A Good American Life

I wake up in the morning
The alarm clock tells me when
Pour a cup of coffee and hit the road again
Find the nearest freeway
I got places to be
Sounds like a Good American Life to me

I’m headed to the office
Or the job-site or the mill
Time to make some money time to pay some bills
‘Cause they’re charging me for things
That I used to get for free
Sounds like a Good American Life to me
Sounds like a Good American Life to me
Just trying to catch my breath 
So I can tell myself I’m free
Feels like I’m running in circles 
Guess I’ll wait and see
Sounds like a Good American Life to me

Now we've got ships in the gulf
We got ‘em in Japan
Got boots on the ground in Germany and Afghanistan
They got families and loved ones
And kids they ain’t never seen
Sounds like a Good American Life to me

Sounds like a Good American Life to me
Just trying to catch my breath 
So I can tell myself I’m free
Feels like I’m running in circles 
Guess I’ll wait and see
Sounds like a Good American Life to me

I keep waiting on a whistle
When everyone will stop
But they keep right on telling us there’s room up at the top
So I’m getting up tomorrow
Guess that's how it’s gonna be
Sounds like a Good American Life to me

Remember My Love

You left me here
You let me down
I got nowhere to go
So I'll wait around
I'll watch the front door
Till you come walking through
I got no better plans than to believe in you
I got no better plans than to believe in you

In the long night
In the hot sun
You will remember my love
In the long run
You won’t look back
No you think we’re done
But You'll remember my love
In the long run
You will remember my love
In the long run

When I wake up alone
No sun shining through
I gotta work real hard
To smile about you
And the lies that grow
From the seeds of truth
But I'll find a way to forgive you
I'll find a way to forgive you

In the long night
In the hot sun
You will remember my love
In the long run
You won’t look back
No you think we’re done
But You'll remember my love
In the long run
You will remember my love
In the long run

Nobody knows
No one understands
Why I'm holding true
To our best laid plans
You're nowhere in sight
But I'll do what I can
Until you come home to me again
Until you come home to me again

In the long night
In the hot sun
You will remember my love
In the long run
You won’t look back
No you think you’re done
But you'll remember my love
You will remember my love
In the long run

This Old Town

The lights went out tonight
You could see it across town
From the pool hall to the pawn shop
The snow fell to the ground
Darkness filled the streets
The bars all locked their doors
Folks searching high and searching low
For what wasn't there no more

The people gathered round
An empty city hall
They were burning fires to keep the warm
And talking ‘bout it all
They were standing on a road
Where the future meets the past
When you’re traveling in circles
Ain't nothing bound to last

They came with fire and steam
They will leave without a sound
'Cause there ain't nothing left but a dream
Here in this old town

There were Fields out our front door
As far as the eye could see
But we started walking and didn't stop
Till there was pavement beneath our feet
We could not feel the ground
We drown out all the stars
We burned up all the fuel we had
To carry us this far

We came with fire and steam
We will leave without a sound
'Cause there ain't nothing left but a dream
Here in this old town

It's a trade we make again and again
Each time we lock our door
But if it's always the same in the end
Then what's it for

The lights went out tonight
You could see it across town
From the pool hall and the pawn shop
The snow fell to the ground
Darkness filled the streets
The bars all locked their doors
Folks searching high and searching low
For what wasn't there no more

Flag

The flag goes up
As the sun comes down
Jets go by
Before we hear the sound
Rise to our feet
As if to say
Red white and blue
Till our dying day

The flag waves high
When the tax man comes
He says you gotta pay
Just to be someone
It'll cost cost you plenty
If you wanna stay
Red white and blue
Till your dying day

The flag hangs still
When the wind don't blow
They keep the TVs on
To let the people know
They gotta toe the line
There’s a debt to pay
Red white and blue
Till their dying day

The Flag comes down
They fold it nice
And hand it to
Somebody’s wife
Ain’t nothing to do
Nothing to say
Was red white and blue
Till his dying day

The flag goes up
As the sun comes down
Jets go by
Before we hear the sound
Rise to our feet
As if to say
Red white and blue
Till our dying day
Red white and blue
Till our dying day

Home in Time

You called me at the station
You asked me to come home
I've been wandering this nation
And it's highways all alone
Our old life left so far behind
Now I hope that I can make it home in time
The last time I saw you
There was a new man at your arm

Your head on his shoulder
And his heart full of your charms
I told you how it was a crime
Now I hope that I can make it home in time

From Topeka to Santa Fe
I cried all the way
And I came this far to get you off my mind
Now I hope that I can make it home in time

In the foot hills I travelled
By the banks of a stream
It was there that I drown them
All our hopes and dreams
I cast them to the water like a dime
Now I hope that I can make it home in time

From Topeka to Santa Fe
I cried all the way
And I came this far to get you off my mind
Now I hope that I can make it home in time

Now a love left unspoken
Turns to a dream in the night
And a dream left unfulfilled
Burns like a fire so bright
And the fire that burns is yours and mine
And I hope that I can make it home in time

From Topeka to Santa Fe
I cried all the way
And I came this far to get you off my mind
Now I hope that I can make it home in time

Until Blue Comes ‘Round

Yellow goes up
Before blue comes down
Green paints the bend
Before you go round
Black is the hardest heart
That you'll ever meet
And gray's discontent
Pulls hard at your feet

Silver moves slows
Across the night sky
Red never knows
The reasons why
Gold holds you close
As long as it can
Until blue comes around
And takes you again

Until blue come round
And takes you again
Drags you down
And pulls you in
I'll hold you close
As long as I can
Until blue come round
And takes you again

When the rain comes
The rivers rise
And soon tears will fall
From you dark eyes
But I know you'll hold on
Right till the end
Until blue comes round
And takes you again

Until blue come round
And takes you again
Drags you down
And pulls you in
I'll hold you close
As long as I can
Until blue come round
And takes you again

With love you nevEr know

She keeps the light on in the kitchen
When she can't sleep at night
She told him how he wouldn't be there
And time has proven she was right
She’s searching for the reason
Why he had to go
But Through it all she understands

That with love you never know
With love you never know
Just how to play your part
We make the rules up as we go
And hope to keep each other’s’ hearts
But it’s like trying to guess
Which way the wind may blow
Or how long the rain will fall
With love you never know

You'll find him sitting on a bar stool
In those lonely hours of night
Wondering how life could be so cruel
There bathed in neon light
She's in the arms of another man
Though she said she wouldn't go
But somewhere deep he understands
That with love you never know

With love you never know
Just how to play your part
We make the rules up as we go
And hope to keep each other’s’ hearts
But it’s like trying to guess
Which way the wind may blow
Or how long the rain will fall
With love you never know
Or how long the rain will fall
With love you never know

Whiskey Bones

The drinking starts at five o’clock at the bar just past the mill
Same old boys beside me, same old fears to kill
With every round that I put down I sink deeper in
And when I can’t tell up from down you bring me back again

The way you hold these Whiskey Bones
The way you warm this heart of stone
You bring me close in a world so cold
The way you hold these Whiskey Bones

When I think back on my younger years
And all the roads that led me here
These weathered eyes are moved to tears
But you take me in and the sadness disappears

The way you hold these Whiskey Bones
The way you warm this heart of stone
You keep me close in a world so cold
The way you hold these Whiskey Bones

Train

Don’t think that they won’t protect
The garden they have grown
Don’t think that they will forget
They hold the deed to your home
Don’t think they’ll ever compromise
Don’t think they’d settle for less
They’d steal your dreams from where you sleep
No they won’t ever let you rest

‘Cause it’s a big ‘ol train
Rolling down the tracks
And where it’s going
There ain’t no coming back

Now they’ll call you up when you’re at work
They’ll call you up when you’re at home
They’ll dial your number when you’re making love
They’ll call you up when you’re at church

‘Cause it’s a big ‘ol train
Rolling down the tracks
And where it’s going
There ain’t no coming back

There ain’t no brighter future
Built the way we built the past
But we just keep on stacking stones
And believing it will last

‘Cause we drive those cars out on the road
We fill those planes up in the sky
We give the money that fuels this machine
We are beggars to our own demise
 ‘Cause it’s a big ‘ol train
Rolling down the tracks
And where it’s going
There ain’t no coming back

You don't get to explain

She never stopped to say goodbye
When she walked away
She never turned to look at me
Or called out my name
You could read it on her face
You could see it in her pain
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

I wanted to take her in my arms
And hold her so tight
To wipe away those tears
And ease her worried mind
Instead I watched her walk away
And step onto that train
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain
When someone's world come crashing down Again and again
Now I'm here alone standing in the rain
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

I promised her every thing
That a lonely girl could want
She took my ring
And I took her heart
How could she have known
I would cause her such pain
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain
When someone's world come crashing down Again and again
Now I'm here alone and I finally see it plain
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

I want to tell her all about the changes I will make
I want to say I'm sorry for every last mistake
I want to her hear about the little things I'll do
But in the end she'd know that none of it was true

She never stopped to say goodbye
When she walked away
She never turned to look at me
Or called out my name
You could read it on her face
You could see it in her pain

When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain
When you do the things I've done
You don't get to explain

Too Late Now

You walked away just like each one before
You told me you won’t play that part no more

And it’s too late now
It’s a goddamn shame
You’re gone from me
And I can’t forget your name

You told me you’d be here when the spring comes around
When the fields are in bloom and the snow has left the ground

But it’s too late now
It’s a goddamn shame
You’re gone from me
And I can’t forget your name

It took me so long last time
To get this old heart to mend
I’ve had enough of this game
I ain’t playing again
You walked away just like each one before
You broke my heart just in case you’re keeping score

And it’s too late now
It’s a goddamn shame
You’re gone from me
And I can’t forget your name

Without You

You tell me again how I've gone too far
You don't know the boundaries of this heart
There's nothing I won't say
Nothing I won't do
‘Cause I wouldn't last one day without you

You come to me at night when darkness falls
When I can't find the light and my demons call
You point me where to go
When north just won't be true
And I wouldn't last one day without you
When neon light have spun me round and round
I know you will pick me up off the ground

You tell me again how I've gone too far
You don't know the boundaries of this heart
There's nothing I won't say
Nothing I won't do
‘Cause I wouldn't last one day without you