Joe Ely – Cool Rockin’ Loretta – Threadgill’s – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays “Cool Rockin’ Loretta” at Threadgill’s Restaurant in Austin Texas on March 11, 2011.

COOL ROCKIN’ LORETTA
Hey operator, cancel the phone call
I hear somebody knockin’ at the door
Lookie here it’s Loretta
And she never looked better
Her arms full of groceries from the store!

My, my, my
Aint she fine
My, my, my
Aint she fine!
Cool Rockin’ Loretta

Cool Rockin’ Loretta
Racin is my trade, she works as a housemaid
On weekends dont you know it’s paradise
Even tho we got no dough
It don’t bother Loretta though
She turns them red hot mamas into ice!

I want an antenna. Baby, she wants a clothesline
Then we’ll be livin like the rich folks do
I’ll pick up Chicago
On my transistor radio
Loretta she can stay in bed till noon!

copyright, Joe Ely… EMI publishing

Joe Ely – Mockingbird Hill – Threadgill’s – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays “Mockingbird Hill” at Threadgill’s Restaurant in Austin Texas on March 11, 2011. {PARTIAL}

I could use a double whiskey but it would not save the soul.
I could use a hundred dollars but it would not make me whole.
I could use some understanding but it would be no excuse.

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Joe Ely – Lord Of The Highway – Threadgill’s – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays “Lord Of The Highway” at Threadgill’s Restaurant in Austin Texas on March 11, 2011.

LORD OF THE HIGHWAY
With your fan belt slippin’ and your bare tires squealin’
Every time you hit the road you think you’re rich.
You’re Lord of the Highway but the way you been drivin’
Sends them hitch-hikers divin’ for the ditch

Well the law’s on your trail and there’s another law to lead you
And yet another law to let you down
And the laws of the game they’re the very same that freed you
The Lord of the Highway gets around

You weren’t the only one who saw the dark days a commin’
And you weren’t the only one who shut em out.
It was nothin like your pride; it was somethin’ deep inside
That saw the Shimmer felt the Shake and heard the Shout

So lay it on thick if you lay it on at all
If you’re gonna do the job, do it right
If you gotta hit the road, leave your burdens behind you

The Lord of the Highway travels light.

With your air cleaner hissin’ and your radiator steamin’
And the sun burnin’ bugs to the glass
You’re Lord of the Highway ,you’re livin’ you’re not dreamin’
And if time really wants to, let it pass.

You’ll be miles down the road when the toll bridge is burnin’
And your mirrors face foward at last.
You got what it takes to be Lord of the Highway
The Lord of the Highway travels fast.

Joe Ely – Hard Livin’ – Threadgill’s – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays “Hard Livin'” at Threadgill’s Restaurant in Austin Texas on March 11, 2011.

Well you can call out the sheriff and the highway patrol
There’s a fool on the road careening out of control
Hard liquor, fast women, Lord, I can’t leave ’em be
I wish hard livin’ didn’t come so easy to me.

I keep my engine revin’ and my beer on ice
My idea of heaven is a pair ‘a dice
Come on seven come eleven, set this poor boy free!
I wish hard livin’ didn’t come so easy to me.

Bright lights, Saturday night
I had me a little you know I feel all right
My cupcake, she can shimmy and shake
Spends more money any fool can make

When my tires are flat and I’m out of gas
I promise myself I’ll let the next one pass
I wish that a promise didn’t break so easily
I wish hard livin’ didn’t come so easy to me.

Joe Ely – Wishin On A Rainbow – Threadgill’s – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays The Flatlanders song “Wishin on a Rainbow” at Threadgill’s Restaurant on March 11, 2011.

Standing at a crossroad in the rain
I been here before, I can’t complain
Must be something in the book of revelation
Keeps on messing with my destination

That big old city nearly did me in
I got my doubts if I’ll go there again
Turning back could turn into a heartbreak
Tonight I just need some shelter from a heartache

Wishing for a rainbow
Listen to the wind blow
Wondering how can love grow
Wishing for a rainbow

I wonder if she found her way to Denver
If she still needs the love I said I’d send her
Like roses untended may grow withered
Love letters in my heart go undelivered

Shattered glass all scattered ‘cross the floor
Some fellow left his suitcase by the door
I’d like to think I left it all behind me
And know for sure the past will never find me
There are some who sanctify revenge
Time and life will leave them on the fringe
And some until the end will carry grudges
Time and life and death will be their judges

Joe Ely – Midnight Train – Threadgills – Austin Texas – 031111

Joe Ely plays “Midnight Train” Threadgill’s Restaurant in Austin Texas on March 11, 2011… Music and Lyrics by Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

That midnight train is a long and a slow one
The Timetable’s set,- the brakeman is tired
Your seat is reserved with exceptions for no one
No luggage allowed no ticket required.
It will be there right on time at the station
Even if midnight must come at high noon.
You will not know that train’s destination
And you’ll not leave late nor one minute too soon.

You may sit beside Fear and go worse than lonely
Or travel with Trust with love and faith restored
These choices you have And these choices only
When that train rolls in, and you step aboard.
Now that whistle blows, yes it’s already whining
If you listen close you can hear it soft and clear
And that headlight burns, yes its already shinin’
And you might as well choose right now, it’s love or fear.