The Coin of The Realm

by Robert McEntee

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released January 7, 2007

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Track Name: The Mouth of The Mississippi
Mouth of the Mississippi ©McEntoonz Music

They put me on a plane, Utah bound
But no one ever told me so
Everybody's been real nice everywhere i go
Ain't no use for me to go back now
There ain't nothing left for me
I can't live on the on the mouth of the Mississippi

Glad you could make it Mr. President
Sweating in the noonday sun
Got your sleeves rolled up
And a blue collar shirt on
Hey'o Mr. Mayor
And the governors and senators around
Everybody's got someone to blame
Even Michael Brown

Oh Katy, got a sister gonna make her look sweet
And I won't be there to kiss her on the lips
On the mouth of the Mississippi

First thing you do when you get back home
Down to new orleans
Better buy you a ticket out and keep it in your jeans
Don't be waitng for the coast guard
To swing low and chopper you out
Don't think the government will get you up to higher ground

Oh Katy, upside the head, I ain't going back down
To the mouth of the Mississippi
Oh Katy, got a sister gonna make her look sweet
And I won't be there to kiss her on the lips
on the mouth of the Mississippi
Track Name: From The North
From The North ©McEntoonz Music

So I blindly go forth, to the western plains
I'm driving from the north
Through a land so divided fifty fifty like we are today
I keep a little corner in my heart, somewhere I can get a fire to start
Safe for you, safe for me, safe from all the bitterness I see
I'm driving from the north......

Leaving the green green grass of home
Going out where the big trucks roam
red state, blue state, Mason-Dixon
I almost miss Richard Nixon now
Bad news gonna take a back seat
Dashboard Jesus bless my dirty feet
May I walk in understanding
Let me stumble understanding that I'm blind
I'm driving from the north.....
Track Name: Downhill Back Home
Downhill Back Home ©McEntoonz Music


Most times it starts for me, but sometimes it don't
Some nights I got trouble getting home, but tonight I won't
It's alright, it's a little beat up
But it gets me through when the getting is tough
She rolls alright, least when it's all downhill back home
Can't tell if it's running outta gas, but it hasn't happened yet
You gotta keep your eyes on the road, 'cause it pulls to the left
It's gotta be alright, it's all that I got
It's a '65 and it runs a little hot
But it rolls alright, at least when it's all downhill back home
It don't look like much but it used to be cool in it's day
At least I thought so in a way, back in the day
I know why I go on with a car that I should give away
The one that we drove from ny to la
Yeah I know they laugh at me, but I don't care
Gonna drive it forever I guess cause it's all that we share anymore
It's alright it's a little beat up
But it gets me through when the gettin is tough
She rolls alright, at least when it's all downhill back home
It's alright if you got good gas
It's a lotta fun , and it's a pain in the ass
But it rolls alright, now that it's all downhill back home
Track Name: Lonely Love
Lonely Love ©McEntoonz Music

You say you and me are like oil and water
A father's son and a mother's daughter
With a lonely love, got a lonely love
You see red, and I see blue
Wins the purple heart, for me and you
It's a lonely love, got a lonely love
You and me we took our chances
Took our time to see how strange romance is
It's a lonely love

Standin' around quiet as mouses
Got two cars got two houses, that's a good thing
Ever since the world began, there been some mystery
'Tween the woman and the man
It's a lonely love, yeah, it's a lonely love
Don't know why we'll fuss and fight
Now I'm driving home on a rainy night
With a lonely love, got a lonely love
Track Name: Brand New Years Waltz
Brand New Years Waltz ©McEntoonz Music


A week after Christmas, I'm looking ahead
Say goodbye to the old year, greet the new one instead
Farewell the departed, and welcome our new friends

I'm watching the world, spinning 'round again
Watching the big ball fall down again
Another year hits the ground again

Got no resolutions, no crown of thorns on my head
Got no rosy illusions, no dark feeling of dread

I'm watching the world, spinning 'round again
Watching the big ball fall down again
Another year hits the ground again

I've got my hopes, I've my got fears
But lately I feel lucky just to see another year

We're watching the world, spinning 'round again
We're watching the big ball fall down again
Another year hits the ground again
We're watching the world, spinning 'round again
Watching the world, spinning 'round again
Track Name: A Soldier of The Great War
A Soldier of The Great War ©McEntoonz Music


In a nursing home back in my home town
Lay a veteran doughboy with no one around
'Cept me, just leaving he waved me in and spoke these words to my ear
He said: d'you know that monument standing in the middle of town?
The one that everyone ignores as they drive around?"
There is carved the names of my brothers, surname 'Brown'
Soldiers of the great war

Surely my name should be among the fallen,
surely my life began and ended there
The trouble is now, no one remembers.....a Soldier of the Great War

I remember flags were wavin', red, white and blue, in o' '17
A sweet morning in June, the girls blew us kisses, never too soon
For the heroes of the great warWe all signed up, my brothers and me, to go fight the Hun and Germany
I don't know what we expected but it ain't what we got
In preparation for the great war

Over there, the yanks are coming,
Over there we'll straighten the whole mess out
We were fighting for the betterment of all mankind....Soldiers of the Great War

It was early October, early one morn, the mortars opened up
Like never before, when the gas rolled in, men cursed the day they were born
And died crying for their mama
I watched a shell hit my brothers on the ground that they stood
I panicked and I ran fast as my legs would
And I never stopped running, never thought i could
A soldier of the great war

We believed it a just war to end all others
Who among us could refuse that call?
American boys dying for crown and Kaiser, soldiers of the great war
And of the brothers brown, slept the only survivor
a Soldier of the Great War
Track Name: The Coin of the Realm
The Coin of the Realm ©McEntoonz Music

A golden coin, in my hand, of Napoleon, minted 1812
That year the Russian winter drove him down
Exiled, he lost all that he held
And I'm holding, the Coin of the Realm

Alexander with his armies
He couldn't take it, and hold it
I guess that's how every empire falls
You can bring a horse to water
But you can't make him love democracy
Oh the blood and treasure overwhelm
All to capture the coin of the realm

These days I wonder if, in two hundred years
Someone will ponder
The coinage, the folly and arrogance of my times
If you choose to kill a man
Bring a bullet for his brother
Who's at the helm?
All to capture, the Coin of the Realm
Black is the color of the Coin of the Realm
Track Name: Holding Out Hope
Holding out Hope ©McEntoonz Music

If a bird with broken wing can rise up and fly away
If a lost dog walks a thousand miles back home
Then why's it hard for you to accept, we've been lied to?
That the truth comes out, I'm holding out hope

Where are the men who brought this fate upon us now?
Hiding in their pensioned estates
Oh that justice might be done, someday in America
Until then we'll just have to cope
That the day comes soon, I'm holding out hope

Stand up stand up and witness what's before you
Know 'em by their deeds, and not their words
And then watch 'em walk away, like nothing ever happened
They'll hang themselves given the rope
That they don't hang us first, I'm holding out hope
Track Name: Reaching You
Reaching You ©McEntoonz Music


I think I see a light ahead, from a beautiful view
Or maybe I'm imagining, what I'd like to be true
'Cause I think I see alot of things only some of them are true
But I know I found myself, when I was Reaching You

I'm gonna know myself someday, then what will I do?
If I still feel like a stranger here, just passing through
On a road that stretches in front of us
Underneath the sky of blue
I know I'll find my foosteps Reaching You

It's bittersweet and precious, love by any name
Make a man reckless, make a woman change her name
But the trials and the troubles and the tribulations
Fall from view
When I look back, I'll remember, Reaching You

On a road, that's wide enough for one or two
I found myself, by accident Reaching You