LYRICS

Songs included on the EP,  A Place to Fall

 

1. Three Four Time

I could make a list
Of all my chances missed
If writing them down
Would bring them back around
Then I would make that list

I could write a book
On all my chances took
If it would erase
The ones that blew up in my face
Then I would write that book

I could say a prayer
And ask for a judgment fair
If I thought penance
Would make any difference
Then I would say that prayer

I could cast a spell
To make all my ailments well
If wishing them gone
Beat solving them on my owm
Then I would cast that spell

I could write a song
To help me with moving on
It’d be simple in rhyme
And in 3/4 time
Yes I could write that song

2. It Won’t Last

I dream
Of the sun going down
Through the hills
Of a Texas town
And she is there
She always is
On my mind

The cedars grow
Up through the sands
Like rain thirsty
Outstretched hands
And her hair falls
Just like rain*

But from the top
Of that hill
When she is ready
And the night is still
You can see the glow
From Austin below
And you take it in
Because you know
It won’t last

Tequila made
Our minds unclear
Let fingers wander
Without any fear
I learned her
Silhouette

Where lime stone and
Neons meet
You can watch her dance
Out in the street
In the night life of this town
With people all around
And you take it in
Because you know
It won’t last

Do I miss her?
Or just the time
When she was bare
And that town was mine
Well I’m not sure
I never am

But from the top
Of that hill
When she is ready
And the night is still
You can see the glow
From Austin below
And you take it in
Because you know
It won’t last

*Extra verse only included in the Demo version (hidden track on EP)

3. Love Gone Wrong

This old life ironically
Has taken some of the life out of me
But hey, I still got my health
And I made rent if nothing else

I give my word, I swear it’s good
But still I see you knock on wood
All I want is a love that’s free
I’ll give it back unconditionally

But still here I sit
I sit here alone
Writing a song
About love gone wrong

I’ve been up and I’ve been down
Strung along and pushed around
All I want is a fighting chance
But I’ll settle for a passing glance

But still here I sit
I sit here alone
Writing a song
About love gone wrong

And I know, I know that soon
I will, I’ll change my tune
‘Cause I’ll find you
And a new reason to write
I still have faith
In love gone right

4. You’re Mine Tonight

Baby, wear your hair down
And your blue jeans tight
Call your mama
Tell her you’ll be late tonight
When you’re young
The world is run
By those who think they’re right
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonight

Your daddy don’t
Like us alone
Let me worry ‘bout that
He will say
There’s hell to pay
When I have to bring you back
He used to be
A boy like me
So he keeps on me one eye
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonight

You can say you love me, baby
If the mood strikes you
It’s okay
Don’t be afraid
I will say it too
Some say we’re too young to know
If our words are true
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonight

There are rules
Under this roof
And my room is too damn small
But I know
Of a gravel road
Where there’s no roof at all
Some say we’re green
At seventeen
Beneath the pale moon light
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonightYou can say you love me, baby

If the mood strikes you
It’s okay
Don’t be afraid
I will say it too
Some say we’re too young to know
If our words are true
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonight

We’re free enough
Let’s live it up
While life is still a game
This old town
Will try to keep us down
Ain’t that just a shame
‘Cuz I got dreams
And guarantees
But nothing to my name
That’s all right
That’s all right
You’re mine tonight

5. Eastbound

A stupid is
A stupid does
But I’m not sure
Which one I was

I’ve been seeing
Her with him
And my stomach turns
And my blood burns
And I’m jealous again

She says
They’re just friends,
But she sleeps over
On the weekends

I’m leaving tomorrow
Getting out of Houston
I’ll drive eastbound
‘Til I get found
On interstate ten
I’ve got a quarter
It’s 50 50
Heads, Louisiana
Tails, Mississippi

Life’s not fair
Get used to it
The world won’t care
About your self esteem

She would say
I’m running away
But I call it
A change of scenery

She wants us
To still be friends
And I wouldn’t mind if I
Never saw her again

I’m leaving tomorrow
Getting out of Houston
I’ll drive eastbound
‘Til I get found
On interstate ten
I’ve got a quarter
It’s 50 50
Heads, Louisiana
Tails, Mississippi

I’ve been looking for
An excuse to leave
Well, girl I guess you are
As good as any

I’m leaving tomorrow
Getting out of Houston
I’ll drive eastbound
‘Til I get found
On interstate ten
I’ve got a quarter
It’s 50 50
Heads, Louisiana
Tails, Mississippi

6. Breaking Down in Beaumont

She said, “I broke down once in Beaumont.”
I said, “That sounds about right.”
“What do you mean?”
And I said, “It just seems to me,
“Beaumont’s never the place you have in mind.”

She said, “I was on my way to Houston.
“Hadn’t seen my brother in too long.
“His beard is coarse,
“Just like yours,
“And I think the two of you would get along.”

“My sister asked if you love Jesus,
“But you don’t have to answer that.”
I said, “I’m too ambitious
“To be religious.”
She said, “I’ll light a candle after mass.”

She said, “Please don’t lead me on,
“I think I like you, but I’ve been wrong.
“This heart of mine’s only so strong.
“And I’ll be fine on my own.
She said, “Please don’t lead me on.”

She said, “I told my friends you’re perfect.
“And they all tell me I must be wrong.”
I said, “There were a few
“Before you
“Who said the same thing, but now they’re gone.”

She said, “I’m sorry if I seem closed off.
“I’ve been alone too long, you see?
“I want you,
“But before I do,
“What is it you’re not telling me?”

I said, “Last night, I held another.
“But I swear it’s the last time.
“It was before I knew,
“What I now do
She said, “I thought I told you the other night.

“Please don’t lead me on,
“I think I like you, but I’ve been wrong.
“This heart of mine’s only so strong.
“And I’ll be fine on my own.”
She said, “Please don’t lead me on.'”

She said, “My sister’d asked if I could trust you.”
“I told her I didn’t see why not.
“So I’m not sure
“That I’ll tell her.
“But you should decide just what you want.”

I said, “It’s like breaking down in Beaumont.
“It’s not the place you had in mind.
“It was too soon
“When I met you
“I wasn’t ready then, but now I think I might.”

She said, “Take some time make sure.
“I need to go, it’s Sunday night.
“I skipped mass,
“But not the glass.
“My friends are coming over for red wine.”

She said, “Please don’t lead me on,
“I still like you, even though I know it’s wrong.
“And this heart of mine’s still going strong.
“So we can try to move on.”
She said, “Please don’t lead me on.”

7. The Climber

She asks me how I’ve been
And I lie through a crooked grin
‘Cause this feeling like I’m sinkin’
Just won’t go away

Time it flies, or so they say
Well I’m not sure, but at the end of the day
This feeling like it’s slipping away
Just won’t go away

I’m not sure what it’s gonna take
If there’s anything at all
But if you’re gonna be a climber
You better have a place to fall

She asks me what I see
Years from now when I’m looking at me
I said, “All the things I’ll never be”
And they just won’t go away

Maybe love is what it takes
For a man to find his place
And in my dreams I see a face
But she always fades away

I’m not sure what it’s gonna take
If there’s anything at all
But if you’re gonna be a climber
You better have a place to fall

So don’t ask me how I been
‘Cause I’ll just say that I’m tryin’
To make some love and make some friends
Before I fade away

I’ll take my time on this earth
And think about what it’s worth
I’ll make it count, or I’ll die first
‘Cause there’s just no other way

I’m not sure what it’s gonna take
Or if I’ll reach the top at all
But you can call me the climber
Who never found his place to fall
No he never found anywhere to fall
No I never found anything at all

Songs not included on the EP

(The only way to hear these is at a live show!)

 

Black Water Rise (or the Ballad for Little Sister)

Little Sister fell in love
With blue eyes and a silver tongue
An all too hasty marriage
Way down south in Terrebonne Parish
It was done
You can always spot the wicked ones
Oh black water come

Big Man had always been aware
That his blue eyes could ensnare
He’d stay out, hoot and holler
Lip stick stains on his collar
Signs were there
Red hands and white lies
Oh black water rise

When she’d finally had enough
Big Man decided to get rough
“I’ll never let you leave me if you try.”
She said, “I put your ring in hock,
“You keep the key, I changed the lock.”
Black eyes hard to hide
Oh black water rise

Little Sister made her plan
‘Cause down in Louisianne
When dancin’ with the devil
You should stay above sea level
You big man
She made up her mind
Oh black water rise

A storm was only two days out
Big Man came home drunk and loud
She met him at the door
A swing, a CRACK!, a two by four
Between the eyes
She took him for a ride
Oh black water rise

To a run down cane field shack
With rusted chains in the back
She left him gagged and bound
Fifteen miles outside of town
To await the tide
Oh black water rise

When the storm was over ground
Little Sister could be found
Driving I-49 North
Up to her cousins in Shreveport
Where she could hide
And wait for things to subside
Oh black water rise

The hurricane was gone at last
The crews made their pass
They found his body floatin’
Too beat up and water bloated
To identify
Just another taken by the storm
When black waters come

Caffeine, Nicotine, Alcohol

I was talking with my Grandfather
About life, love, and women
I said, “Papa, it seems like
“All three
“Have been killing me
“For quite some time lately.”

He said, “Son,
“There’s things that can be done.
“Everyone needs a little help.
“You can’t do it by yourself.
“Here’s what works for me.”

Then he said:

“Caffeine,
(Crowd) “CAFFEINE!”
“Nicotine,
(Crowd:) “NICOTINE!
(All together:) “and ALCOHOL!”

“From headaches
“To heart breaks
“Hey man, the cure it all.”

I was shocked, I must admit
But after I’d come to think about it
My grandfather, in his wisdom
Had devised himself the perfect system
There’s no problem those three little things can’t solve

The I said:

“Caffeine,
(Crowd) “CAFFEINE!”
“Nicotine,
(Crowd:) “NICOTINE!
(All together:) “and ALCOHOL!”

“From headaches
“To heart breaks
“Hey man, the cure it all.”

When you’re late for work and you got a headache
(Crowd: “CAFFEINE!“)
To calm your nerves, take a cigarette break
(Crowd: “NICOTINE!”)
And for damn near everything else
Well, you got something to forget about
Or your woman threw you out of the house
It’s been a long week
But it’s the weekend now
So take another drink
Of that whiskey, boy!

Then you’ll say:

“Caffeine,
(Crowd) “CAFFEINE!”
“Nicotine,
(Crowd:) “NICOTINE!
(All together:) “and ALCOHOL!”

“From headaches
“to heart breaks
“Hey man, they cure it all.”

I Still Think I Need You

I tell her what she wants to hear
She says, “I’m fine.”
White lies disguise our true intent

So we close the door
And I take another piece of her
‘Cause she always let me get a way with it

Please don’t hate me when this is over
And it will be, we both know it’s true
Take what you need and nothing more
Check your concerns at my door
‘Cause I still think I need you

We swore to ourselves
That the last time was the last
We went down this road

But we share this bed
And we call it love so we’re justified
And I find I only dream when I’m sleeping alone

Please don’t hate me when this is over
And it will be, we both know it’s true
Take what you need and nothing more
Check your concerns at my door
‘Cause I still think I need you

It’s easy to move on
When there’s somebody new
But I haven’t found some one
And neither have you
So we’ll hold on to what we’re used to

You need love
But I need a friend
And neither one will break
So maybe we’ll just bend
Two different means to the very same end

Please don’t hate me when this is over
And it will be, we both know it’s true
Take what you need and nothing more
Check your concerns at my door
‘Cause I still think I need you

Thief In Reverse

When I was young and hungry
I would fill myself first
But it would leave me empty
‘Cause whiskey won’t quench your thirst

Now it’s the hunger that fills me
And gives me reason for the search
I’ll give so much more than I take, dear
I’ll be your thief in reverse

We’ve all played the games, dear
A paradox most perverse
The one that cares the least
Is the one that never hurts

But I’m through with tired defenses
And strategies be cursed
Take all you need from me, dear
I’ll be your thief in reverse