A GOOD AMERICAN LIFE

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


Tennessee Night

Too Big to Fail

Take down that glass and pour me a strong one,
‘Cause pretty soon they'll be choosing sides and I'll be on the wrong one.
There's storm clouds, wind, rain and hail,
But I still believe that love’s too big to fail.
 
We've been chasing down the dreams they showed us to,
Now the Mercury is rising and we don't know what to do.
Yeah, there's times when the future seems so frail,
But I still believe that love's too big to fail.
 
There's people on the roof tops and people in the streets.
They're shouting names and wanting change, a kind they've never seen.
And I can't say how it's gonna be, or if truth will prevail,
But I still believe that love's too big to fail.
 
Now the people lose their way one by one,
And it's hard to stop that train once it's begun.
In our blindness we're building our own jails,
But I still believe that love's too big to fail.
 
There's people on the rooftops and people in the streets.
They're shouting names and wanting change, a kind they've never seen.
And I can't say how it's gonna be, or if truth will prevail,
But I still believe that love's too big to fail.
 
Yeah, we see it growing darker every day,
Till we don't know how much more that we can take.
Still we're drawn somewhere just beyond the veil,
And we still believe that love’s too big to fail.
And we still believe that love’s too big to fail.
Yeah, we still believe that love’s too big to fail.


Two Wrongs

The Danville Train used to run this way,
Now they're pulling up the tracks and hauling them away.
They’re leaving nothing behind,
Just the memories and scars along the line.
 
When you found me I was less than I am,
You were drowning in your tears when you reached out for my hand.
And, the devil was shining in your eyes,
And for a little while, two wrongs made a right.
 
Yeah two wrongs made a right,
In the darkest hour of night.
And you tell me that you’re leaving come the morning light,
But for a little while two wrongs made a right.
 
Now you never told me all that you went through,
Guess I didn’t want to hear about the things they’d done to you.
But you grew like you’d never seen the light.
Ain’t it funny how two wrongs made a right?
 
Yeah two wrongs made a right,
In the darkest hour of night.
And you tell me that you're stronger, and ready to take flight,
But for a little while two wrongs made a right.
 
The Danville Train used to run this way,
Now it’s fading into darkness as it carries you away.
Pretty soon there’ll be nothing left in sight.
But for a little while two wrongs made a right.
For a little while two wrongs made a right.

Heading Home Again


Out on this highway it’s always the same,
You drive all night till the sun shows its face,
Still a long way to go but I'm Heading home again.
On a farm out of Leesburg off an old dirt road,
Where I used to run in the white corn rows,
Still a long way to go but I'm Heading home again.
 
Heading home again.
I've been gone too long my friend.
And this road it never ends.
But I'm heading home again.
 
Now you run all day and you run all night,
And if you don't work hard you'll run all your life,
Yeah, the years will pass you by leaving you without a friend.
‘Cause it ain't the money, it ain't the cars,
It ain't the lovers, and it ain't the bars,
No there ain't no feeling like heading home again.
 
Heading home again.
I've been gone too long my friend.
And this road it never ends.
But I'm heading home again.
 
(Now) We tell ourselves all about the lives that we lead,
Yeah we tell ourselves we're standing on our own two feet.
But in the end it’s all that we can do,
To wash away the lines between me and you.
Yeah, let’s wash away the lines between me and you.
 
‘Cause Out on this highway it always the same,
You drive all night till the sun shows its face,
Still a long way to go but I'm Heading home again.
Still a long way to go but I'm Heading home again.
Still a long way to go but I'm Heading home again.
 

DO IT FOR ME

I've got half a broken heart, and I don't know where to start,
‘Cause I can't stay here, and I can't let you go.
I watch your picture on the wall, and I wait for it to fall,
‘Cause you'll be leaving soon and everybody knows.
 
I've walked this road with you for so long,
I deserve better than this.
 
You got one foot out the door, and the other on the floor,
Like you’re holding on to what we used to be.
There's nothing I can say, but I can't live this way,
So if you won’t do it for you do it for me.
Do it for me.
 
There were times when things were new, when you were all that got me through,
But you won’t sing those songs for me no more.
We’re the tiniest of sparks, just a flicker in the dark,
Only a shadow of the things we were before.
 
I've stayed by your side through wind and storm,
I deserve better than this.
 
‘Cause you got one foot out the door, and the other on the floor,
Like you’re holding on to what we used to be.
There's nothing I can say, but I can't live this way,
So if you won't do it for you do it for me.
Do it for me.
Do it for me.
 

SOME THINGS

I heard you been drinking again,
And telling everybody how he's just a friend.
I wish I could believe that were true.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
 
I watched as you pulled into town,
A cigarette burning and the window rolled down,
Like you had something to prove.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
 
I guess there's some things you just can't undo,
What you've done to me and what I've done to you.
It's always been wrong, it ain’t ever been true.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
 
Now I passed him today on the street,
And I stared straight down at my feet,
‘Cause somehow I knew that he knew.
I guess there's somethings you just can't undo.
 
I guess there's some things you just can't undo,
What you've done to me and what I've done to you.
It's always been wrong, it ain’t ever been true.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
 
Now I lock myself up as long as I can,
Hold tight to my heart till I let go again.
Till I lay myself down like always do,
There's nothing to gain and nothing to lose.
There's nothing to gain and nothing to lose.
 
So I heard you been drinking again,
And telling everybody how he's just a friend,
Who knows maybe this time it's true?
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
I guess there's some things you just can't undo.
 

Up Ahead

There's a motel sign up ahead, and a $40 bed
Where we can spend the night.
We been driving for so long, yeah, Tulsa’s good and gone,
We've been lost in these headlights.

And up ahead there's just more of the same.
We’ll pull off of the highway and forget our names for a while,
Up ahead.
 
There's a fog rolling in, and the air it's getting thin,
But I think we can make it through.
You're getting hard to see, sitting right here next to me,
But there ain't much that we can do.

Up ahead they are calling for snow,
We’ll keep one eye on the shoulder and one eye on the road and take it slow,
As we go, up ahead.
 
Sometimes the best that you can do
Is hold on to the deepest part of you.
 
There's a motel sign up ahead, and a $40 bed,
Where we can spend the night.
We been driving for so long, but still we carry on,
Lost in these headlights.
Just lost in these headlights.
 

Anthem

Well I do believe it’s time to go,
Tomorrow we take up with the road.
‘Cause it’s been far too long, and we are too far gone,
And I do believe it’s time to go.
 
‘Cause we’ve been living for the past too long,
Dreaming on the promises of poets dead and gone.
And you can feel it in the wind, yes, it’s time to start again,
‘Cause we’ve been living for the past too long.
 
There’s a road we followed here,
Running on hope and driven by fear.
Tooth and claw, rule of law, and dog eat dog,
Year after year.
 
But don’t believe a word they say,
‘Cause just like you and me they're all workin’ for their pay.
There’s no place to start, just follow your heart,
And don’t believe a word they say.
 
There’s a road laid out ahead,
Yeah, we’re going somewhere but we ain’t found it yet,
And out here there’s no returns, no exchanges, and no regrets.
 
We ain’t got nothing to prove,
We did what we did and we will do what we do,
‘Cause there ain’t no changing, you just learn to stop playin’.
And we ain’t got nothing to prove.
We ain’t got nothing to prove.
No we ain’t got nothing to prove.
 
 

Everything Is In Bloom

We've got bills to pay, and a little put away,
And we're bringing in some money on the side.
We've got dreams that's big, and a wound time won't forgive,
And we’re getting too old for goodbyes.
 
Now we've been round the bend, and we've been back again,
But I've never seen that look in your eyes.
Well, it cuts and it soothes, and it feels like the truth,
And it's everything that I want in this life.
 
And we can feel the ground move beneath our feet,
As we stand inside this room.
And everything is in bloom.
 
I’ve been out on the road, always on the go,
And you, you've been doing the same.
Yeah, We've been burning at both ends, trying to pretend,
That in the end, nothing will change.
 
And we can feel the ground move beneath our feet,
As we stand inside this room.
And everything is in bloom.
 
We've got bills to pay, and a little put away,
And we're bringing in some money on the side.
We've got dreams that's big, and a wound time won't forgive,
And we’re getting too old for goodbyes.
Yeah, we’re getting too old for goodbyes.
 

Promised Land

I thought someone was at the wheel.
I thought somebody up there was keeping score.
But it's just you and me,
And the dreams we choose to dream forevermore.
 
I'd been burned out on the news.
I'd been turning inside out and going deep.
To find those things that stand so still, a promise to fulfill,
Just one more lost soul learning how to be.
 
But it's a long way down,
When the sky gets dark and the wind is cold.
Reach out take a hand, try once more if you can,
And we can walk together into the Promised Land.
 
‘Cause I've been hearing a new song,
From town to town, job to job, and heart to heart.
It seems so far to go, but it’s closer than you know,
So start opening doors and find out where they go.
 
‘Cause it's a long way down,
When the sky gets dark and the wind is cold.
Reach out take a hand, try once more if you can,
And we can walk together into the Promised Land.
And we can walk together into the Promised Land.
Yes, we can walk together into the Promised Land.
 

Tennessee Night

You stopped on the shoulder and the dust blew away,
I watched you get out on a hot summer's day,
And step back into my life,
And out of the Tennessee night.
 
It's been hard miles since you left this town,
Faithful and fearless your feet on the ground,
Now you're back and you’re burning bright.
Straight out of the Tennessee night.
 
Out of the Tennessee night,
That's where I want you to stay.
Far from all the bright lights,
The ones that took you away.
I've been lost in this town,
Trying to keep you in sight.
And you've been out there too long,
Alone in the Tennessee night.
 
I watched as your dress it blew in the wind,
Your hair in your face and the sun on your skin,
It's been years since you've seen the light,
And been out of the Tennessee night.
 
I followed the path of your star in the sky,
I traced every line, every tear that you cried,
Hoping you'd get out all right,
Out of the Tennessee night.
 
Out of the Tennessee night,
That's where I want you to stay.
Far from all the bright lights,
The ones that took you away.
I've been lost in this town,
Trying to keep you in sight.
And you've been out there too long,
Alone in the Tennessee night.
 

Hold Me Tight

The summer I turned eighteen I worked down at Rouge Ford,
Forty cars an hour we put out the door.
I must have climbed in every one as they rolled down of the line,
I was looking for something that I'm still trying to find.
 
I never cut the rugged frame as in those magazines.
I never liked the sight of me, a sight I've never seen.
But Mama saw me perfectly, her love for me was true,
How could she have known what this cruel world can do?
 
Hold me tight, tonight, while we wait for morning’s light.
‘Cause the days keep slipping by me, and they’ve never seemed quite right.
Hold me tight, Hold me tight, tonight.
 
In the darkness of the night shift I still walk those polished floors,
Flashing lights and Hi Lo’s and the sound of slamming doors.
I’ll work like the devil ‘til my body it gives in,
But the outside never tells of the pain it holds within.
 
So hold me tight, tonight, as we wait for morning’s light.
‘Cause the years keep slipping by me, and they’ve never seemed quite right.
Hold me tight, hold me tight, hold me tight,
Hold me tight, hold me tight, tonight.