Good Nez Gracious: A Tribute to Michael Nesmith

by Jo Elless

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released July 4, 2012

All songs written by Michael Nesmith, performed on this album by Jo Elless.

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Track Name: Texas Morning
Right in the middle of the ten cent scenery
Shuffled and stacked on a post card rack
There's a cute little girl with a Shetland pony
She smiles at me, but I can't smile back
Cactus Jack drinks coffee black
And tells me its my lucky day
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've come a long long way
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've come a long long way

He left me cold on a winter's morning
And cold it's been for a long, long time
He told me Texas was where he was headed
And I came looking, but he's so hard to find
Cactus Jack drinks coffee black
And tells me its my lucky day
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've come a long long way
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've come a long long way

Oh I don't know just where I'll find him
Maybe the soldier with the suitcase saw him
He just said he was going to Texas for a little while
So I'm looking for a boy with light brown hair
Hazel eyes, he's not too pretty
But a beautiful smile
He just said he was going to Texas for a little while.

The cook in the back is getting curious
He asks the waitress where I'm from
She says, "Well, I've never seen her,
She's probably just a California bum."
Cactus Jack, he says, "That's right."
As I walk out into the light
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've got a long long ride
Five o'clock in the Texas morning and I've got a long long ride

Outside, the sun is up
And the wind blows me like a Dixie cup
Down the highway.
Track Name: Grand Ennui
I was overland touring in my new Ferrari
At just about a hundred and ten
I was on my way home from a sophisticated party
Where I got a little drunk on gin

And as the headlights cast a glow on the road
I heard a voice inside of me
It said, "You lost the light
And now you're moving through the night
Running from the grand ennui
Running from the grand ennui"

Well, I reached in my pocket and I pulled out the Omega
That was never one second behind
I knew the horse that I was running at the Southern Talladega
Had won for the twenty-second time

And then the countess I was with bent over with a kiss
And put a jeweled hand on my knee
I knew I'd lost the light
And I was moving through the night
Running from the grand ennui
Running from the grand ennui

Well that night passed in a blaze of glory
With the countess and the car both mine
And each day passes with the same old story
But the countess has a brand new line

Yet still at night I am haunted by the fright
And distant memory
Of the day I lost the light
Moving through the night
Running from the grand ennui
Running from the grand ennui
Track Name: Magnolia Simms
Love to me is blue-eyed and blonde
Oh that sweet Magnolia
Apple pie on the window still warm
That's my sweet Magnolia

Walking under a sky that's so blue
After rain has fallen
When she's walking so close by my side
My troubles seem to just run and hide

Walking under a sky that's so blue
After rain has fallen
When she's walking so close by my side
My troubles seem to just run and hide

Magnolia Simms is my little doll
I can't live without her
For if she'd go
My whole world would just fall
Stay with me Magnolia

Stay with me, Magnolia.
Track Name: Propinquity (I've Just Begun to Care)
I've known for a long time
The kind of girl you are
From the smile that covers teardrops
The way your head yields to your heart
From the things you've kept inside
That most girls couldn't bear
I've known you for a long time
But I've just begun to care

I've known of all the heartache
And I've known of all the pain
Cause I've seen you when the sun shines
And I've seen you when it rains
I've seen you make a look of love
From just an icy stare
I've known you for a long time
But I've just begun to care

I know I've been blind
To not have loved you all this time
But the image of you wasn't clear
I guess that I've been standing too near

Well it's taken me awhile
But I have finally found
What you are to me
And that's what really counts
And what you are to me
Is something we can share
I've known you for a long time
But I've just begun to care