Curt Joa, Singer Songwriter

Music

Lyrics

Where are you calling from? 

I can hardly hear you. 

Your voice is soft and weary 

And so far away. 

Missed you all night long insanely. 

Wish I had more sleep, but mainly 

I wish I was 

Where you’re calling from. 

 

Where are you calling from? 

I can almost see your face 

Looking thru a foggy windshield 

Driving in the rain. 

Checking in some dive motel room 

You should find a better place, still 

I wish I was 

Where you’re calling from. 

 

Making up just half a bed each morning, 

Looking at a TV show alone, 

I keep trying to tell myself 

To keep my mind on something else 

But every time I hear the telephone, 

I wonder 

 

Where are you calling from? 

If only I could touch your sleeve 

I’d pull you close and make you promise 

Not to leave again. 

Guess it’s time to say goodnight now 

But as I reach to turn the light out 

I wish I was 

Where you’re calling from.

Lyrics

I know that I am not that much to look at

I know that I am not the brightest guy you’ve known

And I only make a little bitty paycheck

And half of that gets drunk on my way back home

 

But take a good hard look at the situation

Could you walk away even if you wanted to

Can you really see yourself

With anyone else?

Face it baby

I’m about the best you’re gonna do.

 

I know you dreamed when you were back in junior high

That one day you would would meet your charming prince

But then one night you found me underneath your barstool

And you’ve been settling for me ever since.

 

But take a good hard look at the situation

It’s a simple truth, it’s one and one is two

Can you really see yourself

With anyone else?

Face it baby

I’m about the best you’re gonna do.

 

I know sometimes you wonder why you’re with me still

I think I know the reason that you stay

Cause in the morning, when I’m blurry

And your breath is stale and your chin is furry

I still love you more than yesterday.

 

So take a good hard look at the situation

Could you walk away even if you wanted to

Can you really see yourself

With anyone else?

Face it baby

I know I’m not exactly a dream come true

 

But I’m about the best you’re gonna do.

Lyrics

The house was never warm enough right after her husband died

She would walk around in her coat all day thru the emptiness inside

Just a couple months ago he was standing right over there

But he had blown away like the cottonwood and she didn’t know to where.

 

He had always been the one to handle their affairs

But now that was all up to her if she could just get down the stairs

So she was putting papers into piles all across the basement floor

When she noticed some old cardboard box she didn’t remember from before 

Full of cocktail napkins and paper scraps, and it did not take her long

To realize that there inside were his unfinished songs. 

 

He had always wanted to be a songwriter, but it was a distant dream

Oh he would play for her if he finished one, but they were few and far between.

Looking now at this box so full, had she been that out of touch

To know that he was writing with no idea how much? 

But she remembered now he once told her how their position would be strong

If he could only get fifty cent for each unfinished song. 

 

In a verse about a lonesome walk, she heard footsteps out on the deck

In a line about his trembling breath, she could feel it down her neck

She could hear his voice and touch his skin and she was almost sure

When she read the words “Forever Love” he forever was with her

 

Oh his mind could go from place to place and he could leave his songs undone

Never would become a star but he had been her morning sun

And they say that it’s a good idea to finish what you start

But there was something in those unfinished songs that got into her heart 

He had left her on a winter night but it would not be so wrong

To say that he come back to her in those unfinished songs.

 

Life goes on and so does she, it’s a little struggle every day

But the world is little struggles and she’s okay, okay

She remembers him thru her photobooks and his letters in the drawer

And his suit still in the closet and his shoes there on the floor 

But it goes beyond remembering, it’s like he isn’t even gone

Every time she opens up that box of his unfinished songs.

Lyrics

 

I see you walking when your friends are starting to run

They’re halfway ‘cross the yard, and you’ve barely begun

But you keep going with a smile on your face

And I like knowing you’re not stuck in one place

 

Because you try a little harder when you get behind

Try a little harder most all of the time

But sure as God made sunshine

It’s gonna happen sometimes

That trying just isn’t good enough

Just remember

You don’t have to try to win our love

 

I hear you talking and sometimes the words are unclear

But I love the way you talk, so direct and sincere

All the pages I looked at in school

I learned a lot more looking at you

 

The way you try a little harder when you get behind

Try a little harder most all of the time

But sure as God made sunshine

It’s gonna happen sometimes

That trying just isn’t good enough

Just remember

You don’t have to try to win our love

 

To win our love

You don’t have to try

To win our love

You don’t have to try

 

 

Lyrics

Couple weeks ago I took a trip to the little town where I was raised

The corn was high as the miles slipped by on a clear September day

When I got in, the sun was low, the stores all closed downtown

I looked for someone I might know, but no one was around.

 

Drove that truck til I ended up on the street where our family lived

The house looked almost miniature but the trees had got so big

I was watching some kids and the game they were playing as I sat while the engine ran

I was just about to pull away when I heard a screen door slam

 

And I thought I saw me, running thru the yard

Trying to catch up with friends for one last at bat

Before coming in from the dark

I never can explain it right

Just something in the air that night

But there out in the fading light

I thought I saw me.

 

Now my memories have a hold on me and I guess they always will

There's a picture so real, sometimes it feels like the past might be happening still

Like if I walked outside and climbed on up into that rusty old truck of mine

And drove just right in the Midwest night, I could almost drive back into time.

 

I thought I saw me, running thru the yard

Trying to catch up with friends for one last at bat

Before coming in from the dark

I never can explain it right

Just something in the air that night

But there out in the fading light

 

I thought I saw me, running thru the yard

Trying to catch up with friends for one last at bat

Before coming in from the dark

I never can explain it right

Just something in the air that night

But there out in the fading light

I thought I saw me.

Lyrics

 My shoulder gives me trouble

And it’s getting way too hard

To throw a ball in earnest

To my dog across the yard

 

And my knees don’t seem to like it

If I ever start to run

I used to do a mile or two

And a couple more for fun

 

But I can still love you

I still can hold you tight

Still reach for you and find you

When I wake up in the night

I know I’m getting old

Not the man that you once knew

But I’m alive

And I can still love you

 

Had a job out at the nursery

Back when you and I were young

There were days I’d plant near a hundred trees

In the blazing summer sun

 

Then I’d come back home and sing to you

Just some song I’d heard that day

But now I cough too much and my voice will crack

You still listen anyway

 

And I can still love you

I still can hold you tight

Still reach for you and find you

When I wake up in the night

I know I’m getting old

Not the man that you once knew

But I’m alive

And I can still love you

 

I can’t move as fast or lift as much

Or work the way I could

But it’s nothing that I miss that much

This life with you is good.

 

I can still love you

I still can hold you tight

Still reach for you and find you

When I wake up in the night

I know I’m getting old

Not the man that you once knew

But I’m alive

And I can still love you

 

Yeh I’m alive

And I can still love you

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida

04:38

Lyrics

The sun is shining on his plastic chair 

A rolled up Cuban on his lip 

Worn out eyes look through the salty air 

Out to another cargo ship 

And to the south, the pastel condos rise 

As if to form a solid wall 

My gosh it seems like just a month or two ago 

That there was nothing there at all.

 

He hears another wave a-crashing 

And the irony is plain 

Up and down the coast it’s changing 

Changing but still 

That old ocean looks the same 

 

Made his money selling big machines 

First came down here in sixty-two 

Every year the same old friends would reconvene 

He smiles to think of all the stuff they’d do 

But nowadays there’s only Stuart left 

And Stuart’s moving kind of slow 

He might stop over with a six pack for a gift 

And reminisce on the patio 

 

Just then another wave goes crashing 

And the irony is plain 

Up and down the coast it’s changing 

Changing but still 

That old ocean looks the same 

 

He remembers how 

This was a paradise 

Back when Alicia was alive 

The people with him now 

They treat him very nice 

They do his laundry 

And take him out for drives 

 

And in the car he tends to contemplate 

Florida before there were these walls 

Seems like now it's every mile, another guarded gate 

With lighted palms and waterfalls 

And there is grumbling in the supermart 

Heads are shaking side to side 

Everybody wants to keep things just the way they were 

On the day they arrived

 

He hears another wave a-crashing 

And the irony is plain 

Up and down the coast it’s changing 

Changing but still 

That old ocean … 

 

Up and down the coast it’s changing 

Changing but still 

That old ocean looks the same.

Lyrics

 

His eyes are full of hunger, he is blistered by the heat

Walking slow on a Tanzanian plain

And there are babies back home with nothing left to eat

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Somebody’s calling out your name tonight

Somebody’s calling out your name

Somebody’s cry

Is reaching cross the sky

Somebody’s calling your name

 

And there are refugees and misfits and dreamers in the world

Just trying to find a way to ease their pain

Looking all around for a little piece of ground

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Somebody’s calling out your name tonight

Somebody’s calling out your name

Somebody’s cry

Is reaching cross the sky

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Christmas day is over and she sits down on the bed

And she wonders why nobody came

She holds the tiny present she had wrapped in green and red

Somebody’s calling your name.

 

Somebody’s calling out your name tonight

Somebody’s calling out your name

Somebody’s cry

Is reaching cross the sky

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Oh I am fearful of the day when it all might go away

And no longer can I hold you at my side

Will I ever have a rest in the rest of forever

Looking for you in a universe so wide?

 

So if you notice something while you’re traveling thru the stars

Like a song in your head you can’t explain

With words about old memories and a cedar top guitar

It will be me calling out your name

 

Somebody’s calling out your name tonight

Somebody’s calling out your name

Somebody’s cry

Is reaching cross the sky

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Somebody’s calling your name

 

Curt Joa
Curt Joa

Lyrics

If this is us

Hands in our pockets, nothing left to say.

Don't know how it ended up this way,

Chilly as the fog, and lonely as a teardrop in the dust.

I guess the time has come to turn and walk away

If this is us

 

If this is you

I remember how you laughed before.

I could hold you for a lifetime more.

But something isn't right and I don't know what to do.

I guess the time has come to turn and walk away

If this is you

 

If this is me, baby down all day and up all night

Asking could we have found a way to make it right.

Could we make it right?

 

If this is love

In a dream I'm standing in the sea,

I see you swimming back to me.

You would rise up to my arms if dreaming was enough.

I guess the time has come, the time has come

If this is love

 

If this is me

If this is you

If this is us.

Joseph

04:04

Lyrics

When Joseph got the news that day, it startled him

But thru it all he never left her side

And though the baby wasn't really part of him

He cried his love all Christmas night

And Mary watched them there together

At first it took her by surprise

When she turned around to see a little bit

Of Jesus there in Joseph's eyes

 

Now in this whole wide world I don't know who could guess

Just how bad the pressure might have been

Living every day with all your humanness

Bringing up a boy who had no sin

And Mary watched them grow together

It always took her by surprise

Every time she turned to see a little bit

Of Jesus there in Joseph's eyes.

 

God and Jesus walking thru eternity

Talking as a father and a son

I like to think that now and then they stop to see

If Joseph wants to walk along

And Mary sees them all together

Somewhere on a road beyond the skies

And everywhere she turns she sees a little bit

Of Jesus there in Joseph's eyes.