Song A Week, Volume 3

by James Tristan Redding

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1.
Come here baby I’m gonna’ hold you With a rich man’s gloves Give me nothing I need nothing I’ve got everything in my hand Just can’t seem to feel it Come here sweet thing I’m gonna’ kiss you With a rich man’s lips Like I mean it but I don’t mean it It’s not about meaning it No it’s all show So show me how much You appreciate a rich man Don’t we all Come here baby I’m gonna’ teach you From a rich man’s book Turn the pages so many pages Breathe in all the colors Never mind the words So tell me how you Ignore the sins of a rich man Don’t we all Pull his shoes off lay him down Feed him facts that you believe He will tell you when he’s had enough That don’t mean you have to stop Come here mama I’m gonna’ lift you With a rich man’s arms Spin you round and round again now ‘Til you say you’ve had enough
2.
I couldn’t help but notice that the watch on his wrist Was a vintage Omega made in 1936 Now I asked him where he got it and he gave me a smile So I bought us both a drink and sat down for awhile Well he started saying something ‘bout dangerous curves He said he always kept his cool and never lost his nerves But when his whistle starting blowing and his pistons were hot Even a dead man’s handle couldn’t get him to stop He knows all the tracks and he never looks back He was hitchin’ a ride on Mary Lou He said he hopped on the caboose, he had nothing to lose He had her engine screamin’ choo choo choo She was a real piece of work some would say a machine You couldn’t stop that steam if you know what I mean And he was riding on the rim but then he crossed the line Now he’ll do 90 miles an hour ‘til the sun don’t shine He knows all the tracks and he never looks back He was hitchin’ a ride on Mary Lou He said he hopped on the caboose, he had nothing to lose He had her engine screamin’ choo choo choo He was getting derailed, I got him back on track Was he running a train or was he in the sack? I asked a really simple question, that was hours ago Was Mary Lou a piece of metal or a woman he knows? It was over so fast and then he slipped outside She was smoking as they boarded for her next big ride As the baggage left the station and he watched her wheels rollin’ He looked down at his wrist and remembered what he’d stolen
3.
I can hear the sound of laughter Cross the river swinging low Eating ice cream in the treehouse Making angels in the snow Who am I to question how it’s supposed to end I’m just a willow in the wind One more night will you hold me Too many miles in between Three little words that we never said out loud For what you mean to me I thought the snow would last forever Our angel wings beneath the trees Dissolved like ice cream in the sunshine A fleeting taste of something sweet Who am I to question how it’s supposed to end I’m just a willow in the wind One more night will you hold me Too many miles in between Three little words that we never said out loud For what you mean to me Were we dreaming or lost in wonder To hold our hopes all in our hands Almost lovers lost with each other Two kids without a plan
4.
Everybody says the same thing As you wipe away a tear You’re so pretty it’s such a pity Darling whatcha doing here Something told me when I met you I’ve got something that you need Let me show you how well I know you Baby take a trip with me There’s a place I wanna’ take you a highway by the lake I know it’s gonna’ make you smile When the sun is slowing settin’ honey we’ll be gettin’ Cozy for a little while As we’re chasing the horizon you can close your eyes and Listen to the distant sound Of the city and the season the beauty and the reason Just a couple miles from town Anybody with a heartbeat Can feel it racing next to you It’s not surprising the heat is rising You’re melting everybody’s blues But can you tell me when it’s your turn Don’t you think it’s only right Someone tender help you surrender Won’t you come with me tonight There’s a place I wanna’ take you a highway by the lake I know it’s gonna’ make you smile When the sun is slowing settin’ honey we’ll be gettin’ Cozy for a little while As we’re chasing the horizon you can close your eyes and Listen to the distant sound Of the city and the season the beauty and the reason Just a couple miles from town There ain’t nothing like your kiss When the stars light up the sky And we’ll both remember this I can see it in your eyes
5.
Please forgive me but today I’ve got nothing smart to say Why’d I promise I would write One song every seven nights Whose big brilliant dumb idea Let’s blame congress and Korea Someday soon I’ll make you proud Maybe next week but for now I’m phoning it in Yeah I cut myself some slack So before we begin Let’s be clear and face the facts That I’m phoning it in Because the good guys are afraid That the bad guys might win And it’s useless anyway Hey I’m phoning it in With each number as I dial I surrender again And I have been for awhile Well I’m phoning it in Don’t you try to change my mind No you know where I’ve been And it’s no one’s fault but mine Now I’m phoning it in So I’ll tell whoever asks With a big stupid grin Pucker up and kiss my ass Yes I’m phoning it in I could tell you that I tried But the chances are slim That you’d buy my little lies Look I’m phoning it in Why not call it what it is Take it right on the chin Because it’s pointless to resist So I’m phoning it in I don’t know what else to do Giving in to my sins And the truth is so are you
6.
She believes that all that happens is not by circumstance She believes the highs and lows are always worth the dance And she don’t believe in monsters hiding underneath the bed And that all her biggest fears are only in her head And I guess I never question a word of what she says Because every time I trust her it seems to turn out best She believes in finding angels everywhere she goes She believes that God is watching over everyone she knows She believes in love and mercy and that the truth will set you free But most of all she believes in me She believes in truth and freedom that we all deserve a smile And that laughter cures the pain if only for a while She says when you find a penny you’ll always have good luck And a Friday night is better with a six pack and a truck Well if a couple birthday candles make her wishes all come true Then I’ll light ‘em every year if that’s what I have to do She believes in finding angels everywhere she goes She believes that God is watching over everyone she knows She believes in love and mercy and that the truth will set you free But most of all she believes in me Well she still believes in Santa and she looks for UFOs Says the CIA is watching her everywhere she goes And she makes me buy her voodoo dolls when someone makes her mad But every moment with her is the best I ever had
7.
The woman to my left let out a sigh I felt it in a way she’ll never know Lifting up my eyes all I want to know is why You put us all here down below An old man on my right is sipping gin Slowly like he doesn’t give a damn The scent is sinking in, I know that everybody sins But can you save the broken being that I am Why’d you pick a sinner like me There’s a million better choices as far as I can see I’m just another soul saying please come make me whole Help me to surrender all control Now I see a pair of tiny hands Fast asleep in strong and sturdy arms I don’t need something grand, just let me understand I just wanna feel that safe and warm Why’d you pick a sinner like me There’s a million better choices as far as I can see I’m just another soul saying please come make me whole Help me to surrender all control Is anybody out there Are my questions coming through With all this noise around me I need to turn to you
8.
The sun is slowly rising as I roll the window down Eyes are in the distance but the wheels are on the ground Mother Mary’s in the window but I haven’t got a prayer I don’t know where I’m going but I’m halfway there My wallet’s almost empty just a folded black and white The hardest part to swallow is I think she may be right She knew that I was lying when I said I didn’t care I don’t know where I’m going but I’m halfway there Clearly I was blind to the brunt of the plan Nearly drove me out of my mind Aces on the table but a joker in my hand Beats what I’m leaving behind Ditching all the dead weight and blowing through the lights Cloud of dust behind me and the future in my sights And if they ever catch me they won’t catch me unaware I don’t know where I’m going but I’m halfway there
9.
Sitting in the sunshine As it fades in the window Sipping on something nice and sweet I can see the birds fly Southwest making shadows Isn’t that a lot like you and me Honey if I knew It was gonna’ be my last night with you Well I woulda’ done it different yeah I woulda’ done it right But tonight I’m in the back seat Trying hard to make my heart beat come back down And there’s a empty pack of cigarettes where you used to be Kicking up a dust cloud Both heels in the gravel Stumbling away from yesterday Try to shake the rust out If the wheels are gonna’ travel Anywhere anytime anyway Honey I don’t care If we’re ever gonna’ wake up way back where Everything is looking perfect everything is looking fine Cuz tonight I’m in the fast lane Letting go before the last one hits the floor And there’s a stain the shape of Mexico where you used to be There’s a dirty pile of clothing There’s a nickel on the dresser There’s a ring around the shower There’s a broken radiator There’s a flower on the table There’s a telephone receiver There’s a sign above the doorway There’s a ribbon on the railing There’s a busted old umbrella There’s a tape of someone talking There’s a poorly written letter There’s a suitcase full of nothing
10.
If you’re building a city Let me share a few words You’ll need money and courage And a whole lot of dirt Grab a hold of a shovel And a bag of cocaine Keep your eyes on the prize now Cause it’s only a game If you’re building a city Start by digging a hole Make it deeper and deeper Dig until you see gold Put the gold in a blanket Wrap the blanket with rags Raise the rags to the topsoil Like some tattered old flag If you’re building a city What you need is a grave Somewhere sacred and silent All your secrets are safe Tell your men to find God And strap his arms round a stone Send him down there to meet you A divine bag of bones If you’re building a city Climb back out from the earth Make a list of your assets And their actual worth Some will sell for a million But that ain’t why you’re here No your job is to make All this peace disappear If you’re building a city Make the people afraid To stand up for what’s honest Lest they never get paid Put their fear on a treadmill Hook it up to the bank Stuff their souls in the slammer Let their auras go blank If you’re building a city You can take what you please Hide your hand as you’re dealing Bring the weak to their knees Offer hope of redemption With a tear jerking tease And they’ll pay you forever Because the first one was free If you’re building a city Remind me to run To the opposite skyline With a flask and a gun If they ask how you did it Well I won’t say a thing Until it all crumbles And they come for the king
11.
I remember the first time I felt your embrace My fingers went numb and the blood left my face The whole city stopped just to watch you arrive As I fell deep into love with a chill down my spine For many years after I'd wait for your call The first day of Winter, the last day of Fall Short were the days and long were the nights cozy and warm hiding safely inside On again. Off again Three months at a time On again. Off again I was yours and you were mine. Time has a way of breaking things down Your love buried me like the snow on the ground We once built a fortress, an angel, a dream But icicles melt if you know what I mean Kept trying to leave you in so many ways As the springwater ran like the tears down my face What seemed so refreshing, so open and free Stole the light from my eyes, brought me right to my knees On again. Off again Three months at a time On again. Off again I was yours and you were mine.
12.
He’s an itchy trigger finger he’s a Sunday drive He’s a WMD he’s a big surprise He’s a cat on a hot tin roof he’s the virgin birth He’s the first one to know and the last man on earth He’s a V8 with a Hemi he’s a laser guided shark He’s Babe Ruth without the bottle he knocks it out of the park He’s drivin’ twice the limit he’s a mushroom cloud He’s the best way in and the only way back out He’s a real mother fucker he’s the poster boy He’s El Niño in three piece he’s the Real McCoy He’s immune to disappointment he’s unable to stop He’s allergic to emotion and headed straight for the top He’s the ring around Uranus he’s the pebble in your shoe He’s a redeye flight to China he’s tangled up in blue He’s the Chairman of the Board he’s a renegade cop He’s flyin’ a 747 while his B2 is in the shop But he can’t drink hospital coffee No he can’t drink hospital coffee
13.
So Brilliant So Striking Let’s Paint Something Great Like Every True Echo Impaled On The Ice Our Aches About Nothing Fall Under Our Voices Which Say Yes Despite These Reluctant Poor Eyes You Ain’t Called Away But Lament How Relieved Once Bound And Windblown Our Intense Urge Inert Use Low Light Afoot To Keep Safely Secure Ride Yonder Make Yesterday Hope Each Hurt Ends Sweet Rain Rinse Your Embers How Willing Toward Else Eons Embed Over Years At A Haste Let Aces Slip Up Even Righteous In Exit For Dunces To Rest So Delightful This Noise Don’t Ask Why For Underneath Rides Something Foul Oh Saints In Elite Prisons Act In Accord We’re All Teaching Art In Its Greater Locale Never Nervous How Rare Newly Noble He Lies Jump Over So Limber Such Wicked Wide Beams Use Patience Use Image Or Inhale And Act Slight Errors Can Kill For The Luscious Corrupt Though No Hope Escapes True Hypocrite Karmic Kings Owed Before We Were Golden Erased From Despair Now Our Instant Illusions And Armor Runs Out Crying Out Let’s Not Zero Sum Everything Wild Even Killers Love Deeply Each Evil Eyed Night
14.
Take a seat and listen up now let me tell you all a tale An epic saga for the ages strange and true There’s a hero and a villain and a battle life or death In a land that’s not so far from me and you The legend goes the man who played an unexpected central role Against the odds as the protagonist therein He paid a visit to his doctor for a physical exam When something beeped and caused our story to begin You see the doctor took a sample of his blood to analyze Expecting all the normal numbers to appear But the machine said “OMG” and then the doctor scratched his head He checked the charts, compared results and cried “Oh dear” “My friend you have what’s called pre-diabetes,” said the Doc, “You need to make some hardcore changes to your life” Aghast, our man took pause a deep reflection setting in, Then asked politely, “Won’t you help me to survive?” Pre-diabetes, it’s a bitch For anyone who loves to eat dessert Pre-diabetes, a dirty word Put the milk shake down and no one needs to get hurt At once the doctor nodded YES and started writing down ideas Like “take a walk” and “eat your vegetables” of course Our central character was stunned, it was so simple after all A few more carrots and a lot more time outdoors He stood up slow grabbed his coat and made his way toward the door Took a breathe and thanked the doctor for his time And at the front desk he made sure they got his next appointment down Reviewed the date and signed his full name on the line Now this is where it all gets real, for it was 2 years after that Until our man-at-arms returned to meet his fate For over seven hundred days he tried to do as he’d been told Anticipating it would all be worth the wait So on the morning of Saint Patrick’s in the year Two Oh One Eight The doctor checked our brave young patient’s A1C From 5.9 two years ago it fell to 5.2 today Which means our friend is now pre-diabetes free Pre-diabetes, it’s a bitch For anyone who loves to eat dessert Pre-diabetes, a dirty word Put the milk shake down and no one needs to get hurt Not all stories have a moral some are only borne of chance Others told for pure effect or comic fun This one brings a message clear get your glucose checked today And a couple carrots never killed anyone
15.
I got a million dollar smile that stops a heart at half a mile So say my shiny silver tongue and pearly whites I watch the hours come and go until the sun is sinking low With these two diamonds in the rough disguised as eyes I hear the supersonic wave that echo all around the caves Of Quathiaski, Gondolin, and Villa Luz And when the ultraviolet arcs start bending rainbows in the dark I take a bite and chew the light ‘til it’s diffused Do you love me yet? Are you blown away? Or do I need to get something better still to say Do you love me now? Are you gonna’ stay? Or am I going down unless tomorrow I am somehow so much greater than I am today I got a birthmark on my back ten inches long to be exact Of what the world was like before the dawn of man When I began to stand right here a couple hundred thousand years Before our senses drew a circle in the sand My heart was built from solid oak carved out inside and filled with smoke A magic eight ball for the blind to lead the blind The winds of change are overhead while on the ground a cigarette Is burning slowly in the patient hands of time Do you love me yet? Are you blown away? Or do I need to get something better still to say Do you love me now? Are you gonna’ stay? Or am I going down unless tomorrow I am somehow so much greater than I am today Lift up the curtain and I’m certain you will see The buried treasure you desire Just help me out first can you tell me how to be The kind of the main that you admire
16.
Dry your eyes for a minute and sit back slow I know exactly how you feel He was just what you wanted where did he go And how do you begin to heal Maybe it’s confusing I know you’re tired of losing You deserve the best my dear Change is hard I know and you’ve been down so low and The good news is it’s only up from here When you fall apart and you can’t go on And it seems like you can’t tell right from wrong Take a real deep breath baby hold it in You can close your eyes and then count to ten When the tears keep coming like a storm at sea And your heart’s so heavy it can’t break free Give it one last look before the light of day Let it go now baby you can walk away It ain’t fair on you honey and that’s a fact Love and luck ran out on you Ask yourself for a second would you go back Even now you know the truth Maybe it’s confusing I know you’re tired of losing You deserve the best my dear Change is hard I know and you’ve been down so low and The good news is it’s only up from here You wear it like a billboard sign That says somebody hurt me I gave it everything I got But they showed me no mercy It isn’t gonna’ stay this way Believe me if you can All you gotta’ do today Is just trust that there’s a plan
17.
Pale and bare cold as winter All the blood from my face Holding tight as you turn and You begin to walk away Pour the night into morning No more time and no excuse Stomach turns like an engine Two flat tires instead of shoes And I’m riding on rims my body shakes I’m riding on rims there ain’t no brakes Sign after sign of all my sins But I’m doing fine ignoring them Yeah I’m gonna’ find out how much I can take Riding on rims FM dial after midnight Sixteen stations just for me Loud and fast through the darkness Aimless chase in this machine And I’m riding on rims my body shakes I’m riding on rims there ain’t no brakes Sign after sign of all my sins But I’m doing fine ignoring them Yeah I’m gonna’ find out how much I can take Riding on rims When the tank is finally empty And even I can’t deny the end Lift my thumb and walk the highway Faith is such a fickle friend
18.
Can’t believe you saved my number Still love the sweet sound of your voice I could hear old Jake bark in the background Over all this New York City noise I wonder if he’d even know me Two years is quite a while But some memories last forever And your bare feet in the sand still make me smile Well I can drive across the country Or I can fly so high I can’t look down But after all the hills and valleys In the glow of the tail lights on the ground This heart is ocean bound Don’t know why I’m hanging on here Or why I ever left your side Like a moth drawn to a burning flame Chasing dreams under flashing neon lights Well I can drive across the country Or I can fly so high I can’t look down But after all the hills and valleys In the glow of the tail lights on the ground This heart is ocean bound City feels so cold and empty And I’ve spent too much time alone My bags are packed and I got one foot out the door Tonight I’m coming home
19.
I meant the words I said to you You’re beautiful to me But love is not so simple don’t you know Never has been and never will it be No I don’t regret a thing I hope that you can say the same Can’t force a feeling that’s a fact It ain’t your fault that mine have changed So if you’re looking for the fellow Who has loved you since the start If you’re asking for the man Who’ll always hold you in his heart Please don’t cry but you got the wrong guy Unfortunately he is somewhere Else this very moment Sure I’ll tell him if I see him But I’m not who you were hoping So walk on by, you got the wrong guy How should a lover look for love When do we know the time is right The best advice I’ve heard is try to let it go Rebuild your happiness inside And one extraordinary day When it’s the last thing on your mind Somebody strange will just appear You won’t believe the love you find So if you’re looking for the fellow Who has loved you since the start If you’re asking for the man Who’ll always hold you in his heart Please don’t cry but you got the wrong guy Unfortunately he is somewhere Else this very moment Sure I’ll tell him if I see him But I’m not who you were hoping So walk on by, you got the wrong guy There’s someone out there in the world Who needs you just the way you are I’ll help you find him if you want So you no longer are apart He may not look how you expect Perhaps his arms are full of ink Or suit and tie might match his eyes He could be closer thank you think
20.
Lights are low in the harbor now Today feels like a dream All alone as the distant sounds Fill my mind like laser beams Time is still like the icicles So bright beneath the stars Let it all fall away as they Guide my feet to where you are But I don’t really feel like talking And I don’t wanna’ tell you why Cuz anytime I catch your glances I see forever in your eyes The difference in between this moment And everything I knew before Extraordinary don’t describe it You’re everything I need and more So help me off the floor So help me off the floor You’re all I need and more So help me off the floor Holding on by a thread tonight To what I can’t describe All I know is you took my heart And broke it open wide Take my fear take my doubt as well And take me with you please Light a flare and let it split the sky Either side of you and me But I don’t really feel like talking And I don’t wanna’ tell you why Cuz anytime I catch your glances I see forever in your eyes The difference in between this moment And everything I knew before Extraordinary don’t describe it You’re everything I need and more So help me off the floor So help me off the floor You’re all I need and more So help me off the floor You’re the northern lights the jet stream overhead A map of where I wanna’ be So let’s ignite the sky with blue and green and red The brightest sparks I’ll ever see
21.
Grandpa ran the auction house down in Abilene Taught me what a dollar’s worth if you know what I mean Late one Tuesday evening after everyone went home The auctioneers quit early and they left me there alone Up there in the attic in between some mason jars Knocked an inch of saw dust off a beat up old guitar Buried just like treasure made of wood instead of gold A chipboard case of magic full of stories to be told Now everybody says don’t judge the cover of a book Just needs a little love to sound much better than it looks You can find me every Friday singing all night at the bar With brand new strings on an old guitar Just like mama’s kitchen table made of Southern ash It took awhile to save enough but it was worth the cash There was something special in between the worn out frets And all the roads it’s been down, man it’s anybody’s guess Well anyone who knows will say guitars are just like wine The good ones cost a bundle and get better over time So after several decades up there getting lots of rest It’s whispering to me that it’s still got a few songs left Now everybody says don’t judge the cover of a book Just needs a little love to sound much better than it looks You can find me every Friday singing all night at the bar With brand new strings on this old guitar If this guitar could talk I wonder just what would it say What kind of secrets would its stories give away Something about a highway and a stage it can’t forget Me and this guitar we’re gonna’ make it a duet
22.
If I were a cloud up in the sky Even in a storm my cloudy eyes would be dry If I were a shipwreck full of gold The caterwauls above would never move my poor soul And if I were a pebble in the grass Through the verdant hue well only good things would last Oh if I were a mountain standing tall The rising tide wouldn’t scare me at all But I’m made of flesh and blood I’m only skin and bones Yeah and I’m running with both eyes shut into the darkness alone Cuz I just can’t take much more here in my tender core So I’m gonna’ pull the pin and throw it Open up count down and blow it Pretty soon it’ll hurt a whole lot less With this big hole in my chest If I stub my shit against the bed Out come the worst words that I have ever said If I burn my shit upon the stove Every corner of the world is gonna’ know And if I get a sliver in my shit So help me Jesus I will sing about it But if my heart is in your laser beams Well the joke’s on you cuz it was blown to smithereens I’m made of flesh and blood I’m only skin and bones Yeah and I’m running with both eyes shut into the darkness alone Cuz I just can’t take much more here in my tender core So I’m gonna’ pull the pin and throw it Open up count down and blow it Pretty soon it’ll hurt a whole lot less With this big hole in my chest So what if it gets messy when I wear a clean white shirt And I can’t stop the bleeding ‘til I’m face down in the dirt I spent my modest fortune all on band-aids for the wound But the good news is I ain’t afraid of you
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Wandering through a shopping mall early Sunday morning Starting to listen to a voice I guess I’d been ignoring And what’s the world look like with crystal eyes Maybe no one can explain How tempted am I baby to step across the black line How tempted are you honey to fly forever back in time So many seasons, a thousand reasons to let you down Here we are again Underneath every stone is a riverbed And beneath every reason is a word I never said When the road we’re building is taking us uphill And the windows that are letting in the light are drawn up tight The turns we take will make our fall Close the door for a while, don’t bother to call Underneath every stone is a riverbed And beneath every reason is a word I never said The truth does not need our permission It shakes you up and shows you how to listen So many things I don’t know how to do And what if I look down
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It’s not the vapor climbing up the sky That takes my words away It’s not the heavy hands of father time Standing in my way Ain’t trepidation rejection or lament That shut me down again No one would have had a clue But I can’t lie to you Like copper casings flying through the night A concrete sheet of tears Like lawless lovers blurring all the lines Untamed and cavalier Like nothing holy like only you alone No one would ever know I tried to see it through But I can’t lie to you Erase my number discard my photograph Tell everyone I’m gone You were the only drug I ever loved I knew it all along It’s not the denim on the cedar floor Wrinkles everywhere It’s not the leather hanging off the door Or the moonlight in your hair Not some big secret no one must ever know Guess it’s time to let it go Well I want it to be true But I can’t lie to you
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I guess I’m blessed if I remember That I’m not the only one Who does it all the hard way Before I drop the loaded gun Basic instinct doesn’t help me Surrender never comes to mind No it seems to take a fair amount of pain Almost every time Heaven knows that I forget what makes me happy God forbid the sun would shine Hell is holding on too tight to something broken Oh the heart can be so blind Yeah this emotional amnesia seems to get me So I’m asking for some grace Nothing’s perfect but it might just make the morning A little brighter anyway No sooner had I sat here Beside a window facing east Than emerged a single blackbird Out of hiding in the trees He took one look at his reflection Then crashed himself into the glass And as he fell I felt connected To the shaky soul he was
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One day I’ll surprise ‘em all when I catch the good luck blues Just wait ‘til you see me y’all wearing diamonds on my shoes Long time since I seen a buck or had a bill to spare Can’t wait ‘til I’m so deluxe I can’t afford to care Down low like a submarine so I rewrote the script Big deal on the movie screen a hot shot on the strip Stay tuned ‘til it all goes down and comes back round for me Don’t trip on the green green ground below my money tree I’m a zillionaire watch the little people climb Up a zillion stairs just to hit the bottom line Yeah we’ve all been there about a hundred thousand times But it’s my turn now gonna’ say it loud I’m a zillionaire Yes sir there’s a certain smell to dollars on the vine Well well, it was hard as hell without a single dime Tough break when the cash ain’t there to plug up all the holes My my it’s a love affair that I got with the gold Empty is a dirty word and so are down and out Fuck me I’m a mockingbird a mile above the crowd Get caught in the undertow the currents are a bitch Hell no lemme’ overflow with every kinda’ rich I’m a zillionaire watch the little people climb Up a zillion stairs just to hit the bottom line Yeah we’ve all been there about a hundred thousand times But it’s my turn now gonna’ say it loud I’m a zillionaire So I’m buying up all the beaches and I’m renting out the sky Gimme’ everything I ask for don’t you make me say it twice They say character is the way you were when no one else was there But can’t you make an exception babe I’m a goddamn zillionaire
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Lynda had a smile like a string of pearls And a heart like a Georgia peach Raised with the charm of a Dixie girl On the North Carolina beach And the boys were always looking when she passed them by Every one of them was on his knees But only one man ever caught her eye Or got her sweet little heart to beat She said hey cutie pie be a stand up guy C’mere and buy a southern girl a shot My name is Lynda with a Y, I don’t tell no lies And you and I are gonna’ tie the knot Well I’m the one you’re gonna’ hold ‘til we both get old No matter what through the lows and highs So write my name like I told ya’ on your heart big and bold, yeah That’s Lynda with a Y Tommie spent the 80s in the heat of Texas She was sexy super smooth and smart Well she got a reputation eating boys for breakfast And spittin’ out their little hearts Until she came across a fellow who could call her bluff And make her tremble when he said her name Well she could tell that he was tender to the touch but tough Oh she could feel him running through her veins She said hey cutie pie be a stand up guy C’mere and buy a southern girl a shot My name is Tommie with an I, I don’t tell no lies And you and I are gonna’ tie the knot Well I’m the one you’re gonna’ hold ‘til we both get old No matter what through the lows and highs So write my name like I told ya’ on your heart big and bold, yeah That’s Tommie with an I Now Lynda lived a little longer than her lover did Left only bittersweet memories And Tommie’s tender tough treasure after years of pleasure Slipped away into the deepest sleep But the magic was that the tragic loss Didn’t leave anybody alone Now Tommie and Lynda spend all summer and winter Trading stories ‘til the cows come home
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I never thought I’d say it or believe that it was true But I guess it really stood the test of time That to understand a man it takes walking in his shoes And there ain’t no greener grass on the other side No and that’s been welcome news to a man who’s got the blues From his beat up baseball cap down to his toes But I got no more to lose since day that I lost you So I guess it’s time I try to let it go Yeah I did the best I could so I hope it’s not too late And I’ve heard it said there ain’t no right or wrong Sometimes I’m just amazed at everything it takes To get me going back where I belong Now the first thing I could see when I opened up my eyes In the color of the early morning sun Was the picture on the wall of you standing by my side Ain’t no big surprise my heart was stunned On a morning just like this when the light came pouring in And reflected off the letter that you wrote When I read it every morning and I wonder where you’ve been All the words feel like they’re sticking in my throat Yeah I did the best I could so I hope it’s not too late And I’ve heard it said there ain’t no right or wrong Sometimes I’m just amazed at everything it takes To get me going back where I belong Before I really do get really over you One question still remains within my mind Just where do I belong and just what kind of song Can get me headed back across that line
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The heat is rising off the sidewalk A cotton dress goes skipping by For just a moment we make small talk Before we smile and say goodbye The big blue sky is free and fearless Without a cloud to weigh it down As if the world didn’t even hear us The nights you helped me paint this town Remember that summer sitting in the sun Holding hands in front everyone Racing to the ocean and diving in The feeling of the water on your skin Remember that summer walking after dark And lighting up the night making human sparks Dancing to the music of a single kiss Making every moment feel like this Remember that summer Nothing like the smell of sunscreen Mixing with the salty air The perfect afternoon for ice cream With a flower in your hair Remember that summer sitting in the sun Holding hands in front everyone Racing to the ocean and diving in The feeling of the water on your skin Remember that summer walking after dark And lighting up the night making human sparks Dancing to the music of a single kiss Making every moment feel like this Remember that summer January looks so beautiful November has it’s charm as well April warms the heart as usual But summer casts a certain spell
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When I’m down to my last hope And it’s too late to run When my hands have to let go And my senses are numb When the lantern is burned out And the ship is at sea When I’d pray but I’m too proud That’s when she comes to me And oh do I fight and oh do I rail And oh how I try to deny that I failed But oh there’s a light that somehow prevails Yes and the waves bring her back here tonight As the wind fills her sails she comes to me When the night has grown so black And the air is like dirt When the weight’s all on your back And you sweat through your shirt When it’s all you can ask for All your strength will allow When it’s over and you lost the war And you still don’t know how And oh do I fight and oh do I rail And oh how I try to deny that I failed But oh there’s a light that somehow prevails Yes and the waves bring her back here tonight As the wind fills her sails she comes to me Gimme’ water, gimme’ land Gimme’ sunlight, gimme’ sand Gimme’ shelter, gimme’ shade Gimme’ courage when I am afraid Gimme’ power, gimme’ truth Gimme’ wisdom in spite of my youth Gimme’ love that is honest and tender Gimme’ honor so I can surrender
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This was the last thing that I wanted There ain’t nothing left to do Oh babe it hurts like hell to have to do this But I’m doing it for you Can’t believe how many pages full of questions All these details to disclose But if it gets you moving faster out the door I’ll tell ‘em what they wanna’ know Anything to make you happy Just tell me what it is I have to do Anything to get your ass to move on out Because I’m goddamned sick and tired of you Night after night convicted without a trial Bare my cross, wear my crown of thorns So don’t mind me here with my #2 pencil Sharpened up and filling out these forms Nothing beats the smell of angst and instant coffee In the fake fluorescent light The busted ceiling fan and Marge behind the counter Fuck me raw what’s not to like They put your IQ and your shoe size in a folder And where you were in ‘83 Last time I let somebody bend me this far over I got a colonoscopy Anything to make you happy Just tell me what it is I have to do Anything to get your ass to move on out Because I’m goddamned sick and tired of you Night after night convicted without a trial Bare my cross, wear my crown of thorns So don’t mind me here with my #2 pencil Sharpened up and filling out these forms Almost chickened out as I handed in the papers But I’ve come too far to walk away Behind the counter I saw Marge begin to chuckle And that’s when she turned to say Son, I’m gonna’ share a secret With you before I take my lunch That chick of yours was in here only yesterday And that bitch beat you to the punch
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Did you know I’ve got nowhere else to go I am free like a leaf upon the wind Can we stop moving forward backward or side to side Lift the needle as the vinyl spins If I sign along the dotted line Let the ink shimmer as it’s sinking in Place my hand on my heart and speak That I do and it’s true and has always been I want you and or need you any side effects aside Well you may or may not know it but I hereby recognize To such extent I’m able and defined by us of course On behalf of both our parties countersign that I am yours No conditions must be levied terms explained or pre-approved As the regulations vanish I will hereby pledge to you That effective in this moment without limit or delay I disclose my full devotion and remit to you the same I submit as my Exhibit A I can’t quit give you up or walk away Study me by pentothal IV Sure as night will always follow day You’re the prize inside my Cheerios You’re the fragile frozen crystal on my nose You’re the law that I abide within which all my hope resides You’re the compass everywhere I ever go And the place my mind went when I read the fine print Is that this legalese is finally paying off And the few who ever find it we’ll they’re pleased as punch to sign it Never mind the rules and rambles this is love
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Sometimes good guys make mistakes And kind hearted women have been known to have bad days Best intentions don’t always turn out like they should And real life ain’t much like Hollywood So if you’re reaching for the stars Just like fireflies lighting up a mason jar Nothing beautiful will ever come too easily But you got everything you need Oh yes you can, oh yes you can No one’s standing in your way It’s your time now so baby go and get it Stand up strong and let me hear you say Oh yes you can, oh yes you can You got everything you need and more No you don’t have to wait any longer Here comes everything you’re asking for Oh yes you can Look back now, don’t be afraid At where you came from and where you are today You got to fly so high there’s no need to turn around Or ever come back down Oh yes you can, oh yes you can No one’s standing in your way It’s your time now so baby go and get it Stand up strong and let me hear you say Oh yes you can, oh yes you can You got everything you need and more No you don’t have to wait any longer Here comes everything you’re asking for Oh yes you can Keep it simple now, take it easy now And the whole world welcomes you Believe in learning how to rise above the clouds All your dreams are coming true
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Mashed up clam shells everywhere A hundred miles of silver sand Staring out into the blue Feel the texture where I stand Coastal water clear and cool The gulf surrounds me far and wide A clear reflection of the sun Let it keep me warm inside Sometimes you walk into something And it seems a certain way But then you get to the heart of it It’s ain’t less beautiful, it’s just how it is Back home sand is hard to find The city sun don’t feel the same Summer sidewalk makes me miss The way the ocean says my name Sometimes you walk into something And it seems a certain way But then you get to the heart of it It’s ain’t less beautiful, it’s just how it is The concrete doesn’t feed my soul You don’t need to look that deep to see No matter where I am in the world The shoals are waiting there for me
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His tires are always muddy and the trunk is always full The back seat looks like hurricane Irene And all across dashboard and the rusty bumper too Are souvenirs from everywhere he’s been There’s a sticker from Atlanta of 101.5 And a Red Wings logo hanging off his keys There’s a plastic pink flamingo with a little painted smile That reminds him of the Palm Beach summer breeze But of all the many memories, the trinkets and the gifts The one he feels so lucky to possess Is a heart made out of cardboard with a magic marker list Of the Reasons Why My Daddy Is The Best Because he takes me out for ice cream every Sunday afternoon Lets me sing along with with radio even when I’m out of tune He helps with all my homework then he lets me play outside And he wipes away the tear drops anytime I cry Well this cardboard is too small to write the rest Of all the Reasons Why My Daddy Is The Best His beat up stainless thermos is ready every day Before the sunrise has a chance to break And he’s picking up a truckload of anything of earth When there ain’t no one else in town awake The price of gas is rising way faster than his pay And he needs a new transmission in a flash But the 2x4s need hauling and the dirt don’t drive itself And he’s got no other way to make the cash Not to mention every morning just before he leaves the house He gives his little girl a goodbye kiss And it always keeps him moving until the sun goes down Remembering that magic marker list Well it’s paycheck up to paycheck and it never seems to end So he daydreams of a jackpot every day But the rent is always early and the refrigerator’s full And it’s worth it when he hears his daughter say
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Call me crazy well I just might be Yeah, I’m particular about Just a few things, oh believe me And you’re so sweet to point it out But I don’t always need to pick and choose you see ‘Cause there’s one thing in the world That I love no matter what yeah it always hits the spot Well I’m talkin’ about you girl I love you in the morning, I love you in the evening I love you when the sun goes down on ‘Frisco bay I love you when you tease me, I love you when you please me I love you when you swear to God it just ain’t your day You know there ain’t nothing, nothing more to say Oh baby I love you any which way I guess you caught me, good as got me With all this ketchup on my eggs And sure I savor the Sunday paper Yes ma’am, you got me pegged And when I fall asleep I need your old TV To sing that static lullaby But all these foolish things fade away without no strings When I stare into your eyes I love you in the sunshine, I love you through the hard times I love you when the snow falls on the evergreens I love you when you kiss me, I love you when you curse me I love you every moment of every hour in between You know there ain’t nothing, nothing more to say Oh baby I love you any which way Now we all have our faults, but I never have second thoughts When it comes to loving you Opposites they do attract, I guess that’s a natural fact No matter what we do
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I wish my boss would pay me less Or make me work a few more hours And bless me with the kind of stress That will weaken my will power How could I want a nicer truck With any less hard driven miles And boy that sunshine really sucks These rainy days are just my style This life is too perfect I wouldn’t change a thing I’m so lucky that nobody treats me like a king And it keeps getting better oh who the hell needs pleasure Gimme tough luck forever said no one ever Don’t wake me up before I fall Yeah strike me out without a clue And baby just ignore the call Next time I want to talk to you I love to feel like you don’t care Like we don’t even stand a chance There’s nothing sweeter than despair Well it sure beats holding hands This life is too dandy I wouldn’t change a thing I’m so lucky that no one ever treats me like a king And it keeps getting better oh who on earth needs pleasure Gimme bad times forever said no one ever While the government is doing such good work And California’s not on fire Call me crazy if I’m acting like a jerk But at least I’m not liar, oh no I’m just inspired
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These are not lyrics and this is not a song It doesn’t have a melody Further and moreover if you argue then you’re wrong And don’t you try to disagree Truth isn’t truth and a lie is not a lie Unless it’s one that I endorse Let’s face the facts that everyone denies Alternative of course This is a witch hunt be on your guard This is a witch hunt and I’m the star This is a witch hunt a sad satire This is a witch hunt a fake song and you’re fired I am not singing and this is not a verse And it does not end in a rhyme Oh believe me this would all be so much worse Except I got here just in time This is a witch hunt be on your guard This is a witch hunt and I’m the star This is a witch hunt a sad satire This is a witch hunt a fake song and you’re fired Only a sucker would read the New York Times Or trust a thing on CNN The world’s against me I’m the victim of a crime It’s not my fault we’re all condemned
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When I met you in an instant you became my closest friend So can you tell me how we’ll ever get our hearts back on the mend I used to trust you but you shook me to the core and I can’t see How we’ll ever go together back to how we used to be For the record I still love you it don’t matter what you’ve done You’ll always be my favorite color both my moonlight and my sun On a good day I remember how our bodies intertwine You hurt me lately but you’re still my baby for the record The smell of rainfall takes me right back ro how you liked your coffee cold You made me feel like I was special like I had diamonds in my soul But now it’s hazy it hurts like crazy whatever will become of me I’m so afraid that we’re becoming another broken family For the record I still love you it don’t matter what you’ve done You’ll always be my favorite color both my moonlight and my sun On a good day I remember how our bodies intertwine You hurt me lately but you’re still my baby for the record I can’t forget but I know I should take the bad with the good My only option more or less is letting go of all the rest
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Let’s be clear it’s a cardinal sin Not to listen to the voice within At the bottom of a spiritual well But I still can’t escape the sound of the bells I can burn my sails and run the ship aground But I can’t stop carrying the anchor around I can taste the clouds and I can touch the sun But I can’t get high enough to change who I’ve become Oh reckoning, the rain is coming Oh, I can feel it in my frame Oh reckoning, just keep running Oh, until the hangman calls my name At the moment when the roof caves in There won’t be time to blame it on the wind I had the system at my fingertips But I’m lost in the vision of a solar eclipse Oh reckoning, the rain is coming Oh, I can feel it in my frame Oh reckoning, just keep running Oh, until the hangman calls my name How long have I been running How long have I been pursued In the end it’s kind of funny What it took to learn the truth
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When Clinton Street was silent and Chinatown was dead And all across the city was a song in every head From Brooklyn to the Bowery on every street in Queens Eight million drunken prophets in their ripped up faded jeans Like a beacon at the ocean or a penny on the tracks A soft reflection of the skyline shining faintly through the cracks On a perfect Sunday morning we were dancing on a train Diving deep below Delancey just to sing it out again And everything is music, everything is light Everything is rising like driftwood on the tide When I just surrender and sink down to my knees Everything is music a distant melody There were diamonds in the sidewalk and the morning on our side And everyone was chasing the sparkle in their eyes Before we smell the flowers they’re sleeping underground Where the city hides its secrets and they blossom with the sound And everything is music, everything is light Everything is rising like driftwood on the tide When I just surrender and sink down to my knees Everything is music a distant melody Like a pair of wilted lilies two hearts beat S.O.S. The sun pours through the curtains as she is getting dressed Something so familiar in the perfume of her kiss On the edge of singing the same song with a twist
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How many drinks is it gonna’ take To get her outta’ your head just one more At least that’s what you tell yourself When you hear that voice you can’t ignore I’ve loved and lost I been down a time or two Well I know just what you’re going through And you’ll start drinking again when you’re thinking of them You’ll get you a bottle and go full throttle How many drinks is it gonna take one more and then another To wash away the memory of a lover How many nights will you lie awake Before that pain is finally gone away You know you can’t have a rainbow Without a little rain Win some and lose some everybody plays the game In the end it’s all the same And you’ll start drinking again when you’re thinking of them You’ll get you a bottle and go full throttle How many drinks is it gonna take one more and then another To wash away the memory of a lover You ain’t the first one and you sure won’t be the last To get his heart broke open wide What don’t kill you can only make you stronger And that much tougher for the next time
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Upon the Blue Ridge Mountains there I take my stand A rifle on my shoulder cherry blossom in my hand You can’t put a price tag on another lesson learned Or the sense of solace when you watch the embers burn I shake the dust off as the sun begins to fade And count my blessings just to live another day Been ‘round in circles like a compass under ground Turns out the simple life was just waiting to be found I guess you could say it’s for the best Take what you want and leave the rest Seems like a life time since I left it all behind The concrete shadows don’t look nothing like these pines So many faces like the pages of a book I left a piece of me with every step I took I shake the dust off as the sun begins to fade And count my blessings just to live another day Been ‘round in circles like a compass under ground Turns out the simple life was just waiting to be found I guess you could say it’s for the best Take what you want and leave the rest Don’t miss the dirty streets or crazy crowded bars Trade all those memories for this canopy of stars I had all these questions a long, long time ago But maybe I don’t need to know
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My oldest memory is asking how it works Was there a rhyme or reason why Some dreams are faded out stuck down in the dirt And others get to fly I had a question for anyone who’d listen Tell me when I’m gonna’ get What’s in my prayers a million bucks and x-ray vision It ain’t been delivered yet! Well it took me many years to find it And still today I need reminding Every child at the foot of the bed Learns what mama meant when she said Every prayer gets an answer it’s a matter of time Listen closely I think you’re gonna’ find Maybe sometimes God says yes Baby other days the answer ain’t no, it’s just not yet My buddy Billy who used to live next door Always got the newest toys Man I was jealous so I stole his checker board Sometimes I’m still that little boy When I returned it he forgave me On that day God’s grace amazed me Every child at the foot of the bed Learns what mama meant when she said Every prayer gets an answer it’s a matter of time Listen closely I think you’re gonna’ find Maybe sometimes God says yes Baby other days the answer ain’t no, it’s just not yet So when I tell you that it took me 20 years 11 months And 7 hours to be exact To learn that prayer ain’t changing God it’s changing us Believe me that’s a fact
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I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name Spread my wings and start all over again Yeah lovers love and losers lose, and haters gonna’ hate I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name Ooh, got my sights on Santa Fe Ooh, margaritas in the shade Forget about the he said she said same old gossip game I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name I’ll cut my hair and buy some brand new shoes Bet it all on red, yeah what have I got to lose Wanna’ watch these lights disappear as I drive miles and miles away I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name Ooh, maybe south to the Florida Keys Ooh, a little sunshine’s all I need Forget about the he said she said same old gossip game I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name – instrumental break – Forget about the he said she said same old gossip game I’m gonna’ move to a town where nobody knows my name
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When I was blind to love That’s when she came to me Somehow she seems to catch Everything that I can’t see Sometimes the road up ahead Gets a little lost through the trees All of these turns bring me back Where she speaks for me She wears glitter in her hair I wear my heart on my sleeve But when I just can’t find the words She speaks for me In the midst of confusion Well I can always find Just as close as a teardrop The one who is mine Sometimes the road up ahead Gets a little lost through the trees All of these turns bring me back Where she speaks for me She wears glitter in her hair I wear my heart on my sleeve But when I just can’t find the words She speaks for me When I feel just like driftwood On the sea all alone She reminds me that I’m never lost I’m already home
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Deep into winter the days get so short The minutes slip by like shooting stars Ain’t time for wastin’ it’s like we’re always racin’ To reach the finish line is hard Been turnin’ screws and burning holes in my shoes All while the clock is running out So before the sun sets don’t let me forget There’s one thing I can’t live without Well I can’t go fishing ‘til I clean out the garage Or buy a boat until next year And I can’t hit Vegas bet it all at the Mirage Or even try their fancy beer But no matter what I do or don’t get around to Baby I’ll make time for you Got lots of toys from back when I was a boy That won’t see the light of day again And folks I’d avoid if I had half a choice Of how my busy days are spent Ain’t got the freedom to dance the night away Gotta’ mow the lawn and pay the rent Don’t get me wrong I know I’ve got it made Let me say it once again Well I can’t go fishing ‘til I clean out the garage Or buy a boat until next year I can’t hit Vegas bet it all at the Mirage Or even try their fancy beer But no matter what I do or don’t get around to Baby I’ll make time for you First thing tomorrow let’s drive out to the lake And toss our troubles on the tide Might have to hurry and probably be late But we’ll be glad we made the time
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Today I learned the hard way why everybody says You shouldn’t play with matches when you’re drunk Until I grow my beard back it’s anybody’s guess How many lessons may be still to come Like don’t switch gas and diesel and don’t fill her up with beer Those two cost me big at twenty five At the rate I fix mistakes I’m gonna’ need a few more years Should know it all by a hundred ninety nine Then I’ll never break a cell phone or stub another toe Because I been there done that one too many times Won’t ever lose my temper or the damn TV remote On the day I turn one hundred ninety nine Can’t wait to test the lesson I learned last New Years Eve On a second chance first date next Friday night This time I’ll stick to coffee so that I don’t lose the keys And we’ll take a little midnight moonlight drive Then I won’t text my crazy ex or go knockin’ down her door Because it just ain’t worth that seventh glass of wine Gonna’ be the guy who just does it right ‘cuz he’s seen it all before On the day I turn one hundred ninety nine Now I don’t need the answers to the mysteries of the world Like where my missing socks all run and hide But the daily do’s and don’ts sure do help me to survive I can’t wait to turn a hundred ninety nine
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A beat up truck on a long dirt road That’s the place I feel at home Burning rubber on these city streets Now my heart is made of stone Feeling jaded, complicated Until I turn that FM dial Hear them singing, gospel ringing I raise my voice and join the choir I found God in a country song A melody that sounds so sweet Heavy head hanging low from the day Let that music take my cares away That first day when I stepped off the plane I thought I’d found a better life But love is fleeting and fame don’t last And cash won’t keep me warm at night Feeling jaded, complicated Until I turn that FM dial Hear them singing, gospel ringing I raise my voice and join the choir I found God in a country song A melody that sounds so sweet Heavy head hanging low from the day Let that music take my cares away Chasing bright lights after midnight Like a band-aid on a heart But in the morning you transform me Like a campfire in the dark
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Little house on Maple Street built with these two hands Forty years ago almost to the day Didn’t do the best job of following the plan Split some boards and bent some nails along the way Thank God our mistakes can be forgiven And livin’ perfect ain’t the point of livin’ Tear it down and build it up again Let it fall apart now and then Learn to surrender and make room for something better Tear it down and build it up again The first night in this house we slept right on the floor Because the moving truck broke down two miles away Shared my jacket as a pillow and we kept each other warm Man, I tear up when I think about those days Patchin’ up our jeans and cuttin’ coupons Testin’ out the hammock with our boots on Tear it down and build it up again Let it fall apart now and then Learn to surrender and make room for something better Tear it down and build it up again These walls were always more than just nails and 2x4s Our years right here meant so much to me Rest my hand in yours as we’re walkin’ out the door Time to say goodbye to Maple Street
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Ninety miles from Tulsa where the steak is chicken fried Found a hideout off the highway and the sign said, "Come Inside" At the bar a weathered face with a voice like motor oil Said, "What brings your spinning wheels down around this southern soil?" I said, "Maybe I don't know you, but I know you've seen some things Won't you tell me 'bout this town? Must be more than what it seems" He said, "If I remember right I was working my first night When I met the one and only Charley Pride And that spring with all the rain when the roof was caving in Funny now but I wasn’t laughing then" Then a hundred other stories and a couple pints of ale And he poured another while I told a few He said, "your glass is never empty when you fill it with a tale; Pretty soon I’ll pour a story 'bout you" Well I finished up my drink and I looked him up and down I said, “I'll tell no lies if you pour another round" Told him I'm from nowhere special as he washed another glass But I shared about my life since he was kind enough to ask He said, "I guess that you don't know me, but son we may just find You got aces up your sleeve and I'm more than meets the eye" So he talked about the time back in 1969 When they all saw Waylon wasted at the bar And the 4th of one July when he taught his son to drive Until he crashed right through the front door in the car Then a hundred other stories and a couple pints of ale And he poured another as I told a few He said, "your glass is never empty when you fill it with a tale Pretty soon I’ll pour a story 'bout you" I left a fifty on the counter as I headed for the road Still laughing from the stories we told Then before I shut the door I looked over with smile And said I’ll see you in a hundred thousand miles
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Do you know how it feels goin’ nowhere fast? Running on empty, always finishing last In a no horse town with nothing to lose One road leading in but no way out None of us knew what this life was about Dazed and confused until I saw you Just around the corner, right before my eyes Fell in love with the girl next door, man was I surprised Finally I see I'm exactly where I need to be Nowhere is somewhere, when you're there with me My heart was dead to the world, buried six feet deep Locked away in a vault ‘til you gave me the keys I was walkin’ in circles wearin’ holes in my shoes But you gave me a chance like a break in the rain Opened up my eyes and everything changed Now I know where I’m goin’, any place with you Just around the corner, right before my eyes Fell in love with the girl next door, man was I surprised Finally I see I'm exactly where I need to be Nowhere is somewhere, when you're there with me Like a fortune teller you know everything I need The answer to my prayers the reason I believe You’re my shield and shelter in a raging hurricane Like a shooting star I can't even explain
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You've heard of Folsom Prison, Alcatraz and Gitmo Bay But none compare to where I did my time Along Route 66 somewhere out there in the sticks Picked the lock and left my cell behind My thumb hitched me a lift on the Skyway good and swift But we crashed and burned an hour from Purdue There were body parts and flames all along the interstate And the rubbernecking started right on cue Every cop from miles around spun their wheels into the ground Like a motorcade of rubber gloves and prayer My fingers and my toes rolled like pebbles on the road While the vultures circled closer in the air Hank Williams' lonesome ghost grabbed the Scotch I love the most As my honky tonkin' heart said adios Kenny Rogers bet my cash and Willie Nelson smoked my hash And Jesus drove my ass down to Nashville When I left those prison walls boy I almost had it all As the wheels burned rubber south to Mexico Now I'm cursing my bad luck and that God-forsaken truck Blown to pieces guess that's sometimes how it goes Uncle Sam pawned my guitars and he repossessed my car The D.E.A. locked up my cigarettes and beer And a man dressed all in white brought a cooler full of ice So the science lab could take my eyes and ears The devil stole my soul and before my skin was even cold The paparazzi shot my centerfold Mama put my flask on the grave of Johnny Cash And Jesus drove my ass down to Nashville As we saw the city lights and the day turned into night The lord and savior turned to me and said "I had to leave Chicago 'cause the south is where it's at. You're welcome and I'm sorry about your head!"
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I been slingin' drinks since I learned to crawl All week it's the same old dance Every Cinderella lookin' for her fella But she's never gonna' find her prince Danny at the door only laughs and winks That ain't what she came here for A little bit of fun never hurt no one And it's all fair in love and war Well I know it takes two to tango But you only need one to twist Every word around turn it upside down Make you wonder how it came to this Put your left foot in, take the wrong one out Before you know it you're doing the splits Well I know it takes two to tango But you only need one to twist Another princess pouts, stops and cries it out Met a couple Mr. Wrongs tonight In a plastic crown she throws a 20 down And runs away with a Corona light Well I know it takes two to tango But you only need one to twist Every word around turn it upside down Make you wonder how it came to this Put your left foot in, take the wrong one out Before you know it you're doing the splits Well I know it takes two to tango But you only need one to twist Danny turns the key about a quarter to 3 As the crowd stumbles out the door Then he turns around with a broom and a crown And joins me on the floor
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Some nights when the lights go down Can't put these embers out Keep trying but I can't forget The sparks flying in my bed Broke down when you made me choose Did what I had to do Held on to the afterglow Until it all went up in smoke That don't mean the flame is faded In my dreams we light it up again Roman candles in the rain Every time it's just like playin' with fireworks Better quit before it hurts You told me love is blind Oh, but you crossed the line Set fire to the mess I made Burned up and walked away That don't mean the flame is faded In my dreams we light it up again Roman candles in the rain Every time it's just like playin' with fireworks Better quit before it hurts Bottom line is we left it all behind Let the pain ignite the fuse Watch it shine flash and flicker in the sky Blazed a trail away from you
56.
It's fine you stole my lighter, smoked my last cigarette Thanks for spilling coffee all across my lap Glad you grabbed three donuts when I didn't have one yet And I didn't get you anything Didn't think twice when you asked if you could use the car Got a ticket in Tallahassee bless your little heart Towed it back to Nashville now it won't even start And I didn't get you anything You're the sweetest, you're the kindest, you're the icing on the cake Wanna' shout it from the rooftop, hallelujah you're so great If they're taking nominations I got yours right here Presenting Person Of The Year All my prayers were answered when you stopped by unannounced Brought your dirty laundry then threw up on the couch Must have stepped in something 'cuz you tracked it through the house And I didn't get you anything It was perfect that you microwaved my hash when you were high Flushed a pair of tube socks and clogged up all the pipes Really no big deal we can't have anything that's nice And I didn't get you anything You're terrific, you're the finest, you're sweet potato pie Wanna' yell it from the mountain, you're the apple of my eye If they're taking nominations I got yours right here Presenting Person Of The Year Wonder how I'll ever show my gratitude Repay good deeds like yours No thank you cards, no Sunday brunch, that's not enough for you This calls for so much more You're fantastic, you're so awesome, you're the dumpling in the soup Wanna' sing it in the shower, there's no one quite like you If they're taking nominations I got yours right here Presenting Person Of The Year
57.
Late in December I tend to remember Smokin' those Cuban cigars Never thought twice 'bout the Porsche in the drive Swimming pool in the back yard Life sure is funny when you run outta' money The season's about to get weird Bought me spot at the mobile home lot It's a double wide Christmas this year Double wide Christmas ain't even religious A trailer fixed up like the Ritz Mistletoe hangin' and jingle bells rangin' Twinkies and beer for Saint Nick Meant so damn much spent my last twenty bucks Strung up that old evergreen Got a few branches glowin' then ran outta' dough No lights on the back of the tree The broken down Ford's in the gravel next door Is decked out in red white and blue Stole me some Jaeger did shots with the neighbors Tossed tinsel all over the roof Built me a fire in a pile of old tires Hope all the reindeer don’t freeze Three holiday cheers for a Happy New Year A double wide Christmas for me Double wide Christmas the warmest of wishes A trailer fixed up like the Ritz Mistletoe hangin' and jingle bells rangin' Twinkies and beer for Saint Nick Meant so damn much spent my last twenty bucks Strung up that old evergreen Got a few branches glowin' then ran outta' dough No lights on the back of the tree Santa come save me it's drivin' me crazy I'm two months behind on the rent Tried to get flashy but ain't got the cash It's a double wide Christmas again Double wide Christmas can I get a witness A trailer fixed up like the Ritz Mistletoe hangin' and jingle bells rangin' Twinkies and beer for Saint Nick Meant so damn much spent my last twenty bucks Strung up that old evergreen Got a few branches glowin' then ran outta' dough No lights on the back of the tree

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Entire collection of original songs written and recorded week by week for Song A Week 2018, an international songwriting group.

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released February 12, 2019

Written, performed, engineered and mixed by James Tristan Redding and, where applicable, a co-writer as named per song. Words and music copyright 2018 by James Tristan Redding. Registered with BMI. All rights reserved.

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James Tristan Redding Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Godin Guitars Official Artist and Founder of www.songaweek.org.

His catalog of 400+ titles includes collaborations with hit writers Mark Narmore, Steve Dean, Elliott Park and Pete and Pat Luboff, among others both stateside and worldwide.

Redding has landed cuts by recording artists Eli Alger, Dan Whitehouse, Emma Gale, and David Easterling.
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