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  1. A Rude Awakening

From the recording A Rude Awakening

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I went to bed and I closed my eyes
Tried to sing myself lullabies
No such luck – I said mercy me
Got taken out of my reverie
And then I heard three ravens sing
“You’re in for a rude awakening”

I met a man, a gambler by trade
He was sitting pretty, yes he had it made
A high stakes game, no walk in the park
The deck was stacked and the cards were marked
He said, “I might have to pawn my diamond ring
I’m in for a rude awakening”

The moon looked down and the hour was late
I dreamed of wolves at the door and barbariansat the gate
Of a piece of parchment rolled up thin
That the messenger brought as he leaned right in
And gave cold comfort to the king
It read, “You’re in for a rude awakening”I

tossed and turned, beset by fears
My pillow was wet with tears
Nero grinned, said, “There’s a lesson to be learned
You know what I was doing while my city burned”
And he dragged the bow across the strings
Said, “You’re in for a rude awakening”