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Posted By: Joe Offer
01-Jun-17 - 05:43 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Add: songs by Fred Small
Subject: Lyrics-Everything Possible: Fred Small in Concert
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Lyrics to Everything Possible: Fred Small in Concert

All lyrics Copyright Fred Small except "Rodney King's Blessing"

Guinevere and the Fire

My grandmother was born in 1900
On a farm in New South Wales
She wed a dairyman
Who liked to raise a pint of ale
The first child came when she was twenty
Five more babes in seven years
That first daughter was my mother
They called her Guinevere

Little Gwen would play beneath the willow
"Yes the Queen would love some tea"
Helped with chores that never ended
Tried to mind tried to please
Sometimes she heard the music
Wild and strange in the summer night
"They're dirty people" warned her mother
"Never go near their campfire light"

"Stay away from the camp of the blackfellas
Little white girls have disappeared
They drink and dance when the moon is red
Better never let 'em see your golden hair"

Came the winter of '27
So cold the milk froze in the pail
Her mum hung the nappies by the hearth
Her dad in town for a round of ale
A spark leapt from the fire that night
Wrapped her mother in a gown of flame
Flailing dancing in a frenzy
Falling down in voiceless pain

Stillness and the stench of burning
Then so soft 'twas like a ghost
"Fetch the Cunninghams" she whispered
"Bring me aid or I am lost"
The Cunningham house was not two miles away
And they the nearest whites
Past the camp of the Aboriginals
Past the demons of the night


"I will run to save my mother
I must go now I must fly"
Still she heard her mother's tales
Of the Devil's drums and the evil eye
Her mother's breathing ever fainter
Gwen frozen in her fright
Seven hours till dawn she waited
For the safety of the light

Now she runs till her feet are bleeding
To the house upon the hill
Now comes the doctor's wagon speeding
To her mother cold and still

They laid her down in the Nowra graveyard
From the Bible read a verse
Children sent to aunts and uncles
Some to Melbourne some to Perth
Gwen packed her canvas satchel
Could not hold the salt tears back
Turned to leave her home forever
Faced a woman gnarled and black

"Child our hearts are heavy
Grieving for your loss
We live so close by you
Why did you not come to us?
We hve salves to heal the burning
We hve herbs to stop the pain
We could have helped had we but known
To make your mother whole again"


The Other Side of the Wood

We met in the quiet of the meadow
We rambled hand in hand through the glade
We lay entwined on a pallet
Of clover and columbine made
But now the forest fills with shadows
And the raven and the wolf call your name
And you wonder how you ever came to wander
So deep into this unknown terrain

So go your way I cannot hold you
Nor would I detain you if I could
I will wait for you in the clearing
On the other side of the wood

How I would speed to your rescue
Through the darkwood so wild and overgrown
But where you go I cannot follow
The staff you hew must be your own
For my comfort would only confine you
And my love would close about you like a shroud
All my fears for you would confound you
All my fears for myself would drag you down


I know the wind will tell you stories
And every tale come to a bloody end
But somewhere in that dread parade of possibilities
Is it possible I am your friend

To walk with a companion is a blessing
To forfeit one's freedom is a curse
To open the heart's wounds is agony
To bind them tight is even worse
Wherever the light before you leads you
And whether you find me or no
My love will travel softly at your shoulder
And abide with you wherever you may go


Hot Frogs on the Loose

By the light of the Tennessee moon
From the bilious bubbles of a black lagoon
They make a hound dog howl a SWAT team swoon
Hot frogs on the loose

They've multiplied since '53
Slurping nuclear debris
Amphibious fabulous fancy free
Hot frogs on the loose

Hippity hoppity here they come
Radioactive lookin' for fun
If you kiss 'em look out for the tongue
Hot frogs on the loose

They got little skinny legs and big bug eyes
Fraternizing's not advised
They like you like they like flies
Hot frogs on the loose

They got a chicken nugget body and a whopper leap
In your bedroom while you sleep
They'll make your Geiger counter beep
Hot frogs on the loose


You can put the pedal to the metal till the rubber squeals
Squish 'em with your tires you got hot wheels
How you know how it feels to be a
Hot frog on the loose

Please do not keep them as pets
Sauteing them may bring regrets
Make a citizen's arrest of a
Hot frog on the loose

Frogs for peace frogs for defense
Don't be nervous don't be tense
We've got a sure-fire three-foot fence
To keep the hot frogs from gettin loose


Smile When You're Ready

Little girl in Mary Janes
You walked a fine line
Party braids and pinafores
Thank you for the very nice time
They didn't ask what you were thinking
They didn't want to know
All you wanted was to be loved
So you put on a show

But you can smile when you're ready
Not a moment before
A refugee awakes at night
To the sound of distant wars
Smile when you're ready
No matter how long it takes
Your wounded heart will find
Its own saving grace

Toy guns and bloody noses
Don't walk away from a fight
"Faggot" jeers at the sign of tears
Screw the lid on tight
So you never let 'em see you
You never laugh too loud
You're the man in the iron mask
You're a big boy now


Rain on the river
Patches of blue
Just when a smile seems a million miles away
It'll sneak up on you

Sometimes the people who hurt you
Don't leave you alone
Maybe they ask forgiveness
Maybe they say please come home
Maybe they're just too ashamed to admit
The things you say are true
You can love 'em you can let 'em go
You know it's up to you

CHORUS (to...)

Simple Living

Too many words too many sounds
Too many attractions turn me around
Too many miles in a chrome cocoon
I never get anywhere I can't see the moon

Too many commercials too many lies
Too many celebrities I don't recognize
Too many brand names too many magazines
I got so much sensation I can't feel a thing

Simple living
Got to get to simple living
Simple living
Simple... simply living

Too many things we just throw away
If we put it in the garbage we're gonna eat it someday
We turn on the lights and a river dies
We turn the TV on to see and eagle fly

Too much work with nothing to do
Too many dreams never come true
Too much hurting without a second glance
Too much desperation they call romance

Gonna take this life, pare it to the bone
Baby when you knock baby I'll be home
I'll make my breakfast sweep the floor
Open the window unlock the door

Gonna turn off the video the audio too
Open my eyes take in the view
See the divine in the veins of a leaf
In the hands of a beggar in the eyes of a thief

Simple living
Gimme simple living
Simple living
Simple living

Rodney King's Blessing

People can we all get along
Can we all get along
People you know we're all stuck here for a while
Let's try to work it out

People I just want to say you know can we get along
Can we all get along
Can we stop making it making it hard
For the older people and the kids

I mean we've got enough smog here in Los Angeles
Let alone to get killed setting these fires and things
It's just not right it's not right
It's not going to change anything
We'll get our justice


They've won the battle but they haven't won the war
We'll have our day in court that's all we want
I love I'm neutral I love people of every color
I'm not like they're making me out to be

We've got to quit I mean I could understand
The first two hours after the verdict
But to go on like this
To see that security guard shot on the ground
It's just not right because those people
Will never go home to their families again


CHORUS (We can...)

The Hug Song

I want a hug when we say hello
I want a hug when it's time to go
I want a hug 'cause I want you to konw
I'm awfully fond of you.
I want a hug--what a wonderful feeling
I want a hug--to feel you squeezing
I want a hug--it certainly seems like
The natural thing to do!

When I was a little bitty baby child, my momma used to hold me tight
My daddy used to come and pick me up when I got scared at night
The years have passed, I've grown so fast, and mostly I feel strong
But timid or bold, I'm never too old to sing this cozy song.


Now some folks don't like hugging--they think they're too tough
I bet they'd be a whole lot friendlier if they were just hugged enough
When you hug the ones who love you, an amazing thing you learn
When you give a hug, you just can't help but get one in return!


Sometimes grownups are grouchy and they put the blame on you
Sometimes you make just a little mistake though you did the best you could do
Sometimes love is everywhere and it's a beautiful day
And every time is the perfect time to open your arms and say:


Friends First

I wake up early in the cool of the morning
Magenta and purple over Casco Bay
Sleepless with yearning reason returning
I send you this song like a summer bouquet

I want to be
Friends first before we are lovers
Friends first taking our won sweet time
Friends first lay your head on my shoulder
Tell me your story and I'll tell you mine

We've both tasted the passion of reckless abandon
Drinking our pleasure like blackberry wine
Wakened in panic in the arms of a stranger
Darlin' let's do it different this time


Two aged lovers sit by the fire
A look carries meaning only old friends can know
A lifetime together come down to embers
And their faces are filled with the light from below

Tell me your bad dreams sing me your lullabies
When did you run away and when did you fight
Show me the caterpillar show me the butterfly
We'll get as close as the wind and the night


Too Many People

Too many people having too many babies
Got to love them babies but there's
Too many peopple having too many babies
Got to love them babies but it's out of control

Adam and Eve time on their hands
Hyperactive glands room to expand
Once they began begatting they begatted to excess
Eschewing tactics prophylactic now we're in a mess

Because there's

When Columbus sailed the ocean we were 400 million
Industrial revolution still under a billion
The Great Depression hit 2.1 billion
Now we're pushing the millennium 6 billion and counting

Civil wars rumbling refugees stumbling
Forests falling deserts creeping
Traffic crawling resiources depleting
Shoppers shopping for pleasures fleeting

When there's

Once I lived in the city it was too big and noisy
So I moved to the country to stop and smell the rosies
All my city friends joined me and put up nice new housies
Now it's too big and noisy think I'll move to the country

Some say no no no no it's not the population
It's consumption pollution unequal distribution
I say that's so but it's a simple equation
Pepulation times pollution equals no solution

When there's

If you are a child welcome to the world
This blue-green earth is your gift by birth
May you rock to its rhythms may you sing its anthems
And if you have babies please stop at two

Because there's

CHORUS (... please stop at two.)

If I Were Taken Now

If I were taken now
I would remember the light in your hair
The darkness at the center of your eye
If I were taken now
I would remember the small of your back
The arc of your shoulder

If I were taken now
I would give thanks
For teh kindness you showed in loving me so easily

If I were taken now
I would remember your breath on my cheek
The soft conspiracy of your kiss
If I were taken now
I would remember how quickly you laugh
Warm as winter's kitchen

If I were taken now
I would ask forgiveness
For every time my thoughtlessness caused you pain
Or made you doubt me

A swarm of stars
A fleet of fireflies
Would pilot me into the night
I would not be frightened
But I would miss you
I would miss you

The Marine's Lament, or, The Pink Peril

From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
I have fought my country's battles
I have faced every enemy

I ain't scared of no Iraqi missiles
I ain't scared of no Russian tanks
If I'm captured and tortured all they'll get
Is my serial number name and rank

You know I'd storm Baghdad to kick Saddam's butt
Swim to Havana bring home Castro's beard
For my buddies throw my body on a live grenade
I guess I just don't know the meaning of fear

But please
Please please please please please
Don't make me shower with a fairy
Not a fairy--fairies scare me
Cause a fairy might look at my weewee
My weewee--it's so teeny

Everything Possible

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved,
Washed the dishes and put them away
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea
I will sing you a song no one sang to me
May it keep you good company.

You can be anybody you want to be,
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country where your heart leads
And know I will love you still
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you're done.

There are girls who grow up strong and bold
There are boys quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some go in their own way and time
Some women love women, some men love men
Some raise children, some never do
You can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you.

Don't be rattled by names, by taunts, by games
But seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They will give the same back to you.


Peace Is

Peace is the bread we break
Love is the river rolling
Life is a chance we take
When we make this earth our home
Gonna make this earth our home.

Feel the cool breeze blowing through the smoke and the heat
Hear the gentle voices and the marching feet
Singing call back the fire, draw the missiles down
And we'll call this earth our home.


We have known the atom, the power and pain
We've seen people fall beneath the killing rain
If the mind still reasons and the soul remains
It shall never be again.


Peace grows from a tiny seed
As the acorn grows into the tallest tree
Many years ago I heard a soldier say
When people want peace, better get out of the way.