Crocodile Man

Scott Stieber & Don Myers

Only love
Love’s the only thing
The only thing that's true

I smile a crocodile smile, cry crocodile tears
I'll gnaw your leg off after a couple of beers
Tell you a thing I don’t know
On a stack a Bibles, swear it’s so

My father was military, he was always at war
Mother took to Jesus when she couldn’t take any more
I took to the back streets of these river towns
Took to anything but sticking around

Yeah, I was big, but I was never tough
If you wanna call it luck, I was lucky enough
to find a voice under my hat
Bellow, bluff, bluster, that was that

I told 'em all off, told 'em where they could go
Just like television, like radio
It's my way or the highway, I tell you my friend
Me and Willie, and the Dead, on the road again

You sign up ‘cause you want to fly
there's mud on your boots, here's mud in your eye
There was nothing back then I wouldn't try
Strike me blind, if I lie

I ate the bread, drank the wine
Never saw the light, never saw a sign
They clocked me doin' 80 in a hospital zone
some unholy ghost deep in my bones

the hounds at my heels ran me to ground
on the side of the road, broken down
she said "hey fly boy, you're new in town
You know, only love can turn it around"

chorus:
She said "only love, love's the only thing
The only thing that's true
only love, love's the only thing
Man, I'm talkin' to you"

I could not run, I could not hide
There it was, we were, side by side
Barbecue sandwich, pecan pie
Sunday morning go for a ride

chorus

in the attic of the house where I live
long shadows I can't forgive
in books, in boxes, under glass
I believe they're catching, catching on to me at last

Children, children, let it be
I'll slip into this river and on out to the sea
Where I'll stay under forever and a day
Your long-gone daddy got one thing to say

chorus:
Only love
Love’s the only thing
The only thing that’s true
Only love
Love’s the only thing
Am I getting through

Chorus:
Only love
Love’s the only thing
The only thing that’s true
Only love
Love’s the only thing
Yeah, I’m talkin’ to you
I’m talkin’ to you