Lyrics to the songs on
Now or Never


All Songs Copyright 2005 by Jane Hurst except "Love is the Promise" by Jane Hurst and Laura Monagan and "Deep Peace" by Jane Hurst and Franklin Taggart

1. Now or Never

Another season gone
I can almost feel the earth move beneath my feet
At such a speed
You know it won't be long
'Til the warm winds chase the cold and flowers start to bloom
It's coming soon

In a certain light
The years come drifting down
I can see
I'm not gonna live forever
No paint or dye
Can hide the truth from me
This is my life
It's now or never

On my computer screen
The message says you almost died on Bastille Day
I'm glad you stayed
Some say we choose to live
Well if we do I choose today to be right here
With joy and tears

In a certain light
The years come drifting down
I can see
I'm not gonna live forever
No paint or dye
Can hide the truth from me
This is my life
It's now or never

One cold spring afternoon
A baby's born to take the place I'll leave behind
To ease my mind
This is my legacy
To love you in the time we have of you and me
Our eternity

In a certain light

The years come drifting down
I can see
I'm not gonna live forever
No paint or dye
Can hide the truth from me
This is my life
It's now or never

Right now is all there is
It's now or never


2. Me and Emily

Me and Emily Dickenson
Here’s what we do
We create revelations
And hide them from you

Me and Emily Dickenson
We don’t care if we’re known
We just write down our words
And we stay close to home

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
Me and Emily

Me and Emily Dickenson
Don’t have too much in common
She the white-clad maiden
Me the purple earth momma

But when we get together
You wouldn’t believe
We start trading stories
And she says to me
I’m nobody, who are you? Are you nobody, too?

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me
Me and Emily


This is my letter to the world
by Emily Dickenson

This is my letter to the world,
That never wrote to me
The simple news that Nature told,
With tender majesty.

Her message is committed
To hands I cannot see;
For love of her, sweet countrymen,
Judge tenderly of me!


3. Weeds

Weeds in my garden everywhere I look
That’s not what we planned back in May
We dug the ground and we planted the seeds
There was so much to hope for that day

Weeds in our garden every time we talk
This is harder than I thought it would be
What we thought we were growing came up all right
But so did our emotional weeds

So what do we do
Do we pull them out
And throw them on the compost heap
Do we water them anyway
And let them grow
And wait and see what we reap

Sometimes what we plan ain’t all that great
And what’s best is what grows wild
I love you darling, weeds and all
Our love is messy, but it still makes me smile
Our love is messy, but it still makes me smile


4. Dangerous Drug

Hey Babe, I’m addicted to you
Just one taste and I was gone
There’s nothing I can do
Your love is a dangerous drug
Your love is a dangerous drug

Hey Babe, gimme more of that stuff
The messin’ ‘round we did last week
It just wasn’t enough
Your love is a dangerous drug
Your love is a dangerous drug

I ain’t the kind to fuss and fret
Over things that I ain’t got
It’s your loving that I can’t forget
When the weather gets too hot

Hey Babe, what’s gonna happen to me
I got the shakes and I can’t sleep
Your eyes are all I see
Your love is a dangerous drug
Your love is a dangerous drug


5. Room #13

Purple room
Guernica
Dim light fading
And my guitar

You were here
Warmed my bed
Left me with
An aching head

I need aspirin for my soul
I need aspirin for my soul

Silver shoes
Hurt my feet
Through with you
But I’m not free

Why did I
Want your love?
Wasn’t thinking
Push came to shove

I need aspirin for my soul
I need aspirin for my soul

Need to see
Something green
Something healthy
Something clean

Leave this room
End the war
Find out what
I’m breathing for

I need aspirin for my soul
I need aspirin for my soul
I need aspirin for my soul


6. Looking for My True Home

The fiddle and the banjo carry me
Longing for something I can’t see
Lost in the music
I still long for home

Mama’s table, family all around
Through the laughter, I can hear the sound
Of the guitar wailing
I still long for home

Wherever I go I’m always longing
No single place can satisfy my soul
I feel my heart divided into pieces
I’m looking for my true home
I’m looking for my true home

I want the glow of a Tennessee sunset
The snow on a Moscow street
The songs of Patsy and Elvis
And some Russian I can speak

I want the sun on a summer dacha
The smoky mountains’ hue
The taste of the borscht and the vodka
And some down home barbecue

Wherever I go I’m always longing
No single place can satisfy my soul
I feel my heart divided into pieces
I’m looking for my true home
I’m looking for my true home

The fiddle and the banjo carry me
Longing for something I can’t see
Lost in the music
I still long for home

Gather every highway that I’ve travelled
Knit them all together in my soul
In the quiet, I find what I’ve been seeking
My own heart is my only home
My own heart is my only home


7. The Salesman’s Daughter

I was courted by a businessman’s son
In a small Ohio town when I was young
Who could believe I would be undone
For I’m a salesman’s daughter

My father was born of high degree
But with daily work he could not agree
He sold hearing aids to earn a fee
I became a salesman’s daughter

A young man came knocking at my door
Come ride in my car he did implore
He stole a kiss and I gave him more
He loved this salesman’s daughter

By the river’s edge we pledged our troth
Whatever I gave it was not enough
The love he felt soon turned to dust
He abandoned this salesman’s daughter

I followed him to Yale University
I offered myself, but it was not to be
He wanted a girl with more bucks than me
I was just a salesman’s daughter

Through the years have passed and my hair is gray
What would I give for just one day
To give him some shit and turn away
This prideful salesman’s daughter
Don’t piss off a salesman’s daughter


8. Eat That Worm!

Little baby watchin’ a flower grow
Only one thing that he knows

He wants to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
He wants to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
He wants to eat that worm
He wants to eat that worm

He puts his hand out and he grabs the worm
Smiling, laughing, watch it squirm

He wants to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
He wants to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
He wants to eat that worm
He wants to eat that worm

His daddy takes the worm away
You can guess what he has to say

You can’t eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
You can’t eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
No, you can’t eat that worm
No, no, no you can’t eat that worm

Somewhere in his baby mind
He vows to grow up and he’ll find

A way to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
A way to eat that worm (Eat that worm!)
He gonna eat that worm
Someday he’s gonna eat that worm!


9. I Ain’t Waiting

I ain’t waiting for someone to fall in love with me
I ain’t waiting for some fancy jewelry
I’m depending on the one who’ll always love me
I’m depending on the one who’ll never leave me
I ain’t waiting ‘cause I’m depending on me

I ain’t waiting for my ship to come in
I ain’t waiting for my life to begin
I’m depending on the one who’ll always love me
I’m depending on the one who’ll never leave me
I ain’t waiting ‘cause I’m depending on me

Seemed like I was waiting forever, I cried
God, what are you saving me for?
God said, I’ve been right here waiting for you
Since I showed you that open door

I ain’t waiting until I get the nerve
I ain’t waiting for what I think I deserve
I’m depending on the one who’ll always love me
I’m depending on the one who’ll never leave me
I ain’t waiting ‘cause I’m depending on me


10. Love is the Promise
by Jane Hurst and Laura Monagan

Evening’s come, it’s time to rest
Sweetest dreams are drawing near
An angel’s voice is softly singing
It’s love that brought you here

Everyday the world is turning
And every night the stars shine

Quiet now, rest your head
Day is done and slumber’s nigh
The sun has gone behind the hills
Waterlily colors fill the sky

Everyday the world is turning
And every night the stars shine

Where life will lead we cannot know
But whether the road be high or low
The ones who love you will always love you
Their love will find you wherever you go

Everyday the world is turning
And every night the stars shine

Love is the promise
Love is the promise
It’s love that brought you here


11. Plain Jane

When I was young and growing up
No one was allowed to have it all
Gifts were neatly parceled out
Some were big and some were small
The eldest was the one with the beauty
I was the one with the brains
The youngest was the one with the talent
Yes, I was the family’s Plain Jane

They didn’t think I was funny
They didn’t acknowledge my heart
They didn’t hear my guitar music
The only thought I was smart
Was the plan to divide and conquer
Or to give us each our due?
I know that we could not be friends
‘Til the years with our parents were through

Why does it still hurt after all these years
That they didn’t know who we are?
Why are our hearts still longing
For an unattainable star?

Now so many years after we left home
We’ve earned our living in kind
One married well, one took to the stage,
And I paid my bills with my mind
If you shift your focus just a bit
You can see that each of the three
Has some beauty, some brains, and some talent
We’ve been graced equally

But when I was young and growing up
No one was allowed to have it all
Gifts were neatly parceled out
Some were big and some were small
The eldest was the one with the beauty
I was the one with the brains
The youngest was the one with the talent
Yes, I was the family’s Plain Jane


12. Paradise Pond

In the mist of a late autumn morning
She dips in her paddle before me
She pauses to tell me a story
There on Paradise Pond

She swoons for the man she soon will see
I tell of the one whose love thrills me
I pray that his love doesn’t kill me
On the banks of Paradise Pond

Ain’t no going back
Ain’t no going back
Ain’t no going back to Paradise Pond

She tells how her heart has been broken
Through love’s words that never were spoken
Be a man, by her mom, she’s too open
To the waters of Paradise Pond

One night when the stars could not shake her
She begged that the pond would come take her
And carry her home to her maker
Through the ice of Paradise Pond

Can’t break through the ice
Can’t break through the ice
Can’t break through the ice of Paradise Pond

In May we leave all that behind us
And the chains that had threatened to bind us
And hide out where no one can find us
Who came from Paradise Pond

Years pass, what’s become of our old selves?
We meet up in the grocery shelves
There are secrets we never will tell
We left them in Paradise Pond

Ain’t no going back
Ain’t no going back
Ain’t no going back to Paradise Pond


13. Blarney Stone

He told me that he loved me
That day at Castlebar
He smiled and then we winked at me
You know how young men are
‘Twas then I gave my heart to him
If only I had known
That I’d kissed the man who kissed the Blarney Stone

His words they all came soft and light
Like dew upon the morn
My lips, my eyes, my hair, my voice
Were like a day just born
He told me if he were a king
He’d put me on his throne
But I’d kissed the man who kissed the Blarney Stone

Then late one night when I walked home
Down past O’Reilly’s barn
I saw him touch another’s lips
And hold another’s arms
I hung my head, I cried a tear
As I walked on alone
As she kissed the man who kissed the Blarney Stone

The next day I woke with a plan
And then I thought it through
I took myself to Blarney
And you know what I did do
And now my words have won him back
How much his love has grown
Since he kissed the girl who kissed the Blarney Stone


14. Right Before the Dawn
written 9/24/01

Rest your weary heart
Lay your burden down
Now’s the time we start
It’s right before the dawn
It’s right before the dawn

It’s been a long dark night
The pain was more than we could bear
Now the sun’s in sight
And hope is waiting there
And hope is waiting there

All those years of holding it in
Knowing what was to come
Together now we cry, we embrace
And do what needs to be done

We have the power to heal
We know with love we’re strong
We’re free at last to feel
After waiting for so long
After waiting for so long

Rest your weary heart
Lay your burden down
Now’s the time we start
It’s right before the dawn
It’s right before the dawn


15. Deep Peace

Based on a prayer "Deep Peace," Anon, 12th century, translation by Fiona MacLeod.
Adaptation copywrite Jane Hurst and Franklin Taggart, 2003.

Spoken:
Deep Peace I breathe unto you
O, weariness, here, O, aching, here

Sung:
Deep Peace, Deep Peace
Deep Peace, Deep Peace

A soft white dove to you
A quiet rain to you
An ebbing wave to you
Of the quiet earth to you

Om Shanti, Om Shanti,
Om Shanti, Om Shanti

Red wind of the east from you
Grey wind of the west to you
Dark wind of the north from you
Blue wind of the south to you

Salaam Aleikhum, Salaam Aleikhum
Salaam Aleikhum, Salaam Aleikhum

Pure red of the flame to you
Pure white of the grass to you
Pure brown of the earth to you
Pure grey of the dew to you

Paz a Nosotros, Paz a Nosotros
Paz a Nosotros, Paz a Nosotros

Pure blue of the sky to you
Of the running wave to you
Of the flowing air to you
Of the sleeping stones to you

Shir Ha Shalom, Shir Ha Shalom
Shir Ha Shalom, Shir Ha Shalom

From the Heart of Peace to you
From the Mother of Fire to you
From the Flock of Stars to you
From Who You Are to You

Deep Peace, Deep Peace
Deep Peace, Deep Peace
Deep Peace, Deep Peace