Toiling in Obscurity

by Jimmy Carpenter

Released December 2009
Independent
Released December 2009
Independent
First Solo Album Featuring New Orleans' Best Musicians
  • 05:10 Lyrics
    Screeching Halt

    Looking back I must admit, Upon reflection I submit That I have always been my main concern Thinking Only of myself And answering to no one else I give myself my way at every turn Life as I am accustomed to living Has come to a screeching halt She says she is disgusted from giving And in no uncertain terms it is my fault It is my fault I’m sure that I can toe the line Some day I might find the time Right now there’s a hundred things to do I ain’t got time to tie my shoes Between the business and the blues My agent’s calling me can I call you It never had occurred to me That what I want ain’t meant to be I said I’d change to keep the peace Remembering a two year lease But if you go can I keep the LCD?

  • 05:20 Story
    Sinner Street
  • 05:34 Lyrics
    Common Man

    Homespun humor hides the silver spoon

    He’ll spend a million dollars so you think that he’s

    Just like me and you

     

    Tell us a lie we’ll go along

    Everything’s fine (if you) just don’t think beyond

     

    For and against right or wrong

    Black and white all the grays are gone

     

    Chorus:

     

    Hey mister spin us the plan

    Dumb it down for the common man

    Just use a metaphor

    Help us understand

    Just tell them that you’re on their side

    Specially if you’re straight Christian wealthy and white

    What you gonna tell them when they

    Look you in the eye

     

    Man of the people

    Compassion is his middle name

    He takes home seven figures but he can’t afford to

    Pay a living wage

     

    Raking it in throw it around

    But you hide that stuff when the tax man comes around

     

    Line ‘em up mow em down

    Send the kids from the poor side of town

     

    Hey mister spin us the plan

    Dumb it down for the common man

    Just use a metaphor

    So we can understand

    You keep saying God is on your side

    Then who’s looking out for all those innocent lives

    What you gonna tell Him when He

    Looks you in the eye

     

    Chorus

     

  • 05:51 Story
    Prisoner of Love
  • 04:10 Story
    Back by the River
  • 06:04 Lyrics
    On the Skids

    Quiet little town in which I live

    Asked more from me than I could give

    Everything used to go so nice

    Now we’re all wrapped up in sin and vice

     

    And though I should have seen it happen

    It did not concern me

    And now the noose is tightened

    Had to eventually

     

    Chorus:

    I’m on the Skids, I’m on the Skids

    I lost my will to live

    Thank God I don’t have kids

    I just want to call it quits

    Shut my lids, and say goodbye

     

    First you left me all alone

    Then the whole damn town called in my loans

    Closed in slowly, I can’t breathe

    And I got no tricks left up my sleeve

     

    And though I should have seen it happen

    It did not concern me

    And now the noose is tightened

    Had to eventually

     

    Chorus

     

    My youth is gone, it left with you

    My self-respect and my TV too

    Watching pages turn too fast

    More black squares on a checkered past

     

     

    And though I should have seen it happen

    It did not concern me

    And now the noose is tightened

    Had to eventually

     

    Chorus

     

     

     

  • 07:50 Story Lyrics
    Don't Believe It
    Don’t Believe It We the people need to know Just cause they say it don’t make it so Don’t Believe It Don’t Believe it When the talk turns to war They gonna tell you what it’s for Don’t Believe It Don’t Believe It When he shouts Let Freedom Ring What he means is oil is king Don’t Believe It Chorus: None of what you hear Half of what you see Just one thing is clear Things ain’t what they seem If they say that levee’s fine Ask around the Lower Nine Don’t Believe It Don’t Believe it If the good hands got your back You’re in trouble that’s a fact Don’t Believe It, Don’t Believe it They don’t have the funds To fix the damage done Don’t Believe It Chorus Can’t afford to fix the schools Lord they take us all for fools Don’t Believe It Don’t Believe It Costs too much to save the earth Tell me what’s this planet worth Don’t Believe It If they say the sky is blue Look outside make sure it’s true Don’t Believe it None of what you hear Half of what you see Who you gonna believe Your own eyes or me Don’t Believe It
  • 06:56 Story
    Shine a Light