Song A Week, Volume 4

by James Tristan Redding

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James Tristan Redding Nashville, Tennessee

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

His catalog of over 300 titles includes collaborations with hit songwriter Mark Narmore, Midwest CMA nominee Graham Bramblett and multiple other artists internationally from England to Australia.

Redding's songs have landed cuts by numerous recording artists including Dan Whitehouse, Emma Gale, and David Easterling.
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Track Name: Week 01 - Writing Bad Lyrics Is Better Than Writing No Lyrics (190101)
Burger King offers these junior breakfast burritos
I think they are pretty good
Three burritos costs three dollars ninety cents
And that’s a pretty sweet deal

I wrote this in 15 minutes
While I waited for Burger King to open
Obviously it isn’t the greatest thing ever written
Writing bad lyrics is better than writing no lyrics

NPR is the best on a cloudy morning
When you’re hungry and need a breakfast burrito
Listening to Paula Poundstone almost makes me forget
How very hungry I am today

I wrote this in 15 minutes
While I waited for Burger King to open
Obviously it isn’t the greatest thing ever written
Writing bad lyrics is better than writing no lyrics

Not every song needs a bridge
Some are better off without one
But after finishing the verses to this one
I had eight minutes left, so here we are
Track Name: Week 02 - Booty Tornado (190106)
It was wild it was crazy it was out of this world
People running scared
Nations crumbled cities fell at the tempo of the twerk
Booty everywhere

Weather stations said vibrations never had such shaking
Squatting in the streets
Entire populations failed resisting the temptation
To turn the other cheek

From the booty tornado

There was moving there was grooving even blue suede shoes
Out there on the floor
Bikinis briefs and speedos reggae trance and blues
EDM of course

In the booty tornado

Boom ba dah boom bum biddy bum
Gom ba dah gom ba gom
Bam biddy bam damn biddy damn
Boom ba dah boom bum bomb
Track Name: Week 03 - Figure 1. The VLA in one of its more compact antenna array configurations. The 27 antennas are moveable on rail tracks, and different configurations are used to obtain different spatial samplings of incoming cosmic radiation (190115)
Figure 1. The VLA in one of its more compact antenna array configurations. The 27 antennas are moveable on rail tracks, and different configurations are used to obtain different spatial samplings of incoming cosmic radiation.

Figure 2a. An example of a possible SKA configuration. In this model, patches of collecting area (stations) extend from a dense core in a log-spiral arrangement. The pattern continues to baselines of ~3000 km. The huge number of SKA sensors gives excellent spatial sampling characteristics without the need to periodically relocate antennas.

Figure 2b. An artist’s impression of the SKA core region, with planar-aperture arrays and dishes visible. All the sensor technologies will share wide band communication as well as signal processing and data-processing infrastructures.

Figure 3. A view of the SKA as an information and communications technology (ICT) machine. Signals from a variety of different types of electromagnetic-field sensors (antennas and receivers) are transported and processed via common machinery. Sensors are chosen largely on the basis of their performance-to-cost ratio within particular frequency bands.
Track Name: Week 04 - Hope You’re Hearing This (190120)
Wish I were you and you were me
Maybe the taste would be sweet
Better to ask than wonder why
Over the Southern Sky

Picture a night together
Higher than I can measure
Capture it all in a letter
And seal it with a kiss

Throw to the wind a question
How does a loss become a lesson
Give it away and learn to listen
I hope you’re hearing this

Wish it were easier done than said
To forget what I regret
Lookin’ for sunshine through the clouds
Or the last train out of town

Picture a night together
Higher than I can measure
Capture it all in a letter
And seal it with a kiss

Throw to the wind a question
How does a loss become a lesson
Give it away and learn to listen
I hope you’re hearing this

Let the colors come and comfort me
Paint the river like a galaxy
Now is all we really ever have
Maybe you’re my better half
Track Name: Week 05 - Where Is Margot Robbie When You Need Her (190127)
How bittersweet the taste to know you’ll never hold
An angel in your arms
Skin as smooth as half and half two lips like a rose
TNT straight to your heart

Tonya Harding Harley Quinn and Elizabeth The First
She rocks any role she plays
Gotta’ meet her think I need her even if it hurts
Yes I’ll do anything it takes

I’d die and go to heaven if that would do the trick
Spin that metal chamber squeeze until it clicks
Blink my bloodshot eyes look around and ask Saint Peter
Where is Margot Robbie when you need her

Her laugh is like a cupcake for both my ears to eat
Without that messy frosting in my hair
Her eyes light up like safety flares and fill these city streets
Except no one had to die there

I’d sell my vital organs to spend a couple days
Half awake and slowly bleeding out in her embrace
She would give my eulogy and stun the holy preacher
Where is Margot Robbie when you need her

Tom Ackerley you bastard I hope you know you “married up”
Well, anyone would have to honestly
If you ever choose to leave her, then you’re just plain nuts
But try to mention me before you leave

I’d crawl inside a mailbox with a big old bag of food
Intercept the invite to a bash in Hollywood
Demand an introduction from a washed up Justin Bieber
Where is Margot Robbie when you need her

I’d climb the highest mountain or dive the deepest sea
Steal a plane or rob a bank if she would notice me
But instead I’ll strum this ditty in my t-shirt jeans and sneakers
Where is Margot Robbie when you need her

I’ll wonder every day until I finally meet the reaper
Where is Margot Robbie when you need her
Track Name: Week 06 - Wall Or No Wall (190206)
Wall or no wall, the floor is cracked
Gotta’ find a way to turn the clock back

Wall or no wall, we trashed the attic
Because the man next door called us melodramatic

Wall or no wall, the doors are locked
The rooms are becoming like a prison block

Wall or no wall, the gas is leaking
Getting light headed and my thoughts are fleeting

Wall or no wall, the plumbing is wrecked
The pipes exploded out of sheer neglect

Wall or no wall, the switch is defective
The circuit set off all the smoke detectors

Wall or no wall, the paint is peeling
The sight is giving me a sinking feeling

Wall or no wall, the windows are broken
Around the foundation there is steady erosion

Wall or no wall, the roof is gutted
The rain poured in and the basement flooded

Wall or no wall, the garden’s dead
But all the worst weeds grow inside my head

Wall or no wall, we destroyed the frame
Tried to flush our mistakes but they clogged the drain

Wall or no wall, the ceilings falling
If we’re not careful it will crush us all

Wall or no wall, we shredded the curtains
Threw ‘em to the ground lit a match and burned ‘em

Wall or no wall, that’s not the question
Not if Cain and Abel turn to Smith and Wesson

Wall or no wall, we’re afraid of the neighbors
And it’s making us a bunch of haters

Wall or no wall, with or without
The call is coming from inside the house
Track Name: Week 07 - Love Got The Better Of Me (190209)
Didn’t want to meet you at the movies
There was nothing I wanted to see
Spend all my money on you baby
But love got the better of me

Didn’t want to wrap my coat around you
But I couldn’t let you freeze
Wasn’t sure, should I try to steal a kiss?
Then love got the better of me

Just like a light switch when I need to see
A spoon of sugar in my cup of tea
You made it easy when you whispered please
Your love got the better of me

Don’t want you to see me crying
The tears they taste so sweet
Used to worry I’d be waiting here forever
But love got the better of me

Don’t ever want to lose this moment
In this dress it’s hard to breathe
Wasn’t sure, should I give my hand to you?
Then love got the better of me

Just like a vision when I need to believe
A silver ribbon round the apple tree
You made it easy when you got down on one knee
Your love got the better of me

Wonder where we’ll be in 50 years
I’ll go anywhere you are
Watching all our worries disappear
Safe inside my arms

Like a pair of glasses when I’m 93
The stitches holding my heart to my sleeve
You made it easy when you swept me off my feet
And love got the better of me

Don’t mean every day will be just perfect
We’ll try our best to trust
As the years pass I hope through thick and thin
Love gets the better of us
Track Name: Week 08 - Trade Places With You (190221)
Got the message drove on down told me at the desk
Said you can't go home until they run a couple tests
Nothing got the best of you or slowed you down before
A broken wrist in '66 a stroke in '94

You were tough as nails I'll admit I almost cried
Spent a month or two sleeping by your side
Wish I told you more the things I knew I should
I would trade places with you if it would do any good

Traded dirty jokes then we gave the nurse a wink
Cranked up Born To Run got the patients all to sing
Smuggled in a quarter pounder just because you asked
Then the doctors busted us and everybody laughed

Read out loud even though I was scared of how it ends
Hadn't done that since I can't remember when
Maybe you could feel it as I closed the storybook
I would trade places with you if I only could

Put myself in your shoes and tried to feel the pain
Wish I knew how to trade with you and take it all away

Kept all the sketches the crossword puzzles too
Dig them out and think of you some Sunday afternoons
We were making memories of course I didn't know it then
Bittersweet and beautiful and I'd do it all again

Really kept me guessing never showed your hand
Waited 'til the hourglass was almost outta' sand
Fumbled with the words and just prayed you understood
I would trade places with you, you bet I would
Track Name: Week 08 - A Pair Of Strangers (190222)
And there she was, could she see me
Did I smile too much
Would she ever let a stranger hold her hand

What’s wrong with me, is it normal
To live half asleep
And I wonder if I’ll ever smile again

Just a pair of strangers on a crowded train
Unexpected glances not enough to stay
As the day is dying when I’m all alone
Every night I ask myself will I find love

Maybe this time could be different
I have heard before
If you love it then you have to let it go

These walls I’ve built to protect me
Haven’t served me, no
When did I become this lonely wounded soul

Just a pair of strangers on a crowded train
Unexpected glances not enough to stay
As the day is dying when I’m all alone
Every night I ask myself will I find love

Let my heart be weightless
Open up my eyes

It isn’t always easy
But I have to try

As the day is dying when I’m all alone
Every night I ask myself will I find love
Beneath the stars above doesn’t everyone deserve
A chance at love
Track Name: Week 09 - 27th Letter (190301)
I’m inventing a 27th letter
To add to the old 26
Etching the edges crafting the curves
Pulling out all my tricks

Got no complaints of the others
They’ve all been real good to me
But there’s just enough room for one more
Somewhere between A and Z

I want to describe what it looks like
Except the design isn’t done
And anyway spoiling surprises
That wouldn’t be any fun

Trust me you’re all gonna’ thank me
From the look to the sound to the feel
By putting it into a sentence
You give it a whole new appeal

Is it changing the meaning? Not really,
Just enhancing the flavor a touch
And pronouncing it couldn’t be easier
You’re just gonna’ love it so much

What is the name for this letter?
I think I should let you decide
As long as I’m getting the credit
Call it whatever you like
Track Name: Week 10 - A Mouse Dreams Of Becoming A Tree. A Tree Dreams Of Becoming A Bird. (190305)
Tiny claws on the hardwood floor
Whiskers twitching in the dark
Beady little eyes and heartbeat like a drum
Listening closely for the part

When someone’s clumsy thumbs
Fumble with the crumbs
Which tumble down into my empty grasp
The only way I know
As this beggar down below
Get away far and get away fast

Dreaming dreams of rising from the earth
My brittle bones made of wood
Leaves are reaching to collect the morning dew
How I wish I could

Toughen up and trust
Muster up the stuff
Just enough to keep control
But then I run again
Turn my tail and then
Spend the bitter end in a hole

And somewhere someone’s flying
And I know how they feel
And all I want is roots to hold me down
The getaways are fleeting
The learn to stays are hard
The listen closely but don’t make a sound
Track Name: Week 11 - Nobody Flirts Like Me (190312)
Tug at the thread hangin' from the edge
Of the green canvas jacket on my back
Take a breath as she scares me half to death
Pretend I didn't notice where she sat

Better check the tie around my neck
Straight and narrow just like me
Purple hair seems like she don't care
About the rest of Tennessee

For just a moment I turn my head
Watch her walk by like such a tease
Look away just in time before I start to sweat
Nobody flirts like me

Try my best not to make a mess
Drink the coffee in my cup
Clear my throat and wonder where she goes
When she runs outta' luck

Lookin' mean in her black skinny jeans
Daring me to speak
Hope the road takes you where you wanna' go
And I hope it's back to me

For just a moment I turn my head
Watch her walk by like such a tease
Look away just in time before I start to sweat
Nobody flirts like me

I been searching high and low
Been looking for a sign
Of all the buses in all the world
You walked onto mine
Track Name: Week 12 - Say It While I Can (190323)
One cream two sugars some things never change
Always know which one is yours
Corner table will never be the same
When you walk out the door

We shared everything the beauty and the hurt
You were my best friend
Didn't know it'd be so hard to find the words
Sitting here again

In the distance a train is passing through
A lot like me and you
Lost and lonesome the way it all began
Better say it while I can

Thought we'd grow together 'til we're old and gray
Instead we grew apart
Want to say it all before you walk away
Didn't think it'd be this hard

In this moment, there’s only you and me
When we were seventeen
Clock is ticking I hope you understand
Gotta’ say it while I can

How many winters were we silent as the snow
Feels good to get it off my chest
Ten more seconds hold my hand then let it go
I guess it's for the best

Grab my coat as you walk away from me
Like strangers on the street
I can't fight it when you turn for one last glance
Gotta' say it while I can
Track Name: Week 13 - Pero Yo Sí (190327)
La mañana no se detiene cuando suspiras
Los ríos no se paran a tus pies
El cielo no te ve llorando
Pero yo sí

Los peces no nadan para conocerte
El bosque no te ahorra espacio
Las nubes no escriben tu nombre
Pero yo sí

Subes la marea en mi puerto, el sol en la ventana
Y la fuerza del río en mis venas
Eres la sombra en verano, la chispa de la noche
Parece que no lo sé, pero yo sí

La tierra no recuerda tu nacimiento
El colibrí no canta para ti
El camino no está creado para encontrarte
Pero yo sí

Tú das gracia a mis pasos, los colores a mi lienzo
Y el perdón a mi pesar
Cambias lo triste en placer, perdido en encontrado
Nadie más lo sabe, pero yo sí

Lo que no haré es tirar mi suerte
No, no voy a alejarte
Sí, recuerdo que nada es para siempre
Pero siempre es ahora

La mañana no se detiene cuando suspiras
Los ríos no se paran a tus pies
El cielo no te ve llorando
Pero yo sí

Nadie más lo sabe, pero yo sí
Track Name: Week 14 - It's A Date (190402)
If you were a cable car I would wait for you
Pick me up and carry me out of all my blues

If you were a freight train I would climb aboard
Take me down the tracks where I've never been before

If you were a bicycle I would peddle fast
Way past all the concrete 'til we find the greener grass

If you were a fishing boat I would jump on in
Anywhere you're floating beats the places I have been

Tell me which one will you be
So I know what I will see
And when exactly you'll be passing by

Make it midnight make it noon
I'll be ready when you do
Hop in and let you take me for a ride

If you're headed west, well, that'll work for me
There's a great big world outside of Tennessee

If you're going south take me almost anywhere
Keep me in suspense until we get there

If you're bound for China tell me where to sign
Come on let's see what we can find

If you're deep sea diving I'm going down with you
And I got nothing left to lose

Tell me where we're gonna' go
Unless you don't want me to know
A good surprise is always worth the wait

Just tell me what to pack
And say we're never coming back
Promise that and baby it's a date
Track Name: Week 15 - What Don't I Know (190407)
I know that he's the one you want
And you can’t believe he’s gone
I know it didn’t always hurt
Maybe hard to find the words

I know that Johnny Walker Red
Makes you light a cigarette
I know you’re tougher than you look
And it took what it took

It was good ‘til it went bad, perfect ‘til it broke
Felt like forever love until he hit the road
Spent so many sleepless nights staring at the phone
I know you know it’s over but you still can’t let him go
Tell me baby what don't I know

I know your favorite Reba song
How you can’t help but sing along
I know your diary’s full of dreams
And you rock a pair of jeans

I know you tried to say goodbye
With teardrops in your eyes
I know you've been to hell and back
For him and that's a fact

It was good ‘til it went bad, perfect ‘til it broke
Felt like forever love until he hit the road
Spent so many sleepless nights staring at the phone
I know you know it’s over but you still can’t let him go
Tell me baby what don't I know

I know that you’ll move on I know that you’ll stay strong
And I know all this pain will fade away
It won’t seem so heavy when you’re heart is good and ready
But I don’t know how long it's gonna' take
Track Name: Week 16 - Under The Same Old Lights (190414)
Love the way the engine sounds after that sun goes down
Gotta’ grab the keys and take a ride
To a little place I know, chicken’s hot and the beers are cold
And the women, man you won’t believe your eyes

Who’s that tearin’ up the floor? Never seen her before
Better make sure she’s got a drink
Takin’ turns on the old jukebox keep dancin’ and we just don’t stop
Heart starts up when she gives me a wink

Something tells me she can rock my world
Hope the band knows how to play Brown Eyed Girl
We can show everybody from the bar to the lobby
How to have a good time tonight
Make it feel brand new under the same old lights

This place always hits the spot, oh and I swear she’s got
About the best smile I’ve seen all year
Stick around ‘til closing time last dance and her hand’s in mine
Tilts her head, says let’s get outta’ here

Something tells me she can rock my world
Hope the band knows how to play Brown Eyed Girl
We can show everybody from the bar to the lobby
How to have a good time tonight
Make it feel brand new under the same old lights

Well I can’t believe my luck we’re getting in my truck
Headin’ home with her right by my side
But if she don’t stick around you know where I’ll be found
Tomorrow night under the same old lights
Track Name: Week 17 - One Of A Kind (190421)
You're one of a kind for better or worse
You speak a whole new language that I have never heard
Your questions are the stones that I'm skipping on the surface
You've been singing softly and finally I heard it

You're one of a kind a prism in the sun
You can hold my world between your finger and your thumb
Your laughter makes the sun shine when nothing else can do it
You've always been beside me I just never knew it

And I'm about to meet you

You're one of a kind I got to admit
You threw me like a boomerang and I came back so quick
Your footsteps are the beat of my new favorite song
You've got everything I need and everything I want

You're one of a kind the rain against the roof
You took my breath away and left me with the truth
Your memories are vines around the bricks that I've been laying
You've been climbing up a little higher every day

And I'm about to kiss you

You're one of a kind nothing like the others
Sweet as cotton candy in twice as many colors
A shining string of pearls that landed in the gutter
Just waiting for the loving hand of another lover

And I'm about to lose you

You're one of a kind a diamond in the rough
You shook me like an earthquake and left me in the dust
Your words are like the glimmer of a star that a disappeared
You've been gone for centuries but I'm still standing here

You're one of a kind the icing on the cake
You broke my brittle heart to pieces it was great
Your promises are buried underneath the flower bed
You've been pushing daisies but I will not forget

And I still think about you
Track Name: Week 18 - Five Across Is You (190428)
On our doorstep every Sunday rolled up in a plastic bag
All the stories fit for printing black and white front to back
I can't wait to flip the pages past the cartoons and classifieds
Start to scribble in the answers same old thing I always find

One across is lonely like before you came around
Seven down is perfect how my life is looking now
Eleven down is just four letters the diamond that you wear
Twelve across is where I'll follow you yep that's anywhere
Eight, nine, and ten are something borrowed, old, and blue
And five across is you

You're looking beautiful as always fluffy slippers and a robe
Got a couple eggs from our backyard over easy on the stove
Oh I love the look you give me when you ask what's on my mind
The clues are getting closer but they still can't get it right

Fourteen across is heaven like where I woke up today
Twenty down is patience baby you were worth the wait
Fifteen across is sugar 'cause honey you're so sweet
Sixteen down is a long one everything you gave to me
Two, three, and four mean I got nothing left to lose
And five across is you

You reach across the table and fill my empty plate
Pick up the paper then you turn to me say

Six across is laughter 'cause it's always in the air
Thirteen down is magic in the memories that we share
Seventeen across is sunshine even when it rains
Twenty one is music every time I hear your name
Eighteen and nineteen bring me nothing but the truth
And five across is you
Track Name: Week 19 - Parts of Arkansas (190504)
Walked into the back yard
The grass around my feet
First time in a long time
I could really breathe

Back as bare as winter
Hands up in the sky
Frozen like a statue
Watching for a sign

How will I know
How will I know
How will I know when to go home

Rising like a harvest moon
Low across the water
A flower pushing through
The concrete city floor

All across Kentucky
Parts of Arkansas
Farmers in the fields
Waiting for a storm

How will I know
How will I know
How will I know when to go home

Kerosene and cedar
Got me through the night
Found the way back home once
Couldn't do it twice
Track Name: Week 20 - If I Didn’t Know You At All (190512)
Must be ten thousand memories in that chair
Up and down those seven flights of stairs
City out the window changing with the times
Is it hard to leave it all behind

Break room smells like Chik-Fil-A and coffee
Your big old laugh always filled the office
Puttin' out fires, savin' lives, if those weren't your intentions
There's a couple things I'd wanna' mention

I'd say get some hard earned rest
Start to care a little less
Kick those Oxfords off grab the Cuervo and the salt

Grab your Coppertone and cruise
Yeah that's what I would tell you
If I didn't know you at all

Don't be fooled by all of this confetti
Everybody here misses you already
Brenda, Campbell, Stephen, Rich and Kevin, Josh and Ben
And me of course, tryin' this again

I'd say empty out that desk
Party more and worry less
Kick those Stacy's off grab the Triple Sec and salt

Pop your Ray Bans on and groove
Yeah that's what I would tell you
If I didn't know you at all

I know you'll have so much fun
Soak up a lotta' sun
Fly away some place you've never been

You deserve this all so much
But I hope you'll keep in touch
And I'm glad to say that you're my friend
Track Name: Week 21 - What I Meant To Say (190519)
Driving home I been thinking about
How good tonight turned out
Never seen the stars shine so bright

You were singing karaoke in the car, you were
Carefree I was trying so hard
Looking for the words to get it right

Tonight was magic and you looked beautiful
Should have been so easy to say to you
Oh I tried but I got tongue tied
Blinked my eyes and the moment slipped away
Wish you'd heard what I meant to say

Can't remember what I said, about your
Pretty green eyes or your little black dress
You must have thought I didn't care

Then we were talking in your drive, and I
Leaned in for a kiss goodnight
Why didn't I tell you then and there

Tonight was magic and you looked beautiful
Should have been so easy to say to you
Oh I tried but I got tongue tied
Blinked my eyes and the moment slipped away
Wish you'd heard what I meant to say

Didn't get too far down the road
Before I reached out for the phone
Had to call you up I couldn't let it go

Tonight was magic and you looked beautiful
Should have been so easy to say to you
Took me all night hope I got it right
I'll let you decide if it's too late
But it couldn't wait, what I meant to say
Track Name: Week 22 - The Man Upstairs (190520)
Jeans and flannel leather boots on gravel
Good old Mr. Randall handy as they come
Ain't a talker reminds me of my father
Just like clockwork twenty years and then some

Since he handed me the keys he's been watching over me
Hell, sometimes I forget he's even there

Always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he's got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Last Thursday cake and candles for his birthday
He left one burning and lit a cigarette
Sat before me kept me up 'til morning
Swappin' stories like two best friends

Tuggin' on his beard he wiped away a tear
And put that last piece of cake in some Tupperware

He's always fixing something keeps this whole place running
No matter what I break he's got a spare
Right above my ceiling I wonder if he hears me
When I finally hit my knees and say a prayer
The man upstairs

Wonder what I’ll miss the most when the old man finally goes
Up to hear the angels sing
Looking out at the clear blue sky said he’s ready and I know why
‘Cuz someone’s watching over him
Track Name: Week 23 - New Years For Everybody Else (190527)
Telephone doesn't ring FM doesn't say a word
Only thing that moves is the shadows on the wall
Since you walked out the door the only thing I've heard
"Everyday I Have The Blues" playin' somewhere down the hall

Well I'm starin' at the moon out the window in my room
Holding my breath and counting down to twelve
It's almost January 1st might as well be the last night on earth
All by myself but it's New Years for everybody else

TV dinner's gettin' cold next door neighbors making love
Neon shines between the blinds from a bar across the street
Another bottle disappears a few more footsteps in the dust
Everything is faded except your memory

Well I'm starin' at the moon out the window in my room
Holding my breath and counting down to twelve
It's almost January 1st might as well be the last night on earth
All by myself but it's New Years for everybody else

It's almost January 1st might as well be the last night on earth
All by myself but it's New Years for everybody else
Track Name: Week 24 - Take It From Me (190613)
First memory of his voice I was only three
He asked me did I want sprinkles on the cone
Sunday after church sittin' on his knee
Too young to know that someday he wasn't comin' home

Eyes so full of pride he walked me to the door
Suitcase in my hand dressed up from head to toe
Weeks turned into months and years became so short
The day I heard the news flew back from the coast

Wish I dialed that phone wrote that letter
And said one more goodbye
Maybe this would feel a little bit better
When I turn out the lights
So say what you mean beautiful bittersweet
Take it from me

Still got that faded photo I'm grinnin' ear to ear
His beat up Catalina taught me how to drive
Took me to a ball game damn near every year
It was golden every moment 'til we ran outta' time

Wish I dialed that phone wrote that letter
And said one more goodbye
Maybe this would feel a little bit better
When I turn out the lights
So say what you mean beautiful bittersweet
Take it from me

Just about cried both my eyes out
On the way back to the house
Bought me some iced cream sat down for awhile
And started thinking out loud

Wish I turned that key spent a few more seconds
Looking in those eyes
Maybe this would feel a little bit better
When I turn out the lights
So say what you mean beautiful bittersweet
Take it from me
Track Name: Week 25 - What Makes You Think That I’ll Be Home Tonight (190616)
Say what you will but my bags are all packed
Lord knows I made up my mind
Broke off the rear view so I can't look back
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Turned off the lights grabbed the keys to the Ford
Left all the pictures behind
Closed all the curtains and walked out the door
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Must be two hundred times that I told you before
You can't still be wondering why
I can't stay anymore honey life's just too short
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Filled up the tank so I don't need to stop
Said all my tender goodbyes
Packed up some jerky and a bone for the dog
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Stayed here too long let you do me all wrong
It was only a matter of time
You can't change the past or the fact that I'm gone
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Must be two hundred times that I told you before
You can't still be wondering why
I can't stay anymore honey life's just too short
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight

Do what you want with the house and the yard
Burn it all down if you like
That's what you get girl you broke my damn heart
What makes you think that I'll be home tonight
Track Name: Week 26 - I Don't Wanna' Lose That Spark (190623)
You sure make a first impression
And you know how to keep me guessin'
Felt the heat and saw somethin' in your eyes
When your hand was touchin' mine

You fixed the collar of my shirt
And looked so good it almost hurt
Once you light it up you know you can't go back
Guess I finally met my match

The heat is rising standin' next to you
Yeah burnin' up the air that's in the room
Felt the embers from the very start
Pouring whiskey on the fire in my heart
I don't wanna' lose that spark

Broadway lights bring out your baby blues
Caught in a neon blaze with you
Pull me closer for a kiss
Never felt a flame like this

The heat is rising standin' next to you
Yeah burnin' up the air that's in the room
Felt the embers from the very start
Pouring whiskey on the fire in my heart
I don't wanna' lose that spark

Moon is climbin' up the sky
You whisper baby hold me tight
Like no one ever knew me better
Say we'll stay this way forever
Track Name: Week 27 - Double Branch Road (190705)
Heard the tires screamin’ as she took a wrong turn
By the broke down mill where the creek no longer flows
Just before the line went dead said she thought she saw
A black Ford pick up on Double Branch Road

Spreadin’ like a wildfire in whispers one by one
There’s a lotta’ gossip at the Gas n’ Go
Even the boys in blue can’t seem to track it down
A black Ford pick up on Double Branch Road

The voices of the ones we’ve lost echo in my mind
Like a thunder storm three counties wide
Chase the light and spin my wheels while the rain is fallin’ hard
No one knows where the bodies are

Grabbed a clear glass bottle of somethin’ strong and dark
Loaded up my mama’s six chamber Colt
Maybe for the last time course I could be wrong
A black Ford pick up on Double Branch Road

The voices of the ones we’ve lost echo in my mind
Like a thunder storm three counties wide
Chase the light and spin my wheels while the rain is fallin’ hard
No one knows where the bodies are

Hard to find the words why a hunter needs to hunt
It’s a thrill that most will never know
Hid the Sheriff’s car and slid into the front seat
Of a black Ford pick up on Double Branch Road
Track Name: Week 28 - In My Next Life (190707)
Couldn’t say the last time I stayed up after dark
Took a chance or rolled the dice, listened to my heart
Never took the fast lane or threw caution to the wind
Waited on the sidelines for my life to begin

Stepped across the cracks between the pavement in the clouds
In a pair of silver slippers and a long white cotton gown
Stood in line and heard the laughs of souls ahead of mine
One by one they reached the pearly gates and stepped inside

Well I tried living perfect but my dreams I left behind
Funny thing about life is no one makes it out alive
I’d be breaking all the rules if I could do it all again
Lord in my next life, gonna’ live before it ends
Lord in my next life, gonna’ live before it ends

Saint Peter raised an eyebrow, yawned and checked the clock
Looked me up and down, then he offered me a scotch
Said “son, I checked the transcript … a mighty careful life;
Coulda’ let your hair down, coulda’ drawn outside the lines”

Well I tried living perfect but my dreams I left behind
Funny thing about life is no one makes it out alive
I’d be breaking all the rules if I could do it all again
Lord in my next life, gonna’ live before it ends
Lord in my next life, gonna’ live before it ends

Then he handed me a ticket, one-way back to Earth
And told me “hold on tight now, this is gonna’ hurt!
So dig a little deeper and take a couple risks
It ain’t time to die yet ‘cause you never really lived”
Track Name: Week 29 - Ain’t On The Map (190714)
Take a left on Cherry Lane
Neighborhood doesn't look the same
See that white picket fence
Where I played with Jack, my oldest friend

He don't live there anymore
Since the factory closed its doors
Let me show you how it used to be
On that little dead end street

That's where Johnny broke his arm, where I learned to drive a car
Choked on a cigarette had a 4th grade broken heart
Love to show you 'round, but there's no going back
Because the town where I grew up ain't on the map

About a quarter mile of broken dreams
Just a stretch of old route 33
There used to be a diner open late
Silenced by the interstate

Let me show you how it used to be
On that little dead end street

That's where Johnny broke his arm, where I learned to drive a car
Choked on a cigarette had a 4th grade broken heart
Love to show you 'round, but there's no going back
Because the town where I grew up ain't on the map

All the pictures I remember
Only shadows of the past
Wish I could see them clearer
They seemed to disappear so fast
Track Name: Week 30 - Thousand Miles Away (190721)
Way too old to crush like a kid
But when the feeling hits
I’m floatin’ ten feet above my head
And I haven’t even met her yet

She’s got me turned up every day
There’s static in my head
I’ll always want her here to stay
But I can’t wait to miss her again

She’s walking, dancing, slidin’ slow
In my universe like a maze
Tripped and fallen, so damn close
From a thousand miles away

She speaks logic through her heart
In the most “Suriya” way
Travels till she’s broke
But always finds a place to stay

Fights like a feminist for the beaten
Broken and dismayed
She’s the perfect heartbeat in your chest
Like a folk song startin’ to play

She’s walking, dancing, slidin’ slow
In my universe like a maze
Tripped and fallen, so damn close
From a thousand miles away

Now I’m comfortably frozen, no need to pose
She’s got me in a daze
Closer than she’s ever been
A thousand miles away
Track Name: Week 31 - Step Into My Office (190721)
Runnin' all the reds down on Hollywood and Vine
1am and getting awful frisky
Pullin' out of the Body Shop before I grab a bite
Of somethin' tasty backstage at the Whiskey

This ain't coffee in my thermos, that ain't flour on my desk
But I'm callin' my presciption in
Stoppin' by the doctor after hours on the strip
Let me show you where I've been

Step into my office, throw your briefcase on the floor
Step into my office, buckle up and shut the door
Step into my office, you may leave a little sore
Step into my office, and you'll come on back for more

Watch me walking by in my business suit
Makin' all the right stuff jiggle
Suspenders and spandex, speedo and socks
It takes a lot of work to care this little

Step into my office, throw your briefcase on the floor
Step into my office, buckle up and shut the door
Step into my office, you may leave a little sore
Step into my office, and you'll come on back for more

It's all about the Benjamins don't matter if they're clean
They all spend the same
Green's my favorite color and I don't leave the driveway
For less than 100k
Track Name: Week 32 - Slow It Down (190804)
Muscles in my hands they can't understand
Tension like a vice every day
Why do I hold on when the moment's gone
Got to let it slide fade away

Need a little love shine a light on me
Someone help me please

To take this moment slow it down
Breathe in deep and be here now
It's slipping through my fingers
But I'm learnin' to surrender
So teach me how to slow it down

Days are gettin' long just keep draggin' on
Tryin' to find a stronger hand to hold
One step at a time tonight I'm doing fine
Facin' all my monsters on my own

Did the best I could but I ain't too proud
Please could you show me how

To take this moment slow it down
Breathe in deep and be here now
It's slipping through my fingers
But I'm learnin' to surrender
So teach me how to slow it down

How it feels to make a promise to a friend
Sound of water crashing on the rocks
Nothin' golden in the will to try again
It's learnin' when to stop
Track Name: Week 32 - More To Love (190807)
My buddy said he saw me with a fat girl before
I said you got me, I admit it, sailed my ship to her shore
Met her in the bakery stuffing bon bons down her face
I said girl can I get some? I’ve got to have a taste

Offered her some water, thought she was gonna’ choke
She said that’s mighty sweet, but I’d rather have a coke
I tried that skinny love, and it’s better when it’s thick
Girl, I just need to tell you I like my women big

So thin girls, don’t bother to apply
There’s no doubt about it, I’m a fat girl’s guy
My baby could break my back with one of her hugs
Big girls have so much more to love
Big girls have so much more to love

Ever since we met I’ve bought stock in Breyers Ice cream
A gallon lasts three minutes, then she licks the carton clean
When we make love she likes to get on top
One time she almost crushed me but I didn’t make her stop!

Diabetes, you best not come around
Cholesterol if you rear your ugly head you’re going down
My girl is perfect, I wouldn’t change her at all
She fell from heaven, my love cushioned her fall

So thin girls, don’t bother to apply
There’s no doubt about it, I’m a fat girl’s guy
My baby could break my back with one of her hugs
Big girls have so much more to love
Big girls have so much more to love

If there’s a moral to this story, I guess it goes like this
If you’ve never had a fat girl then you’re missing out on bliss

So thin girls, don’t bother to apply
There’s no doubt about it, I’m a fat girl’s guy
My baby could break my back with one of her hugs
Big girls have so much more to love
Big girls have so much more to love
Track Name: Week 33 - Fran’s Eastside Tavern (190811)
Just off Porter Road you park along the tracks
Between the Beemers and trucks with rebel flags
What you think you know leave it at the door
Don't talk about the White House or the war

No one's askin' and probably never will
Who you're lovin' or how you pay the bills
They'll look you in the eye like you deserve
Shake your hand and take you at your word

Blue jeans and beer nuts ice cold PBRs
Cigarettes and cinder blocks tattoos and battle scars
Happy hour is every hour always time well spent
Fran's Eastside Tavern changes strangers into friends

Trina's laughin' and Tommy breaks a grin
Can't believe he sank that dang cue ball again
Behind the bar a TV's tuned to Wrigley Field
Clock is runnin' but in here we're standing still

Underneath that beat up trucker hat
There's a million dollar a smile
Brand new brother from a different mom and dad
Just like family for a little while
Track Name: Week 34 - Before I Get To Heaven (190817)
Before I get to heaven, I better feed the dog
Pay my parking tickets off and probably call my mom
Might go sign my name up for them black belt kung fu lessons
Yeah I've got some plans before I get to heaven

Before I get to heaven, I'm gon' ask out Mary Sue
Take her to the drive in, man I hope she says I do
Ride that Harley coast to coast see what I've been missin'
Yeah I've got some plans before I get to heaven

Every now and then I get a little bit worried life will pass me by
Fear of missing out keeps me in doubt sometimes
So I'm slowin' things down to the here and now ain't no place like the present
Take the long way 'round before I get to heaven

Before I get to heaven, think I'll fix up this old house
Pressure wash the driveway and clean those gutters out
Pierce both ears get a few tattoos to keep them neighbors guessing
Yeah I've got some plans before I get to heaven

Every now and then I get a little bit worried life will pass me by
Fear of missing out keeps me in doubt sometimes
So I'm slowin' things down to the here and now ain't no place like the present
To set a few things right before I get to heaven

I don't wanna' end up at the pearly gates with a truckload of regrets
Been a long weird ride but I ain't seen nothin' yet

Every now and then I get a little bit worried life will pass me by
Fear of missing out keeps me in doubt sometimes
So I'm slowin' things down to the here and now ain't no place like the present
Gotta' soak it all up before I get to heaven

Take the long way 'round and the road outta' town
Set a few things right have some fun tonight
Make the best of life before I get to heaven
Track Name: Week 35 - Why Didn’t I Think Of That (190824)
My buddy Steve had a real good plan
A thousand dollar phone in the palm of your hand
Picture of an apple right there on the back
Why didn’t I think of that

Hanging with the King down in Memphis Tennessee
Said it’s all about the hips and I’m inclined to agree
Makin’ so much money he can’t even keep track
Why didn’t I think of that

Why didn’t I think of that
Wouldn’t be where I’m at
Could’ve been a real fat cat
Why didn’t I think of that

Talking to the Donald and I don’t mean the duck
P. O. T. U. S. now doesn’t that suck
Made all this dough without payin’ any tax
Why didn’t I think of that

Why didn’t I think of that
Wouldn’t be where I’m at
Could’ve been a real fat cat
Why didn’t I think of that

Bring on the limo the babes and bling
If only I could think of the next big thing
A waterproof toaster or air conditioned shoes
How the heck can I lose

Met the Kardashians at their place in the hills
Asked ‘em how on earth they’re keepin’ up with these bills
Told me people pay ‘em to look cute and relax
Why didn’t I think of that

Why didn’t I think of that
Wouldn’t be where I’m at
Could’ve been a real fat cat
Why didn’t I think of that
Track Name: Week 36 - Tough (190901)
Sometimes late at night I curse your name
Guess some things never change
Half an empty bed where the words start makin' sense
Rememberin' what you used to say

All these memories comin' back
Like a tidal wave inside
Way it felt when you held me I could tell
That would be the last time

I'm not the same without your love
Couldn't keep you it ain't no wonder why
Something's changin' in my heart
I been thinkin' 'bout how tough you were
For leavin' before you treated me unkind

Do it different if I could
Gave it all I don't care how it looked
Saw it comin' clear as day and you left me anyway
Hope you know I understood

I'm not the same without your love
Couldn't keep you it ain't no wonder why
Something's changin' in my heart
I been thinkin' 'bout how tough you were
For leavin' before you treated me unkind

One fine day I will be a stronger man
Carry more than my own weight
Wish we met when I was better but it's best I understand
You made me who I am today
Track Name: Week 37 - Too High To Cry (190908)
Out here alone under the stars
Turn off the headlights find somewhere to park
Light up and lay down empty my lungs
Eyes in the distance heart in the trunk

Untie the laces kick off my shoes
Just like the night I'm all black and blue
Reach for the bottle drown out the pain
Me and my memories fading away

Nowhere to run nothing to lose
I know what I've done why I don't have you
Can't seem to find a goddamn to spare
Too high to cry too drunk to care

Can't say I'm proud of what I've become
A damn fool layin' here stupid and stunned
Now you're gone there ain't shit else to do
Screwed myself good amen that's the truth

Nowhere to run nothing to lose
I know what I've done why I don't have you
Can't seem to find a goddamn to spare
Too high to cry too drunk to care

So dear God if you're up in the clouds
Come and save me I'm here on the ground
I surrender it's too late to lie
Maybe I need you just for tonight
Track Name: Week 39 - That's The Kind Of Girl (190922)
Pin my hair up hope you never see
Through the mask I'm puttin' on
Handsome, humble but I know you'll never be
The one I really want

Froze like winter I didn't make a sound
When I saw her yesterday
Heart was heavy when I look her and down
The one who took my man away

That's the kind of girl he oughtta' be with
Strong as hell but somehow still the sweetest
Guess at first I didn't wanna' see it
That's the kind of girl he always needed

Take it slow and even though I haven't cried today
The night has just begun
Think of him and where he's been as I'm layin' wide awake
I'm glad he found someone

That's the kind of girl he oughtta' be with
Strong as hell but somehow still the sweetest
Guess at first I didn't wanna' see it
That's the kind of girl he always needed

Wish him well while I'm picking up the pieces
That's the kind of girl he always needed
Track Name: Week 40 - Promise (My Ecstasy) (190929)
Let's get gone, let's run from the rest
Say that you're liking the way that I test you
I'm nothing like the others you've seen
Listen to the sound you know talk is cheap

Liking the way that you move, but it's more than that
Letting your faith play the role baby don't look back
Looking to me for a sign tell me where we're at
Promise I won't let you down

Just follow me
You're my ecstasy

You've been searching for something I know
I'll treat you the way you know that he won't
Heaven help me but I guarantee
When you're in my heart you'll always be free

Liking the way that you move, but it's more than that
Letting your faith play the role baby don't look back
Looking to me for a sign tell me where we're at
Promise I won't let you down

Just follow me
You're my ecstasy
Track Name: Week 41 - Motor City (191005)
They call it motor city but plants have all shut down
Big old emtpy red brick mausoleums
Casualties of cash in cardboard boxes on the ground
An empire we saw smashed to smithereens

They took away our paychecks and our homes were reposessed
But they can't shake my faith or take my pride
So I'm still primin' engines 'cuz it's all that I got left
And I pray that I won't quit until I die

I just keep replacin' wires changin' oil and patchin' tires
And puttin' all my trust into the Lord
Because I've seen heaven's gate in all my dreams and I can't wait
To ask St. Peter where to park my Ford

They're sellin' motor city run down shacks and fixer uppers
Pennies on the buck no question asked
Meanwhile I'll be fixin' F-150s in the gutter
Long as I got the grace and diesel gas
Track Name: Week 42 - Dog Tags And A Wedding Ring (191005)
Wore a crisp new uniform on the day she took my hand
Heard the angels overhead as we're dancin' our first dance
Two weeks later the Sunday paper brought my bride to tears
Worried she'll be waitin' by the mailbox four more years

Dog tags and a wedding ring, how'd it come to this
Hard to do the right thing when you don't know what that is
Did my best couldn't fix the rest hope the family understands
Either way I'm learnin' what it means to be a man

Same old movie in my head every summer me and her
Talkin' names like James if it's a boy or Lisa for a girl
God knows I'd do anything for the ones that I hold dear
Makes it pretty tough to choose where to spend the next four years

Dog tags and a wedding ring, how'd it come to this
Hard to do the right thing when you don't know what that is
Did my best couldn't fix the rest hope the family understands
Either way I'm learnin' what it means to be a man

Tunin' out the choppers and squinting through the dust
Opened up an envelope from a place I wish I was
Every time I read those words a tear rolls down my face
Loves me and she's proud as hell P.S. little Lisa's on the way
Track Name: Week 43 - The Man You Think I Am (191012)
When it's all about to crumble
When I stumble and I fall
Breathe in deep and thank the stars above
You listen when I talk

Funny how it's easier to reach you
When I'm on my knees
I could really use your help right now
Won't you take a walk with me

I love the way you listen to me
You gimme' grace to speak my heart
Somehow when I tell you what I'm thinkin' about
The night don't seem so dark

When I'm afraid there's something I can't do
You show me that I can
I'm hopin' that someday I'm gonna' be
The man you think I am

Knowing that I'll never be alone
Makes my life worth living
I feel your gentle touch beside me
And know that I'm forgiven

I love the way you listen to me
You gimme' grace to speak my heart
Somehow when I tell you what I'm thinkin' about
The night don't seem so dark

When I'm afraid there's something I can't do
You show me that I can
I'm hopin' that someday I'm gonna' be
The man you think I am

When you smile I know I'll never fail
Every time you wag your tail

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