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In Pieces

  • #01 Standing Outside The Fire
  • #02 The Night I Called The Old Man Out
  • #03 American Honkey-Tonk Bar Association
  • #04 One Night A Day
  • #05 Kickin' And Screamin'
  • #06 Anonymous
  • #07 Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)
  • #08 The Red Strokes
  • #09 Callin' Baton Rouge
  • #10 The Night Will Only Know
  • #11 The Cowboy Song






    Standing Outside The Fire

    We call them cool
    Those hearts that have no scars to show
    The ones that never do let go
    And risk the tables being turned

    We call them fools
    Who have to dance within the flame
    Who chance the sorrow and the shame
    That always comes with getting burned

    But you've got to be tough when consumed by desire
    'Cause it's not enough just to stand outside the fire

    We call them strong
    Those who can face this world alone
    Who seem to get by on their own
    Those who will never take the fall

    We call them weak
    Who are unable to resist
    The slightest chance love might exist
    And for that forsake it all

    They're so hell-bent on giving ,walking a wire
    Convinced it's not living if you stand outside the
    fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire

    There's this love that is burning
    Deep in my soul
    Constantly yearning to get out of control
    Wanting to fly higher and higher
    I can't abide
    Standing outside the fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire

    Standing outside the fire
    Standing outside the fire
    Life is not tried, it is merely survived
    If you're standing outside the fire



    The Night I Called The Old Man Out

    The dining room fell silent
    I can't believe what I just said
    I just told my dad he's full of it
    And I watched his face turn red
    And I should've said, "I'm sorry"
    But I matched him shout for shout
    I can still hear that screen door slammin'
    The night I called him out

    He said, "Son it's gonna hurt me more than it hurts
    you"
    But somehow I couldn't help but have my doubts
    'Cause I'd seen my own dear brothers crawl back in
    the house
    Each time they called the old man out

    Fist to fist and eye to eye
    Standin' toe to toe
    He would've let me walk away
    But I just would not let it go
    Years of my frustration
    Had let me to this night
    Now he'll pay for all the times that he's been right

    He said, "Son it's gonna hurt me more than it hurts
    you"
    But somehow I couldn't help but have my doubts
    'Cause I'd seen my own dear brothers crawl back in
    the house
    Each time they called the old man out

    It was over in a minute
    That's when I realized
    The blood came from my mouth and nose
    But the tears came from his eyes
    And in memory of that fateful night
    I know the greatest pain was his
    And I just pray some day I'm half the man he is

    He said, "Son it's gonna hurt me more than it hurts
    you"
    But somehow I couldn't help but have my doubts
    'Cause I'd seen my own dear brothers crawl back in
    the house
    Each time they called the old man out

    Just like my own dear brothers
    I crawled back in the house
    The night I called the old man out



    American Honkey-Tonk Bar Association

    If your paycheck depends on
    The weather and the clock
    If your conversation calls for
    A little more than a coffee pot
    If you need to pour your heart out
    And try to rectify some situation
    That you're facing
    Contact your American Honky-Tonk Bar Association

    When Uncle Sam dips in your pocket
    For most things you don't mind
    But when your dollar goes to all of those
    Standing in a welfare line
    Well rejoice you have a voice
    If you're concerned about the destination
    Of this great nation
    It's called the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association

    It represents the hardhat
    Gunrack, achin'-back
    Over taxed, flag-wavin', fun-lovin' crowd
    They're heart is in the music
    And they love to play it loud
    There's no forms or applications
    There's no red tape administrations
    It's the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association

    We're all one big family
    Throughout the cities and the towns
    We don't reach for handouts
    we reach for those who are down
    And every local chapter has a seven day a week
    Available consultation
    For your frustration
    It's called the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association

    It represents the mud flaps
    Six pack, beer crack
    Over-taxed, flag-wavin', fun-lovin' crowd
    They're heart is in the music
    And they love to play it loud
    There's no forms or applications
    There's no red tape administrations
    It's the American Honky-Tonk Bar Association



    One Night A Day

    There's not a lot of things to do
    I wouldn't rather do with you
    Guess I'm funny that way

    Lately I just sit and stare
    I talk to people who aren't there
    To get through one night a day

    One night a day
    One step away
    From leavin' you behind

    I sit up with the radio
    Sing along with the ones I know
    To get through one night a day

    One night a day
    One step away
    From leavin' you behind

    I'm callin' every friend I've had
    Wake 'em up, and make 'em mad
    Let 'em know that I'm OK

    I used to sit and talk to you
    They're all just a substitute
    To get through one night a day

    One night a day
    One step away
    From leavin' you behind

    I stay up with the late, late show
    Just another way I know
    To get through one night a day
    To get through one night a day



    Kickin' And Screamin'

    Well, I don't know what my uncle did
    But he must have done it right
    They sure strung him up one Saturday night
    He had spent his whole life fussin'
    Would have spent his last breath cussin'
    'Til he realized the deal was really done
    He started screamin' "hallelujah"
    Tryin' to make his peace with everyone

    Yeah, he was kickin' and screamin'
    Just like he came in
    He was kickin' and screamin', darlin'
    Right to the bitter end
    Ain't it funny how we come in kickin' giddyup
    And go out hollerin' whoa
    Lord, we never want to be here
    Sure don't ever want to go

    Well, I could hear those church bells ringin'
    To my best friend I was clingin'
    Screamin' "If you love me brother don't let me go"
    Well then the whole scene was repeated
    Two years later I begged and pleaded
    Screamin' "If you love me, honey,
    Now you know you wouldn't want to let me go"
    No, I didn't want to do it
    But I sure don't want to see it come undone

    Yeah, I was kickin' and screamin'
    Just like I came in
    I was kickin' and screamin', darlin'
    Right to the bitter end
    Ain't it funny how we come in kickin' giddyup
    And go out hollerin' whoa
    Lord, we never want to be here
    Sure don't ever want to go

    Yeah, I was kickin' and screamin'
    Just like I came in
    I was kickin' and screamin', darlin'
    Right to the bitter end
    Ain't it funny how we come in kickin' giddyup
    And go out hollerin' whoa
    Seems, we never want to be here
    Sure don't ever want to go



    Anonymous

    I wrote our names a thousand times
    Just to see yours sitting next to mine
    I sent you flowers, card unsigned
    Anonymous
    In days to come like days that passed
    My heart beats for you always has
    Though you know me only as
    Anonymous

    In dreams at night
    I carry your books for you
    And when I rise
    A flame for you
    Always to shy to carry the whole thing through
    Like a light fromthat eternal flame
    Burns for one without a name
    My love forever will remain
    Anonymous

    Oh you'll always wonder who it was
    Who it was
    It was just
    Anonymous

    Well I wrote our names a thousand times
    Just to see yours sitting next to mine
    I sent you flowers, card unsigned



    Ain't Going Down (Til The Sun Comes Up)

    Six o'clock on Friday evening
    Momma doesn' t know she's leaving
    'Til she hears the screen door slamming
    Rubber squealin', gears a-jamming
    Local country station just a blaring on the radio
    Pick him up at seven and they're headin' to the rodeo
    Momma's on the front porch screamin' out her warning
    Girl you better get your red head
    Back in bed before the morning

    Nine o'clock the show is ending
    But the fun is just beginning
    She knows he's anticipating
    But she's gonna keep him waiting
    Grab a bite to eat
    And then they're heading to the honkey tonk
    But loud crowds and line dancing
    Just ain't what they really want
    Drive out to the boondocks and park down by the creek
    And where it's George Strait 'til real late
    And dancing cheek to cheek

    Ain't going down 'til the sun comes up
    Ain't givin' in 'til they get enough
    Going 'round the world in a pickup truck
    Ain't goin' down 'til the sun comes up

    Ten 'til twelve is wine and dancing
    Midnight starts the hard romancing
    One o'clock that truck is rocking
    Two is coming, still no stopping
    Break to check the clock at three
    They're right on where they want to be
    Four o'clock get up and going
    Five o'clock that rooster's crowing

    Ain't going down 'til the sun comes up
    Ain't givin' in 'til they get enough
    Going 'round the world in a pickup truck
    Ain't goin' down 'til the sun comes up

    Six o'clock on Saturday
    Her folks don't know he's on his way
    The stalls are clean, the horses fed
    They say she's grounded 'til she's dead
    Well here he comes around the bend
    Slowing down, she's jumping in
    Hey mom, you're daughter's gone
    And there they go again

    Ain't going down 'til the sun comes up
    Ain't givin' in 'til they get enough
    Going 'round the world in a pickup truck
    Ain't goin' down 'til the sun comes up



    The Red Strokes

    Moonlight on canvas, midnight and wine
    Two shadows starting to softly combine
    The picture they're painting
    Is one of the heart
    And to those who have seen it
    It's a true work of art

    Oh, the red strokes
    Passions uncaged
    Thundering moments of tenderness rage
    Oh, the red strokes
    Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn)
    Burning the night like the dawn

    Steam on the window, salt in a kiss
    Two hearts have never pounded like this
    Inspired by a vision
    That they can't command
    Erasing the borders
    With each brush of a hand

    Oh, the red strokes
    Passions uncaged
    Thundering moments of tenderness rage
    Oh, the red strokes
    Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn)
    Burning the night like the dawn

    Oh, the blues will be blue and the jealousies green
    But when love picks its shade it demands to be seen

    Oh, the red strokes
    Passions uncaged
    Thundering moments of tenderness rage
    Oh, the red strokes
    Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn)
    Burning the night like the dawn

    Oh, the red strokes
    Passions uncaged
    Thundering moments of tenderness rage
    Oh, the red strokes
    Tempered and strong (Fearlessly drawn)
    Burning the night like the dawn

    Steam on the window, salt in a kiss
    Two hearts have never pounded like this



    Callin' Baton Rouge

    I spent last night in the arms
    Of a girl in Louisiana
    And though I'm out on the highway
    My thoughts are still with her
    Such a strange combination of a woman and a child
    Such a strange situation stoppin' every hundred miles
    Callin' Baton Rouge

    A replay of last night's events
    Roll through my mind
    Except a scene or two
    Erased by sweet red wine
    And I see a truck stop sign ahead
    So I change lanes
    I need a cup of coffee
    And a couple dollars change
    Callin' Baton Rouge

    Operator won't you put me on through
    I gotta' send my love down to Baton Rouge
    Hurry up won't you put her on the line
    I gotta' talk to the girl just one more time

    Hello Samantha dear, I hope you're feelin' fine
    And it won't be long until I'm with you all the time
    But until then I'll spend my money up right down to
    my last dime
    Callin' Baton Rouge

    Operator won't you put me on through
    I gotta' send my love down to Baton Rouge
    Hurry up won't you put her on the line
    I gotta' talk to the girl just one more time

    Callin' Baton Rouge
    Sweet Baton Rouge, my Baton Rouge



    The Night Will Only Know

    That night will live forever
    Their first time to lie together
    They were finally where desire dared them to go
    Both belonging to another
    But longing to be lovers
    Promising each other that the night will only know

    Parked on some old backstreet
    They laid down in the backseat
    And fell into the fire down below
    But they would pay for their deceving
    For a deadly web was weaving
    Why they picked that spot that evening
    Lord, the night will only know

    Well within the innuendos
    Just outside the steamy windows
    The night was shattered by a woman's scream
    Motionless and frightened
    The grip of fate had tightened
    And with trembling hands they wiped away the steam

    They saw a woman pleading
    Stumbling, begging, and retreating
    'Til she became the victim of a foe
    And they watched her fall in silence
    To save their own alliance
    But the reason for the violence
    Just the night will only know

    And every paper ran the story
    She was stripped of all her glory
    And they told exactly how the woman died
    Abandoned and forsaken
    Too many pills were taken
    And they ruled the woman's death a suicide

    Bound by their behavior
    They could have been her savior
    Now guilt becomes an endless debt they owe
    But another crime was committed
    And it's never been admitted
    Have the guilty been acquitted
    Lord, the night will only know



    The Cowboy Song

    Pushin horns weren't easy like the movie said it was
    And I don't recall no dance hall girls
    Or hotel rooms with rugs
    You worked hot and tired and nasty
    Rode your pony's head too low
    There were all the nights you couldn't sleep
    'Cause it was too damn cold
    And you'd sing "Strawberry Roan" and "Little Joe"

    Like the time we hit the river
    And the rains began to fall
    And the water was risin' so damn fast
    We thought it'd drown us all
    We lost a lot of steers that day
    And four to five good mounts
    But when all the boys rode into camp
    We knew that's what counts
    And we sang, yippie ti yi yay and "Amazing Grace"

    Or the night they broke behind us
    And then took us by surprise
    I whistled out to Bonner, I seen the terror in his
    eyes
    And he rode for all his horse would ride
    And I know he done his best
    But he crossed over Jordan ridin' Dunny to his death
    And we sang "Bringing in the Sheaves" and "The Rugged
    Cross"
    So when you see the cowboy, he's not ragged by his
    choice
    He never meant to bow them legs
    Or put that gravel in his voice
    He's just chasin' what he really loves
    And what's burnin' in his soul
    Wishin' to God that he'd benn born a hundred years
    ago
    Still singin' "Strawberry Roan" and "Little Joe"

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