Back No More

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I once met a pretty reasonable man
and he seemed to have some kind of plan
so I took my family way down south to Guyana
back in '76
like a 1776

Then things started gettin real weird
specially after that congressman and reporters disappeared
and he ordered us down to the killing grounds
back in Jonestown '78
like a 1778

He said There's a place for you in a promised land
and I'll take you there if you take my hand
but the one thing you must understand's
that there ain't comin back no more
back no more
comin back no more
ain't comin back no more!

Once sat next to a guy on a bus
then he sawed my head clean off
but he whispered in my ear fore he made the final thrust
that there ain't comin back no more

I have a girlfriend and a car
I'm living the American dream
this tank of gas won't get us far
but for now we can do or be anything
we're going further than before
cashing in on all our possibilities
we won't be coming back anymore
now we've seen all that there is to see

Took an all-night Greyhound south
at every stop cyanide-foamin babies' mouths
as the TVs played back the Jonestown tapes
dated 1978
just like a 1778
just like in 2008
ain't comin back no more!

And if you want a reason
I'm the one who's giving one to you
to everything there is a season
now turn me on until I'm not confused

You know I licked a lot of plates in Memphis - woo!
Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans
but I never saw the good side of the city
til I hitched a ride on the riverboat queen
Big Wheel keeps on turnin
Proud Mary keeps on Shining and burnin and
rollin, rollin
rollin on a river
you know you keep on rollin
and a-rollin
and a-rollin on a river


from THE SHINING EP, released April 2, 2014
Eliot EIdelman - vocals, guitars, bass
Evan Backer - drums
music and lyrics by Eliot Eidelman


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