Love Is The King

by Jeff Tweedy

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1.
Here I am There it is At the edge Of as bad as it gets I’m a boxer Blind when I swing I sink To my knees  I cling  And I bleed But cry don’t you dare When I die in the ring Life isn’t fair Love is the king Love is the king Love is the king Of the beautiful trees How everyone sings And tanks in the street Like cats Watching with skill Green and grey Violent and still Spinning above Stones in slings When push comes to shove Love is the king Love is the king Love is the king Love is the king   Love is the king Love is the king
2.
Opaline 04:45
I hear the police outside my window I can hear them talking on their radios Well I keep my head underneath my pillow Pray that they’re gonna leave me alone  O’ Opaline Make believe that you still love me O’ Opaline It’s hard to see reality When you’ve got no love at all There’s nothing worse than a hearse driving slow Out on the tollway stopping at the tolls No change, no E-ZPass, what a way to go There’s nothing worse than a hearse driving slow O’ Opaline Make believe that you still love me O’ Opaline It’s hard to see reality When you’ve got no love at all I’d like to find out why she had to go My heart wants what a heart can’t control Now I hang in the air as the light gets cold And I hide in her shadows Welcome her home  O’ Opaline  Make believe that you still love me O’ Opaline  It’s hard to see reality  When you’ve got no love at all 
3.
At the last last call When it’s time for us all To say goodbye I know I’m gonna cry Know I'm gonna cry  Because all in all I’m just having a ball Being alive  And I don’t want to die  I don’t wanna die At the end of the end Of this beautiful dream we’re in I’ll wake up again A robin or a wren  And then I’ll sit Outside your window I’ll sing a song you’ll recognize And you won’t know why You won’t know why And then a teardrop will fall Into the corner of the smile  On your face And I’ll be alive I’ll be alive  I’ll be alive I’ll be alive I’ll be alive I’ll be alive
4.
Gwendolyn 03:25
I don’t think I can take another day Oh I don’t know how I could ever say I’m OK being so far away Oh I don’t think that I can take another day When Gwendolyn, when she starts to speak To a county police with a plastic cup between her teeth  The sun beating down like a big trombone That’s right when I start missing home She holds my hand between her knees It’s like a dream, I never know what it means I only know I’m feeling alone That’s right when I start missing home Honestly Gwen I’m not ashamed to say Between you and me I’m relieved they put you away Sun coming up like a piece of toast That’s right when I started heading home That’s right when I started heading home Well that’s right when I started heading home
5.
It’s been a bad day lately A lonely place  I can’t endure Being so far away Always makes things worse Oh everything I do  And everything I say And everything I feel I feel for you today It’s been a bad day baby Oh I’m swallowed in the murk Being so far away always hurts It’s been a bad day lately Oh I’m not a bird Flying home would save me Home One day  I’ll return
6.
If I may have your attention please I’ll tell you about my wife and what she means to me How fiercely she believes what she believes I laugh and I cry I live and I die By her side From time to time she puts her hand in mine Holds me like a sharp shiny key I was never one who needed to believe  In a god hard to find But I found by her side There’s a god  Even I can see They say no work of art is ever done Carved in bark or yet to come Rivers run low and flow with only sky Even gods have to die But once in a while There’s a god Even I can see
7.
I’ve never been blown by the winds of a hurricane Never been in a flood I’ve never been buried up to my neck in mud But I have fallen in love And that’s enough  Of a natural  Disaster For me Lord lord lord what a misery Oh my lord what a tragedy Tears in my eyes I pray no one can see Oh that’s enough Of a natural Disaster For me I’ve seen a twister tear across the plains Weather’s insane  But I would always stay far enough away Until I fell in love And that’s enough Of a natural Disaster  For me  I saw a lightning bolt punch a bird right outta the sky I watched him fry Poor little guy never got to fall in love Before he died And that’s enough  Of a natural Disaster  For me Lord lord lord what a misery Oh my lord what a tragedy Tears in my eyes I pray no one can see Oh that’s enough Of a natural Disaster For me Oh that’s enough Of a natural Disaster For me
8.
Save it for me When the world falls apart I can say with certainty  There’s a reason  A light left on in an empty room Is how a love can be A rainbow word in a mouth of clouds Darkened days Who needs you now? A rainbow word in a mouth of clouds Darkened days Who needs me now? Save it for me When the world falls apart I can say with certainty  There’s a reason  There’s a pie left out that you can’t consume So sweet you cannot eat There’s a reason  No one will call today The people you lean on Don’t always know What to say Save it for me When the world falls apart I can say with certainty  There’s a reason  A light left on in an empty room Is how a love can be Is all a love can be Is all a love can be Is all a love can be
9.
Guess Again 03:17
Oh tomatoes right off the vine We used to eat them like that all the time And if you think that’s the best thing  That I ever knew Guess again My love It’s you Riding with the wind blowing in my hair And the sun shining down everywhere  If you think that’s the best thing That I can do Guess again  My love Guess again  My love Is for you Oh trouble I can sing it the same Or just about the same as any other song you can name And if you think that  That’s the main thing Pulling me through  Guess again My love It’s you And if you think that’s the best thing I’ll ever do  Guess again It’s you Maybe you noticed  How light I am Maybe you’ve been thinking I’m drinking again  Oh I’m high But there’s really  Nothing new Guess again  My love Guess again My love It’s you  Guess again My love Guess again My love It’s you
10.
Troubled 03:11
The silver black boot That cracked my front tooth Is a new kind of truth  I’m getting used to Where the power lines are down Whipping sparks around Like an angel touching down And fading I’m troubled Some days I don’t know  By the time I let go  Shadows start at my feet Oh I’m troubled But the trouble’s still me My best moments are with you Like a desert in bloom My best moments are with you  Some days I don’t know By the time I let go  I’m too slow to see Oh I’m troubled But the trouble’s still me
11.
Half-Asleep 04:18
Half asleep All your dreams Come alive You’re all I need Come to me Close your eyes There’s no other There’s no one  No one  But you Half of me Still believes We never die Won’t you lay Next to me Close your eyes There’s no other There’s no one  No one  But you When you need me I’ll be there When you need me I’ll be there When you need me I’ll be there When you need me I’ll be there When you need me I’ll be there When you need me I’ll be there I’ll be there I’ll be there When you need me There’s no other There’s no one But you

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released October 23, 2020

All songs written by JEFF TWEEDY
except “A Robin Or A Wren” written by JEFF TWEEDY and GEORGE SAUNDERS
Performed by JEFF TWEEDY, SPENCER TWEEDY and SAMMY TWEEDY
Produced by JEFF TWEEDY and TOM SCHICK
Engineered by TOM SCHICK
Engineering Assistance by MARK GREENBERG
Mastered by BOB LUDWIG
Design by JEFF TWEEDY, SPENCER TWEEDY and SHEILA SACHS
Cover Photo by ROBERT CAPA



OMEGA MANAGEMENT GROUP
JOSH GRIER/CRYSTAL MYERS

Office: BRANDY BREAUX
Studio: MARK GREENBERG
Finance: DAWN NEPP
Legal: JAIME HERMAN
Booking: FRANK RILEY
Touring: ERIC FRANKHOUSER
Publicity: JESSICA LINKER

Special thanks: Michael Shulman, Jon Lawrence, Jacob Daneman, Lacey Sutherland, Matt Slifkin, Sarah Marie Shepherd, Paul Boswell.

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