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Ropin' The Wind

  • #01 Against The Grain
  • #02 Rodeo
  • #03 What She's Doing Now
  • #04 Buring Bridges
  • #05 Which One Of Them
  • #06 Papa Loved Mama
  • #07 Shameless
  • #08 Cold Shoulder
  • #09 We Bury The Hatchet
  • #10 In Lonesome Dove
  • #11 The River

    Against The Grain

    Folks call me a maverick
    Guess I ain't too diplomatic
    I just never been the kind to go along
    Just avoidin' confrontation
    For the sake of conformation
    And I'll admit I tend to sing a different song
    But sometimes you just can't be afraid
    To wear a different hat
    If Columbus had complied
    This old world might still be flat
    Nothin' ventured, nothin' gained
    Sometimes you've got to go against the grain

    Well, I have been accused
    Of makin' my own rules
    There must be rebel blood
    Just a-runnin' through my veins
    But I ain't no hypocrite
    What you see is what you get
    And that's the only way I know
    To play the game
    Old Noah took much ridicule
    For building his great ark
    But after forty days and forty nights
    He was lookin' pretty smart
    Sometimes it's best to brave the wind and rain
    By havin' strength to go against the grain

    Well, there's more folks than a few
    Who share my point of view
    But they're worried
    If they're gonna sink or swiim
    They'd like to buck the system
    But the deck is tacked against 'em
    And they're a little scared
    To go out on a limb
    But if you're gonna leave your mark
    You can't follow like a bunch of sheep
    You got to listen to your heart
    Go bustin' in like old John Wayne
    Sometimes you got to go against the grain

    Nothin' ventured, nothin' gained
    Sometimes you've got to go against the grain


    His eyes are cold and restless
    His wounds have almost healed
    And she'd give half of Texas
    Just to change the way he feels
    She knows his love's in Tulsa
    And she knows he's gonna go
    Well, it ain't no woman, flesh and blood
    It's that damned old rodeo

    Well, it's bulls and blood
    It's dust and mud
    It's the roar of a Sunday crowd
    It's the white in his knuckles
    The gold in the buckle
    He'll win the next go 'round
    It's boots and chaps
    It's cowboy hats
    It's spurs and latigo
    It's the ropes and the reins
    And the joy and the pain
    And they call the thing rodeo

    She does her best to hold him
    When his love comes to call
    But his need for it controls him
    And her back's against the wall
    And it's "So long girl, I'll see you."
    When it's time for him to go
    You know the woman wants her cowboy
    Like he wants his rodeo


    It'll drive a cowboy crazy
    It'll drive the man insane
    And he'll sell off everything he owns
    Just to pay to play her game
    And a broken home and some broken bones
    Is all he'll have to show
    For all the years that he spentchasin'
    This dream they call rodeo


    It's the broncs and the blood
    It's the steers and the mud
    And they call the thing rodeo

    What She's Doing Now

    Last time I saw her it was turnin' colder
    But that was years ago
    Last I heard she had moved to Boulder
    But where she's now, I don't know
    But there's somethin' 'bout this time of year
    That spins my head around
    Takes me back, makes me wonder
    What she's doin' now

    'Cause what she's doin' now is tearin' me apart
    Fillin' up my mind and emptying my heart
    I can hear her call each time the cold wind blows
    And I wonder if she knows...what she's doin' now

    Just for laughs, I dialed her old number
    But no one knew her name
    Hung up the phone, sat there and wondered
    If she'd ever done the same
    I took a walk in the evenin' wind
    To clear my head somehow
    But tonight I lie here thinkin'
    Wha's she doin' now


    Buring Bridges

    Yesterday she thanked me
    For oilin' that front door
    This morning when she wakes
    She won't be thankful anymore
    She'll never know how much I cared
    Just that I couldn't stay
    And I'll never know the reason
    Why I always run away

    Burning bridges one by one
    What I'm doin' can't be undone
    And I'm always hoping someday
    I'm gonna stop this runnin' around
    But every time the chance comes up
    Another bridge goes down

    Last night we talked of old times
    Families and home towns
    Whe wondered if we'd both agree
    On where we'd settle down
    And I told her that we'd cross that bridge
    Whenever it arrived
    Now through the flames I see her
    Standin' on the other side


    Like ashes on the water
    I drift away in sorrow
    Knowing that the day
    My lesson's finally learned
    I'll be standing at a river
    Staring out across tomorrow
    And the bridge I need to get there
    Will be a bridge that I have burned


    Another bridge goes down

    Which One Of Them

    The girl at the bar, she bought me a beer
    And she'd like to know if I'm new around here
    And the gal that I danced with says she's all alone
    Her friends have all left and she needs a ride home

    Oh and there have been others who gave me the eye
    But if they only knew they were wasting their time
    'Cause there's only one lover I can give my heart too
    But you didn't want it and you broke it in two

    (So tell me) which one of themwill be you tonight
    Which one will hold me in your arms so tight
    I've forgotten what's wrong, given up on what's right
    (Tell me) which one of them will be you tonight

    So I'll just smile and pretend and she'll never know
    Who she's up against when she's holdin' me close
    You're all that I want, girl, your all that I need
    And when I close my eyes, honey you're all I see

    (Repeat Chorus)

    Papa Loved Mama

    Papa drove a truck nearly all his life
    You know it drove mama crazy being a trucker's wife
    The part she couldn't handle was the being alone
    I guess she needed more to hold than just a telephone
    Papa called Mama each and every night
    Just to ask her how she was and if us kids were alright
    Mama would wait for that call to come in
    When Daddy'd hang up she was gone again

    Mama was a looker
    Lord, how she shined
    Papa was a good'n
    But the jealous kind
    Papa loved Mama
    Mama loved men
    Mama's in the graveyard
    Papa's in the pen

    Well, it was bound to happen and one night it did
    Papa came home and it was just us kids
    He had a dozen roses and a bottle of wine
    If he was lookin' to surprise us, he was doin' fine
    I heard him cry for Mama up and own the hall
    Then I h heard a bottle break against the bedroom wall
    That old diesel engine made an eerie sound
    When Papa fired it up and headed into town

    Well, the picture in the paper showed the scene real well
    Papa's rig was buried in the local motel
    The desk clerk said he saw it all real clear
    He never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears



    Well I'm shamemeless when it comes to loving you
    I'll do anything you want me to
    I'll do anything at all

    And I'm standing here for all the world to see
    Oh baby, that's what's left of me
    Don't have very far to fall

    You know now I'm not a man who's ever been
    Insecure about the world I've been living in
    I don't break easy, I have my pride
    But if you need to be satisfied

    I'm shameless, oh honey, I don't have a prayer
    Every time I see you standin' there
    I go down upon my knees

    And I'm changing, swore I'd never compromise
    Oh, but you convinced me otherwise
    I'll do anything you please

    You see in all my life I've never found
    What I couldn't resist, what I couldn't turn down
    I could walk away from anyone I ever knew
    But I can't walk away from you

    I have never let anything have this much control over me
    I work too hard to call my life my own
    And I've made myself a world and it's worked so perfectly
    But it's your world now, I can't refuse
    I've never had so much to lose
    Oh, I'm shameless

    You know it should be easy for a man who's strong
    To say he's sorry or admit when he's wrong
    I've never lost anything I've ever missed
    But I've never been in love like this

    It's out of my hands

    I'm shameless, I don't have the power now
    I don't want it anyhow
    So I got to let it go

    Oh, I'm shameless, shameless as a man can be
    You make a total fool of me
    I just wanted to you to know

    Oh, I'm shameless, I just wanted you to know
    Oh, I'm shameless, Oh, I'm down on my knees...shameless

    Cold Shoulder

    There's a fire burning bright
    At our house tonight
    Slow music playing
    And soft candlelight
    On her lips I keep tasting
    The warm red wine
    I'm there in her arms
    But it's all in my mind

    The snow is piled high on the highway tonight
    I'm a ship lost at sea on this ocean of white
    Eighteen wheels anchored somewhere out of Dover
    I wish I could hold her
    Instead of huggin' this old cold shoulder

    This old highway
    Is like a woman sometimes
    She can be your best friend
    But she's the real jealous kind
    She's the lady that leads me
    To the life I dream of
    She's the mistress that keeps me
    >From the ones that I love


    God, I wish I could hold her
    Instead of huggin' this old cold shoulder

    We Bury The Hatchet

    Hey, all the neighbors lights
    Came on last night
    Just like they do every time
    We have a little fight
    It's gettin' to the point
    We can't get along
    We're always fighting about things
    That should be dead and gone

    We bury the hatchet
    But leave the handle stickin' out
    We're always diggin' up things
    We should forget about
    When it comes to forgettin'
    Baby, there ain't no doubt
    We bury the hatchet
    But leave the handle sticking out

    Well, I was kissing on Cindy
    Hey, that I won't deny
    But that's a long time ago
    I let a dead dog lie
    But if you want to cut deep
    How 'bout you and ol' Joe
    I caught you down at the creek
    Just ten years ago


    Hey, we got enough on each other
    To wage a full scale war
    If we could ever remember
    What we were fightin' for


    We bury the hatchet
    But leave the handle stickin' out

    In Lonesome Dove

    She was a girl on a wagon train
    Haded west across the plains
    The train got lost in a summer storm
    They couldn't move west and they couldn't go home
    Then she saw him ridin' through the rain
    He took charge of the wagons and he saved the train
    And she looked down and her heart was gone
    The train went west but she stayed on
    In Lonesome Dove

    A farmer's daughter with a gentle hand
    A blooming rose in a bed of sand
    She loved the man who wore a star
    A Texas Ranger known near and far
    So they got married and they had a child
    But times were touch and the West was wild
    So it was no surprise the day she learned
    That her Texas man would not return
    To Lonesome Dove

    Back to back with the Rio Grande
    A Christian woman in the devil's land
    She learned the language and she learned to fight
    But she never learned how to beat the lonely nights
    In Lonesome Dove, Lonesome Dove

    She watched her boy grow into a man
    He had an angel's heart and the devil's hand
    He wore his star for all to see
    He was a Texas lawman legacy
    The one day word blew into town
    It seemed the men that shot his father down
    Had robbed a bank in Cherico
    The only thing 'tween them and Mexico
    Was Lonesome Dove

    The shadows stretched across the land
    As the shots rang out down the Rio Grande
    And when the smoke had finally cleared the street
    The men lay at the ranger's feet
    But legend tells to this very day
    That shots were comin' from an alleyway
    Though no one knows who held the gun
    There ain't no doubt if you ask someone
    In Lonesome Dove


    The River

    You know a dream is like a river
    Ever changin' as it flows
    And a dreamer's just a vessel
    That must follow where it goes
    Trying to learn from what's behind you
    And never knowing what's in store
    Makes each day a constant battle
    Just to stay between the shores...and

    I will sail my vessel
    'Til the river runs dry
    Like a bird upon the wind
    These waters are my sky
    I'll never reach my destination
    If I never try
    So I will sail my vessel
    'Til the river runs dry

    Too many times we stand aside
    And let the waters slip away
    'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
    Has now become today
    So don't you sit upon the shoreline
    And say you're satisfied
    Choose to chance the rapids
    And dare to dance the tide...yes


    And there's bound to be rough waters
    And I know I'll tke soome falls
    But wit the good Lord as my captain
    I can make it through them all...yes


    Yes, I will sail my vessel
    'Til the river runs dry
    'Til the river runs dry

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