One Foot on the Platform

by Jesse John Fitts

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released 01 December 2010
Recorded by Mark Alan Miller at Slaughterhouse Recording Studio.

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Track Name: You Not with Me
No more will you think of me
Only in dreams you will I see
Saw my books burning, but I guess that that's OK
I'm just glad that you didn't have to stay
Saw the servant girl and she was nursin' her dreams
She was tellin' me secrets in between the beams
The father of the girl, he billowed and poured
He couldn't let go of what he adored
She came out as far as I could see
While I waited on my bended knee
I wanted to stay and kill some time
When she looks after me she looks so fine

It'll take few coins to blind the guard
And all the others you see
And while you do it I'll wait here so patiently

Somewhere full of earth and dust
A servant girl's full of lust
An aristocrat in a monk's tower
While the world's man with the farmer's plower
But you, you not with me

You would love to see me throw what I have away
You're upset that I didn't need you to stay
And you can feel it when you take off your crown
That you only the lord when you're down
When I come back it'll be dear to me
Though some plans were born, others never will be
Take it from me and not what you're told
That I brought this to play and not to hold

It'll take a few looks to blind yourself
And all the others you see
While you do it I'll wait here so patiently

Somewhere full of earth and dust
A servant girl's full of lust
An aristocrat in a monk's tower
While the world's man with the farmer's plower
But you, you not with me
Track Name: Long Ago
Long ago I used to be a young man
But now it don't show, now it don't show
Long ago I carried a torch
I buried it below, buried it below
Long ago the trees were red
I covered them in snow, covered them in snow
Long ago I lost my faith
I lost it slow, lost it slow
Long ago

When the day is gone
And the song is sung
Under rain and swelter
You'll find your shelter
And call it home

Long ago I used to be a young man
But now it don't show, now it don't show
But if I, I'd do it all over
I wouldn't change a thing, wouldn't change a thing
In the ground, listen to the sound
The earth goin' round, the earth go round
A stone at my head, my boots on my feet
Tell everyone I've gone to sleep, I've gone to sleep

When the day is gone
And the song is sung
Under rain and swelter
You'll find your shelter
And call it home
Track Name: Left the Blues
I’ve been a while on down the highway
I’ve rambled from town to town
There’s not a road I ain’t been down
And I stay where my head can lay

When the day breaks I’m on my way out
When I leave, I leave with haste
What’s behind I laid in waste
With my feet on the road I will set out

I had a woman and then another
It’s gone on, and I've let it
They bought their time on a credit
I’ll leave tomorrow without a bother

Away, I've gone away
And left the blues behind me

Oh general issue, I see you’re back now
Can you pick up your plow?
It’s hard knowin' what happened
What you did when your face was hidden

The orderer, he is to blame
Anyone’d do the same
Plain people’ll toss anyone into the flame
For that you can hide the shame

Ya die to make men free
Free to die tomorrow
Their lives you can a borrow
And breathe for air and for sorrow

Away, you’ve gone away
And left the blues behind you

Ah hangman where are you hangin'?
And where it is you are goin'?
Ya droped the load you were towin'
Far away the church bells they was clangin'

Ya can live your life and forget
There ain’t nothin to regret
Walk the roads they is paved
And you’ll know when you're in your grave

God knows but then forgets
What he’s done but don’t let’s
Not forget that he can tell
That this is your last farewell
Not forget he that remembers
That the cold of winters
And everything that’s in your gaze
Was made in a couple days
And while you think and doubt
Time will level us all out

Away, we’ve gone away
And left the blues behind us
Track Name: What's Too Stupid to Be Said Is Sung
If I could write a letter
Or the words of song
Tell why I’m leavin'
Just show you done me wrong
If I were a poet
I’d write it, not be heard
You could finally know it
And I wouldn’t say a word

I’d keep it in my throat
What’s too stupid to be thought is wrote

If I’da tell you
You confuse love with need
Make you sad ‘for I have to
An’ on me you have no deed
I’d say what everyone knows
I’d say this ain’t yet the worst
And if you hate me
The world hated me first

I’d save you from all the dread
What’s too stupid to be wrote is said

If I'da known
How hard this would be
If I'da known
How long this would take
I’ll wait until it’s over
And sit under sun’s rays
I’m going on back to flat country
An’ I’m gonna sleep for days

I’ll save breath from my dying lung
What’s too stupid to be said is sung
Track Name: Winter
A song for Solomon
A tune for his kin
Written from a weary hand
And holdin’ a steady pen

As long as I remember
I’ve been a poor man
Make enough workin’
Get food in a pan

And I cast down all mirage and false fears
A stone thrown, a brick dislodged,
And through pours the tears
But now the winter's over
Look at what I've done

Things were different long ago
My kin, they was rich
Not as far back as I can tell
The pull of every stitch

I went to the water
To find a friend’s tent
Again I told my daughter
Give up money for lent

And I cast down all mirage and false fears
A stone thrown, a brick dislodged,
And through pours the tears
But now the winter's over
Look at what I've done

But now my family’s poor
And I think it's no shame
Now I’m just a clerk in a store
Rich or poor, it’s all the same

Those jealous in the gutter
Will be bad in wealth
To most men around here
Money is bad health

And I cast down all mirage and false fears
A stone thrown, a brick dislodged,
And through pours the tears
But now the winter's over
Look at what I've done

Not like winter this will be
When I shelter inside
Sun across a desert plain
Leaves no where to hide

I looked up toward heaven
An enemy he mistook me
But the fault it wasn't mine
I found he overlooked me

And I cast down all mirage and false fears
A stone thrown, a brick dislodged,
And through pours the tears
But now the winter's over
Look at what I've done
Track Name: The Clocktower
The blind they tried to hide you
And walls crash down before you
But the pious and the pitied walk beneath me

When time that was torn and lost
Cursed me as it formed a cross
Their duty was for glory, mine’s to savior

All I have is yours
You led me through these broken doors
But I did not see that you was gonna mislead me

Listen to the rain
By the clock tower, I sigh
I’m watchin', watchin' the time go by

Listen for my name
I’d been a carryin' a cross
But all roads, all roads lead to loss

They all walk down before us
Time gives way to calmness
But this day can be an end to all and every

They all knew that we were too much
Laugh and sing to the temple's touch
For every move they made there is another

There’s a man who would not lie
He's fought and forsaken, made to die
A strength that he grew, a fate he knew
They gathered before us and they tried
Made together they died

Listen to the rain
Goin' on, I sigh
I let the time go on by

Listen for my name
I let go of this pain
One road it did lead to gain
Track Name: So Long


Others sung this song, and I'll sing it again

This time for others, new women, new men

These are new troubles that've bothered my mind

Of people forgotten and of people left behind

Singin'
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
What a long time since I've been home
And I gotta be driftin' along



Two children grew up, they laughed and they played
They jumped and they yelled on land far away

But as they got older, things got rough
One would be free, the other'd be cuffed
A wall was erected across a green line
But on both lands, the sun it did shine
To cross the wall for only one was a crime
For one boy it was peace, the other wartime

Singin'
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
What a long time since I've been home
And I gotta be driftin' along


One man did dwell on the land of his kin
In that great ol' West, where he put his work in
But many years later, these people are denied

From this land I once heard had God on its side

A white man named Polk, he waged a bad war
That many have forgotten, the books have ignored
Forget the fences, the writin' on the signs

We shouldn't take too seriously imaginary lines

Singin'
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
So long it's been good to know yuh
What a long time since I've been born
And I gotta be driftin' along
Track Name: The Jailhouse Talkin' Blues
Woke up in a cell with a concrete floor
Bars around I couldn't find the door
My head was a poundin' hard as hell
Thought someone maybe cast a spell
-Looked 'round, shot craps, made friends, had a meal, disgusting!

Least I remember I drank some rye
And I got into it with some guy
Then I blanked out, and here I am
Locked up just like a clam
-In the holding tank like a fish, and I've been drinkin' like one

The guard told me I started a brawl
I was allowed just one call
Told my friend get it in full gear
Come down and get me outta here
I need a bailout!

About ten feet I passed the gate
I figured I'd play it straight
Walkin' along just hummin' the blues
Got a paper and I read the news
-On the front page you know what I find?

They had things all backwards, see
The rich they had made a plea
The people with all the clout
They were talkin about a bailout!
-Thought I got dropped off on Mars

Took what workin' people made
Like cards with it they did trade
And by tomorrow's next dawn
All of it was once again gone
-Not what I think of as a bailout

The bailees got old and old
Couldn't find anything left to be bought or sold
The time was up, and they finally died
Though some did, most didn't cry

The crew showed up down in hell
The devil came out and started to yell
Called together a committee
Said you ain't gettin' in here, get your own city
-This here's for the simple bad

Down a windin' road did lead
They signed themselves off a deed
They gathered their stuff, set up next door
Hung a sign from the ceilin' to the floor:
-Abandon all hope, all of you who come 'round here: New Washington