Denny Carleton

Whiskey Island

             The story I tell, a hidden mystery of people rocks and sand,

Steel and salt, nature flowing free hear the tale of Whiskey Island

Lorenzo Carter, was the first to settle there, then came Dave and Gilman Bryant

Distilled whiskey fought mosquitoes and snakes, thus came Whiskey Island

Then came the Irish, who lived and lie there, they struggled to make a dollar

They worked real hard, Sunday went to church, hooray for Whiskey Island

Railyards,factories,steam driven ships,changing the Island forever

Shanties of tar and tin in the great depression Hoovervile on Whiskey Island

Queen Ann's Lace,willows to the north, cottonwood,doves and swan

Sunfish pond, Monarch Butterfly, exist on Whiskey Island

Woods and weeds,dogs and deer seagulls circle the station

The Coast Guard's pride,broken men have called home,here on Whiskey Island

Moonscape of sand dunes,rock piles to the south ,600 miles of salt mines

Dinosaur Hullets,add to the ambience,pyramids on Whiskey Island

Where are we going?
         Talk about misdirection I see it all around me,people are rushing to and fro

Give me the time, give me the season , when people had a reason to know what they know

Where are we going? Where are we going? Where are we going? I’d like to know

60's was one thing 70's was another,all through the ages it's been love your brother

We run away form love , we run away from the reign ,it’s always a battle between Able and Cain

Where are we going? Where are we going? Where are we going? I’d like to know.

50's was one thing 60's was another,all through the ages it's been love your brother

We run away form love , we run away from the reign ,somehow science doesn't help me stay sane

Where are we going? Where are we going? Where are we going? I’d like to know

Apes they are talking,computers play chess,The book of Revelations is anyone’s guess

Women are working,and man is at rest and when they're going to clone,they're going to use the best

Where are we going? Where are we going? Where are we going? I’d like to know

Coney Island Blues

       The tattooed man and the bearded lady lost their jobs today , they're building a fast food restaurant at Coney Island , the lease is up today/ and who'll ever remember the wild man from Borneo or the Midget who stood so tall / all they'll know is their Disneyland / canned music and shopping malls

And what'll ever happen to the two-headed man or his ape-like son / the laughing lady ain't laughing No more and the three-legged dog he'd better run / cause the bulldozer's gonna crush your house / You'd better pick-up your last pay / they're building a fast food restaurant on Coney Island, the lease is up today

In The Middle of An Island - 1969

       In the middle of an island in the center of a lake is where I want to go. I want to fix the bridge that Holds me back so I can go and go. I want to be there right now. I need to be there today. But when I Get there I'll never know I know I'm not there today as I cross the bridge I look into the lake and There's someone doing the same. I see small trees swaying to and fro, just waiting to shade me

I want to be there right now, I need to be there today, when I get there I'll live slow I know I'm not There  today Repeat first verse

Breathtaking - 1988

        You can filter the air, but you can't hide from the guck all around you when you walk outside. The Orange-red glow in the sky is breathtaking. Don't notice a difference 'till you get out of town - pretty Soon it'll be the same all around. Mother nature's wearing a brown-gray crown - it's breathtaking. People want to plant some trees, but they're losing the battle when they're losing their leaves. Gone by Early August, such a sight to see - it's breathtaking.

Dover Fair

        It wasn't The Paris Moon.where we spent our honeymoon,

It was that night in June at the Dover Fair

We thought we had it made,bought you a lemonade

Played games at the old arcade,we didn't have a care

But now we've got credit cards,visa and master charge

How did it get so hard from here to there

If I had a time machine,you'd see just what I mean

Back in those fields of green at the Dover Fair.

Hot July in a swimming pool,never thought of summer school

Man it was cool,with magic in the air.

Birds whistled a special song,telling us that we belonged

And the farther I went along,I wanted my share

Of the valleys and the mountainsides where we went for a ride

I loved it, I cannot lie, I wish I was there

Gazing at the  peaceful scene,Oh the creek was so serene

Like some kind of gentle dream in my mind somewhere

But now we've got credit cards,visa and master charge

How did it get so hard from here to there

If I had a time machine,you'd see just what I mean

Back in those fields of green at the Dover Fair

                          Peter On The Water

         I sailed my ship on rough waters ,waives came up nearly drowned

Listen now ye son's and  daughters' here my story,gather round

Like Peter on the water,I gave into my fears  but in the fog and darkness,the lighthouse was there

But then the Red Sea parted,I crossed on dry land, but all along the way I felt Jesus’ hand.(chorus)

As the floods of life descended, I felt like Noah and the Ark,

Grace and faith abounded, but still I missed the mark

Like Jonah and the Whale,I'm sure you heard the story,

But if it wasn't for that second chance there would be no rainbow glory(chorus)

When I reached the dry valley,springs started flowing

Cause even in the desert,faith has a way of showin

You can come to the water,when your dying of thirst

And I can't remember if I was last or I'm first (chorus)

It started  with the water,when I was baptized

But most the time,I've spent swimming against the tide

Now you've heard my tale ,all ye sons and daughters

Come drink freely of the Life giving water.(chorus)

Shades Of Gray

          Don't look at me that way, what could you have to say

On this autumn day with your shades of gray (chorus)

I could go to Nottingham,where the sparrow flies by the Wily dam

All around are space and trees and the air feels like(violet)(violent)memories(chorus)

Southern belles are calling me with there civil was symphonies

Muskets in my soul cry out, what's a civil war all about (chorus)

By the Hudson River by the adrain sea

I see a vague reflection of a poet by a tree

The seeds that have been planted are my destiny

A rainbow colored mirror broken inside of me (chorus)

Feuger Shakespeare Or Mitchell

        Who encourages your problems,who exaggerates your fears

Who is causing all your troubles Who is causing all your tears

It's either Feuger Shakespeare or Mitchell it’s not my fault my friends perversions

It's either Feuger Shakespeare or Mitchell, no blame on me it's one of those three

I'm not preaching I'm sure you know You can take it fast or you can make it slow.

It's up to you so the saying goes You can be in heaven or down below

A pure white stallion a 12 inch snow A misty moonlight a boat that rows

It's up to you so the saying goes You can take it fast or make it slow

Pick It Up

       Went down to the Euclid creek last week to enjoy a nice spring day

But what did I see but a bunch of beer cans where the tiger ducks used to play

Pick It Up (chorus)

I'm no policeman,no nothing of ozone, but I know what I want to say

It don't make you a man to throw your beer can where the tiger lilies used to lay (chorus)

In kindergarten they tell all the kids when your done  with it put it away

So throw your wrappers from your burgers and fries in the trash can not in the lake(chorus)

The earth won't speak and neither will the lake but I bet they 've got a lot to say

Cause I just heard a very strong word.wise Up before it's too late(chorus)

Linesville dam

       By the Ohio border just into P.A. Saw an amazing sight the other day

Big huge fish lying on their backs they never swam

Living for the stale bread at the Lineseville dam

The fish just cram into this little tiny space, they're free to go but they won't leave

Big mouths eat stale bread and big fish just pile on

Livin for the big crumb at the Linesville Dam

I know if I could I would free them right now

And show them there’s more to life if they would only swim

But there too big to move and they've forgotten how

Livin for the big loaf at the Linesville dam

By the Ohio border just into P.A. Saw an amazing sight the other day

Big huge fish lying on their backs they never swam

Living for the stale bread at the Lineseville dam

I know if I could I would free them right now

And show them there’s more to life if they would only swim

But there too big to move and they've forgotten how

Livin for the green bread at the Linesville dam

Environmental girlfriend

        We'll sit around and talk about the ozone and how the world might end

We'll separate and sort all our trash right into the recycle bin

But the way you sort through all that waste I know were more than friends

It's not the way you look, or the way you cook, it's the way you think that nature spins

It's an all natural love sent from above my environmental girlfriend

We will protect our habitat, but not because it's a trend

We'll balance our checks in the balance of life,we'll watch what we spend

We'll recycle our glass and our memories and the cycle will never end

It's not the way you look, or the way you cook, it's the way you think that nature spins

It's an all natural love sent from above my environmental girlfriend

We'll read our mail from our congressman,from the letters that we send

We'll take our stance with the plants and trees but we will never bend

We'll speak for those who cannot speak it's those we will defend

         Chorus

 It Only Takes A Spark

    It only takes a spark to get a fire going,with a little bit of faith we can move the mountain (chorus)

Were all in this together, the earth the sky men and woman

For the sake of our children for the sake of our selves were gonna win this fight

Were on this planet together somehow were connected

If we treat others like they'd like to be treated were off to a good start (chorus)

It only takes a minute  to think of what your doing

For the sake of our children for the sake of ourselves were gonna win this fight (chorus)

I Could Never Dance

     It started back in high school I went to my class prom

All the guys were staring at me trying to edge me on

They said this is once in a lifetime this may be your last chance

So take that girl out on the floor and learn to dance

We were at an amusement park,we were on a date and some joker who was supposed to be a friend of mine took her on every ride and I think she enjoyed it too but I made up with her and took her to the dance the next week

I crossed my legs I ran around and said this is my last chance but I could never dance

So just recently I went to Prastava and tried to dance

The people were holding hands and spinning around so fast they almost melted

I almost broke my arms it was my last chance but I could never dance

Further Down The Line

       It’s a mean and dreadful sorrow, when she’s never coming back

No money left to borrow no train left on the track

But if it never runs again it would be to soon

And I will take my pen and I will howl at the moon

And if I never write a song I know that I have tried

I have tried my best to belong I’ll know I have not lied

I’ll try to reach the bleachers you can check my next at bat

I won’t contradict the preacher I will check my coat and hat 

And if I go to Memphis I will go to Tennessee I will be a success I will try to be free

But if you try to wound me I will take it on my skin

I will turn around and I will pray just like my evil twin

If you try to analyze you are wasting all your time Cause it’s O.K. from where I sit I’m further down the line

Sank A  Palace

        Sank a palace by the sea when my ship went down

friends whose hearts were gold to me gifts that ner again can be neath the water brown.

Oh there you lie old ship today neath the sand bars stiff and gray

you who proudly sailed away to another town

Now the oceans bitter cup leaves behind your trembling lips

Now on deathly woes you look up and your humbled pride from disasters grips

Ruined nets around you weave but I have no time to grieve

I will promptly I believe build another ship