Loose Salute (1970) Lyrics

Side 1

  1. “Silver Moon” (Nesmith)
  2. “I Fall to Pieces” (Cochran, Howard)
  3. “Thanx for the Ride” (Nesmith)
  4. “Dedicated Friend” (Nesmith)
  5. “Conversations” (Nesmith)

Side 2

  1. “Tengo Amore” (Nesmith)
  2. “Listen to the Band” (Nesmith)
  3. “Bye, Bye, Bye” (Nesmith)
  4. “Lady of the Valley” (Nesmith)
  5. “Hello Lady” (Nesmith)

Bonus Tracks

  1. “1st National Dance” (Nesmith)

“Silver Moon” Lyrics

See the lazy windmill slowly turning
Cutting up the marble canyons of the sky
See the dust around my feet go churning
Moving with the winds down the highways of goodbye

Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
Looking over maps of memories for the road
Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
With the unexpected destination of my home

Half the thoughts I’m thinking speak in sighs
As that same old wave of loneliness returns
And I can see you when I close my eyes
Speaking very softly as you turned

Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
Looking over maps of memories for the road
Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
With the unexpected destination of my home

[break]

Now I must go
Go and let go

Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
Looking over maps of memories for the road
Standing in the lonely light of the silver moon
With the unexpected destination of my home

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  • 1

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  • 3:12

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“I Fall to Pieces” Lyrics

I fall to pieces
Each time I see you again
I fall to pieces
How can I be just a friend?

You want me to act like we’ve never kissed
You want me to forget
Pretend we never met
And I’ve tried, and I’ve tried, but I haven’t yet
You walk by, and I fall to pieces

[break]

I fall to pieces
Each time someone speaks your name
I fall to pieces
Time only adds to the flame

My friends tell me find someone new to love
Someone who’ll love me too
The way you used to do
But each time I go out with someone new
You walk by, and I fall to pieces
You walk by, and I fall to pieces

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  • 2

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  • 2:57

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“Thanx for the Ride” Lyrics

Thunder rumbling
Twice the size
Echoes distant to my goodbyes
I’ll just mosey on
Thanks for the ride

Desert clearing
Forgotten miles
Hands me my remembered smiles
I’ll just mosey on
Thanks for the ride

People here believing what they never saw
This time, when it comes again, I’ll beat them to the draw

[break]

People here believing what they never saw
This time, when it comes again, I’ll beat them to the draw

Oh, I feel like it’s my first time high
Moving closer to clearer skies
I’ll just mosey on
Thanks for the ride
Thanks for the ride
Thanks for the ride

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  • 2:57

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“Dedicated Friend” Lyrics

Has anybody seen my power?
It is gone from where I laid it down
I have only been away an hour
And I saw it when I left for town

So if you see it, won’t you call me promptly?
It is more than just a question of time
It was two-toned and full-blown
And a dedicated friend of mine

Has anybody seen my Chevy?
It is gone from where I shut it down
I’ve been told that it was very heavy
When I used to drive it into town

So if you see it, won’t you call me promptly?
It is more than just a question of time
It was two-toned and full-blown
And a dedicated friend of mine

[break]
“Whoa!”

Has anybody here seen Jesus?
He is gone from where I laid him down
He was almost dead from helping people
And he asked me for a ride to town

So if you see him, won’t you call me promptly?
Oh, it’s more than just a question of time
He was two-toned and full-blown
And a dedicated friend of mine
They all are two-toned and full-blown
And dedicated friends of mine

“Take it on home, Red!”

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  • 2:32

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“Conversations” Lyrics

In a long and involved conversation with myself
I saw precious things come into view
And I poured through the files taken off my mental shelf
And dusted off some memories of you

Then I thought about the time when our affair was green
And how the phoenix of our love first flapped its silken wings
All the urgency and passion of each new day as it happened
And how it all mellowed as it grew

I remembered the times when our laughter would explode
And how you would turn to hide your smile
And the hours of silence while the perfumed candle glowed
And both our thoughts meandered on for miles

I remembered the time I said I really had to go
And I remembered the tears that filled your eyes
Then I touched your hand and told you that it really was a lie
And though you never knew it, dear, I cried

Well, it’s amazing how time can so softly change your ways
And make you look at things that can’t be seen
And how the years that roll by can start you listening
Not just to what they say but what they mean

So forgive me, my dear, if I seem preoccupied
And if the razor edge of youth-filled love is gone
But we’re both a little older, our relationship has grown
Not just in how it’s shaped but how it’s shown

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  • 5

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  • 3:33

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“Tengo Amore” Lyrics

Tengo amor
Después que todo está finado
Tengo amor
Pero mi corazon quiere correr
Veo el sol
Y el me dice que tu me amas
No me corren
Siempre estare contigo
Aqui en tus brazos
Abrazáme sin palabras
Nuestra amor
Reflexionando en el cielo
Despacio seremos uno solo

I have much love
After all is said and done
I have much love
Even though my heart says run
I see the sun
And it says you love me too
So I won’t run
I will spend my life with you
Here in your arms
Holding you without speaking
Watching our love
Making shadows on the ceiling
Slowly melting into oneness

[Spanish lyrics from http://www.morethanweimagine.com/]

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  • 3:01

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“Listen to the Band” Lyrics

Hey, hey, mercy woman
Plays a song and no one listens
I need help, I’m falling again

Yeah, play the drum a little bit louder
Tell me I can live without her
If I only listen to the band
Listen to the band

Whoa, weren’t they good?
They made me happy
I think I can make it alone

Oh, oh, mercy woman
Plays a song and no one listens
I need help, I’m falling again

Yeah, play the drum a little bit louder
Tell me I can live without her
If I only listen to the band
Listen to the band

Oh, weren’t they good?
They made me happy
I think I can make it alone

Yeah, mercy woman
Plays a song and no one listen
I need help, I’m falling again

Yeah, play the drums a little bit louder
Tell me I can live without her
Now that I have listened to the band
Play

Oh, weren’t they good?
They made me happy
I think I can make it alone

Oh, oh, mercy woman
Plays a song and nobody listenin’
I need help, I’m falling again, woo

Yeah, play the drum a little louder, Johnny
Tell me I can live without her
Now that I have listened to the band
My, my

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  • 7

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  • 2:34

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“Bye, Bye, Bye” Lyrics

I had twenty-one miles of road to go
And fifty-four miles of dirt
There was a cold steel gleam in the night
I was truckin’ along down interstate five
Lookin’ for the turn
When somethin’ snapped, and I suddenly changed my mind

I said bye, bye, bye
Oh, I finally took a stand
Then for the very first time
I felt like a man

So I headed on down to Mexico
I was never goin’ back to work
Yes, I had enough cash to last me there for years
And then I cabled my folks, I said, “Call my boss
And you can tell him where I left the truck”
And then I went out and stocked up on enchiladas and beer

I said bye, bye, bye
Oh, I finally took a stand
Then for the very first time in my life
I felt like a man
Like a man, man, man, man
Oh!

[break]

Well, now, that all happened back in 1961
And I never went back to work
And then in 1964 I started livin’ off the land
And the people back home still talk about me
Just runnin’ off without a word
But me and the pier and the Mexican sunshine, we don’t give a damn
Whoa, no, no, no

I said bye, bye, bye
Oh, I finally took a stand
Now for the very first time
I feel like a man
A free man

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  • 8

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  • 3:15

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“Lady of the Valley” Lyrics

Night, endless night
Bright seeing bright
Now is the time
Lady of the valley
You are mine

Day, sweeping day
Ways, gentle ways
Join in the ride
Lady of the valley
You are mine

[break]

Night, endless night
Bright seeing bright
Now is the time
Lady of the valley
You are mine
Lady of the valley
You are mine

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  • 9

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  • 2:58

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“Hello Lady” Lyrics

Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend
Good news, lady
Good news, lady friend

You are lady
You are lady friend
Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend

’Twas the year of happy moving
Standing close and gentle loving
While the sandy stretches called me on
Only for a moment’s parting
Each one planting his own garden
The time to share the blossoms soon will come

Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend
Good news, lady
Good news, lady friend

You are lady
You are lady friend
Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend

See the woman, she came sliding
Out of her most fearful hiding
Holding out an open hand for me
See the lady, she came rolling
And the lady she was holding
More than even she or I could see

Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend
Good news, lady
Good news, my lady friend

You are lady
You are lady friend
Hello, lady
Hello, lady friend

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  • 10

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  • 3:48

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“1st National Dance” Lyrics

Allemande left with your left hand
And then a right to your partner with a right and left grand
Grab your pretty girl, and you swing ’er around
And then you march that little girl back to town
You promenade
Yes, you do, you
Promenade
Yes, you do, you
Promenade

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  • 2:59

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