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HAZARD & FATE

Blind In The Fray:

Dime store, penny short
Waiting for, so much more
Crying out, calling cold
Apologies, are bought and sold

She turned to me
Blind in the Fray
Weight of this world
She will not be tamed

Letter sent, nothing yet
Hospital, empty bed
Wishing well, all on red
The fairy tale, is all but dead

 

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Engine Trouble:

She was born in the early morning, backseat of an oldsmobile
Mother was a stunner, Father forgot about her, it’s probably for the better
She seldom pulls her punches, instead she throws most of em
She’ll steal your keys, drive you home, but leave you sleeping all alone

I wish she would, Love me like I know she could

She’s been running since she stole that motorcycle from her weird uncle (steve)
She’s got a ragged red rag in the backseat of her denim jeans
She got stains on her hands, undeniably engine trouble
But what’s the fun in, putting trust in, anything reliable

 

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California, Be Kind:

Some days I chase a beating
I don't mind some aching bones
While others might stray from misery
I don't mind a bloody nose
But sometimes it's hard to justify
Being strung out for so long,
Or even begin to understand, 
Why some have it so wrong,

Perhaps I'm building a fence
For something bigger than I know
I feel the weight in the air
It feels like brick and stone,
But I've got everything I need and all the supplies too
I'ma make this what I want
I don't care what I have to do,

But as I stretch and I pine,
As I stretch and I pine,

California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please,

well maybe things were different
In another life of mine
Never had to mess with dirt
No everything was fine
Oh maybe things were way worse
I just don't remember now,
Now I might not make it to twentyfive
Might never figure it out.

But as I stretch and I pine,
As I stretch and I pine,

California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please,

California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please be kind,
California, please,

 

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Two Lives:

Working on this four-wheel train
Take me through the country
Take me through the country
Show me all it’s filth and beauty  

You’re my lover
One who’s always been there
One who’s at the door
When I come back for shelter

Lonely, Only want to come home
Tell me, We’ve got enough time
To Live Two Lives

Always waiting
Then running to the next thing
Try to keep you happy
And keep this train a rolling 

Here’s to hoping
Hoping this will hold on
Solid to the rails
Take us safely to the station

 

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Almighty Amen:

Tattoo on her shoulder
Birthmark on her palm
She’ll tell you everything
The first night your both alone

My thoughts are so loud
But I can’t sleep
I’m thinking of the night
She left me on the edge on my seat 

Singing, Almighty Amen
That Gospel Hymn 

Sitting down so quiet
On her father’s couch
Crochet necklace
and a little lace blouse 

I’m trying not to be so loud
but everything she says
gets me so wound up 

Singing, Almighty Amen
That Gospel Hymn

My thoughts are so loud
But I can’t sleep
I’m thinking of the night
She left me on the edge on my seat

 

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Sleepy Gary:

instrumental

 

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Honest Man:

I was raised by an honest man 

I know better than to run
Though it’s cold
I’d rather be bitter than so and so
She is dreaming it will go away
But it just thrives on every weakness and eager bone
Ruby-eyed and monotone
we speak like nothing has ever been wrong 

I was saved by promises made 

Don’t say you made this  

 

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Homestead:

Work through the daytime work through the night, 
I've been working mister for most of my life. 
Hand me down a shovel, feet in the snow, 
Nose to the grindstone is all I've ever known 

Hellbent for homestead or die on the way
Give up on all that you know
Dream up a life, simples fine
And get there on your own 

My landlord is sick with greed to the core. 
What he doesn't know is that I've bolted the door.
Turned on the faucet and climbed to the roof
I'll wait for the flood cause it's coming up soon. 
Look out for me as I tear down the road,
This burden we carry is heavy as stone.
Lift up the spirits of fathers and sons, 
Sooner or later we're all on the run. 

 

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God Knows Where:

A cold night in God knows where
A cold night in God knows where
I’m feeling old
Older than the stone I sleep upon

These stars write lines on my face  
These stars write lines on my face
They’re leaving marks
Hearts carved in oak tree bark

It’s harder here than any place before
To dream of you and wonder where you are
To dream of you and wonder where you are


Gray moon shines upon the grain
Gray moon shines upon the grain
As if to say
Time is wasting while we wait 

I see your eyes when I close mine
I see your eyes when I close mine
And this waiting for sleep
Is only keeping me awake

It’s harder here than any place before
To dream of you and wonder where you are
To dream of you and wonder where you are

I’ve slept on mountains
Driven roads of ice and snow
Woken hungover
From the worst of nights before
But there’s just something
In this cold mountain air, that makes it 

 

 

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Sundown, Kick Around:

Respite in the backyard on the first of the week
t-shirts and underwear, strung up in the breeze,
I got time in my pocket and you know what that means,
I'm talking 'bout just for a second nothing weighs on me

Sun down kick around
Have myself some wine
You could tell me stories while there's
Laundry on the line,
Still wearing the day's dirt
And you're so damn fine
Sun down kick around
Have myself some wine

The air's so cool and fine, I don't mind feeling small
Staring at your lazy top and your tiny overalls
Not even insecure, not even waiting for the fall
Just sitting porch side strumming man, I got it all

Sun down kick around
Have myself some wine
You could tell me stories while there's
Laundry on the line,
Still wearing the day's dirt
And you're so damn fine
Sun down kick around
Have myself some wine

Sun down kick around, have my self some wine
Sun down kick around, have myself some wine
Sun down kick around, have myself some wine
Sun down kick around, have myself some wine

Sun down kick around
Have my selfsome wine
You could tell me stories while there's
Laundry on the line,
Still wearing the day's dirt
And you're so damn fine
Sun down kick around
Have myself some wine

 

 

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The Last Revel (self-titled)

 

Unbound:

Rain keeps on falling with nowhere to go
Bullets keep on flying with that haunted form
So she'll never know me, so she'll never stay
All I ever wanted was to drift away

Oh I cannot breathe, but I face what's in front of me.
You my dear it seems are unbound and free

Walk the blue ridge mountains on my way back home
My girl she'll never leave me for the things I've done
I pray for gods forgiveness for the lives I take
What ever happened to the plans we made

 

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Iron & Ore:

Walk through the stream, dress to your knees, 
cold water melt from the snow. 
Awake in the night, silence like freedom, 
we've been through what no one can know. 
The leaves on the tress they're were cursing at me
how could she love you anymore. 
Selflessly given but viciously driven, 
her hammer ripped through the floor. 

Ripped through the floor like iron and ore
This isn't a war it's already won. 

North Country mines they take what was given, 
cleaved from the natural land. 
Hidden agendas made the decision, 
not that north country man. 
The letter she sent it was written in pen, 
between the lines there was more. 
Lyrically gifted, but cleverly twisted, 
hammer ripped through the floor.

Ripped through the floor like iron and ore, 
this isn't a war it's already won
Ripped through the floor like iron and ore, 
this isn't a war it's you letting go.

 

 

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Garage Sale:

 

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Building On A Month:

Those moments in time that you don't want end
so laugh it up honey and call me your friend
and although these points are few and far between
well most of the time life's better than it seems
yeah most of the time life's better than it seems

I spend most my of my days just laying bricks
and one day i'll come back and it'll all be fixed
oh you know better troubles i've ever known
Sometimes babe it's just glass out of stone,
Sometimes babe it's just glass out of stone

So calm down and let me in
and don't think to worry about anything
at all
anything, anything at all

I could be more self loathing
but it's all a joke
standing on edge and waiting to choke
give me 19 days i'll be a new man,
Learn just to live, i'm sure that I can
Learn just to live, i'm sure that I can

So calm down and let me in
and don't think to worry about anything
at all
anything, anything at all

 

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No Compromise:

John he was a fine young man
threw his weight around in the pen
well the day he got out, wasn't a surprise
he tossed me off some bread and then he died

John he was an average man, 
didn't care much for things
Spent most his days just staring at cars
and laughing at the things that he would see

Johnny oh Johnny
it looks like you had yourself a run
well it's hard to live a life with no compromise
but that seems to be what you have done,
what you have done,
what you have done

Fortify the strength to stand
not just run from the life that you see
born with pride for every man
his brothers his sisters and thieves

the fifth of may he joined the line
all for the ones that he loved
Now he got pegged for telling off some cops
and that's a damn good way to go get shot


Johnny oh Johnny
it looks like you had yourself a run
well it's hard to live a life with no compromise
but that seems to be what you have done,
what you have done,
what you have done


Johnny oh Johnny
it looks like you had yourself a run
well it's hard to live a life with no compromise
but that seems to be what you have done,
what you have done,
what you have done

 

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Seeds To Sow:

I woke up sore on a strangers floor
Still feeling high from the night before  
I bruised my mind on the New York Times
Tried to justify my way of life 

I tried to behave at the festival in the rain
But temptation led me stray
We climbed to the roof through the attic in Duluth
Just to pacify our cries for youth 

I knew it all along what was fleeting now is gone
Seeds to sow and memories to hold
I try to fight the feeling that we need to turn the stones
But all we are is all that we can know

He said I was the only friend to visit his hospital bed
Contrived with lies of what they’ve said
Her whisper in my ear told me love ain’t always clear
The heart upon my sleeve did wear

 

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Siskiyou:

You see the ashes I see the flames
Tallest of mountains without a name
Do you remember falling for me
Drifting through deadwood our way to the sea

Valleys on fire smoke in the sky
Foresters daughter her hand in mine
12 months of wander 3 months of pain
1 week of patience, one day the same
1 week of patience, one day the same

You see the ashes I see the flames
Longest of rivers without a name
12 months of wander 3 months of pain
1 week of patience one day the same
1 week of patience one day the same

 

 

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Nail In My Coffin:

Some folks say I’m a wanted man
Hiding behind the lies I told them
So hang me up upon the hill
and hide in the shadow of the honest man you killed

Take me down from  off the tree   
and feel the weight from the lies you told of me
Dress me in my finest clothes
Cut you hand on the thorn and leave me with the rose

Put One More Nail in my coffin  
And hope the truth never gets out
Put one more nail in my coffin
But know you’re unforgiven

In the rain the preacher speaks
as they lower me down to the dark dark deep
With me shall some secrets die
But I rest with knowing your lies will haunt life  

When the dust finally settles on my grave
Won’t you see that my legacy’s kept clean
Won’t you keep my legacy clean

 

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The Sparrow:

Walking the line is harder than it seems
It tends to get thinner the more that you dream
Horseshoes worn thin from the progress of man
Luck is not given it's made from a plan
Tell me what I can do to make it right
Doing all I can do to make it right

She said move away, come back home, take me in. 
Move away, come back home, take me in. 
How long has it been sink or swim. 

Wrapped up in moments the sparrow and I
But nothing we do will give us more time
Right through my hands like snow through the wind, 
how will I know if I see you again
Tell me when I will know when it's enough
Tell me when I will know when it's love

She said move away, come back home, take me in. 
Move away, come back home, take me in. 
How long has it been sink or swim. 

 

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Take It Or Leave It:

In the alley behind the bars
The dim light lies on the broken shards
Stumbling home for the fifth night in a row
I lie on my back in the road

What the point if this life that we chose
Doesn’t show us will or spell out our role
Its just wishing for gold and wearing down soles
To be buried under a stone

Take It or Leave It
This feeling remains
Take It or Leave It
It’s all just the same

Some say it’s just love you need
Or the bible will help you to see  
But there’s nothing in there that’s written so clear
That blindly proves why we’re here

I don't know what I’ve been told
But bread worth more to me than gold
I’m not dead but it’s been said
Nothing will save our souls
No, Nothing will save our souls

 

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UPROOTED

 

Watersmeet (intro):

instrumental

 

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Lead Me Home:

I got a woman and she’s got me
But I don’t believe that she loves me at all

I got a place to rest my bones
where I sleep at night but I would not call it home
I ain’t settling now

I drink whiskey and I sip wine
But I don’t believe they’ll ease my worried mind

I got a feeling in my bones
That this rambling will lead me to my home

It will lead me to my home
Cross them rivers all alone
I’ll go down that lonesome road cuz
It will lead me to my home

 

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Light In My Eyes:

Sun is setting on my left, Moon rising on my right
I’m stuck between the darkness and the light
I’ve got nothing but I’m still trying

The night don’t feel like it used to, so
I’m just trying to get used to
This light in my eyes

I’d been walking that fine line, Lately, I changed my mind
There’s got to be a reason for this feeling
I’ve got questions but no one answers

Driving on that long main line, I’m just wasting time
They tell me there’s more than just being
Got no reason to believe them

 

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Off The Shelf:

They come to you in the dead of the night,
They speak to you and they take your life
oh no, ain't it true though
and them dirty tongues they all leave scars
tears alone well they fall like stars
oh no, ain't it true though,

but you keep it all to yourself
oh but you keep it all to yourself
falling deep right off that shelf
well you keep it all to yourself

calm yourself down as you play along
you waste yourself all day long
oh no, ain't it true though
better off than chained to your seat,
better off than waiting to be
oh no, ain't it true though,

but you keep it all to yourself
oh but you keep it all to yourself
falling deep right off that shelf
well you keep it all to yourself

with that knife you can feel bold
you know what right when you cut that mold
Oh no, ain't that true though
now feeling dumb yeah you earned the seal
but all the drugs in the world can't change how you feel
cause that's just what's real.

but you keep it all to yourself
oh but you keep it all to yourself
falling deep right off that shelf
well you keep it all to yourself

 

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Lonesome Girl:

I saw my baby out walking on a Sunday afternoon
Hair up in a broken bun and with nothing left to lose
She walked into a liquor store, she bought a bottle of booze
She been drinking nearly everyday since she caught them lonely blues

She’s got the darkest eyes like the sky at midnight
Hearts a little broken down but rum keeps running right
And around sundown she’s already on the ground
But when she gets up I’ll be there to order another round

Hey there lonesome girl
Wont you come sit next to me and we’ll
Play that old Cliche
Hey there lonesome girl
Wont you come sit next to me and we’ll
Drink our troubles away

I can’t say she’s gunna be okay
But I can stick around and help her get drunk all day
I may be right and I may be wrong but it ain’t gunna take too long
til she finds someone new to give her them same old blues ... so I say

Hey there lonesome girl
Wont you come sit next to me and we’ll
Play that old Cliche
Hey there lonesome girl
Wont you come sit next to me and we’ll
Drink our troubles away

 

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Oh Dear, Oh Darling:

Goodbye to the girl from Boulder Colorado
I awoke with home on my mind
4 long months and miles of travel
But nothing will stop this goodbye

Two bottles of wine don't tell me I'm fine
for the heartbreak I properly feel. 
No love, no drugs, no death from above, 
nothing will replace what is real. 

Oh dear oh darling, do you hear them calling? 
Oh dear oh darling, do you hear them say? 

Time it was hard, the day came along. 
Sun through the trees and the sky. 
Soon again my life will unravel
and nothing will stop this goodbye. 

 

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Bones:

I went out last night and found my two true loves
All that booze and those chemicals
Cuz those cold-hearted girls just let me down

Walking home in the morning feel like I should die
Old man he grabbed my hand and pulled me to the side and he said kid
You got a lot of living left before you’re dead

So I won’t sleep, no no, 
I won’t rest my little head until my
Bones are buried under ground

Well sorry if you miss me but that old me is gone
I’m gunna keep on moving gunna keep on marching on, Cuz I’m
Living so right right now I can’t go wrong

Well, Son if you’ve got an ear I pray to God you listen
Cuz in this life we’re living there ain’t one damn thing worth missing
We’re all living so right right now we can’t go wrong

 

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All Been Said:

If we leave tonight, we'll hit chicago by night
Make our way to any place we please
Don't worry my dear
cause it's all just so clear
words prove my heart cannot stay.

The morning came, and I awoke,
your sent on my pillow i thought you were close
Now in this empty bed
It's all been said
It's all been said

was it my love or that flight in your blood
was I your drug to give away,
trembling hands, a line drawn in the sand,
turn my back, and walk away


the morning came, and I awoke,
your sent on my pillow i thought you were close
now in this empty bed
it's all been said
it's all been said

seen your eyes through a broken fence, 
it's been three years we ain't spoke since
I know you'll always be the queen of where you roam
for me i'd rather be
I'd rather be alone

the morning came, and I awoke,
your sent on my pillow i thought you were close
now in this empty bed
it's all been said
it's all been said

 

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Give Me a Reason:

Give me a reason to believe you
Give me a sign
Girl, Whats on your mind

I Push, I pry but I still don’t know why
You hurt inside  
Or maybe you don’t
But How’m my supposed to know

I’m wearing down, I’m wearing down

She said don’t bother bothering me at all
I’m a doing just fine
Just pay me no mind

But I can’t sit and let this linger on
Maybe I’m wrong
But I’ve been waiting so long

Give me a reason to believe you
Give me a sign
Girl, Whats on your mind

 

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In The Pines:

Girl my girl don't lie to me
Girl please don't tell me why
Girl my girl don't tear my heart out
but where did you sleep last night

In the pines in the pines
where the sun don't ever shine
pines in the pines,
where I choose to spend my time

Girl my girl don't lie to me
Girl please don't be cold
Girl my girl don't tear my heart out
but please tell me where will you go

In the pines in the pines
where the sun don't ever shine
pines in the pines,
where I choose to spend my time

His head was found in a driving wheel
'bout a mile from here, 
but I guess where his body lay
well it never became quite clear

So girl my girl don't lie to me
Girl please don't tell me why
Girl my girl don't tear my heart out
but where did you sleep last night

 

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His Days Are Gone:

They handed her a flag
Folded that of Washington’s hat
Seven men stood astute
For the three volley salute

Like in 1862
That lonely bugle blew
And Ol’ Butterfield Lullaby
Brought tears to all our eyes

For his days are gone
Gone is his sun
And that long black caisson
Will lead our recession

On the eve of his last breath
Before eternal rest
His hand was kept warm
By his lifelong lovers own

I'm not the kind
To dwell on last goodbyes
But I wish I would have made the time
To tell him that I tried

 

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Screaming Blues:

I’ve got the screaming blues
I’ve got the screaming blues
I’ma scream all day cuz my baby treats me rude

I’ma holla all day
I’ma holla all night
I’ma holla all day till my baby treats me right

No she can't let me be
No she can't let me be
I'm all out of breath but still she tortures me

I’ve got the screaming blues
I’ve got the screaming blues
I’ma scream all day cuz my baby treats me rude

 

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Paris and Junkies:

Locked in my living room
And it's so cold
We had rocks and bats
but i guess, that got old
Broke and deprived
but never so bold
I had a life but it got sold
Locked in my living room
and it's so cold

Standing on that roof top
looking down from high
smoking cigarettes
catching breath and feeling dry
static emphatic and itching to fly
I had a friend, and my friend died
Standing on that roof top
looking down from high

stay and enjoy if you like
but i'm leaving alright

I'm leaving for paris tonight
Leave all my junkie friends behind
meet a couple winos
and waste all my time
And waste all of my time
with them folks that I find,
all for the ones
that I left behind
that I left behind

hours in the station
with all that I see
well it's busy and noisy
but i guess that's my release
learn to forget blindly be
hate to regret fatedly
hours in the station
with all that I see

stay and enjoy if you like
but i'm leaving alright

I'm leaving for paris tonight
Leave all my junkie friends behind
meet a couple winos
and waste all my time
And waste all of my time
with them folks that I find,
all for the ones
that I left behind
that I left behind

I went home
just for one day
and all was gone
not a thing to see
and I seen my old girl
Working her play
sick to my stomach
just don't pass my way
I had only been home
just for one day

stay and enjoy if you like
but i'm leaving alright

I'm leaving for paris tonight
Leave all my junkie friends behind
meet a couple winos
and waste all my time
And waste all of my time
with them folks that I find,
all for the ones
that I left behind
that I left behind

 

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