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  • Overnight Success2013

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    Tom Faulkner

    Lyrics

    Overnight Success

    First you buy an ol’ second–hand amp with a knob that sticks

    You plug a cheap Fender in, then you crank it to ten and you learn a few Haggard licks
    Then you play every day for oh, about nine or ten years

    Writin’ songs for your girl and blowin’ all your money on gear

    Then you talk to a drummer who’s a friend of a friend at church

    He’s got a buddy who’s been learnin’ the bass, so you get together after work
    You play together six months ‘til the band is tight

    Book your first big gig on a Friday night

    Step up to the mic and pray you remember the words

    Then you sing about love, or maybe love gone wrong

    And you do a little drinkin’ to a drinkin’ song

    You make everybody dance, everybody smile, everybody feel good for a while
    And when you’re done...way to go, you finished step one

    Next you borrow ten grand from your uncle and you make a CD
    
Good luck payin’ him back, ‘cause it’s a modern–day fact, anybody can get it for free

    You spend your time online makin’ virtual fans, shoppin’ for a band van while you work for the man
    ‘Til you book enough gigs you can turn in your two weeks

    Then you sing about love, or maybe love gone wrong

    And you do a little drinkin’ to a drinkin’ song

    You make everybody dance, everybody smile, everybody feel good for a while
    And when you’re through....that’s pretty good, but that’s just step two
(Two step it now)

    Step three: glue your hands to a steerin’ wheel

    Step four: eat fast food every meal

    Step five and six: fire the original band, and buy a new van
    Step seven: burn out and give it up

    Step eight: come back ‘cause it’s what you love
    
Step nine: you finally get a shot at the big time

    So you sing about love, or maybe love gone wrong
    
And you put your whole heart and soul into every song

    You make Letterman laugh and Leno smile, stack your awards up in a pile
    And guess what’s next... Everybody calls you an overnight success

    Yeah, you’re an overnight success.
    
Hey, and all it really took was twenty years of blood, sweat and tears
    
You know what, on second thought, maybe you should just... I don’t know... try out for American Idol or something

    Sure Felt Like Goodbye

    Well I guess if I’m honest, it has been a little while
    Since she gave me one of her carefree smiles
    
Not the one that you see in the pictures
    But the one she saved for me
    That said here in this moment you’re all I hoped you’d be

    Still tonight when she said she needed a little time
    Lettin’ go for good never did cross my mind

    ‘Til the goodbye kiss that lingered a little too long

    ‘Til the tear in her eye made me say, “Baby, tell me what’s wrong”
    ‘Til she drove away and never looked me in the eye
    
I’m not sure, but that sure felt like goodbye

    No she didn’t come out and say it, but I don’t think she’ll be back
    She left outta here like a woman whose bags were packed
    
And I shoulda seen this comin’, no I shouldn’t be so surprised
    She’s a child of the highway and the wide open skies

    No one man ever held her heart completely
    What was I thinkin’, thinkin’ it might be me

    ‘Til the goodbye kiss that lingered a little too long
    
‘Til the tear in her eye made me say, “Baby, tell me what’s wrong”
    ‘Til she drove away and never looked me in the eye

    I’m not sure, but that sure felt like goodbye

    Sure felt like goodbye

    Maybe I’m readin’ this wrong
    
She sure didn’t leave me much to go on

    Just a goodbye kiss that lingered a little too long
    
Just a tear in her eye when I said, “Baby, tell me what’s wrong”
    Then she drove away and never looked me in the eye
    
I’m not sure, but that sure felt like goodbye

    On a Good Day

    On a good day, the snow on the pines
    Could be diamonds the way it glitters and shines
    And on a good day, the steam from my cup
    Rises in a ribbon like a prayer going up

    And I can close my eyes and not see your smile
    And I feel like myself again for a little while
    
And the mountains breathe, just like they did before
    On a good day I don’t miss you anymore

    And on a good day, I can go to work
    
Put on the busy–ness like a well–worn shirt
    And on a good day, I can dream again
    Talk about the future as if talkin’ ‘bout a friend

    And I can close my eyes and not see your smile
    And I feel like myself again for a little while
    
And the mountains breathe, just like they did before
    On a good day I don’t miss you anymore

    Some days the loneliness blows in like a winter squall
    It feels like this ice around my heart might never thaw
    And a cold wind moans inside of me
    Through the empty space where you used to be

    But on a good day, I saddle up again

    Ride along the ridgeline where the air is sweet and thin
    And I set your memory free
    
Like an eagle, let it soar

    On a good day I don’t miss you
    
Anymore

    When You've Got a Woman

    Trouble’s no stranger to a man that’s grown
    
He gonna come knockin’ one day to every home
    But he can’t take nothin’ that love won’t provide
    When you’ve got a woman to lay down beside

    Way back in the Garden when God made man

    He put the whole of creation there in the palm of his hands
    And as good as it was, he was empty inside

    ‘Til God made him a woman, to lay down beside

    When you’ve got a woman to lay down beside

    She can hold you together on the darkest night
    
You can lay down your burden, you can lay down your pride
    When you’ve got a woman to lay down beside

    I was down in the darkness with nowhere to go

    Trapped within the walls of my own selfish soul

    When the good Lord looked down, saw the tears that I cried
    And He gave me a woman to lay down beside

    And when you’ve got a woman to lay down beside
    
She can hold you together on the darkest night

    You can lay down your burden, you can lay down your pride
    When you’ve got a woman to lay down beside

    Lay down, lay down

    All my worries and fears I’m gonna lay them down now
    Lay down, lay down

    On my darkest night
    
By this beautiful woman, gonna lay down

    Damned

    Tell me what’s a girl like you doin’ in this bar alone

    Did the devil send you straight here after wreckin’ a happy home
    Or could you be an angel sent to kiss my tears away

    It don’t matter... here you are, and I’m the loser either way

    ‘Cause I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
    
I’ll be lyin’ if you’ll love me, and I’ll be cryin’ if you won’t
    
I could go on bein’ faithful like the good Lord knows I should
    
But I’ll be damned if you don’t make a man think Hell looks pretty good

    Well I’m married to a promise and she’s waitin’ there at home
    
With her back turned to my pillow and her heart that’s turned to stone
    She doesn’t love me anymore but she won’t set me free

    And that’s why I’m torn in two each time you look that way at me

    ‘Cause I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
    
I’ll be lyin’ if you’ll love me, but I’ll be cryin’ if you won’t
    
I could go on bein’ faithful like the good Lord knows I should
    
But I’ll be damned if you don’t make a man think Hell looks pretty good

    (get ‘er, boys)

    Yes I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
    
I’ll be cheatin’ if you’ll love me, but I’ll be weepin’ if you won’t

    I could go on bein’ faithful, and the good Lord knows I should
    
But I’ll be damned if you don’t make a man think Hell looks pretty good
    I’ll be damned if you don’t make a night in Hell sound pretty good

    The Simple Things

    I got an old coffee mug that my granddad used to own
    I’m sippin’ it slow on the porch and it’s good to be home
    Watchin’ the sun come up and a dove on the wing
    
I’m thinkin’ while I listen to the mockingbird sing
    That I sure do love the simple things

    The best things in life you don’t plug in
    
A sky full of stars or a hand in the wind
    
A long kiss, a good ol’ memory

    Keepin’ you grounded and makin’ you whole
    Remindin’ you you’ve got a soul
    Long as I’ve got a full belly, and a song to sing
    I’ll be thankin’ God for the simple things

    You got an egg in the skillet, I can smell it startin’ to fry
    Hair pulled back in a ponytail outta your eyes

    Sayin’ good morning, I love you, how did you sleep
    Might as well be poetry I feel it so deep
    And you, you sure do know how to do those simple things

    The best things in life, you don’t plug in

    A sky full of stars or a hand in the wind

    A long kiss, a good ol’ memory

    Keepin’ you grounded and makin’ you whole
    Remindin’ you you’ve got a soul
    Long as I’ve got a full belly, and a song to sing
    I’ll be thankin’ God for the simple things

    Yeah, you know me Baby I’m a simple man

    Live ‘til I die, Honey that’s the plan
    
As long as I’ve got a full belly, and a song to sing
    I’ll be thankin’ God for the simple things
    
Yeah

    I thank God for the simple things, the simple things
    Yeah

    Little Too Late

    Dim lights, thick smoke

    When I noticed you in here tonight girl I just about choked
    
I’ve been planning on making you mine but I didn’t want to move too fast
    One glance at the dance floor and I could see my chance had passed

    Look at you laughin’, leanin’ into him
    
With his arms wrapped around you where mine shoulda been
    Pretty as a picture and so in love
    
If I’d have moved quicker well it could have been us
    
Look at you floatin’ ten feet off the ground

    And lookin’ up at him like there’s no one else around
    Whoever said good things come to those who wait
    
Never lost a girl like you by lovin’ just a little too late

    I’d cause a scene, try cuttin’ in
    
But I can tell I wouldn’t stand a chance in Hell by the way you just kissed him
    So I’ll swallow this whiskey and the words I didn’t get to say
    
Got a front row ticket tonight to watch the one that got away

    Look at you laughin’, leanin’ into him
    
With his arms wrapped around you where mine shoulda been
    Pretty as a picture and so in love
    
If I’d have moved quicker well it could have been us

    Look at you floatin’ ten feet off the ground
    
And lookin’ up at him like there’s no one else around
    Whoever said good things come to those who wait

    Never lost a girl like you by lovin’ just a little too late

    It’s like a train wreck goin’ up in flames
    I can’t seem to turn away

    Look at you laughin’, leanin’ into him

    With his arms wrapped around you where mine shoulda been
    Pretty as a picture, so in love
    
I’m kickin’ myself ‘cause it could have been us
    
Look at you floatin’ ten feet off the floor
    
Well it’s makin’ me want you like I never did before

    Whoever said good things come to those who wait

    Never lost a girl like you by lovin’ just a little too late
    
Just a little too late, little too late, little too late

    Kissin'

    Oh Baby what do you say, why don’t we call it a day
    Even though the day has just begun
    
Lay back one more time in these open arms of mine
    Let me show ya, you’re my only one
    It’s so warm and quiet in here
    
Don’t you know what’s waitin’ just outside

    There’s a traffic jam on the interstate
    All those people runnin’ late
    
In a big hurry just to wait in line
    Busy all the time
    TVs blarin’ and cell phones ringin’
    
All the junk mail the mail man’s bringin’
    And Baby, think of all we’re missin’
    Layin’ here just kissin’

    Yeah, just kissin’

    Now Baby, don’t tell me to behave

    We can do that when we’re in our grave
    
Ain’t no better time than now to love ya Honey
    Sunlight is tricklin’ in, tracin’ shadows over your skin
    And you’re as beautiful as you’ve ever been
    
Come on Baby, pull the covers back up

    We both know what’s waitin’ just outside

    There’s a traffic jam on the interstate
    All those people runnin’ late

    In a big hurry just to wait in line
    Busy all the time
    TVs blarin’ and cell phones ringin’

    All the junk mail the mail man’s bringin’
    And Baby, think of all we’re missin’
    Layin’ here just kissin’

    Yeah, just kissin’

    Baby, I know that lately, there’s been a whole lot of trouble that’s been weighin’ us down
    But when you love me like you do, all of the pain is a world away

    There’s a traffic jam on the interstate
    The whole dang town is runnin’ late
    In a big hurry just to wait in line
    They’re busy all the time
    There’s a 101 things to be doin’
    
A big ol’ world that never stops movin’
    But Baby I don’t care what we’re missin’
    Long as we’re just kissin’

    Yeah, just kissin’

    Hands of a Workin' Man

    The hands of a workin’ man built this town
    Cleared this timber and plowed this ground
    Raised those cattle in the sun and snow
    Dammed that river and dug that coal
    It’s a debt we owe to the hands of a workin’ man

    Now my granddad had ‘em and my daddy does too
    Back home there ain’t much else to do

    You put food on the table and you fill up the tank
    Pay what you owe to the boys at the bank
    Live another day thanks to the hands of a workin’ man

    Workin’ hard from the sun up to the sun down
    They can build it tall, they can tear it on down
    They got the know–how if you’ve got the money
    Hit you hard as a hammer if you pick a fight
    But they’d rather hold a pretty girl tight tonight
    They’re the rough and dirty, strong and sturdy
    Hands of a workin’ man

    Now the hands of a workin’ man look kind of funny
    Stickin’ outta white shirt sleeves on Sunday
    They’re more at home holdin’ a rod and reel

    Nine pound hammer or a steering wheel
    There’s leather and steel in the hands of a workin’ man

    Workin’ hard from the sun up to the sun down
    They can build it tall, they can tear it on down
    They got the know–how if you’ve got the money
    Hit you hard as a hammer if you pick a fight
    But they’d rather hold a pretty girl tight tonight
    They’re the rough and dirty, strong and sturdy
    Hands of a working man

    Rough and hard, scuffed and scarred
    From the front lines to the old freight yards
    We have what we have
‘
    Cause they are the way they are

    Workin’ hard from the sun up to the sun down
    They can build it tall, they can tear it on down
    They got the know–how if you’ve got the money
    Hit you hard as a hammer if you pick a fight
    But they’d rather hold a pretty girl tight tonight
    They’re the rough and dirty, strong and sturdy
    Hands of a workin’ man

    Tired of Gettin' By

    Getting’ mighty tired of just gettin’ by

    Stuck here on the ground wishin’ I could fly
    Sure would be nice to get ahead before I die
    ‘Cause I’m gettin’ mighty tired of gettin’ by

    Year after year I keep on running

    An uphill race that never ends

    Just when I think I’m on to somethin’
    I slide back down and start over again

    Used to say that someday soon
    
I won’t have to worry anymore
    
I wish that I could still believe that

    Seems things are harder now than they ever were before

    Gettin’ mighty tired of just gettin’ by
    
Stuck here on the ground wishin’ I could fly
    Sure would be nice to get ahead before I die
    ‘Cause I’m gettin’ mighty tired of gettin’ by

    Hope that I don’t seem ungrateful

    Got a job and a lovin’ family
    
I’m puttin’ food there on the table

    Maybe that’s all there is to life for a guy like me

    Like a cloud that’s filled with thunder
    But no rain to bring itself relief

    I stare at the sky and I wonder
    
If what I am is all I’ll ever be

    Gettin’ mighty tired of just gettin’ by

    Stuck here on the ground wishin’ I could fly, fly, fly
    Touch the sun just once before I die

    ‘Cause I’m gettin’ mighty tired of gettin’ by, by
    Gonna give it one more try
    
‘Cause I’m gettin’ mighty tired of gettin’ by

    While I Was Away

    By the time I made it home

    You were already in bed
    
Chubby cheek pressed to your pillow
    By a bedtime book you’d read

    And I noticed that you looked older
    Than you did yesterday
    
You’ve been growin’ up

    While I was away

    You made a pile of leaves in the front yard
    
I guess it’s already fall
    
By the look of those pictures your Momma took
    The two of you had a ball

    And it made me glad but a little sad
    
To see those games you play
    
I missed a lot of smiles

    While I was away

    And for every dollar I earn there’s a lesson you learn without me there
    And every day I’m on the go I’m prayin’ that you know your Daddy cared
    ‘Cause the hardest part about workin’ hard ain’t the bills I gotta pay
    
It’s you growin’ up while I was away

    And I found your note in the kitchen
    It’s a real work of art

    A stickman holding your stick hand With “Daddy” written in a heart
    
And it got me good ‘cause I understood
    Just what you meant to say
    You’ve been missin’ me too
    While I was away

    And for every dollar I earn there’s a lesson you learn without me there
    And every day I’m on the go I’m prayin’ that you know your Daddy cared
    ‘Cause the hardest part about workin’ hard ain’t the bills I gotta pay

    It’s you growin’ up while I was away

    You know the hardest part about workin’ hard
    Ain’t the bills I gotta pay

    It’s everything I missed
    
While I was away
  • Ride With Me2011

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    Lyrics

    '87 Chevy 4x4

    I saw it parked down at the stop n go
    With a sign sayin’ 3500 OBO
    I had just enough saved up from the summer
    after I talked him down a coupla hundred

    I remember it well I was ridin’ high
    When I drove you to the lake that starry night
    Took a little detour through an open field
    Our first taste of how freedom feels in an

    87 Chevy four by four
    Singin’ oooh baby they don’t make ‘em like that anymore
    Goin’ where we’d never been before in an
    87 Chevy four by four

    Life is a play and that truck was our stage
    we were fallin in love, we were coming of age
    sneakin’ off after the football games
    tearin’ up the back roads every time it rained

    Do you remember that night we got stuck
    And you lost a high heel down in the mud
    How about that little canyon down in Big Bend
    Watchin’ the sun sinkin’ below the rim in that

    87 Chevy four by four
    Singin’ oooh baby they don’t make ‘em like that anymore
    Goin’ where we’d never been before in an
    87 Chevy four by four

    Time goes by
    Everything changes in the blink of an eye

    10 years now it’s been sittin’ out back
    Under an old tarp by the firewood stack
    A little TLC will get ‘er runnin’ again
    We’re comin’ up on a long weekend, Baby
    Whadya say you and me
    Find a way to break free again in an

    87 Chevy four by four
    Singin’ oooh baby they don’t make ‘em like this anymore
    Goin’ where we’ve never been before in an
    87 Chevy four by four

    87 Chevy four by four
    Singin’ oooh baby they don’t make ‘em like this anymore
    Let’s go where we’ve never been before in an
    87 Chevy four by four

    87 Chevy four by four

    Ride With Me

    You can hear my engine hummin’ comin’ rumblin’ up the road
    And I know when you meet me at the fenceline in the sunshine
    You’ll be lookin’ fine in your bandana and your blue jeans
    Baby would you ride with me

    Climb up in the seat, put your bare feet up, tap along to the radio
    Girl we can go kick around downtown with the top down
    We can follow this county road wherever it leads
    Baby would you ride with me

    Take my hand, say I do
    I wanna go down this road with you
    High and low, thick and thin
    Forever’s just around the bend
    And we’ll be right where we wanna be
    Baby would you ride with me

    You know, life is a bull when the gate gets pulled and we’d better be holdin’ on tight
    It’s a roller coaster flippin’ over, it’s a sailboat on the tide of a wide open sea
    Baby would you ride with me

    Take my hand, say I do
    I wanna go down this road with you
    High and low, thick and thin
    Forever’s just around the bend
    And we’ll be right where we wanna be
    Baby would you ride with me

    I’ve been thinkin’ all day that if life is a highway we all travel on
    The one that I wanna see in the seat sittin’ with me
    When I make these dreams come true
    Is you, it’s you, and it feels so fine when you

    Take my hand and say I do
    I wanna go down this road with you
    High and low, thick and thin
    Forever’s just around the bend
    And we’ll be right where we wanna be
    Baby would you ride with me

    Baby would you take a ride with me

    What You Do With What You Got

    A baby boy is born in suburb and they
    Bring him home in an SUV
    He’s got a yard with a pool and playground
    And a picture-perfect family
    A baby girl is born in the city to a young mother who’s just 15
    She’s got a dress that’s always dirty
    And a dead-beat dad she’ll never see

    Life’s not fair from the very beginning
    The good news is it’s not all about losing and winning
    There are those who have and those who have not
    What matters most
    Is what you do with what you got

    The boy grows up playin’ lots of baseball, goin’ to parties and cuttin’ class
    The little girl takes care of her brothers and she
    Has to grow up way too fast
    He turns 20 and drops out of college
    His daddy buys him a new Corvette
    She graduates from nursing school with
    33 thousand dollars in debt

    Life’s not fair from the very beginning
    The good news is it’s not all about losing and winning
    There are those who have and those who have not
    What matters most is
    What you do with what you got

    He was driving drunk one night when he lost control
    She was sitting at a bus stop when he hit the telephone pole
    She pulled him free and did all she could ‘til the ambulance came
    Later they told him
    A woman saved your life but we never did get her name

    Life’s not fair from the very beginning
    The good news is it’s not all about losing and winning
    Life’s not fair from the very beginning
    Yeah but don’t give up, it’s not all about losing and winning
    There will be those who have and those who have not
    But we all get to choose
    What we do with what we got
    What we do with what we got

    Born Into Love

    Happy birthday, boy
    It’s bright here, ain’t it
    Look at you, more beautiful
    Than any picture ever painted

    Welcome to this world, son
    With all its hopes and fears
    It never will be perfect
    But it’s better now you’re here

    Rest here in my arms awhile
    Let me hold you as you dream
    Lord knows if I only could
    I’d give you everything
    But I can promise you this, son
    You’ll always have enough
    You weren’t born into money
    But you were born into love

    Life ain’t easy, son
    You’ll learn that lesson well
    But the way your momma looks at you it’s clear
    You’re worth every tear that fell

    I don’t know what you’ll find, boy
    As you travel down this road
    But as long as we’re alive
    You’ll never travel it alone

    Rest here in my arms awhile
    Let me hold you as you dream
    Lord knows if I only could
    I’d give you everything
    But I can promise you this, son
    You’ll always have enough
    You weren’t born into money
    But you were born into love

    No you weren’t born into money
    But you were born into love

    Fall In Love Tonight

    Never thought that it would happen but here we are
    What was once untouchable is now tangled in my arms
    Neither one of us sure just what we’ve started here tonight
    Just know this feelin’ is big and it’s bright

    Love is all that really matters
    Let’s hit the wall and see if it shatters
    Find a way to cross the great divide
    Hearts burnin’, eyes open
    Nowhere to hide, no secret unspoken
    In the end at least we’re gonna say we tried
    To fall in love tonight

    Both got a lot of reasons to run away
    Both got a few scars that have never seen the light of day
    Why do I feel so safe when I show ‘em all to you
    Baby pull me closer ‘cause we’re breakin’ through

    Love is all that really matters
    Let’s hit the wall and see if it shatters
    Find a way to cross the great divide
    Hearts burnin’, eyes open
    Nowhere to hide, no secret unspoken
    In the end at least we’re gonna say we tried
    To fall in love tonight

    Somewhere in the presssure and the heat
    Comes a tremblin’ moment when two hearts meet

    Love is all that really matters
    Let’s hit the wall and see if it shatters
    Find a way to cross the great divide
    Hearts burnin’, eyes open
    Nowhere to hide, no secret unspoken
    In the end at least we’re gonna say we tried
    To fall in love tonight

    The Big Picture

    Lyin’ awake in the hours before morning
    Watchin’ the light push back the dark
    That big burnin’ ball always reminds me
    How insignificant my worries are
    In the big picture

    Still it’s the little things that seem to get me
    When life isn’t fair and nothin’ goes right
    I take it out on the people who love me
    It’s easy to do, when you lose sight
    Of the big picture

    But in the big picture I see it all so clear
    What I should do on this earth while I’m here
    Love on my family and friends when I can
    And reach out to my fellow man

    I believe it’s a truth that we all have inside us
    Tested and tried by those come before
    Ask any wise man and he’ll gladly tell you
    Love or money, which matters more
    In the big picture

    ‘Cause in the big picture I see where we really are
    On an oasis in an ocean of stars
    Sharing the earth and our fears and our dreams
    More alike than it sometimes may seem

    Sittin’ in front of a beautiful sunrise
    Feelin’ the light where it touches my face
    I let myself imagine forever
    And hope that someday I’ll find my place
    In the big picture

    Cause in the big picture I see it all so clear
    What we can do with our time while we’re here
    The more walls that crumble in the name of love
    The better we’ll see the beauty of
    The big picture

    High Hopes and Low Expectations

    Well I’ve been around, yeah I’ve done a little livin’
    Seen my fair share of heros and villains
    I’ve been burned and I learned to take the bad with the good
    I’ve bounced at the bottom and I’ve fallen from the top
    I’ve sifted the rubble when the bubble got popped and I’ve
    Stood in a hall where all of the legends have stood

    It left me with high hopes and low expecations
    A little of both to keep my sanity
    They’ve seen me through some messed up situations
    High hope, low expectations

    It’s a first-timer mountain climber checkin’ their belay
    It’s a poker player with a 401K it’s a
    Tricked out stretch limo with four-wheel drive
    It’s hope for the best and it’s plan for the worst
    believe you’ll be blest but prepare to be cursed ‘cause
    Livin’ large means first you gotta stay alive

    It’s gonna take high hopes and low expecations
    A little of both to keep your sanity
    They’ll see you through some messed up situations
    High hopes, low expectations

    Wings to fly and faith to see the bigger plan
    An extra parachute and a sturdy pair of hiking boots
    Just in case you ever do crash land

    Now that’s what I call high hopes and low expecations
    A little of both to keep your sanity
    They’ll see you through life’s jacked up situations
    High hopes and low expectations

    Talkin’ ‘bout high hopes
    Low expectations

    Rain From A Clear Blue Sky

    The first time you ever went away
    It was a cool and rainy day
    And I knew then there were dry times ahead
    The sun came out and the sky turned blue
    But I withered without you
    Alone in a desert until one day

    It rained from a clear blue sky
    And everybody was wonderin’ why
    But I knew babe, it was you comin’ back to me
    Like a cool breeze on a summer day
    You’re love comes down, takes the hurt away
    And it makes me smile every time I see
    Rain from a clear blue sky

    Now since then there’s been a time or two
    You got the urge to blow on through
    And every time you go you leave me dry
    I do everything I can figure out
    To stay alive through the drought
    I just hold on until the day I feel

    That rain from a clear blue sky
    And everybody is wonderin’ why
    But I know babe, it’s you comin’ back to me
    Like a cool breeze on a summer day
    You’re love comes down, takes the hurt away
    And it makes me smile every time I see
    Rain from a clear blue sky

    One day in the restaurant I got down on my knees
    And asked you baby please
    Would you marry me
    And I saw

    Rain from your clear blue eyes
    And everybody was wonderin’ why
    But I knew babe, you’d finally come home to me
    Like a cool breeze on a summer day
    You’re love is comin’ down, now it’s here to stay
    And I thank God for you every time I see that
    Rain from a clear blue sky

    Hope Is A Flame

    Hope is a flame burnin’ in the heart
    Shinin’ through the dark and the wind and the rain
    Hope is flame

    Hope is a seed planted in the spring
    For the beauty it will bring and the family it will feed
    Hope is a seed

    And when the darkness falls like a curtain
    When we can’t make to the dawn
    Hope is a voice callin’ out to the hurtin’ saying hold on

    Hope is a song sung through your tears
    For a friend who will be near even though they’re gone
    Hope is a song

    Hope is a dream showin’ us the way
    From where we are today to where we long to be
    Hope is a dream

    And when the darkness falls like a curtain
    When we can’t make to the dawn
    Hope is a voice callin’ out to the hurtin’ saying hold on
    Just hold on

    Hope is a flame burning in the heart
    Shinin’ through the dark and the wind and the rain

    Livin' In The City

    My eyes are poppin’ from the pressure, pulse poundin’ in my brain
    From another day another damn dollar down the drain
    Stuck here on the freeway, goin’ nowhere fast
    Except maybe the poorhouse the way I’m burnin’ gas

    It’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city

    Well I can’t get the work with these broke down tools
    But I can’t afford to fix ‘em if I play it by the rules
    It’s a vicious cycle it’s a chicken or the egg
    I’d like one of each with gravy but I’d probably have to beg

    It’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city

    Well I got a scrawny cat that’s been hangin’ ‘round some
    He scratches like a devil and he steals like a bum
    But I don’t really mind it ‘cause I know how it feels
    Tryin’ to catch a rat and not get crushed by the wheels

    It’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city

    Well I’ve got a good heart, hell I ain’t a bad kid
    But the city made me do some things I wish I never did
    I oughta pack it up, head on back to the holler
    A couple more weeks here and I’ll probably need a lawyer

    It’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city
    Yeah it’s a hard life livin’ in the city

    The Long Way Around

    If you could only see me baby
    Laughin’ out loud when I’m alone
    It would amaze you how that lately
    All of my darkness is gone
    It don’t mean that I don’t miss you
    Heaven knows how I still care
    It’s just the bitterness and the drinkin’
    Weren’t gettin’ me anywhere

    And it’s a beautiful feelin’
    Breathin’ on my own
    And I’m flying faster than I’ve ever flown
    And I’m discoverin’ lately
    From way above the ground
    That I was never lost
    I was just takin’ the long way around

    I can still feel you with me sometimes
    Touchin’ my skin like the sun
    But on the downhill side of forgiveness
    I finally found the room to run

    And it’s a beautiful feelin’
    Breathin’ on my own
    And I’m flying faster than I’ve ever flown
    And I’m discoverin’ lately
    From way above the ground
    That I was never lost
    I was just takin’ the long way around
    The long way around

    If you could only see me baby
  • The Right Place2009

    Hack Circle Records

    Radney Foster

    Lyrics

    The Right Place

    If you ever have wondered what life would be like in a bigger town
    If you ever let go of a dream for the sake of settlin’ down
    If this life hasn’t given you everything you thought it might
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight


    If a whiskey glass and a cigarette seem to fit your hand
    If a turn or two on the dance floor makes you feel young again
    If you can’t see your troubles by the glow of a neon light
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight


    Come on in, come on in
    For a little while we’re all friends
    And this ol’ world can’t drag us down
    If you’ve been hoping that love will find you, well honey it just might
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight


    Well we all bring different burdens through those swingin’ doors
    We all have a different fix we come here looking for
    If what you need is a slow dance and a stranger to hold you tight
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight


    Come on in, come on in
    For a little while let’s pretend
    That this ol’ world can’t drag us down
    If you’ve been hoping that love will find you, well honey it just might
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight


    If you’ve been hoping that love will find you, well honey it just might
    Come on in, you’re in the right place tonight

    Tired of Being Perfect

    Well to be perfectly honest, this ain’t workin’
    And it’s been weighin’ heavy on my mind
    I know from your perspective
    Things are perfectly fine
    But girl I’m tired of tryin’ to be perfect all the time


    I keep my elbows off the table
    And keep my clothes up off the floor
    I don’t let you catch me smokin’
    Them old cigarettes anymore


    But I’m already missin’ the not-so-distant days
    When we used to love each other in all those
    Imperfect ways


    So to be perfectly honest, this ain’t workin’
    And it’s been weighin’ heavy on my mind
    I know from your perspective
    Things are perfectly fine
    But girl I’m tired of tryin’ to be perfect all the time


    Don’t you remember dirty dancin’
    In the parking lot in the rain
    We were wild, we were crazy
    And you never did once complain


    Even the Good Lord kicked back from time to time
    Why don’t we turn this watered-down romance
    Back into wine


    ‘Cause to be perfectly honest, this ain’t workin’
    And it’s been weighin’ heavy on my mind
    Maybe from your perspective
    Things are perfectly fine
    But girl I’m tired of tryin’ to be perfect all the time

    Darlin’ I just can’t be perfect all the time

    99 Bottles

    On a day hot enough to make the Devil cuss
    I walked into a bar so thirsty I was spittin’ dust
    Barkeep asked me what’ll it be?
    I said whatcha got? He said well let’s see, we got


    Lone star, PBR, Rolling Rock, Shiner Bock
    Moose Drool, O’Doul’s, Hefeweizen, Ziegenbock,
    Keystone, Coors Light, ‘course we got Red Stripe
    Amstel, Amsterdam in the tall can,


    Michelob, Miller Light, Guiness by the pint glass
    Doppelbock Lager, take a swaller ‘cause it’s goin’ fast
    Oatmeal stout and a lot of Leinenkugel’s
    Open up your wallet, no time to be frugal there’s


    99 bottles of beer on the wall
    99 bottles of beer
    Take one down, pass it around
    98 bottles of beer on the wall


    Well needless to say I was pretty impressed
    As he handed me an ice cold beer from a chest
    I said, Not bad for a hole in the wall
    Barkeep grinned, said That ain’t all, we got


    Rio Grande, River Rock, Tecate with a twist top
    Dos Perros, Dos Equis, Foster if yer Aussie
    Bud Light in the new Zane Williams coozie
    A dozen wheat beers on tap if you’re choosy, got


    Heineken, Killian’s, Labatt’s and Beck’s
    Ice cold Corona with the limes in the necks
    Yuengling chilling with the Old Milwaukee’s best
    Sam Adams and that ain’t even half of the rest of them


    98 bottles of beer on the wall
    98 bottles of beer
    Take one down, pass it around
    97 bottles of beer on the wall


    Well I settled down with my favorite brew
    I ordered me another and before I knew
    It was 2 AM and I was under a table
    Bein’ choked by a dude that smelled like a stable

    And finally I was able to throw him through the screen door
    Pick up my hat off the hardwood floor
    Get on back to the barkeep’s daughter who was
    Puttin’ “Pop a Top” on the jukebox, dancin’ non-stop

    And sippin’ on a beer that I bought her
    We were drinkin’ it like it was water
    There were cowgirls everywhere wearin’ their
    Pretty hair down to their derriere and there were

    2 more bottles of beer on the wall
    2 more bottles of beer
    Took one down and passed it around
    1 more bottle of beer on the wall

    1 more bottle of beer on the wall
    1 more bottle of beer
    We raised it up high and drained it dry and there were
    No more bottles of beer on the wall

    So we started on the

    Cuervo, Bacardi Gold, margaritas, straight tequila
    Jim Beam, George Dickel, then we wet our whistle with a
    single malt scotch, peach schnapps in a jello shot
    Captain Morgan, pour some more of them
    Cider Sliders, Flyin’ Tigers
    Dr Pepper for the designated drivers
    Everclear, Absolut and Amaretto
    I don’t remember much but I never will forget those

    99 bottles of beer on the wall
    99 bottles of beer
    There ain’t nothin’ finer than an ice-cold Shiner and
    99 bottles of beer on the wall

    River Girl

    Wide open western sky
    Rust-red sunset startin’ to fade on an August night
    The heat’s still risin’ off the asphalt when we
    Turn down a county road
    Rattle over a cattle guard past a row of old fence posts
    To a one lane bride where the path begins
    When we feel the coolness in the air
    Then we know we’re almost there and


    You put your hand in mine
    Tiny fingers that fit just fine and we
    Walk down where the river gets wide
    And no one ever comes around
    Hidin’ out ‘neath the Concho moon
    No agenda and nothin’ to prove in our
    Own little world
    Just me and my river girl


    The hours go slippin’ by like
    Dark water over flat rocks in the moonlight
    You kick your flip flops off, trail your toes in the water and you
    Tell me all of your dreams
    Small town girl takin’ on the world in cut-off jeans
    And when you lean back, lay your head in my lap I can
    See the starlight in your eyes
    And for me there’s no dream like when


    You put your hand in mine
    Tiny fingers that fit just fine and we
    Walk down where the river gets wide
    And no one ever comes around
    Hidin’ out ‘neath the Concho moon
    No agenda and nothin’ to prove in our
    Own little world
    Just me and my river girl


    One day I know you’ll fly
    From this sleepy town
    But for this moment here and now


    You put your hand in mine
    Tiny fingers that feel so fine and we
    Walk along where the river gets wide


    Two people in love
    There’s no feelin’ in the world like this
    Holdin’ you in a tiptoe kiss in our
    Own little world
    Just me and my river girl

    Just me and my river girl

    Live to Love Again

    Hey baby, why the long face
    Did you really think he would always stay?
    Wasn’t there a little part of you that knew
    He was always running away?


    Guys like him can never be trusted
    To really follow through
    Pretty girl, pull yourself together ‘cause
    There’s so much more to you


    You’re gonna see
    When you dry those tears out of your eyes


    That there’s a clear blue sky stretched out in front of you
    And you’re free to follow your dreams until they come true
    This is only the beginning even though it feels like the end
    Hold on girl, you’re gonna live to love again


    Just let him go! Don’t even bother
    To pick the whole thing apart
    So he’s a jerk---so he’s a loser
    He’s got a cold, cold, heart


    Everything that you ever have wanted
    Is still waiting out there
    Take a little drive, take a deep breath
    Let the wind blow through your hair


    You’re gonna find
    When you leave his memory behind


    That there’s a clear blue sky stretched out in front of you
    And you’re free to follow your dreams until they come true
    This is only the beginning even though it feels like the end
    Hold on girl, you’re gonna live to love again


    It may take you a little while
    But sooner or later we’re gonna see that smile


    ‘Cause there’s a clear blue sky stretched out in front of you
    And you’re free to follow your dreams until they come true
    Love is patiently waiting somewhere around the bend
    Hold on girl, you’re gonna live to love again

    I Am What I Am

    If I were an astronaut
    I’d bring you back a moon rock
    You could put it on a bookshelf
    With all of your other what-nots


    If I were a painter
    I’d talk you into posin’ nude
    Yeah then you’d get paid to lay around all day
    And let me look at you


    If I were a hitman
    I’d take you cruisin’ in my unmarked van
    To kill some time sippin’ wine on the beach
    In a far-away land


    If I were a preacher
    I’d say a few extra prayers
    So you could sleep in on Sunday
    And still be squared away with the man upstairs


    But I am what I am
    I was born a music man
    So I do what I do
    I string a few chords together
    And I sing about lovin’ you


    If I were an architect
    I’d take my handy-dandy pencil set
    Design you a two-story log home
    With a split-level wrap-around sun deck


    If I were a lumberjack
    I’d help you climb up the tallest tree
    Show you the little baby eagles
    That ordinary people never get to see

    (chorus)


    Yes I am what I am
    I was born a music man
    So I do what I know how to do
    I string a few chords together and I sing about lovin’

    Spend all day just kissin’ and cuddlin’
    And writin’ these songs that are all about lovin’ you

    (extra verses):

    If I had a green thumb
    I’d plant tomatoes when the spring comes
    Then you wouldn’t have to panic ‘bout buyin’ organic
    You could just pick you some


    If I had a PhD
    In self-help psychology
    I’d write a book about how you help me live in the now
    And find inner peace

    Six Steel Strings

    You can see that train wreck comin’
    From a hundred miles away
    I don’t leave ‘til tomorrow
    And I already want to stay
    Just when this life we’re building
    Is the best it’s ever been
    It’s time for me to head back out again


    Four spinnin’ wheels
    Two silver wings
    A thousand miles
    Between these two dreams
    Life ain’t as simple as it once seemed
    Lovin’ both you
    And these six steel strings


    I guess I ain’t no different
    From the salesman down the street
    Both doin’ what we’re good at
    To put shoes on babies’ feet
    And when it’s time to go
    In our hearts we fight the war
    Between what we do
    And who we do it for


    Four spinnin’ wheels
    Two silver wings
    A thousand miles
    Between these two dreams
    Life ain’t as simple as it once seemed
    Lovin’ both you
    And these six steel strings


    You stand beside me through it all somehow
    Knowing I wouldn’t be the man you love without


    These spinning wheels
    And silver wings
    The eternal chase of a lifelong dream
    The daily contradictions that it brings
    Lovin’ both you
    And these six steel strings
    Lovin’ both you
    And these six steel strings
    I’m in love with you
    And six steel strings

    Pablo and Maria

    Pablo Escobedo took Maria for his bride
    In the dead of winter, 1885
    A bitter snow was fallin’ when a dozen ragged men
    Surrounded the little chapel, trapping Pablo in
    They told him “Surrender, or we’ll burn the whole place down”
    And Pablo whispered “Death can’t hurt me now
    Stay here my Maria, and remember me this way”
    Then he kissed her lips and they dragged him away
    And she heard him
    Calling to her


    Sweet Maria
    Can you hear me?
    Muffled echoes up and down the frozen canyon walls
    Maria
    How I love you
    ‘Till the lonesome sound had nowhere else to go
    And was swallowed in the January snow


    When silence fell the solemn priest said “God will avenge, my child”
    Maria just stared right through him, hollow-eyed and wild
    Stumbling into the muddy street she lifted her eyes to see
    The twisting awkward silhouette now still beneath the tree
    No one dared to touch her as she left her lover there
    And ran down toward the river with the wind whipping her hair
    Snowflakes swirled behind her like the finest flowing train
    And the north wind moaned and whispered as if it knew her pain
    And she swore she
    Still heard him calling


    Sweet Maria
    Can you hear me
    Muffled echoes up and down the frozen canyon walls
    Maria
    How I love you
    ‘Til she reached the edge of the river far below
    And lept into the January snow


    If you’re ever down in Texas in a January snow
    And you hear a mournful whisper in the north wind as it blows
    You may feel the lonesome presence of a lady all in white
    Weeping in the distance, just out of your sight
    And you may hear him
    Calling to her


    Sweet Maria
    Can you hear me
    Muffled echoes up and down the frozen canyon walls
    Maria
    How I love you
    ‘Til the lonesome sound has nowhere else to go
    And it’s swallowed in the January snow
  • Hurry Home2006

    Lyrics

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