BLACK MOUNTAIN (WEST) 

I’ll be waiting on the western side  / Brother if you wan’a catch a ride  

To the weary worlds sighted end / And the land of Black Mountain  

VERSE 1 - I am just a son of man, trapped here in a shackled land  

Broken back and busted hands, all at the foot of Black Mountain  

I am just a son of man, seems I got nothing but I got plans  

Doing all the work I can, to break free from the teeth of Black Mountain  

Oh now brother I’ve made up my mind  

Soon we will leave this yoke of ours behind  

And that’s fine  

CHORUS - Gotta get away from here, from Black Mountain  

VERSE 2 - Son of man, son of man, do all the work you can  

To head west from this dark land and the shadow of Black Mountain  

Oh now brother I’ve made up my mind  

Soon we’ll follow the sun in the western sky  

And that’s fine  

(CHORUS)  

VERSE 3 - I’ll be waiting on the western side / Brother if you wan’a catch a ride  

To the weary worlds sighted end  / And from the land of black mountain  

All the boys ain’t sure what they’ve become / Since they tried to hide where they come from  

And there ain’t no shame in the things I’ve done / To take me and mine from this Black Mountain  

Gotta run to western sun  

Gotta run ’til the work is done  

Gotta run like hell away from  

The Black Mountain  

(Which side are you on boys, which side are you on  

Which side are you on boys, which side are you on)


 HEAD ON A SWIVEL / BLACK MOUNTAIN (EAST) 

I got my head on a swivel tonight / Moving it from side to side  

I got my head on a swivel tonight / Out here we’re just trying to survive  

All I got is this shadow to hide in / Being cast by the mountain so black  

‘Cause once she burned us out of that mountain / There was nowhere for us to go back  

So I got my head on a swivel tonight / 'Cause that woman’s about to ride  

Yeah I got my head on a swivel tonight / And there’s nowhere here to hide  

Oh my father tried to raise up a good son / But I mocked him and I cursed his words  

And now the vultures in the valley surround me / And I’ll be theirs if that woman don’t find me first  

CHORUS - So I got my head on a swivel tonight  

Mom and papa can’t do nothing for us now  

I got my head on a swivel tonight  

And I’m ready to take that bow  

‘Cause that woman loves being a widow  

Swings that mountain, boy, like it’s a sickle  

So I got my head on a swivel tonight  

Wishing now I would have followed that sun / When fathers and sons headed west on the run  

But the fools talk had already begun / And there ain’t no way to run  

Once you’ve tasted the sugar on her tongue  

CHORUS - So I got my head on a swivel tonight  

Mom and papa can’t do nothing for us now  

I got my head on a swivel tonight  

And I’m ready to take that bow  

‘Cause that woman loves being a widow  

Swings that mountain, boy, like it’s a sickle  

And I’m stuck here out in the middle  

Of that woman and her sickle  

So I got my head, yeah I got my head on a swivel tonight


 BLOODSHOT IN BLUE 

VERSE - Well baby I know it's been tough for you to keep on doin' like we've had to do 

I know it ain't the way you dreamed we'd run, the never sure nights from month to month 

Up so early to work each day, and I know you worry when I get home late 

'Cause you see the red burnin' in my eyes, in the morning when we rise  

CHORUS - But they ain't bloodshot from the smoke and they ain't bloodshot from the booze 

These blue eyes they've gone red tonight 'cause there's still work to do   

O baby, baby I know you worry but please believe it's true 

These eyes of mine don't tell no lies honey 

They're bloodshot in blue for you


PAPA  

PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON, GOT TO BE PAST MIDNIGHT  

AND MAMA’S JUST THERE CRYING WONDERIN’ IF IT WILL BE ALRIGHT  

PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON, BRIGHT WIRES IN A DARK LAND  

HE SAYS I’LL DO WHAT I GOT TO AND THE ROOM FALLS SILENT  


CHORUS - LANG, LANG, LANG…  
 

WELL IT’S BEEN LIKE THIS SINCE THE VULTURES WENT AWAY  

AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT I HEARD PAPA SAY  

BUT BOY UNDERSTAND THAT WE AIN’T MEANT TO BREAK  

AND OUR HEADS WERE NEVER MEANT TO HANG  

SO, PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON ‘CAUSE IT’S TIME TO GET OUT TO  

A 4 A.M. CATHEDRAL WHERE COMMUNION’S ON A STEEL PEW  

AND WHERE PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON, JUST SWINGIN’ DOWN A HAMMER  

FOR THE THOUGHT OF ALL HIS ANGELS KEEPS HIM TWELVE HOURS STEADY THERE  

(CHORUS)    

OH IT’S SO DANGEROUS JUST GIVIN’ WHAT THEY ASK  

YOU MAKE A LAND OF WOLVES SOON TURN IN TO RATS  

CAN’T DO NOTHING BUT FIND SCRAPS AT THE DOOR  

BABY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PAPA AIN’T HERE NO MORE  

‘CAUSE PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON, GOT TO BE PAST MIDNIGHT  

AND MAMA’S JUST THERE CRYING, PAPA SAYS IT WILL BE ALRIGHT (ALRIGHT)  

YEAH, PAPA’S GOT THE LIGHT ON AND HE’S GONNA KEEP THE LIGHT ON  

(CHORUS)
 

SWING A HAMMER 

VERSE 1 - 

FIRST THING MY PAPA SAID BACK WHEN I WAS BORN 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

TOLD ME FIVE THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE I WAS FOUR 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

WELL, WAM BAM, HOT DAMN, GO GRAB THAT TOOLBOX MAN 

AND LEARN TO SIWNG A HAMMER 

‘CAUSE EVEN WHEN YOU GOT YOUR PLANS 

YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO USE THEM HANDS 

AND YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU LEARNED TO SWING A HAMMER 

BRIDGE 1 -   

WELL DON’T YOU WORRY BABY EVEN WHEN THINGS GET CRAZY  

GONNA KEEP THAT BREAD ON OUR TABLE 

AND NO I DON’T MEAN MAYBE ‘CAUSE I WASN’T RAISED UP LAZY 

GONNA SWING THAT HAMMER LONG AS I’M ABLE, SO… 

VERSE 2 -  

FIRST THING I TOLD YOU SON BACK WHEN YOU WAS BORN 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

TOLD YOU FIVE THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE YOU WAS FOUR 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

SO, WAM BAM, HOT DAMN, GO GRAB THAT TOOLBOX MAN 

AND LEARN TO SIWNG A HAMMER 

‘CAUSE EVEN WHEN YOU GOT YOUR PLANS 

YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO USE THEM HANDS 

AND YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU LEARNED TO SWING A HAMMER 

BRIDGE 2 -  

NA, NA, NA, NA….YOU’VE GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER 

VERSE 3 - 

FIRST THING MY PAPA SAID BACK WHEN I WAS BORN 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

TOLD ME FIVE THOUSAND TIMES BEFORE I WAS FOUR 

“YOU GOT TO LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER” 

NO IT DON’T MATTER WHAT THEY SAY NO IT DON’T MATTER WHAT THEY BE 

JUST TURN TO ME AND LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER 

NO IT DON’T MATTER WHAT THEY SAY YOUR SWEAT AND BLOOD WILL ALWAYS PAY  

SO SAY OK AND LEARN TO SWING A HAMMER



 HOME (DEATH VALLEY) 

INTRO - 

NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE 

YOU NEED TO GET BACK HOME 

I WILL COME AND BURN YOU OUT OF THE HELL YOU’RE HIDING IN 

JUST TO GET YOU TO GET BACK HOME 

VERSE 1 -  

YOU HOPPED A TRAIN WITH THE MONEY I GAVE YOU 

GOT OFF AT DEATH VALLEY 

STOLE A CAR AND DROVE IT TROUGH THE NIGHT 

SLEPT AMONG DRY BONES 

CHORUS -  

DAVEY, DAVEY WHY YOU NEVER WANT TO GO HOME 

I KNOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW 

BUT MAMA SAYS SHE NEEDS YOU SO 

DAVEY, DAVEY I KNOW YOU GOT SKELETONS THERE 

BUT YOU GOT THEM EVERYWHERE  

AND THE VALLEY JUST AIN’T YOUR HOME 

VERSE 2 - 

YOU WROTE TO TELL ME THAT YOU DIDN’T QUITE MAKE IT 

SAID YOU’RE SORRY YOU FAILED ME 

BUT WE BOTH KNEW YOU WEREN’T GOING TO SEE MAMA 

YOU NEVER WANT TO GO HOME 

(CHORUS) 

(INTRO) 

(CHORUS) 

(INTRO)
 

TAKE THE ROSES 

VERSE 1 -  

YOU SAID YOUR SO LONGS / GOODBYE TO THE ONES 

WHO HAD TO STAY ON / TO KEEP YOUR LIGHTS BURNIN’ 

PRE-CHORUS -  

BUT WE’RE NOT SURE HOW TO FIGURE IT OUT 

THE ELECTRIC GOES DOWN WE DON’T THINK YOU’RE NOT COMING HOME 

CHORUS -  

OOOO….PLESE TAKE THE ROSES 

DIDN’T LAY ‘EM HERE FOR NOTHING 

OOOO…PLEASE TAKE THE ROSES 

OH TO TELL YOU ONE MORE THING, PLEASE TAKE THE ROSES 

VERSE 2 -  

THE SMELL EVERYWHERE, THE HALLWAYS THE STAIRS 

THE CRACK IN THE CHAIR, IT ALL USED TO BE FUNNY 

JUST LEAVE IT TO CRASH, IF IT BREAKS THEN NO CAST 

IF IT DIES MAKE IT FAST, ‘CAUSE IT AIN’T YOU HONEY 

(CHORUS) 

(REPEAT VERSE 2) 

(CHORUS)
 

LEAVING WOMAN 

VERSE 1-  

THE TIME HAS COME TO MOVE ALONG 

THE TIME HAS COME TO FOLLOW THE SON 

FATHERS YOU BEST GO TEACH YOUR SONS 

BEFORE THE FOOLS TALK HAS BEGUN 

BAGS ARE ALL PACKED THE ROADS BEEN MADE 

YOU GOTTA GET A MOVE ON TODAY 

I KNOW THAT AIN’T WHAT THE BLACK MOUNTAIN WOMAN’S SAYING 

BUT SHE’S ALREADY GONE IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY 

CHORUS -  

YOU’VE GOT TO LEAVE THAT LEAVING WOMAN 

BELIEVE ME BOY IF YOU WANT TO SURVIVE 

YOU’VE GOT TO LEAVE THAT LEAVING WOMAN 

HEAD WEST WITH THE WISE AND LEAVE ALL THE FOOLS AND THAT WOMAN BEHIND 

VERSE 2 -  

OOH SHE’S CREEPIN’ ‘ROUND THE CAVES TONIGHT 

JUST SEEING WHO SHE’LL LEAVE BEHIND 

BUT SHE AIN’T GONNA GET YA’ SON YOU’RE ALREADY ON THE RUN 

SO YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON THAT SUNSHINE 

(CHORUS)