Costa Rica Calling

by Carl Peachey

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1.
Cuban Johnny checks his lines And walks on down the docks Everybody knows his name Everybody stops and talks They talk about the weather Talk about the fishing It’s getting hard to make it pay Down at the end of the road It’s the start of a brand new day Dancing Jimmy went a little too far He can’t drink in the bar no more But the music lives inside of him So he dances outside the door Don’t you know he’s doing so much better Ever since he found a place to stay Down at the end of the road It’s the start of a brand new day Judy came from Southern Cal When daddy went away Since then she had to find another pal But daddy left her sitting okay The doctor said she’s gonna be all right Just as long as she medicates Down at the end of the road It’s the start of a brand new day They come from all around the world To southernmost USA Some of them come to work But mostly they come to play It takes a whole lot of nothing To make you really want to stay Down at the end of the road Down at the end of the road I’ve seen the people come and go I’ve listened to what they had to say I’ve wondered about the places they come from And I’ve tried to second-guess their taste And I can tell you, I’ve see strange, strange things Looking out from this doorway Down at the end of the road It’s the start of a brand new day
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Moon Man 03:23
Moon Man You pulled into town with a brand-new plan A little short on friends, well I understand But you talk a little loud, you smile in my face I know it ain't easy in a brand-new place But you talk like you think I'm the man in the moon Do you really believe I only started to exist The minute you walked in the room? You see me sitting all alone on the beach And you start with the lectures, did I ask you to teach? You sound just like a salesman at Sears If I really felt like chatting I'd have offered you a beer But you talk like you think I'm the man in the moon Do you really believe I only started to exist The minute you walked in the room? You see me at work and you offer me advice I think you're a jerk but I'm trying to be nice Do you believe I was born yesterday? I'll give you a quarter if you just go away Because you talk like you think I'm the man in the moon Do you really believe I only started to exist The minute you walked in the room? You say, ”If I was you, I'll tell you what I’d do” We'll you can't be me and I'm glad I'm not you You look down your nose, say I ain't nowhere If you're so smart why aren't you a millionaire? You talk like you think I'm the man in the moon Do you really believe I only started to exist The minute you walked in the room
3.
Mary Jane 03:57
Mary Jane I've got two good reasons for wanting to stay There's Nancy at night and Debbie by day They both say they'll keep my fire lit But I'll give it to weeks before they're jumping in my shit And I've got two good reasons to go The first, I don't care-the second, I don't know I like to spend my time sitting on the beach With a real fine Georgia peach I like to drink my drink, smoke my stuff Nobody going to tell me when I’ve had enough I don't give a damn about the rest Mary Jane you're still the best I've got a good job you know I can't complain I don't sweat in the sun, I don't run in the rain The boss man's wife, she likes the way I work Without no shoes and without no shirt And I've got no good reason to retire But I'm wandering fool, not just a tool for hire I like to spend my time sitting In the sun With a plump tree-ripened plum Now I don't care what the people say Life is meant to be lived this way So please don't ask me about what I do I want to enjoy my time with you But when it's up, I've still got two good reasons to go First, I don't care-the second, I don't know I like to spend my time sitting in the sand With a cold beer in my hand
4.
Costa Rica Calling The winter waifs have wandered North, the summer streets are thinning The seasons have all run their course, and as the day is dimming I see the stack of unpaid bills, I study for the test of wills But deep inside I know I'm only stalling The evening breeze bears a refrain A seed is planted in my brain I know that sound It’s Costa Rica calling I love the good times and the sun, the ladies and the drinking But now I'm always on the run and lately I've been thinking Have I been paying far too much or have I gone and lost my touch The price of paradise is just appalling I'm not hungry for success I just want to pay a little less And in my mind It's Costa Rica Calling And when I'm free out there, riding in the air I can’t imagine where I'd rather be But when the walls close in, I'm dreaming once again Of all the places that I want to see I think I'll walk down to the pier and watch the boats returning I know I’ll stay another year, it's really just a yearning But still it's always nice to know, I've got some way that I can go If all the pillars in my life start falling It's really not so far away And maybe on some distant day You'll hear me answer Costa Rica calling
5.
Buca 02:41
Buca Lesbians stole my hat Tell me what's up with that Lesbians stole my hat Tell me what's up with that Doing the butt dance out on the floor, oh no Freddie don't Buca no more Aliens abducted my dog Now I'm walking around in a fog Aliens abducted my dog Now I'm walking around in a fog Things can't be the way they were before, oh no Freddie don't Buca no more I might fall flat on my face But the taxi knows the way to my place I might fall flat on my face But the taxi knows the way to my place If I could just fit this key into the door, oh no Freddie don't Buca no more I'm having me a hell of a time But I never cross over the line I'm having me a hell of a time But I never cross over the line I wake up in the morning and my head is sore, oh no Freddie don't Buca no more
6.
Thank You Baby A healing touch Soul and spirit meet Tenderness Warm and oh so sweet Thank you baby A dream is won Many dreams die young Hearts in bliss Words escape my tongue Thank you baby You may not realize it, but you and I have got it made Here's for all those things I meant to say Finally home It's a peaceful night You sleeping there Such a lovely site Thank you baby
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Marathon By Midnight Riding on a rhumb line Heading due West Little white horses I can't get no rest Havana's too far Key Largo, too soon I might need a car To get to Cancun But I'll make Marathon by midnight, and sleep beneath the moon And I'll be drunk in Boot Key Harbor by noon Driving all night Down through the South Committee starts meeting I’m having my doubts Voices in my head Sing a strange tune I’m too tired to drive Too broke to get a room But I'll make Marathon by midnight, and sleep beneath the moon And I'll be drunk in Boot Key Harbor by noon Flying so high Feeling so low Cities looks like ant farms Down below Reality check Camera zoom I know that this flight Comes down too soon But I'll make Marathon by midnight and sleep beneath the moon And I'll be drunk in Boot Key Harbor by noon
8.
I Live For Love It's not the bird in the hand it's not the two in the bush It's not a wave of your hand, not the pull or the push It's not the thrill of the chase, not the lay of the land But one touch from you is more than I can stand I used to be blind but now I've got this vision of us I thought I was fine until I met you baby Now I live for love When I first met you baby, I never would've dared But for what happened next, I was unprepared You held out your hand, my head started to spin Faster and faster, and now I want it again and again and again I used to be blind but now I’ve got this vision of us I thought I was fine until I met you baby, now I live for love Now it's just you and me dancing down by the waterfront And the night’s warm and dark and I know what I want I pull you close and you practice your art And there's no music playing We're just dancing to the beat of your heart
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Shoot Out 05:41

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released January 1, 2002

Carl Peachey, guitar and vocals, except where noted

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