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22 Blues

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From James Coates (2010)

Time

How you take it all away

You treat me worse than the ocean treats

A ship without the sails

Time

Won't you leave me where I lay

Time

You give me reason to fail

Oh, time

How you take it all away

Time

How I'm fearful of your

Everlasting touch

Time

How you make me miss my

Younger days so much

Time

Oh, I think I'll always

End up on the run

But the war's already won

Oh, time

How your work is never done

Time

How you tear it all apart

You don't bother with the skin and bones

You shoot straight to my heart

Time

Won't you leave me where I lay

'Cause I'm wearing the shackles

From the start

Oh, time

How you take it all away

Time

How I'm fearful of your

Everlasting touch

Time

How you make me miss my

Younger days so much

Time

Oh, I think I'll always

End up on the run

But the war's already

Yeah, the war's already won

Oh, time

How your work is never done

Oh, time

How your work is never done

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The American

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From One Last Ride (2020)

I am the American

Trying to find my place

In this world

I'm gonna buy me

A nice foreign car

I'm gonna meet me

A nice foreign girl

I'm gonna take up

Reading for once

Was gonna travel

But I ran out of funds

I am the American

Traveling down the Autoban

I close my eyes and drive

As fast as I want

No more sirens

Calling me to shore

Ain't gonna lay

With those demons anymore

I'm gonna take up

Living for a change

I tried dying

But it just felt the same

I am the American

And I'm searching

For something

That I don't think

I'm ever gonna get to find

Searching for the man

That I left behind

And I'm searching

For something

That I don't think

I'm ever gonna get to see

Searching for the man

That I used to be

I am the American

Trying to find my place

In this world

I'm gonna buy me

A magazine

Gaze upon things

That I've never really seen

I'm gonna take up

Living for a change

I tried dying

But it just felt the same

I am the American

I am the American

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Chateau Marmont

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From James Coates (2010)

There's a bar down the street

Where people go to cry

There's a school down the road

Where the kids learn how to lie

Yeah, they teach them all they know

But that ain't where I

Really wanna go

I wanna meet you, babe

At the Chateau Marmont

I wanna love you, babe

In the hotel suite

I'm gonna meet you, babe

We're gonna drink

And we're gonna eat

And we're never ever

Gonna let go

At the Chateau

There's a place in my heart

Where you're always gonna live

After I left you standing

Out on your own

It's the least that I could give

It's a place nobody knows

But that I ain't where I

Really wanna go

I wanna meet you, babe

At the Chateau Marmont

I wanna love you, babe

In the hotel suite

I'm gonna meet you, babe

We're gonna drink

And we're gonna eat

As we let our lights

Burn out slow

At the Chateau

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Don't Leave Me Standing

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From One Last Ride (2020)

Standing

Out on the backstreets

Waiting for the

Midnight to end

Take me

However you want me

As a lover

Or only a friend

I've been waiting

On a sunny day

I got stuck in a moment

And I can't get away

I gave my heart

And my soul

To you, honey

So don't leave me

Standing

Out on my own

Don't leave me

Waiting by the

Tel-la-la-phone

You're all that I want

And you're all that I've

Known to be true

I give myself to you

Standing

Out on the backstreets

Waiting for the

Daylight to come

Take me

Wherever you want to

'Cause I don't know

What I've been running from

I've been waiting

For a guiding light

I ain't got no money

And I ain't got no fight

I gave my heart

And my soul

To you, honey

So don't leave me

Standing

Out on my own

Don't leave me

Waiting by the

Tel-la-la-phone

You're all that I want

And you're all that I've

Known to be true

I give myself to you

I've been waiting

For a guiding light

I ain't got no money

And I ain't got no fight

I gave my heart

And my soul

To you, honey

You took my heart

My soul

And my money

I gave my heart

And my soul

To you, honey

So don't leave me

Standing

Out on my own

Don't leave me

Waiting by the

Tel-la-la-phone

You're all that I want

And you're all that I've

Known to be true

Don't leave me

Standing

Out on my own

Don't leave me

Waiting by the

Tel-la-la-phone

You're all that I want

And you're all that I've

Known to be true

There ain't nothing I can do

I give myself to you-hoo

I give myself to you

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Flower Girl

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From One Last Ride (2020)

Wake up, Princess

It's time to drive

To Washington County

Where they're shovelin' coal

Mississippi never

Seemed so wide

'Til you try to go there

With a sorrowful soul

I never meant to

Put it on you

You were the one thing

That held us together

I know we lied

To the whole

Entire world

But you're always

Gonna be my

Flower girl

So I drop you off

At the office

Where she works

She took the day shift

So she could

Meet us here

I'm not so bitter

As I used to be

But I get a little sour

Whenever she's near

I never meant to

Put it on you

You were the one thing

That held us together

Out in the sea

There's some

Beautiful pearls

But you're always

Gonna be my

Flower girl

After the fall

My heart wasn't

As bad as it felt

I'm never in love

With the aces

I always get dealt

From what I recall

The start was

As bad as the end

The start was

As bad as the end

So I got the pictures

From your graduation

I waited by the mailbox

For hours on end

I've never felt

So sunken with tears

'Cause it's still the same

After all of these years

I never meant to

Put it on you

You were the one thing

That held us together

I know we lied

To the whole

Entire world

But you're always

Gonna be my

Flower girl

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If You Should Ever Leave Me

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

If you should ever leave me

Will you think of me in Heaven

As you look back on your life

Will you picture my face

If you should feel lonesome

Then you can come and

Stay at my new place

If you should ever leave me

If you should ever leave me

If you should go away

If you should ever depart

From the body in which

Your soul resides

Just hang onto your heart

Leave your anger

And your pride

It's a shame that I can

Only tell you now

All those things that I just

Couldn't say somehow

If you should ever leave me

If you should ever leave me

If you should take a bow

If you should feel lonesome

Then you can come and

Stay at my new place

If you should ever leave me

If you should ever leave me

If you should go away

If you should go away

If you should go away

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Land of Fame and Glory

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

Well, I come from the land

Of fame and glory

Yeah, everybody knows my

Name and my story

I'm an old-fashioned star

Of the silver screen

Spent by days in a

Black limousine

Living my whole life

Just like it was a game

'Cause I'm searching

For the glory and fame

Well, I come from the land

Of hopes and dreams

Where everybody's smilin'

But it ain't what it seems

Yeah, everybody loves me

When I'm out on the town

Buyin' drinks and throwin'

Money around

Livin' my whole life

Like time was standin' still

'Cause I'm searching

For the glory and fame

I used to have me

A wife and some kids

A little house

Down the road

I spent my Sundays

Praying to God

But now He's just

Another person

That I used to know

Before I moved up

To the hills of Hollywood

Where everybody's smilin'

But there ain't nothin' good

You're either a puppet

Or you're pullin'

On the strings

Ain't no sittin' on the fence

You can sell 'em your soul

Or they can take it in court

I'm standin' on the top

Of a mountain

But I'm comin' up short

'Cause I'm searching

For the glory and fame

Well, I come from the land

Of fame and glory

I'm an old-fashioned star

Of the silver screen

Yeah, I hail from the land

Of fame and glory

Spent my days in a

Black limousine

Don't do it like me

Don't do it like me

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Love No More

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From One Last Ride (2020)

Slow

As the dawn comes

From the night

Our two hearts will fight

'Til one gives way

And quick

As that last breath

Left my lungs

The very song you sung

Took the next one away

Oh, and you

If you teach me how to

Love you right

Then I'll love you tonight

For sure

But if you never tell me

Then it's love no more

Strange

As this whole wide

World may seem

It means the world to me

That you never fall

And dumb

Dumb as my luck

May get

I'm still lucky I met

You at all

Oh, and you

If you really wanna

Show me how

Then I'll love you now

You know

But if you never tell me

Then it's love let go

Oh, and you

If you really wanna

Show me how

Then I'll love you now

You know

But if you never tell me

Then it's love let go

Oh, and you

If you teach me how to

Love you right

Then I'll love you tonight

For sure

But if you never tell me

If you never tell me

If you never tell me

 

Then it's love no more

Then it's love no more

Then it's love no more

Then it's love no more

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Man of Faith

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

All my life

I've been searching

For something

Searching, but I

Have not found

Days and nights

All spent searching

For something

Something that's never

Gonna come around

When I die

Won't you let it

Be known

That I am a

Man of faith

And there are

A thousand lines

All stretched

Across my face

And each one's a

Woman who thought

She could put me

In my place

Oh, my friends

I'm still searching

For something

Something that I'm not

Ever gonna find

'Cause in the end

We're all just searching

For something

Something that we thought

We left behind

When I die

Won't you let it

Be known

That I am a

Man of faith

And there are

A thousand lines

All stretched

Across my face

And each one's a

Woman who thought

She could put me

In my place

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No Way Out

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From James Coates (2010)

I took her out

To dinner last week

And I asked her 'bout

The bruise upon her cheek

She said it's the mark

Of a man

That she's always

Gonna love

'Cause once you

Dig that hole

There's no way out

And it killed me

The way she ignored me

So I pretended

That she adored me

And I asked her

If I could give her

Everything that I had

And she said:

I wanna take you home

I wanna make you all my own

I wanna get you all alone

So bad

But you've got

Nothing for me

Anymore

You've got

Nothing for me

Anymore

He treats her like

He's paying her for love

He rings his bell and in

She flies just like a dove

She says he

Takes her places

That she's never

Been before

But each time I speak

His name, she swallows

And she cries

And she said:

I wanna take you home

I wanna make you all my own

I wanna get you all alone

So bad

I wanna be your companion

I really wanna be your friend

I wanna stand beside you

As they stone you until the end

Until the very end

But you've got

Nothing for me

Anymore

You've got

Nothing for me

Anymore

Anymore

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On My Way Home

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From James Coates (2010)

I'm just on my way home

I've been on my way home

Where I'm really headed

Don't think I'm ever really gonna know

I'm just on my way home

Can someone give me a sign

Something to ease my mind

Is there really some place

Out there in this world

That I was meant to find

When am I gonna learn

To shed the doubt

When am I gonna finally

Figure it out

That I'm not traveling

For reasons unknown

I'm just on my way home

I've been on my way home

I've still got my demons

And I'm keepin' them in tow

I'm just on my way home

I've been sittin' on my hands

For so long

Makin' these plans

For so long

I wrote it down on paper

But I threw it away

And now somehow

It all seems so wrong

When am I gonna learn

To shed the doubt

When am I gonna finally

Figure it out

That I'm not traveling

For reasons unknown

I'm just on my way home

I've been on my way home

Where I'm really headed

Don't think I'm ever really gonna know

I'm just on my way home

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This Town

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From One Last Ride (2020)

What am I gonna do

If I ever make it outta this town

Will you turn me loose on this world

Watch me burn it to the ground

What am I gonna do

If I'm ever out there on my own

Will I make my way, today or tomorrow

 

Some people were just made to ramble

And some of us were made to run

You can steal and you can gamble

Like a slave to the smoking gun

Buck for buck and punch for punch

I've been bruisin' like a dusty ol' peach

Show me wisdom, show me truth

Show me things that this life don't teach

'Cause I've been wonderin'

Since the day I was born

If I could make it

Through this life on my own

Black leather, keep me safe from the pavement

Dark glasses from the light that's shown

I wanna make my mark on the highway

So you'll remember me when I'm not around

From California to San Antone

If I ever make it outta this town

What am I gonna do

If I ever make it outta this town

Will you turn me loose on this world

Watch me burn it to the ground

What am I gonna do

If I'm ever out there on my own

Will I make my way, today or tomorrow

Angels above

Follow me on my path

And lift from my shoulders

The weight of this world

'Cause I have felt sorrow

Loneliness and pain

But tomorrow I'll wake

In the morning again

Some people were just made to ramble

But, baby, I was born to fly

I'm gonna run 'til my legs give out

And I'll be runnin' on the day that I die

Ain't nobody gonna hold me up

Ain't nobody gonna slow me down

I'm a man on a mission, a man possessed

If I ever make it outta this town

What am I gonna do

If I ever make it outta this town

Will you turn me loose on this world

Watch me burn it to the ground

What am I gonna do

If I'm ever out there on my own

 

Will I make my way, today or tomorrow

Will I make my way, today or tomorrow

Will I make my way, today or tomorrow

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Untitled

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

It's water under the bridge

And tears down the drain

'Cause I could make

A million dollars

From three minutes of pain

I used to feel like singing

When I hear that note

But now my heart is broke

I'm walkin' down the street

Where my memories live

Wonderin' how they take so much

But leave nothin' to give

I used to feel like singing

When I hear that song

But now it just feels wrong

So I've been tryin' every day

Wishin' I could only find my way

Wonderin' if I'll ever get to say

Take a look at me now

It's water under the bridge

And tears down the drain

'Cause I could make

A million dollars

From three minutes of pain

I used to feel like singing

When I hear that song

But now it just feels wrong

So I've been tryin' every day

Wishin' I could only find my way

Wonderin' if I'll ever get to say

 

Take a look at me now

Take a look at me now

Take a look at me now

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Acceptance Blues

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From One Last Ride (2020)

Living here isn't easy

With the shadows on the wall

I wonder if there's a pain

You'll never know

Take me up to heaven

Take me to the park

I'd follow you

Wherever you may go

You always tried to reach me

But I never let you

Reach that far

Yeah, you

Always loved me

Just the way I am

So why

Can't I take you

The way you are

I really wanted to know you

I really wanted to try

But whenever I dug down deep

I found only fear

I really wanted to know you

I called out your name

But whenever I found my voice

You were nowhere near

I really wanted to know you

As you were walking

To the car

Yeah, you

Always loved me

Just the way I am

So why

Can't I take you

The way you are

The way you are

The way you are

The way you are

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Christmas Ain't About the Money

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Single (2021)

Every December

It's always the same

The world goes crazy

But I can't complain

'Cause I can't remember

Who I'm supposed to blame

Christmas ain't about the money

Don't buy me a card

Don't write my name

Don't buy me nothing

And don't feel ashamed

'Cause I ain't much

For material gain

Christmas ain't about the money

No, it ain't about the money

It's about the ones you love

And it feels so funny

How we push and we shove

Over things that cost money

Don't stand in line

Down at the mall

Don't waste your time

Buying anything at all

You do the crime

And I'll take the fall

Christmas ain't about the money

Well, if you came a-knockin'

Upon my door

You'd never be reprimanded

'Cause as long as I've got you

Here in my arms

I'll never be empty-handed

No, it ain't about the money

It's about the ones you love

And it feels so funny

How we push and we shove

Over things that cost money

Don't wait in line

Down at the mall

Don't waste your time

Buying anything at all

You do the crime

And I'll take the fall

 

Christmas ain't about the money

Christmas ain't about the money

 

I'm trying to get it

Through to you, honey

Christmas ain't about the money

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Cigarette Blvd.

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From One Last Ride (2020) & James Coates (2010)

I won't joke

About the gray

In my hair

I used to look

So good in the

Family pictures

The days went by

Like grains of sand

Runnin' through

The crosshairs

In the sifter

New York's cold

This time of year

But so is my heart

And L.A.'s not

That far away

Compared to

Where we are

We're just a couple of lovers

In the back

Of the avenue

Playing cards

We're just a couple of kids

Trying to keep it clean

On the cigarette boulevard

Cigarette boulevard

Oh, I won't yield

To the fake

Romance

That the wine

Gets better

As the calendars dance

I'm runnin' through the

Empty streets again

Lord, won't you

Punch the ticket

And just let me on in

Won't you keep me

In your heart

'Cause that's right

Where I'm gonna stay

I can feel the cold

Surround me

As the colors

Fade away

We're  just a couple of lovers

In the back

Of the avenue

Playing cards

We're just a couple of kids

Trying to keep it clean

On the cigarette boulevard

Cigarette boulevard

Now I wanna

Tell you just

One more thing

Before the breath

Slips outta

My throat

You saved me then

And you're saving me now

So don't try

And pull me up

When I'm slippin'

On down the slope

Let me tell you

That I love you

Though I'm sure

You already knew

And let me kiss you

One more time

Before my last amens

Are through

We're just a couple of lovers

In the back
Of the avenue

Playing cards

We're just a couple of kids

Trying to keep it clean

 

On the cigarette boulevard

Cigarette boulevard

Cigarette boulevard

Boulevard

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Feels Like Love

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From One Last Ride (2020)

It hurts

When you leave

But I know

That you'll return

To teach me

One more lesson

That I'm never

Gonna learn

On this holy

Roller coaster

Painted white

Just like a dove

It hurts

But still

It feels like love

It hurts

When we fight

And I bring tears

Unto your eyes

Trying so hard

To win

That old

Imaginary prize

Oh, I wish I had

A dollar

For every time

I wore the gloves

It hurts

But still

It feels like love

Well, you can

Curse my name

And cast me down

To the shadows

Of your heart

But you'll always

Be a slave

To my pride

And when I climb

Back up

Battered and broken

Just like

At the start

You're still the one

That I just

Can't deny

It hurts when I feel

This crazy fear

Inside my heart

I thought it

Held together

What it always

Tears apart

Sometimes

You make me feel

Just like a dog

With boiling blood

It hurts

But still

It feels like love

Oh, I wish that it

Was easy

But easy ain't enough

It hurts

But still
It feels like love

It hurts

But still

It feels like love

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Gimme Something Real

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

I've been searching

And I've been trying

To turn my darkness

Into light

I've been living

And I've been listening

But I never

Hear you call

Gimme something real

To hang onto

A soft place

Where I can fall

Gimme something real

Or don't give me

Nothing at all

I've been searching

And I've been trying

And I've been riding

On the rails

I've been standing

And relying

On things only

Born to fail

Gimme something real

To hang onto

A soft place

Where I can fall

Gimme something real

Or don't give me

Nothing at all

Gimme something real

To hang onto

A soft place

Where I can fall

Gimme something real

Gimme something real

Gimme something real

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(Just Like) A Real Rock and Roller

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

I've been waiting

On my invitation

Into the ranks

Of the real

Rock and rollers

I'm gonna drink

And fight

Different girl

Every night

And it's all thanks

To the real

Rock and rollers

I don't care how many

Hotel rooms I gotta trash

Pray to God that the cops

Find my stash

And make me a real

Rock and roller

I don't care how many

Girlfriends I gotta steal

Man, this is just rock and roll

It ain't real

I thought somebody

Told ya

Ooh

Who would ever

Chase after that

Ooh

All the lost souls

Wanna rock and roll

Just like they used to do

I've been trying

So very hard to learn

Exactly who I gotta burn

To make me a real

Rock and roller

And I'm gonna die

At age twenty-five

Leave my family behind

Just like a real

Rock and roller

Ooh

Who would ever

Chase after that

Ooh

All the lost souls

Wanna rock and roll

Just like they used to do

I'm gonna die

At age twenty-five

Leave my family behind

Just like a real

Rock and roller

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Last Prayer

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From One Last Ride (2020)

All my life

I have been running

Held down

By the hands of fear

Sometimes I feel

So foolish in the way

I wasted

All those precious years

Ever since the moment

I first met you

I've been trying

To find the words

To tell the tale, how you

Pulled me from the rails

And set me free

With life anew

If I die on a Monday

May I die working

And if I die on a Sunday

May I die praying

And if I die on a Saturday

With a guitar in my hands

May I use my last breath

To sing for you

I'm gonna find a way

To haunt your hallway

To bring you comfort

In your time of pain

'Cause you're my angel

My truest friend

My closest companion

Through and through

If I die on a Monday

May I die working

And if I die on a Sunday

May I die praying

And if I die on a Saturday

With a guitar in my hands

May I use my last breath

To sing for you

And if I die on a Saturday

With a guitar in my hands

 

May I use my last breath

To sing for you

May I use my last breath

To sing for you

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Make Peace

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Single (2022)

Make peace with yourself

In your time of sickness

And in better health

'Cause no one's gonna catch you

When you're falling down

Make peace

Before you hit the ground

Make peace

With your neighbors

Down the road

And give love

To everyone you know

'Cause they'll all

Be watching you

In your darkest hour

Make peace, give love

And get up off your tower

Spare your contempt

For the world

The wicked and the

Righteous will be judged

'Cause we were

All born crazy

But some of us

Never changed

Make peace, give love

And don't worry about the blame

'Cause you've got

Such a short time

And you've got

Such a long road

To carry all these crosses

That you built

I don't really think

That you got the guts

I don't really think

That you got the will

I don't really think

That it's over still

Make peace with the

People who are living

Up on the hill

And give love to the

People who are starving

On the floor

I don't know if there's

All that much we can

Do about it anymore

Make peace, give love

And make your way

Towards the door

Make peace, give love

And make your way

Towards the door

Make peace, give love

And make your way

Towards the door

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May Your Heart Be Steady

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

May your

Heart be steady

May your

Will be strong

Like a

Solid foundation

When the rest

Is all gone

May you

Not compromise

Between the right

And the wrong

May your

Heart be steady

My friend

May you

See the good

In all the

People you meet

And may you

Rise up tall

When you face

Adversity

And though you

Spend your days

Feeling lonesome

And weak

May your

Heart be steady

In the end

Every time I feel

Like I'm in pain

Every time I say

A little prayer in vain

Every time I feel

Like I should tell you

How you changed me

I hold it all inside

And just refrain

May your

Heart be steady

May you

Forfeit no ground

May you

Hold your own

When the walls a-come

A-tumbling down

May you

Send your love

To everybody all around

May your

Heart be steady

My friend

May your

Heart be steady

My friend

May your

Heart be steady

May your

Heart be free

May your

Heart be steady

May your

Heart be free

May your

Heart be steady

May your

Heart be free

May your

Heart be steady

May your

Heart be

Free, free, free

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One Last Ride

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From One Last Ride (2020)

Sometimes it feels like I'm sinking

To the bottom of the ocean

With the devil's very claws

In my back

I've never tried a drink of whiskey

But as this water surrounds me

I think, maybe it's whiskey

That I lack

Well, I've been fighting for so long

For something that's so wrong

Yeah, I've been wounded

By my pride

So, Lord

Could you please afford me

One last ride

I'm walking through the streets of town

Like the crazy king of nothing

That I am

When there's no one else around

I'm beggin' on my bruised-up knees

Is there a way for me to get back

Where I was

Before these demons dragged me down

Well, I started at the bottom

And I conquered the summit

But now I'm just choking

On the tide

So, Lord

Could you please afford me

One last ride

Well, I've begged, borrowed and burned

Every single, stupid lesson

That I never really

Took the time to learn

And now I'm sleepin' with my

Ball-and-chain

Wishing I could find a better way

For me to take away my pain

If you're born to your mother

And you die in the gutter

Then who really knows

How hard you tried?

So, Lord

Could you please afford me

Yes, Lord

Could you please afford me

Oh, my Lord

Could you please afford me

One last ride

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Searching for Tomorrow

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

I've got one more light

That I haven't burned out

One more candle with wax

Around the wick

I've got one more favor

That I haven't used yet

One more heartbeat

One more breath

I've been searching for tomorrow

But I only found today

I thought I held a moment

But I let it slip away

There's money I could borrow

But it's a price I'll never pay

'Cause no one gets out alive

And nobody gets away

Searching for tomorrow

I had to sleep at a truck stop

So I could make it there safe

To my little southern home

Off of exit 28

I had to look with my heart

'Cause my eyes couldn't see

That she's always been down there

Just a-waitin' on me

I've been searching for tomorrow

But I only found today

I thought I held a moment

But I let it slip away

There's money I could borrow

But it's a price I'll never pay

'Cause no one gets out alive

And nobody gets away

 

Searching for tomorrow

Searching for tomorrow

Searching for tomorrow

Searching for tomorrow

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

Searching for tomorrow

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

Searching for tomorrow

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

It's never gonna come

You're never gonna find it

Searching for tomorrow

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Union Pacific

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From Land of Fame and Glory (2012)

Union Pacific

Won't you take me away

To the place where I can cry

No more tears

Union Pacific

Won't you send me there today

Let me leave behind my hopes

And all my fears

Won't you take me to the place

Where my body and my soul

Can feel no more pain

On that big, black

Union Pacific train

Union Pacific

Won't you only be my friend

Or will my lonesome heart

Be denied

Union Pacific

I know that you'll be back again

Every ocean

Has its tide

Won't you take me to the place

Where I cannot feel lonesome

Not once again

On that big, black

Union Pacific train

Won't you take me to the place

Where I am really loved

Where my heart isn't treated

Like a toy

Won't you take me to the place

Where I can really feel

Instead of sadness

Only joy

Won't you take me to the place

Where I am really clean

Where I will not have to shower

In despair

Won't you take me to the place

Where I am really free

Where I will not be abandoned

Oh, big, black train

Union Pacific train

Big, black train

Union Pacific train

Won't you lead me to the promised land

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