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The Chase

  • #01 We Shall Be Free
  • #02 Somewhere Other Than The Night
  • #03 Mr. Right
  • #04 Every Now And Then
  • #05 Walking After Midnight
  • #06 Dixie Chicken
  • #07 Learning To Live Again
  • #08 That Summer
  • #09 Something With A Ring To It
  • #10 Night Rider's Lament
  • #11 Face To Face






    We Shall Be Free

    This ain't comin' from no prophet
    Just an ordinary man
    When I close my eyes I see
    The way this world shall be
    When we all walk hand in hand

    When the last child cries for a crust of bread
    When the last man dies for just words that he said
    When there's shelter over the poorest head
    We shall be free

    When the last thing we notice is the color of skin
    And the first thing we look for is the beauty within
    When the skies and the oceans are clean again
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud
    'Cause we shall be free
    When we're free to love anyone we choose
    When this world's big enough for all different views
    When we all can worship from our own kind of pew
    Then we shall be free
    We shall be free

    We shall be free
    Have a little faith
    Hold out
    'Cause we shall be free

    And when money talks for the very last time
    And nobody walks a step behind
    When there's only one race and that's mankind
    Then we shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith, hold
    out
    We shall be free

    We shall be free
    We shall be free
    Stand straight, have a little faith

    We shall be free



    Somewhere Other Than The Night

    He could see the storm clouds rollin' across the hill
    He barely beat the rain in from the field
    And between the backdoor slammin' she heard him say
    "Damn this rain and damn this wasted day"
    But she'd been waitin' for this day for oh so long
    She was standin' in the kitchen with nothin' but her
    apron on
    And in disbelief he stood and he stared a while
    When their eyes met, they both began to smile

    Somewhere other than the night
    She needs to hear I love you
    Somewhere other than the night
    She needs to know you care
    She wants to know she's needed
    She needs to be held tight
    Somewhere other than the night

    They spent the day wrapped up in a blanket
    On the front porch swing
    He'd come to realize he'd neglected certain things
    And there are times she feels alone even by his side
    It was the first time she ever saw him cry

    Somewhere other than the night
    She needs to hear I love you
    Somewhere other than the night
    She needs to know you care
    She wants to know she's needed
    She needs to be held tight
    Somewhere other than the night

    To know she's needed
    She needs to be held tight
    Somewhere other than the night



    Mr. Right

    I can tell by the way you've been turning men down
    Not your ordinary guy is gonna do
    You've been waitin' for that someone
    Who can turn your head around
    Well now honey, I'm that special one for you

    There must be a million fish out in that ocean
    So you must find the one that's right for you somehow
    Well, it's up to you, I'm here for years
    Or 'till the night-time disappears
    I'm Mr. Right or Mr. Right now

    And if you'd choose to be my wife
    I would love you all my life
    I'd do everything your precious heart allowed
    Or we could make love all night long
    And in the morning I'd be gone
    I'm Mr. Right or Mr. Right now

    There must be a million fish out in that ocean
    So you must find the one that's right for you somehow
    Well, it's up to you, I'm here for years
    Or 'till the night-time disappears
    I'm Mr. Right or Mr. Right now

    I'm Mr. Right forever or just until whenever
    Mr. Right or Mr. Right now



    Every Now And Then

    I walked down to the park last night
    Warm breeze stirring up a soft moonlight
    And my mind started drifting to way back when
    Yes I do think about you every now and then

    The other day I saw a car like you used to drive
    I got a funny feeling down deep inside
    And for the briefest moment I felt a smile begin
    Yes I do think about you every now and then

    I love my life and I'd never trade
    Between what you and me had and the life I've made
    She's here and she's real, but you were too
    And every once in a while I think about you

    I heard a song on the radio just yesterday
    The same one you always asked me to play
    And when the song was over
    I wished they'd played it again
    Yes I do think about you every now and then

    I love my life and I'd never trade
    Between what you and me had and the life I've made
    She's here and she's real, but you were too
    And every once in a while I think about you

    I've been layin' here all night listenin' to the rain
    Talkin' to my heart and tryin' to explain
    Why sometimes I catch myself
    Wondering what might have been
    Yes I do think about you every now and then

    Every now and then
    Every now and then



    Walking After Midnight

    I go out walkin' after midnight
    Out in the starlight
    Just like we used to do
    I'm always walkin' after midnight
    Searching for you

    I walk for miles along the highway
    Well, that's just my way
    Of sayin' I love you
    I'm always walkin' after midnight
    Searchin' for you

    I stop to see a weeping willow
    Cryin' on his pillow
    Maybe he's cryin' for me
    And as the skies turn gloomy
    Night winds whisper to me
    I'm as lonesome as I can be

    I go out walkin' after midnight
    Out in the moonlight
    Just a-hopin you may be
    Somewhere a-walkin' after midnight
    Searchin' for me

    I stop to see a weeping willow
    Cryin' on his pillow
    Maybe he's cryin' for me
    And as the skies turn gloomy
    Night winds whisper to me
    I'm as lonesome as I can be

    I go out walkin' after midnight
    Out in the moonlight
    Just a-hopin you may be
    Somewhere a-walkin' after midnight
    Searchin' for me

    I go out walkin' after midnight
    Searchin' for you



    Dixie Chicken

    I seen the bright lights of Memphis
    And the Commodore Hotel
    And it was there beneath the streetlamp
    Where I met a southern belle
    Well she took me to the river
    Where she cast her spell
    And it was 'neath that Memphis moonlight
    She sang this song so well

    If you'll be my Dixie chicken
    I'll be your Tennessee lamb
    And we can walk together
    Down in Dixie land
    Down in Dixie land

    We hit all the hotspots
    My money flowed like wine
    Till the lowdown southern whiskey
    Began to fog my mind
    Well I don't remember church bells
    Or the money I put down
    On the white picket fence and boardwalk
    At the house on the edge of town
    Now but boy do I remember
    The strain of her refrain
    And the nights we spent together
    And the way she called my name

    If you'll be my Dixie chicken
    I'll be your Tennessee lamb
    And we can walk together
    Down in Dixie land
    Down in Dixie land

    It's been a year since she ran away
    Guess that guitar player sure could play
    She always liked to sing along
    He was always handy with a song
    Then one night in the lobby
    Of the Commodore Hotel
    I by chance met a bartender
    Who said he knew her well
    And as he handed me a drink
    He began to hum a song
    And all the boys there at the bar
    Began to sing along

    If you'll be my Dixie chicken
    I'll be your Tennessee lamb
    And we can walk together
    Down in Dixie land
    Down in Dixie land

    If you'll be my Dixie chicken
    I'll be your Tennessee lamb
    And we can walk together
    Down in Dixie land
    Down in Dixie land



    Learning To Live Again

    I burned my hand, I cut my face
    Heaven knows how long it's been
    Since I've felt so out of place
    I'm wonderin' if I'll fit in

    Debbie and Charley said they'd be here by nine
    And Deb said she might bring a friend
    Just my luck, they're right on time
    So here I go again

    I'm gonna smile my best smile
    And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style
    Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see
    That learning to live again is killing me

    Little cafe, table for four
    But there's just conversation for three
    I like the way she let me get the door
    I wonder what she thinks of me

    Debbie just whispered, "You're doin' fine"
    And I wish that I felt the same
    She's asked me to dance, now her hand's in mine
    Oh, my god, I've forgotten her name

    But I'm gonna smile my best smile
    And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style
    Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see
    That learning to live again is killing me

    Now here we are beneath her porch light
    And I say what a great time it's been
    A kiss on the cheek, a whisper goodnight
    And I say, "can I see you again"

    And she just smiles her best smile
    And she laughs like it's going out of style
    Looks into my eyes and says, "We'll see"
    Oh this learning to live again is killing me
    God this learning to live again is killing me



    That Summer

    I went to work for her that summer
    A teenage kid so far from home
    She was a lonely widow woman
    Hell-bent to make it on her own
    We were a thousand miles from nowhere
    Wheat fields as far as I could see
    Both needing something from each other
    Not knowing yet what that might be

    'Til she came to me one evening
    Hot cup of coffee and a smile
    In a dress that I was certain
    She hadn't worn in quite a while
    There was a difference in her laughter
    There was a softness in her eyes
    And on the air there was a hunger
    Even a boy could recognize

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    That summer wind was all around me
    Nothing between us but the night
    When I told her that I'd never
    She softly whispered that's alright
    And then I watched her hands of leather
    Turn to velvet in a touch
    There's never been a summer
    When I have ever learned so much

    We had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    I often think about that summer
    The sweat, the moonlight and the lace
    And I have rarely held another
    When I haven't seen her face
    And every time I pass a wheat field
    And watch it dancing with the wind
    Although I know it isn't real
    I just can't help but feel
    Her hungry arms again

    She had a need to feel the thunder
    To chase the lightning from the sky
    To watch a storm with all its wonder
    Written in her lover's eyes
    She had to ride the heat of passion
    Like a comet burning bright
    Rushing headlong in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burning both ends of the night

    Rushing in long in the wind
    Now where only dreams have been
    Burnin' both ends of the night



    Something With A Ring To It

    She wants something with a ring to it
    Like a church bell makes
    Like a pretty white gown to wear
    And some vows to take
    She wants something with a ring to it

    I think I understand
    Gonna have to put a ring on her finger
    If I'm gonna be her man
    My baby's playin' hard to please
    And I think I figured out
    What it is she wants from me
    'Cause when I hold her close
    When we go out at night
    I can hardly see the moonlight
    For the diamonds in her eyes

    (Repeat Chorus)

    My baby did but now she don't
    And if I don't say I do
    It's a safe bet that she won't
    Love me like she used to
    When our love first began
    Now the only way to change her tune
    Is with a wedding band

    (Repeat Chorus)



    Night Rider's Lament

    One night while I was out a ridin'
    The grave yard shift, midnight 'til dawn
    The moon was bright as a readin' light
    For a letter from an old friend back home

    And he asked me
    Why do you ride for your money
    Tell me why do you rope for short pay
    You ain't a'gettin' nowhere
    And you're loosin' your share
    Boy, you must have gone crazy out there

    He said last night I ran on to Jenny
    She's married and has a good life
    And boy you sure missed the track
    When you never come back
    She's the perfect professional's wife

    And she asked me
    Why does he ride for his money
    And tell me why does he rope for short pay
    He ain't a'gettin' nowhere
    And he's loosin' his share
    Boy he must've gone crazy out there

    Ah but they've never seen the Northern Lights
    They've never seen a hawk on the wing
    They've never spent spring on the Great Divide
    And they've never heard ole' camp cookie sing

    Well I read up the last of my letter
    And I tore off the stamp for black Jim
    And when Billy rode up to relieve me
    He just looked at my letter and grinned

    He said now
    Why do they ride for their money
    Tell me why do they ride for short pay
    They ain't a'gettin' nowhere
    And they're loosin' their share
    Boy, they must've gone crazy out there
    Son, they all must be crazy out there



    Face To Face

    There was a bad boy in the school yard
    Waited on you every day
    Seemed like every time you turned around
    Well he was standin' in your way

    Well he broke your glasses
    The girls all laughed
    As he pushed you to the floor
    But then you stood up one day knowin'
    You couldn't stand it anymore
    And your gentle hand was finally clenched in rage
    You were face to face

    Face to face with the devil that you've been dreadin'
    Eye to eye finally has arrived
    But bad as it was, well now brother wasn't it better
    Dealin' with him face to face

    Your date showed up with flowers
    And you thought your dreams had come
    But with every passing hour
    You felt it come undone
    Then the night exploded and you begged him no
    But he forever changed your life
    And now he waits a judge and jury
    Thinkin' you'll break down inside
    And with a finger you can put his fists away
    And you're face to face

    Face to face with the devil that you've been dreadin'
    Eye to eye finally has arrived
    But bad as it was, well little sister wasn't it
    better
    Dealin' with him face to face

    'Cause it'll never go away
    Until the fear that you are runnin' from is finally
    embraced

    Drivin' by the grave yard
    On a wicked winter's eve
    And you're wonderin' why a man of faith
    Is whistlin' nervously
    Then you stop the car
    And you hold your heart
    'Cause you finally realize
    Hell, the devil ain't in the darkness
    He's a'rattlin' 'round inside
    And with folded hands you truly start to pray
    And you're face to face

    Face to face with the devil that you've been dreadin'
    Eye to eye finally has arrived
    But bad as it was, well now brother wasn't it better
    Dealin' with him face to face

    'Cause it'll never go away
    Until the fear that you are runnin' from is finally
    embraced
    Face to face

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