Lyrics: Songs from the Starline

1. The Starline

© words and music by g. betts

Zip’s the third quarter back at the Starline

Where the walls are photographs of leatherheads

And neighbourhood kids that never came back

He stepped in to help out for a while – 1959

And some say they’ve caught a glimpse of his old man

Before the sun comes up and the train comes in

Chorus:

Cross from union station, since 1925

Oh the world woke up and walked right through

The Starline

There’s his old man second on the right

The morning looked so dark, the squadron so bright

Quarter back to the neighbourhood

The padre of toast and coffee, yes he understood

Chorus:

Cross from union station, since 1925

Oh the world woke up and walked right through

The Starline

Bridge:

Spitfire propeller is looking down on your window booth

A defender of faith in an age

And a witness to all the changes too

Where the real cost of your cup’o Joe

Is digging in or letting go

Once you’re deep in the play, never say no,

Never say no

Chorus:

Cross from union station, since 1925

Oh the world woke up and walked right through

The Starline

Zip’s the third quarter back at the Starline

And he’d pass the world out to ya

A patron of so many dreams

The world walked through the Starline

And he could never leave

Chorus:

Cross from union station, since 1925

Oh the world woke up and walked right through

The Starline

Yeah the world woke up and walked right through the Starline

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2. 1925 instrumental ©  music by j. r. church & g. betts

3. Get What You Want

© words and music by g. betts

Talk at the counter, they say you’re crazy

You could get what you want for this place

Fifty years, hanging over that grill

Aren’t you ready for a change?

You can ask what you will, and get what you want.

Even the church rezoned, now it’s Palm Towers

And all her red bricks are gone

Long as you can stand alone – we are the hours

You can ask what you will, and get what you want.

Chorus:

Times change like we stand and wait

But when the streets are empty and it’s not too late

To the last square foot of the neighbourhood

We’re the pilgrims here, still it’s understood

You can ask what you will, You can ask what you will

You can ask what you will, and get what you want.

We are the alleys, we are the street

On the endangered list but still on our feet

You can ask what you will, and get what you want.

Repeat Chorus:

Bridge:

One man’s art is a tower of steel

Years to plan and make it real

Another man’s art is holding on to what he’s got

My friend you’re the last hold out

The last hold out on a long chrome block

Repeat Chorus

We are the alleys, we are the street

On the endangered list but still on our feet

You can ask what you will, and get what you want

Maybe you got what you want

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4. Window Booth

©  words and music by j. r. church & g. betts

Must have stayed long as she could

In her waiting window booth

‘Till I saw her walkin’ by the window

Starting to rain

But the letter she’d been holding

Still held that window booth

With a ticket back to Baltimore

There on the floor

I tried to catch her

Couldn’t help but read the note

A world all on a page

With every word he wrote

This was a window into hope

What courage does it take

To take a chance again?

What courage does it take

Not to make the same mistake?

I tried to catch her – down the street

Won’t soon forget the words I read

See this is what he said:

“I know you haven’t had it easy

Life gets scattered to the wind

But at thirty seven the world has time enough

To give us both a chance again.

So meet me at the Starline

The booth we called our own

And I promise I won’t be late this time

Thanks for coming home

I’ll be waiting for you right here

Where all the years have gone.”

But I, Oh I, though I tried

I couldn’t catch her

Had he pledged again and lost his nerve?

Was he only strong enough in word?

So I tracked her number down

And when she called me back she said,

“Meet me at the Starline, a window booth at two

And put my ticket on the table

That way I will know it’s you.

And thanks again for calling,

Can’t be getting home too soon

But I, oh I, see I called cause I,

I couldn’t catch her

So here I am a little early

In a waiting window booth

Where all the years have gone before

Could years to come, come walking through that door?

All ‘cause I, oh I, ‘Cause I‘Cause I couldn’t catch her

5. Never Look Back

©  words and music by  j. r. church

Well I’d walked out the door

And I froze in my tracks

I’d loved her so much

I just couldn’t look back at her

So I sucked up my pride

And with every step I took

It got harder to swallow

And I’ll never forget

It was a lesson I’ve learned the hard way

Never look back

Well I got to the road

Didn’t which way to go

There’s something inside a man

Explain I just don’t know

I tried to become

What I should have already been

And even though my back was turned

I knew that she could see

Right through my soul

It’s a lesson I’ve learned

Never look back

Chorus:

Never looking back from now

Only look ahead some how

Don’t you take a chance

Not even a glance

Never look back

If you look back you’ll regret it

Simple as it is

Why don’t we get it

Don’t you take a chance

Not even a glance

Never look back

Chorus:

Never looking back from now

Only look ahead some how

Don’t you take a chance

Not even a glance

Never look back –  never look back

6. Oh Brother

© words and music by g. betts

We were those days together

Made our plans for change

When the light from a window booth

Could light up the whole world too

Chorus:

Oh brother, oh brother

See a change was going to come

Yeah, a change was going to come

War made no gain

Just a napalm shame

And what’s worth a war today

Only love and time will wear away

Chorus:

Oh brother, oh brother

See a change was going to come

Oh brother, oh brother

Yeah, a change was going to come

Now the light from a window booth

Can still light up the whole world too

Chorus:

Oh brother, oh brother

Still a change is going to come  (still  it’s a change that will come)

Oh brother, oh brother

Yeah, a change is going to come   ( from everyone, for everyone)

7.  What Could Be Wrong With That

© words and music by g. betts

Been living in a cardboard wonder

A dream we thought was stone

And now the pressure that we’re under

Is a storm all our own

Guess you have to be strong

Walking in a hurricane

But when you get to pay the price

That comes along

You’ll never get fooled again

Chorus:

Drive it faster, ask it after

Live it like it’ll never matter now

Drive it faster, ask it after

What could be so wrong with that anyhow

What could be so wrong

What could be so wrong with that?

Bridge:

What if we say,”Ok,

Pack and drive away

To the last time we only had a dime”

What if I just loved you

Loved you like the early days

We shouldn’t be the casualty

Of everything we tried to be

No, there’s nothing wrong with you and me

Let’s just pack and drive away

Chorus: repeat

So, you walk away from your cardboard wonder

A dream you called your home

And now the spell that you were under

Has got you turning on a path

Only you can walk on your own

Chorus:

Drive it faster, ask it after

Live it like it’ll never matter now

Drive it faster, ask it after

What could be so wrong with that anyhow

What could be so wrong

What could be so wrong with that?

Well just about – everything

Oh just about everthing’s

Going to be wrong with that

No you can’t go out and shop

If what you had is what you lost

But you can work in an old down town café

But it’s a life time away

Oh, it’s a life time away

It’s a life time away – from yesterday

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9. Replayed

© words and music by j. r. church & g. betts

I got your letter and every word’s here

Tugging at my coat

Pretend like I don’t mind waiting

On the morning train – so cold

But shoulder to shoulder

Who’s really close?

Oh your words never get any colder

You see they’re still

Chorus:

Replayed on a heart

You know it’s written down

And played on a heart

Where it will always be

Sublime

I’m holding you now

Isn’t it absurd like

Trying to hug a ghost

But what if we really find

The love that we had is lost?

You once wrote a life

A future that was

Now you run through these winter veins

With every word you said

Chorus:

Replayed on a heart

You know it’s written down

And played on a heart

Where it will always be

Sublime

Bridge:

Trains will come and days will go

And chase away the grey we know

Love raised us up

But afraid we’d fall

Word by word do we love

Or just recall?

Chorus:

Replayed on a heart

You know it’s written down

And played on a heart

Where it will always be

Sublime

Coda:

Trains will come and days will go

And chase away the grey we know

Trains will come and days will go

And chase away the grey we knowWaiting on the morning train

10. Broadway

© words and music by j. r. church & g. betts

Nights fallin’ into the summer heat

Rising up as you cross the street

And the boulevard is heavy

Slow and steady like your heart beat

It will never leave you

Night-walking Broadway

Night-walking Broadway

City’s callin’

Can’t resist the beat

And sending it up

The crowd is the street

All the slow motion eyes

So heavy – are you ready?

You’re night-walking Broadway

Night-walking Broadway

It’s a turning to truth in a trickle of sweat

(Letting go of what you thought you had left)

Leave the youth you spent

With your bags at the station

(‘Cause every step you’re takin’…)

You’re night-walking Broadway

Night-walking Broadway

It’s a turning to truth in a trickle of sweat

(Letting go of what you thought you had left)

Leave the youth you spent

With your bags at the station

(‘Cause every step you’re takin’…)

You’re night-walking Broadway

Night-walking Broadway

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11. November

words and music by j. r. church and g. betts

Thin grey line of a day

Time to make your mind up

But will November let you go – so easily

Separate lives and separate days

Grains that spill and days are made of

Holding you forever in November grey

Spin your time make your way

Thought that you had time enough

How did you let it go – so easily

Distant sighs and distant ways

Eyes that spill and greys are made of

Chorus:

So cry across the universe

We’re all just hearts that walk the earth

Could love be so perverse

To light a window in your room

That like a fool you closed in vain

And you can’t open up again

But what was done must now begin

Everything can change

Bridge:

What was so hard to deny

And what was so close

Is far away now

Like the stars burning under your skin

Feeling this way

Why can’t the distance

Just fall away?

So speak your mind, it’s o.k.

If you still love enough

November could set us free – so easily

Truth up close is hard to see

But with the universe across the street

Everything can change

Chorus: repeat

12. Tommy

© words and music by j. r. church & g. betts

Zip puts the trash out in Butchers’ alley

O’ course these days it’s a canyon

Of brick and glass

And all the old walk-ups

Have been raised for cash

Well he knows Tommy’s out there

Hasn’t been around in a couple o’ days

So he calls him in for a bite to eat

Yeah, and they both have sore feet

And a shot of rye

And they toast this town,

Love’s lost and found

The ghosts out on the walk

Those who have

And those who have not

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