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Always See You (Wide Awake)

Live to see your dream house built
Live to walk the wild road
Live to lead another home
Live to see your children grow

Don’t worry about me baby
Slow down breathe, slow down breathe
I’m feeling better each day
Still lots to plan and lots to see

I’ll never let go
Your blood’s my own

I’ll always see you wide awake
One day we’ll make the great escape
Until then know us men will hold you close
And think of you often

Live to read a thousand books
Live to just let things go
Live to drink the finest wine
Live to feel love like mine

Don’t worry about me baby
Slow down breathe, slow down breathe
I’m feeling better each day
Still lots to plan and lots to see

I’ll never let go
Your blood’s my own

I’ll always see you wide awake
One day we’ll make the great escape
Until then know us men will hold you close
And think of you often

Live to walk slowly babe
Live to seize another day
Live to ride a horse by sea
Live to tell our story

Don’t worry about me
Slow down breathe, slow down breathe
I’m feeling better each day
Still lots to plan and lots to see

I’ll never let go
Your blood’s my own

I’ll always see you wide awake
One day we’ll make the great escape
Until then know us men will hold you close
And think of you often

I’ll always see you wide awake
One day we’ll make the great escape
Until then know us men will hold you close
And think of you often

Christmas Clover

I stood up angels, cracked a few jokes
Fumbled through junkyards just to get back home
I’ve seen the world turn over
Christmas came with four leaf clovers

But ask yourself
Which way do I go?
Through the badlands?
Through millions of homes?
Millions of homes

Sing baby sing a New Year cheer
Swing baby swing for those who stand near
Decks of cards, brighter walls
Toxic tonics turning ‘round fires

Some look found, others hit the ground
Some look found, others hit the ground

Some are found Tennessee bound
Some are found Tennessee bound

Slingshot Kid

Born on the road, daddy left early
Going back to Chattanooga where my hair’s naturally curly
I’m going back ‘cause I love coming home
I’m going back where my roots still grow

I miss you smiling, shining like a hubcap
I miss the sound of you coming home
Alaska to Alabama, then back on the train
You still wonder why I’m quiet in the rain

When the wild fire rolls
Gets you thinking I’m far from home
Remember, I’m a slingshot kid
Watching the great world spin

I miss my friends, miss ‘em like the devil
I miss sipping chocolate with grandpa the rebel
I miss coolers and ice cold beer
Out on the deck you’d draw so near

When the wild fire rolls
Gets you thinking I’m far from home
Remember, I’m a slingshot kid
Watching the great world spin

I miss that drive off the Interstate 59
We’d pull off and picnic before the sun could shine
I left your heart broken so I could keep mine whole
I hope you understand baby I still love you like my own

When the wild fire rolls
Gets you thinking I’m far from home
Remember, I’m a slingshot kid
Watching the great world spin

Squeeze

She made me laugh before we ever spoke
She flies high
Stood across from strangers
Friendly faces found again
In this light that we’re standing in

We’re old enough to realize that
Setting suns bring brighter skies
I found my squeeze October’s eve
Hopped on a bus, never did leave

Drinks her tea, never reads the leaves
Confident you will see
Moves with folks in hats and dusty shoes
Careful what you say this day

Careful what you say today
We’re old enough to realize
Setting suns bring brighter skies
Something tells me we’ll be just fine

Eyes of green
A smile I had never seen
In all things be known
By the company you keep
By the company you keep
By the company you keep

Downstream

I quit smoking in the morning
Thought I’d lose my muse but
I grew stronger
I ran mountains in evening
Thought I found the cure
I was fooled again

Cheers to a better place
That follows you down and saves your life

I’ve heard tall tales from simple men
Aboard ships at sea
Hearts in mend
Love your fate, lasso dreams
Love the one who loves you
Or you’ll float downstream

Cheers to a better place
That follows you down and saves your life
Raise your glass make a toast
Turn it over, tip it back for the good life

I’ll buy a small farm outside town
On that first night
It’ll rain all night long
I’ll walk mountains with my dogs by my side
Love the ones who loved me or
I’ll float down

Sweet Like Tea

Katie fly your blues away
Dreams won’t die before they sing
Darling take a breath for me
Won’t you fly your blues away?

Katie may your tears give way
If through stars or water stains
You make your mark before I change
Katie may your tears give way

Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea
Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea

Katie I’m your boat in tow
You may be my tree in snow
If by fall you may rise
I’ll leave town less the wise

Katie how we’ve come so far but
Holding on seems much too hard
I still love you like the sun
I still feel it when you’re gone

Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea
Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea

Katie fly your blues away
Dreams won’t die before they sing
Darling take a breath for me
Won’t you fly your blues away?

Katie may you find you way
If by train or silent rain
We may find our love again
In the middle of an orchard outside Portland

Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea
Loyal as a lion, sweet like tea

Golden Roads

I’ll ask you a question
Who keeps you here?
You may say it’s your family
Brother took his bride last year

I’ll kick a rock in summer
Hope to see you smile
Will you always laugh hard in the morning?
Before the coffee’s been made
Before the coffee’s been made

Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or promise not to unfold
Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or wish you were somewhere further from home

I’ll ask you a question
You want to leave this place?
Beyond where skies breathe easy
Behind us only tire tread
Behind us only tire tread

Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or promise not to unfold
Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or wish you were somewhere further from home

I’d like to tell you that I love you
If winds change
Stay with me at least until morning
Good fortune awaits us next year
Good fortune awaits us next year

Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or promise not to unfold
Don’t wish upon golden roads
Or wish you were somewhere further from home

Johnny Blazes

Johnny Blazes, your world’s on fire
Amazing graces may bring you higher
Prison took you under the sun
Where you’ll move on even if numb

Think of angels
Better places
Think of angels
Painful graces

November footprints in mud
She followed fireflies on down pewter road
Never looked back, never should
She meant to write us in the middle of June

Think of angels
Better places
Think of angels
Painful graces

It’s a sweet ride take the time
Especially if it makes you smile
It’s a sweet life build a fire
Think of the northwest, good friends

Think of angels
Better places
Think of angels
Painful graces

I’ll Tell You Son

The everlasting man refused to speak
Unless his captors set his people free
Headlines raced Mandeeba paced
Faith kept his spirit alive
Behind cracked concrete

High green hills, sunny skies
Built my home near a crumbling highway
Rivers flow near stands of corn
Tell me momma, what am I here for?

Well I’ll tell you son
When the war’s all done
I’ll ask you son
Are you happy still?
Then come on back

Round the bend a child’s been sent
To rid this country from its twisted ends
If only armies fought the good fight
If they had the will to mend hearts that fold

High Green hills, sunny skies
Oh I built my home near a crumbling highway
Rivers flow near stands of corn
Tell me momma what am I here for?

I’ll tell you son
Raise hell on high plains
I’ll ask you son
Are you feeling strong?
Are you feeling strong?
Then hold on

Tequila Rose

Once a family joined by taffy
Pasadena wrote me notes
Fox’s for breakfast
Bob’s Big Boy for lunch
Little man desperado

I’ll leave today, tomorrow I’ll land
Tropical green, drinks on the sand
We’ll find what we’re missing
Missing old friends
We’ll move on someday
As the grapevine bends

Tequila rose, float me along
Float me from…

I have a feeling, I wish it weren’t so
It’s my fault for loving a lost lonely soul
Cracks in the walls, holes in wood
Takes me to Kansas where the old barn stood

Tequila rose, float me along
Float me from…

Sparrows in town
No anchors around
Mmmmm…
We’ll find what we’re missing
Missing old friends
We’ll move on someday
As the grapevine bends

Tequila rose, float me along
Float me from…
Tequila rose, float me along
Float me from…

Let Peace Be Our Guide

Welcome people
Here’s where miracles are found
You can’t buy a soul and
You sure can drown
In these cities built on silver and gold
Faded posters line the walls
Make your mark for fear you’ll fall
Hold on tightly to what the world gives up

Let peace be our guide
Laughter at our side

I’ll sing a sweet song
Carve a seat here for two
Tell a story and hope laughter ensues
I’ll even dance in the middle of a crowded room
Blessings earned are never lost
You might find out at your own cost
Don’t forget to take good care of your heart

Let peace be our guide
Laughter at our side

I’m off to battle, don’t you fear
Subjects rattled early this year
If you must go, leave a short note
If you must go, leave a short note
On my front porch

Looking forward, looking back
Looking for something I’ve never had
I think I found you in the
Middle of the street where we once walked
We crossed oceans, said goodbyes
Come to find out that you were right
But please know dear
We’ll always be good friends
We’ll always be good friends
We’ll always be good friends

Let peace be our guide
Laughter at our side