Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TFT: Jackson Browne


Not every song that will be featured here will be what is generally considered as being “Christian” in the eyes of this world.  For some will be anguished cries from the pit of despair while others will be quite obviously fervent rants of rebellion.  Nonetheless, be assured that they will all be of our Heavenly Father (in one way or another) and I hope that you have been given ears to hear the message.


Running On Empty
Jackson Browne
Lookin’ out at the road
Rushin’ under my wheels
Lookin’ back at the years gone by
Like so many summer fields
In ‘65
I was 17
And runnin’ up 101
I don't know where I'm runnin’ now
I'm just runnin’ on

Runnin’ on
Runnin’ on empty
Runnin’ on
Runnin’ blind
Runnin’ on
Running into the sun
But I'm runnin’ behind

Gotta do what you can
Just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with
What you do to survive
In ‘69
I was 21
And I called the road my own
I don't know when that road
Turned onto the road I'm on

Runnin’ on
Runnin’ on empty
Runnin’ on
Runnin’ blind
Runnin’ on
Running into the sun
But I'm runnin’ behind

Everyone I know
Everywhere I go
People need some reason to believe
I don't know about anyone but me
If it takes all night
That'll be all right
If I can get you to smile
Before I leave

Lookin’ out at the road
Rushin’ under my wheels
I don't know how to tell you all
Just how crazy this life feels
I look around for the friends
That I used to turn to
To pull me through
Lookin’ into their eyes
I see them runnin’ too

Runnin’ on
Runnin’ on empty
Runnin’ on
Runnin’ blind
Runnin’ on
Running into the sun
But I'm runnin’ behind

Honey
You really tempt me
You know the way you look so kind
I wanna know who you are
But I'm runnin’ behind

Runnin’ on
You know I don't even know
What I'm hopin’ to find
Runnin’ behind
Runnin’ into the sun
But I'm runnin’ behind


The Pretender
Jackson Browne
I'm going to rent myself a house
In the shade of the freeway
I'm going to pack my lunch in the mornin’
And go to work each day
And when the evenin’ rolls around
I'll go on home
And lay my body down
And when the mornin’ light comes streamin’ in
I'll get up
And do it again
Amen
Say it again
Amen

I want to know what became of the changes
We waited for love to bring
Were they only the fitful dreams
Of some greater awakenin’
I've been aware of the time going by
They say in the end
It's the wink of an eye
And when the mornin’ light comes streamin’ in
You'll get up
And do it again

Yeah
Again

Caught between the longin’ for love
And the struggle for the legal tender
Where the sirens sing
And the church bells ring
And the junk man pounds his fender
Where the veterans dream of the fight
Fast asleep at the traffic light
And the children solemnly wait
For the ice cream vendor
Out into the cool of the evenin’
Strolls the pretender
He knows that all his hopes and dreams
Begin and end there

Ah the laughter of the lovers
As they run through the night
Leaving nothin’ for the others
But to choose off and fight
And tear at the world with all their might
While the ships
Bearin’ their dreams
Sail out of sight

I'm going to find myself a girl
Who can show me what laughter means
And we'll fill in the missin’ colors
In each other's paint-by-number dreams
And then we'll put out dark glasses on
And we'll make love until our strength is gone
And when the mornin’ light comes streamin’ in
we'll get up
And do it again
Get it up again

I'm goin’ to be a happy idiot
And struggle for the legal tender
Where the ads take aim
And lay their claim
To the heart and the soul of the spender
And believe in whatever may lie
In those things
That money can buy
Thought true love
Could have been a contender

Are you there
Say a prayer for the pretender
Who started out so young and strong
Only to surrender

Say a prayer
Say a prayer
For the pretender
Are you there
Are you there
For the pretender
Say a prayer
Say a prayer
For the pretender
Are you there
Are you there
For the pretender

Say a prayer
For the pretender
Are you there
For the pretender
Say it
Say a prayer

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Glynis!!! Running On Empty always gets me going!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! No, I suppose you wouldn't have.

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  3. WOW! I haven't heard "Running on Empty" in a dog's age...AWESOME song!...:)JP

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  4. it has been ages since I've heard that song too

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, my dear JP!!! I am really glad you liked this. I had forgotten just how many great songs he recorded.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Ann!!! Now, if you would like to hear about how long something can seem, you should talk to Duke about him having to wait on his Christmas presents!

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  7. I just sang The Pretender to Joe this morning as we shuffled by each other silently, wishing that we didn't have to go out in the cold to work:

    "And when the mornin' light comes streamin' in...we'll get up and do it again. Amen."

    It's a working man's song.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Lin!!! Oh, I thought you were referring to the third round for that at first. (LOL?)

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  9. Thank you for the sweet memories!

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  10. Thanks for stopping by, my dear Karen!!! You are most welcome!

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