Lyrics

 

SONGS OF THE FORTNIGHT

 

My Baby She's Alright

She's a long, tall drink of water

Badder than Bo Diddley's electric guitar

Badder than anything this whole year

I don't like bragging but I can't help myself, well...

 

Long and lean like a Cadillac

Supercharged like the Batmobile

She drives me into the woods

When she gets behind the wheel

 

In the desert, in the hottest fire, in the houses and over the seas

In the cities, in the telephone wires

They all talk about what she means to me, 'cause...

 

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby...

 

She's got that certain something

Man, I hope you know what I'm talking about

If you've ever had a lover who was really true

Just walking down the street or when you turn out the lights, 'cause...

 

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby...

 

And when she kisses me, I hear the Drells (Boss) or is it T. Rex (The Edge)?

I could hang my arm out the window, but around my baby is where I'll be...

 

I know you must have heard about her

You know everything they say is true

I suppose you know what she means to me

And if you don't then what's the matter with you? well...

 

Haven't you been listening

Or did you hear what I just said?

If someone tried to show me something better

I'd have to say I'm not interested, because...

 

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby...Yeah, yeah, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby, she's allright

My baby...Yeah

If You Saw Her

First one there, last one gone

Always tied a big one on

Good enough was good enough for me

Lately I haven't been around

My friends think that I skipped town

But I just stumbled on a better place to be

 

Tonight I am letting go

I'm changing my plan

If you saw her you'd understand

There's a breeze out on the island

Where the moon lights up the sand

If you saw her you'd understand

You'd understand

 

I've been making out with magazines

But she's the real thing

She jumped right off the page into my heart

I want to take her everywhere

We've never been before

Kiss her underneath a million stars

 

So Tonight I am letting go

I'm changing my plan

If you saw her you'd understand

There's a breeze out on the island

Where the moon lights up the sand

If you saw her you'd understand

If you saw her you'd understand

You'd understand

 

Don't wake me if I'm dreaming

Keep that engine full steam ahead

I got my foot on the gas

And I want to go fast

Way passed the past

It doesn't matter if I crash

 

They say beauty's from within

And I guess it must've been

Before it busted outta her and became free

I wanna give her everything her heart desires

Cause she just gives it all right back to me

 

So Tonight I am letting go

I'm changing my plan

If you saw her you'd understand

There's a breeze out on the island

Where the moon lights up the sand

If you saw her you'd understand

Like artwork crafted by God's hand

Almost Loved Me

She was walking with her friends where the highway ends

She was only halfway there

She had a face, I couldn't erase

And wavy, windy hair

 

Dream girl, cold world

Last one on the wall at the dance

They say you can do what you put your mind to

But I never had a chance

 

She was the girl I loved that almost loved me

 

We were kinda like a scene on a movie screen

Like Ducky and Andie if you know what I mean

Plot twist, final score

Just a clip on the cutting room floor

She don't need me no more

 

She was the girl I loved that almost loved me

 

I knew for sure

But everything I thought we were

Was nothing she was looking for

 

I thought the girl I loved had that look in her eye

But she was looking right through me

She was with another guy, all the time, flying high

'til I found out, what everybody's been talking about

 

She was the girl I loved that almost loved me

A Little Bit of Everything

Outta nowhere and everywhere

A little bit of everything

Tonight we can go anywhere

We'll do a little bit of everything

 

The big city's got me out of control

Doing anything and everything

A black hole, and a burned out soul

But you give me reason to sing

You give me a reason to sing

 

So come meet me where I am

When your perfect plans fall through

Take your time baby I don't mind

You know that I will wait for you

 

Down the block all they (wanna) do is talk

About a little bit of everything

So let's walk til we get a little lost

Just a little

 

Just a little, oh just a little bit

A little bit of everything (repeat)

 

So come meet me where I am

When your perfect plans fall through

Take your time baby I don't mind

You know that I will wait for you

 

It doesn't matter where your folks are from

Or the color of your skin

If you were born in America

You're a little bit of everything

 

Just a little, oh just a little bit

A little bit of everything (repeat)

 

So come meet me where I am

We don't need no plans

Take your time baby I don't mind

I hear they're calling for rain again

Come meet me where I am

Where your perfect plans fall through

Take your time baby I don't mind

You know that I will wait for you

You know that I will be waiting for you

Outta nowhere and everywhere

A little bit of everything

Tonight we can go anywhere

The Great Beyond

Walking down the middle of the city and the great beyond

Running in the shadows from the evening til the break of dawn

Somewhere up above there's a reason for the road we're on

Walking down the middle of the city and the great beyond

 

That's where you'll find me

 

Run into the water leave our clothes behind

Just past the past int he present time

The lights from the heavens are the only sign

 

We'll get lost

At no cost

Where it's worry free

That's where you'll find me

 

Staring at the stars as we drift into the great beyond

Spirit singing to us in the sound of a sad old song

Finding reasons for believing in the off beaten path we're on

Staring at the stars goes forever in the great beyond

 

That's where you'll find me

 

Whistling to the tune of a melody

Swaying with the breeze in the old oak tree

Right here where we want to be

 

We'll get lost

At no cost

Where it's worry free

That's where you'll find me

 

That's where you'll find me

 

Out where the sky meets the rolling tide

Laughing like a kid on a carnival ride

Bursting from a feeling that he just can't hide

 

We'll get lost

At no cost

Where it's worry free

That's where you'll find me

Walking down the middle of the city and the great beyond

Forgetting About Me

It's time for you to leave again my darlin

It's raining outside and it's early in the morning

Pack a bag and you're everybody's friend

Bus call at half past ten

Take this picture to remember me by

In case you get that wandering eye

Who knows when I will see you again

Keep in touch between now and then

 

I don't want you forgetting about me

I don't want you forgetting about me

I close my eyes and you're all I see

And I don't want you forgetting about me

 

We made promises, we had plans

All locked up in picture frames

Stories of glory that time would stretch

I'll bet the best hasn't happened yet

 

So I don't want you forgetting about me

I don't want you forgetting about me

I close my eyes and you're all I see

And I don't want you forgetting about me

I don't want you forgetting about me

I sure as hell made a mess of our dreams

 

Restless spirit that flies all around

Always with me but never touching down

Take the emptiness out of my soul

Only you can make me whole

 

So I don't want you forgetting about me

I don't want you forgetting about me

I close my eyes and you're all I see

And I don't want you forgetting about me

Yes I sure as hell made a mess of everything

I don't want you forgetting about me

Whole Lotta Lovin'

Well I don't sleep enough, and I eat too much

And I drink too much, but I love you

I gotta green-eyed girl who wants to take on the world

And a whole lotta lovin, and that's something

Gotta whole lotta lovin that's right

 

She's working all the time, can't get her on the line

Can't get her off my mind, ain't even tryin'

But when we get together everything is just fine

We got a whole lotta lovin' that's right

 

No matter how you feel, the feeling's always real

When there's a whole lotta lovin'

That's something, got a whole lotta lovin' that's right

 

Daddy always taught me how to take a stand

He plays guitar and I'm his biggest fan

And I'm still playing in a rock and roll band

With a whole lotta lovin' that's right

 

There are times when we cry and pray for answers

No matter how you feel, the feeling's always real

When there's a whole lotta lovin'

That's something, got a whole lotta lovin' that's right

 

Well the left's alright, and the right's ok

Somewhere in the middle's the American way

Got a message to the world from the U.S.A.

We gotta whole lotta lovin', and that's something

Got a whole lotta lovin' that's right

 

No matter how you feel, the feeling's always real

When there's a whole lotta lovin'

You got something, got a whole lotta lovin' that's right

Well ain't there something

Bout a whole lotta lovin' that's right

Sweet Love

I wake up to your alarm each morning

When I want to be sleeping in

And I love being in your arms baby

But your snoring woke me up again

 

And we still make sweet love

 

You leave your makeup smeared all over the place

And your hair is everywhere

I can try and pick my clothes up like you asked me to

But the truth is I just don't care

 

And we still make sweet love

Yeah we still make

 

Sweet love is what you get when you stare in my eyes

And you know that everything is going to be alright

We breathe each other's breath when you're holding me tight

Yeah we still make sweet love

 

I love to do a little cooking for you

But you say your momma's still the best

Girl you're shouting out directions like a GPS

We're headed East when we should go West

 

But we still make sweet love

 

I tried to call when you were on the road

But you never pick up your phone

When I'm gone I wonder who you're hangin' with

You gotta trust to leave your lover alone

 

The crush you have at work is texting you again

Your psycho ex on Facebook wants to be my friend

We fight about it baby but we make amends

And we still make sweet love

Yeah we still make

 

Sweet love is what you get when you stare in my eyes

And you know that everything is going to be alright

We breathe each other's breath when you're holding me tight

Yeah we still make sweet love

Yeah we (we make it last) still make (make it count)

Yeah we go together and there ain't no doubt

That we still make sweet love (x2)

We still make sweet

A Song For Maryland

Don't know where I stand with the girl from Maryland

We met in the Fall and we wrote a song

Now I'm a fan, her voice is from Heaven

Her eyes leave me branded and kicking the sane

 

And I wish that I could kiss

A touch of the lips

The tips of our fingers writing the script

Together we twist another song for Maryland

 

I saw her again in 2010

Singing hail to the Redskins

I shoulda said what I thought in my head

But I walked her home instead

 

And I wish that I could kiss

A touch of the lips

The tips of our fingers writing the script

Together we twist another song for Maryland

 

Sometimes I dream of a Chesapeake scene

We float all day

Skin dripping wet, sun silhouette

Setting over the bay

And I wish hat we could kiss

 

Don't know where I stand with the girl from Maryland

We might be friends 'til the bitter end

 

But I wish that I could kiss

A touch of the lips

The tips of our tongues enhancing the script

Together we twist another song for where we stand

Maryland, I wanna kiss you right on the lips again and again

It's more than a tryst

It's a song for Maryland

Only Love Can Satisfy

Only love can satisfy

Baby there's no other kind

A love so big, ain't no place to hide

Only love can satisfy

 

It's not enough, to just get by

Or put it off til another time

There ain't no substitute waiting on the side

Only love can satisfy

 

You've got a bunch of it

So take a chunk of it

Oh and give it all away

So much to come from it

So you don't run from it

Makes you wanna stay ay ay

 

Only love can satisfy

No matter how hard you try

You won't find it living in a lie

Only love can give you butterflies

Look into your eyes

Let you know that it's real

Unconditional and blissful

That's how it should feel

It's a love rollercoaster

But I'm ready for the ride

Only love can satisfy

 

You've got a bunch of it

So take a chunk of it

Oh and give it all away

So much to come from it

So you don't run from it

Makes you wanna stay ay ay

 

Only love can satisfy

All your precious stuff

You can let it slip away

You can overcome

What the world has done

Doesn't matter what they say

Everybody wants the answers

To all the reasons why

But only love can give you butterflies

 

Look into your eyes

And know that it's real

Unconditional and blissful

That's how it should feel

It's a love rollercoaster

But I'm ready for the ride

Only love can satisfy

Maybe Then

Why did I walk away Wendy

You were everything a woman could be

But I met you when I was a mess

I had no business

 

My goodness you are so pretty

Every picture that you took

Was like the way it would look

If it were a movie

 

You didn't want to be only friends

Too afraid to give my heart away again

But I hope you're still in Charleston

 

How could I let you slip away from me

You were everything a man could need

Now I can't even play this guitar

Without thinking about you

 

We would sing a little harmony

Lucinda Williams in the key of C

You left your mark on my heart

 

You didn't want to be only friends

Too afraid to give my heart away again

But I hope you're still in Charleston, maybe then

 

END OF THE FRONT

 

Only An Original

I became a free man not too long ago

I got dumped in front of God and everyone

Now I’m looking for an original

Something that I can’t quite put my finger on

Take the best of everyone you know

Make the rest up as you go

Only an original

 

She shows off her body ‘cause that’s natural

She can party but she’s never falling down

When she dances she’s so wonderful

Take the best of everyone you know

Make the rest up as you go

Let them see what they’re afraid to show

Only an original

 

Maybe she’s in touch with all that’s possible

Take it all away from her,  and somehow she’ll find more

Take the best of everyone you know

Make the rest up as you go

Never settle ‘til your mind is blown

Only an original

Everybody's Heart

Brother is crying,  his sister’s dying

I know he’s trying hard to move on

Cry when you feel it,  that’s how you deal with it

Love every minute with her ‘til she’s gone

 

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometimes

Everybody’s got a lot on their mind (and the days go by)

Don’t you ever wanna see the sunshine

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometime

(and the days go by and you work it out now)

 

Daddy’s a liar, mommy is tired

So uninspired in the face of romance

She misses kissing, his kiss is missing

You better mean it when you ask her to dance

 

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometimes

Everybody’s got a lot on their mind (and the days go by)

Don’t you ever wanna see the sunshine

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometime

(and the days go by and you work it out now)

 

The more I search the less I find

I’ll never find the answer in my mind

It’s like I’m blind

 

Living a lifetime, abbreviated

Inebriated, always searching for more

Constantly guessing, occasionally stressing

Sometimes a blessing’s waiting at your door

 

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometimes

Everybody’s got a lot on their mind (and the days go by)

Don’t you ever wanna see the sunshine

Everybody’s heart gets heavy sometime

(and the days go by and you work it out now)

 

 

Glad To Be Alive

Johnny got a haircut, but only on the sides

In the middle was a mohawk with red and black stripes

His momma tried to clip it in the middle of the night

He was seventeen and it made him feel alive

 

What will you wear when you’re 25

Will you have hair when you’re 35

Will you still care when you’re 45

Will you be glad to be alive

 

Sister got a tongue-stud before she could drive

And a matching red skirt that was cut above her thighs

She kept it from her daddy, and told her momma lies

She was only fifteen, but she looked twenty

 

What will you wear when you’re 25

Will you have hair when you’re 35

Will you still care when you’re 45

Will you be glad to be alive

 

Tommy got a tatto just like Slash

It took eleven hours, and a week’s work in cash

When he got a job in the upper-class

They made it go away, used skin from his ass

 

What will you wear when you’re 25

Will you have hair when you’re 35

Will you still care when you’re 45

Everything’s fair when you’re 55

Will you still dare when you’re 65

Will you say a prayer when you’re 75

Will you be glad to be alive

Hey Loretta

Hey Loretta I am over you now

These are words I swore I’d never say out loud

But the summer’s here,  and there’s a warmth the wind allows

And Loretta I am over you now

 

Hey Loretta I can barely see your face

You left me nothing here, and nothing took its place

Then the winter came, and the wind blew away the traces

And Loretta I can barely see your face

 

The girl she puts up walls

(and her walls they talk to me)

Telling me I should let her

(be what she’s going to be)

It’d be better for Loretta and me

 

Every time I call

(I get her an answering machine)

I would write a letter

(if I thought things could be)

better for Loretta and me

 

Hey Loretta you have faded away

You were water on a hot summer day

But the sun dried you up,  and you turned the sky to gray

And Loretta you have faded away

 

And Loretta I can barely see your face

Hey Loretta I am over you now

Keep The Love Comin'

You make me see old things in new ways

Past times for first times

You caught my eye

I’d gladly wait for a million tomorrows

If you’d only promise me one more tonight

 

Keep the love comin’

Let me inside

 

You make me laugh when moments are frozen

And all my emotions are trying to hide

Please keep a light shining bright on my dark side

I never knew it was ok to cry

 

Keep the love comin’

Let me inside

 

Everything you do

I’ll give it back to you

If you want me to

 

Let’s make believe you are an artist

And I am the canvas on which you conceive

Tell me your life is filled with confusion

And I’ll show you reasons you should believe

 

Keep the love comin’

Let me inside

I Wanna Grow Old With You

This is not a break-up song

Even though I must acknowledge what we had is gone

And if there was a time machine

I’d jump inside and set it for the time before everything went wrong

 

And we’re constantly changing, that’s true

And I’ll do whatever it is that I can do

‘Cause I wanna grow old with you

 

This has been a wake-up call

A chance to see who’s really hiding behind these walls

And even through the pain we feel

The blindness and the hell behind us

This love is real

 

And we’re constatnly changing, that’s true

And I’ll do whatever it is that I can do

‘Cause I wanna grow old with you

 

I wanna die with you hand in hand

Each the other’s master plan

Someday I will be a man that’s true

I wanna be there when you finally see

The answer to life’s mystery

If there’s only one thing left for me to do

 

And we’re constantly changing that’s true

And I’ll do whatever it is that I can do

You’re my best friend and you know that I’m yours too

I wanna grow old with you

 

This is not a break-up song

Even though I must acknowledge…

Along For The Ride

Maddy and me in the top of a tree

Swaying from side to side

Feel like we’re falling from the thrill of it all

And it looks like we’ll have to decide

There’s an angel singing loud and clear

But the devil’s burning up my ear

I’ll put my heart behind the wheel and let it drive

I’m just along for the ride

 

Double-breasted swine love to wine and dine

Blowing fat cat smoke everywhere

But a cash bottom line and this line where you sign

Don’t mean you’re gonna get from here to there

See there’s a fire from inside my soul

Melting ice off this cold sideshow

I’ll put my heart behind the wheel and let it drive

I’m just along for the ride

 

Everybody’s dealing with the shit that they’re feeling

Like second guessers on parade

Everyone’s a dancer, dancing around the answer

But choices have a way of getting made

So if you dig a little deeper down

That feeling’s gonna come around

Put your heart behind the wheel and let it drive

You’re just along for the ride

Oh Charlie

Oh Charlie where do I begin

His words are slowly sinking in

Didn’t think I’d ever believe

Then it’s happening to me

Oh Charlie where do I begin

 

Oh father please forgive my sin

I’ve strayed but now I’m back again

And I’m standing in your shoes

All alone and so confused

Oh Charlie

 

Where do I begin

Please let my words in

I’ll forgive your sin

Your world begins where my words end

 

Oh Charlie life can feel alright

There’s a secret right before your eyes

And thought it’s hard sometimes to feel

When you do you know it’s real

Oh Charlie

 

Where do I begin

Please let my words in

I’ll forgive your sin

Your world begins where my words end

A Song For Marlee

There’s an old doctor in them Carolina hills

If music is what ails you well he’ll give you your fill

Singing stories from the mountain to the people down below

Bringing music wherever he goes

 

The enemy gave ambush and we all had to flee

We took refuge with SamBush in Nashville, Tennessee

Where it sounds a little warmer and the fires always glow

And there’s music wherever you go

 

Bringin’ music wherever we go

And rollin’ in a travelling show

Just a singin’ and a playin’ and a swayin’ to and fro

Bringin’ music wherever we go

 

Little Marlee Bryan with a quarter in her hand

She’s headed for the jukebox, wants to hear her favorite band

Clapping hands, stomping feet and dancing as she grows

Bringing music wherever she goes

 

If you’re seldom scene in Maryland and your knees are feeling weak

There’s strength in the waters of the mighty Chesapeke

Rolling steady to the ocean from the Susquehanna flow

Bringing music wherever it goes

 

Bringin’ music wherever we go

And rollin’ in a travelling show

Just a singin’ and a playin’ and a swayin’ to and fro

Bringin’ music wherever we go

 

Everybody’s got a feeling that’s kind true and sweet

Starts way down inside you and ends up in your feet

Let the rhythm take you over and spill into your soul

Bringing music wherever you go

Yeah we’ll lay it down wherever we go

Living Through

You get up at the crack of dawn

I can mostly sleep ‘til noon

But you kiss your family every day

I just hope to see mine soon

There’s a passion in everything we do

It’s you living through me

And me living through you

 

Basement jams, the Beast in cans, and old guitars

Singing something out of tune

Making movies to feel like stars

Howling at a crescent moon

There’s a subtle perfection in everything we do

It’s you living through me

And me living through you

 

When we were younger

We were first in line

Now we’re a number

Don’t fall behind

 

We come together like magic now

That baby girl she is for real

Some might say that there’s a better way

We only know what we can feel

I know your reaction

I feel it too

It’s you living through me

And me living through you

What Is Christmas Anyway

When she was young her daddy moved away

Christmas time would never feel the same

Plastic trees and shoelace bows, artificial mistletoe

Green and red would slowly fade to gray

 

She’d say “What is Christmas anyway

Seems like just another day

A gift you get then give away

A lesson never learned”

 

She argued with her parents every year

Holidays were never short on tears

Thanksgiving with one, Christmas the other

Dinner with step-sisters and brothers

The family would slowly disappear

 

She’d say “What is Christmas anyway

Seems like just another day

A gift you get then give away

A lesson never learned”

 

Just a yuletide fantasy

Things she thought that it should be

Christmas programs on t.v.

Perpetuate the dream

The tinsel and the Christmas lights

Sparkle through the lonely nights

Could the future be that bright

Or does it only seem…

 

She knelt before the cross one Christmas Eve

And prayed for something greater to believe

For deeper reasons, greener seasons

No more temporary pleasing

Her body chilled and her spirit felt relieved

 

She said “What is Christmas anyway

Thank the Lord on his birthday

Give the gift of love away

A lesson will be learned

A savior has returned”

A Fork In The Road

Staring down the middle of a fork in the road

With a head full of steam and a sizeable load

No indication of which way to go

And I pray that I will know when I need to know

 

Either way’s better than neither way

And anything’s better than nothing at all

 

We’ve never known any less about where we’re going

And it’s never mattered more than right now

Living out of a bag can be convenient

Until you find yourself a stranger in your hometown

 

Staring down the middle of a fork in the road

With a head full of steam and a sizeable load

No indication of which way to go

And I pray that I will know when I need to know

 

Either way’s better than neither way

And anything’s better than nothing at all

 

I am the king of hesitation non-committal

The worst of the all talk and do little

Everytime I’m faced with choice

I search for someone else’s voice

But you only get what you pay for

 

Staring down the middle of a fork in the road

With a head full of steam and a sizeable load

No indication of which way to go

And I pray that I will know when I need to know

 

Either way’s better than neither way

And anything’s better than nothing at all

 

Staring down the middle of a fork in the road

With a head full of steam and a sizeable load

No indication of which way to go

And the heat on the street makes your tires blow

And my car’s too fast, and the time moves slow

And I pray that I will know when I need to know

 

Either way’s better than neither way

And anything’s better than nothing at all