So Much 04:37
Endless ocean, sunset sky Cloudy fantasies floating by Fades to starlight, hanging moon Lasts forever but it's over soon I, I miss you so much Morning subway, strong caffeine Rainy sidewalk, nicotine TV dinner, alcohol Smoking grass can't erase it all 'Cause I, I miss you so much I, I miss you so much Miss you so much We were tigers in the sheets Overflowing body heat We were lovers, now we're friends Please can we be lovers again? 'Cause I, I miss you so much I, I miss you so much I, I miss you so much I miss you so much
12.
There's an itty bitty buddha in a glassy case An itty bitty buddha with a peaceful face Maybe I should buy it to evoke some calm and quiet When I set it in a high and righteous place Will an itty bitty buddha show me how to be Accepting of my fate of mediocrity? Maybe meditation would improve my situation And could fill me with elation, not ennui 'Cause I need to unlearn my way Find another course to stay or stray Wind up like a child at play every day Oh bodhisattva teach the way That gives me inner wealth To live in mental health And choose to be myself By loosing sense of self Oh itty bitty buddha show me how So I can be a great big buddha now I need to unlearn my way Find another course to stay or stray Wind up like a child at play every day Oh bodhisattva teach the way That gives me inner wealth To live in mental health And choose to be myself By loosing sense of self Oh itty bitty buddha show me how So I can be a great big buddha now Right now!

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released May 19, 2015

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