The Joker's Hand

by Billy Simons

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released December 7, 2007

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Track Name: The Truth
'Cause I said so don't mean I don't miss you
Seems you know that words don't mean too much
And I would trust a thousand other answers
Like how you look at me or your touch

Lips can move to change the world I'm living
And never speak a second's worth of truth
And building trust can sometimes take a lifetime
And doubt can soon destroy it without proof

So you don't need to tell me
What you think about me
I can tell cause you show it
I'm just glad that I know it's
The Truth

Crazy things are always said from anger
And stupid things are always yelled from fear
So if you're thinking things were never better
Then maybe you just shouldn't come around here

Cause I don't want to hear what you think I'm feeling
Or what you think I need now in my life
Just go ahead and do what makes you happy
And prove that what I'm saying now is right

So you don't need to tell me
What you think about me
I can tell cause you show it
I'm just glad that I know it's
The Truth
Track Name: Body
She's crawling out my window
In the middle of the night
She left behind her pillow
And her shape there by my side

She said something 'bout tomorrow
She said something 'bout her life
I decided not to follow
And decided that was right

I want your body next to my body
I want your body next to my body

Her shadow in the moonlight
Still falls across my mind
And sleeps under the covers
In the space she left behind

And sometimes in the night time
I see footprints in the lawn
But then sunrise plays the villain
And then just like her they're gone

I want your body next to my body
I want your body next to my body
Track Name: Give It All
You play it tough and act like the things that I'm saying
Don't throw you off
But I see all the moves that you're playing
Can't let them see the rust or the holes in your armor
How would it be if they say the feelings you harbor?

So you give it all each day
To hide it all away
You give it all each day
Oh no, oh no

See the strongest cry and don't mind the least when they tell you
But the weakest try concealing the feelings that creep through
Oh I know it all, the reasons behind all your methods
They can't see you fall or shed any blood on the edges

You give it all each day
To guide it all away
You give it all each day
Oh no, oh no

So just hear me out
And you'll have your chance to appeal it
But without a doubt you'll run out of ways to conceal it

You give it all each day
To hide it all away
You give it all each day
Oh no, oh no

How you live with good intentions
How you're reaching for the best
Seeking round about directions
To mislead your shallowness
Always striving for perfection
Always getting what you want
Never limit your descrection
At the cost of what I thought
Got to prove it cause you're able
Got to follow what they say
But your hands under the table
Give your secrets all away

You give it all each day
To hide it all away
You give it all each day
Oh no, oh no
Track Name: Sister Agnes
Back of the class, daydreaming drooling on my desk
Filling bubbles to spell your name
Yeah spell your name across my test
I kinda hoped you'd notice

My notebook was full with your first name and my last
I wrote "I love her" in a page long paragraph
On every page to show this

Needed help spelling four letter words
Couldn't find a single bible verse
Love to see you get mad and that's why I curse every day during class
Cause I, oh Agnes

Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I'll take you by the hand
Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I'll take you to the holy land
Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I love you Sister Agnes

And didn't you wonder how again and again and again
I'd sharpen my pencil at your desk but all my work was done in pen
I kinda hoped you'd notice
And cafeteria and recess I was watching
And I saw you keep your eye on which girls I was touching
You didn't think I'd know this

Spreading rumors that I think are true
Involving me, involving you
Well you are the only woman that I want to do
But I, oh Agnes

Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I'll take you by the hand
Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I'll take you to the holy land
Oh oh, Sister Agnes
I love you Sister Agnes
Oh oh, Sister Agnes
Track Name: Our Hero
Our hero is tall, dark, and handsome and witty
And losing has never been a part of his past
So when dueling with demons at the apex of tension
You know that those demons won't last

He draws his gun first and he does it so quickly
The bodies they fall as the body counts rise
And those you may see it, your eyes won't believe
When you learn that your hero has died

Now the pauper's a person, but he ain't the same people
As the people who live on the nice side of town
And though he may save her from the clutches of danger
She'll end up someone she's used to being around

Well I hate the movies where the good guy gets the bad guy
And the chump gets the hard to get girl
'Cause what happens in real life and the best of all outcomes
In the best of all possible worlds
Track Name: How Do You Say Leave?
You pack it up, you move it on,
You said all the things worth saying
She understood, you knew she would,
It feels so good to know she's not staying

She'll go on without you, she'll miss you
In a way that's not crazy
And she won't say "later this may work"
And you don't say "maybe"

But that's a dream, it always seems like someone leaves
Someone else crying
She can't understand it's not your plan, it's not like man
You weren't trying
When you've got these feelings then you don't need
Reasons to sell her
You know what to say but you can't find the way to
Go on and tell her

How do you say leave?
How do you go?
Why would you say yes when you really mean no?
How do you hold ground when she's holding your hand?
Why don't you jump when you know where you'll land?

How do you say leave?
How do you say leave?
How do you say leave?

Well things were, well good enough
But what's enough? I want better
You heard her say that she's afraid while she's away
You'll go and forget her
But you can't foresee where the future will be by this evening
And telling a lie will sure get you by 'til you're leaving

How do you say leave?
How do you go?
Why would you say yes when you really mean no?
How do you hold ground when she's holding your hand?
Why don't you jump when you know where you'll land?

How do you say leave?
How do you say leave?
How do you say leave?
How do you say leave?
Track Name: Part II
Well Teddy's been spending his nights in the slammer
And writing us letters back home
We're constantly checking the minutes collecting
Accepting his calls from Walpole
See his dad and his mom they have packed up and gone
And left him to deal with this strife
While fighting the bottle he's building the model
Of what not to do with your life
But he goes on...

I'm gonna fire up this engine and spin out these tires
And leave all this baggage behind
I won't let this town screw me up, break me down
Or drive me right out of my mind
I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission
I'm living my life on the only condition
I do what I want when I think it's right to do
Well this is Part Two

Now Peter's been cheating, for 10 years misleading
And fooling his wife and his kids
The lies he's been spewing bout what he's doing
He'll tell you that he never did
But when he's out til morning and sleeping til dinner
With cocaine and booze in his ride
Your friends see him dating these hooker-like ladies
The damage that he's done inside
You see his plan falls to pieces,
His method releases the text messages on his phone
He'll try to deny it, but they all won't buy it
He'll probably die all alone, but she goes on...

I'm gonna fire up this engine and spin out the tires
And leave all this baggage behind
I won't let this town screw me up, break me down
Or drive me right out of my mind
I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission
I'm living my life on a moment's decision
I do what I want when I think it's right to do
Well this is Part Two

I'm gonna fire up this engine and spin out the tires
And leave all this baggage behind
I won't let this town screw me up, break me down
Or drive me right out of my mind
I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission
I'm living my life on on my own conditions
I do what I want when I think it's right to do
Well this is Part Two

Yeah well this is Part Two
Track Name: Wonderin'
Oh well I don't know why
But so often my timing is so wrong
Like how I can't decided what to order when the waitresses come

Yeah well I don't know why
But life has the reasons she does
Yeah and I realize that sometimes it's just because

You see people come and they go my friend
And I can't help but keep wonderin'
Is this where it starts or is it where it ends
This is more than just coincidence

Yeah well I don't know why
But so often my timing is so wrong
Like how I just arrive at the party when the pretty girl's gone

Everyone, everything well it seems has a place and a time
Oh but I don't know why well the world spun yours different than mine
Oh and I, I won't fight where you choose to leave your footprints behind
But just know, when you go, that you'll be where you are and still be on my mind

You see people come and they go my friend
Yeah but I can't help but keep wonderin'
Is this where it starts or is it where it ends
We deserve much more than coincidence

Yeah with all I don't know
There's one thing that I'm sure is true
Lord I'm glad life's so cruel that it gave me the chance to lose you.