For Eddie Ray Howard

from OCEAN WAVES by Stephen Bard

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Saw the ghost of Bob Dylan
Floating there over the sea
It was dark and I was stumbling down deck 3
In that voice of sand and grit
The iron joker spoke to me
Said, “Maybe now you go get yourself stoned.”
It been three days since I heard any voice of a friend
With no words left to read and no letters left to send
I believed at that moment this might really be the end
But you get that crazy way when you’re alone
And you know I’d like to be there
Wherever there may be
Because I need now more than ever for you
To send your love to me

Now Eddie Ray Howard
He’s my good eye in the storm
And the hurricane it rages
In some sad amorphous form
I feel that it’s been coming
Since the day that I was born
But he says, “Don’t you mind
Go and play your trumpet.”
And I know that I should listen
And follow his advice
But that would be too easy, too rational, too nice
I’m a sad, neurotic valley
With a river full of ice
If there’s a cliff over despair
I’m gonna jump it
And you know I’d like to be there
Wherever there may be
Because I need now more than ever for you
To say you pardon me

Now the cattle all line up to taste the bounty of their dreams
When the ship pulls in no one can even fit back in their jeans
The cooks know well enough here not to stock up on the beans
Or the whole damn place would stink like exit fourteen
On the turnpike in New Jersey, yes I know it all too well
I was there the night the license plate was just too far to tell
And the Good Lord sent an angel and he barred the door to hell
To keep me from a life of pain and morphine
And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be
Because I need now more than anything to know
You are still with me

There’s a message at the terminal and it’s from Eddie Ray
Having now said almost everything he don’t have much to say
He’s busy with his life and trying to live it everyday
I cannot say I blame him or resent him
No I love him like a brother and I think I always will
For what he did for me there ought to be some kind of bill
No doctor from the east could pull me off that window sill
When I was screaming for the sanity I’d lent him
And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be
Because I need now more than anything for you
To save your love for me

There’s a house I thought was heaven
With a yard where she plays
Not one day of the year it ain't hard to be away
And I think of my good fortune and I think of Eddie Ray
Saying, “Don’t you mind
Now go and read your Dylan.”
And I wake up in the morning with your aloe on my mind
And everything that’s in between and how you smell like sunshine
And how you made that child an absolute one of a kind
And how you find each hole in me to fill in
There’s a headcase full of love here if you’re willing
And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be
Because I need now more than ever for you
To say you’ll wait for me

And you know I’d like to be there wherever there may be
Because I need now more than ever for you
To say you’ll wait for me

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from OCEAN WAVES, released October 20, 2005
Featuring Joe Pascarell on guitar, Chris Pascarell on drums and Ryan Ball on bass.

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