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Faithless Street (1995)
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ride with you tonight, i'll ride forever
there's no way to predict this kind of weather
ashes fall to earth, words are severed
feathers turn to weighted iron pillars
midway park
streetlights shine on a hood that is dark
down on the graves
where we'll lie. we'll lie. we'll lie.

think of you tonight, i'll think forever
there's no way to predict this kind of weather
ashes fall to earth, words are severed
feathers turn to broken beads and pillars

midway park
streetlights shine on a hood that is dark
down on the graves
we'll lie. where we'll lie. we'll lie.

don't tell the truth, we'll lie
just lie.
don't tell the truth
just lie.

. . .


well, he was nearly died when he returned to the town he'd come from
he's brown bagging it tonight behind some tavern.
somebody wrecked his life, and i'll bet you it was his darlin'
somebody wrecked his life, and i'll bet you it was his darlin'
so he drank like a river when the wedding bells rang
watched from the steeple as the choir girls sang
died in a gutter on his feet and his hands...
the same hands that had once touched her face

well, he was nearly died when he returned to the town he'd come from
he's hanging out drinking beer with his brother-in-law
he was a drinker at night, and in the morning he was unnerving
he was a drinker full time, the day that he lost his darlin'

so he drank like a river when the wedding bells rang
watched from the steeple as the choir girls sang
died in a gutter on his feet and his hands...
the same hands that had once touched her face

so he drank like a river when the wedding bells rang
watched from the steeple as the choir girls sang
died in a gutter on his feet and his hands...
the same hands that had once touched her face

so he drank like a river when the wedding bells rang
watched from the steeple as the choir girls sang
died in a gutter on his feet and his hands...
the same hands that had once touched her face

. . .


Can you hear that lonesome moanin'
Is that you or is that me
My broken heart ain't aching for nothing
That I can't touch or I can't see

And do you hear that lonesome cryin'
Thought I made it stop it's singin'
But my hands lay there on the bottle
And I just drank till my heart would be
Too drunk to dream.

So baby you can leave if you wanna
There ain't no drinkin' when the bottle is dry
Sugar, you can leave if you want to
I ain't got no more tears to cry

Do you hear that lonesome shuffle
Of my feet walking out of the bar
And I stumble down the same damn streets
My daddy done stumbled before

So baby you can leave if you wanna
All the flowers in your garden have died
Baby, I'm gonna have to warn you
I ain't got no more tears to cry

Well sugar, you can leave if you want to
There ain't no drinkin' when the bottle is dry
Baby, I'm gonna have to warn you
I ain't got no more tears to cry

. . .


red ribbons hang in a tennessee square
old people laughing and singing and dancing down there
i'd like to join them, i got no money to spare
so i sit here and watch from the porch
drinkin whiskey in granddaddy's chair.
ferris wheel lights look like pictures i'd seen in a book somewhere
vacant parking lots across the street remind me i'm going nowhere
i'd like to join 'em, i got no money to spare
so i sit here and i watch from the porch
drinkin whiskey in granddaddy's chair

it's difficult to go on knowing you're out there somewhere
vacant parking lots across the street remind me i'm going nowhere.

. . .


what may seem like love may soon fall apart
you don't practice what you preach
you don't finish what you start
your lies have got me tryin' to mend a broken heart
please don't speak to me again
you keep telling me you're sorry
but i just don't give a damn
you keep telling me you're sorry
well, i'm never gonna listen to a single word you're sayin.

what may seem like love may soon fall apart
the student shouldn't speak and interrupt his teacher's thought
there's a lesson to be learned about being true to heart
please don't speak to me again

you keep telling me you're sorry
but i just don't give a damn
you keep telling me you're sorry
well, i'm never gonna listen to a single word you're sayin.

what may seem like love may soon fall apart
you don't practice what you preach
you don't finish what you start
your lies have got me tryin to mend a broken heart
please don't speak to me again.

you keep telling me you're sorry
well, i just don't give a damn
you keep telling me you're sorry
well, i'm never gonna listen to a single word you're sayin
i'm never gonna listen to a single word you've been sayin

. . .


if angels are messengers from god,
please send one down to me
if angels are messengers from god,
i wrote a letter he should read
been living on faithless street all by myself
work your whole life for someone else
trying to find sanction, christ above man
he never shed his peace on this land
so i started this damn country band

been living on faithless street all by myself
work your whole life for someone else
trying to find sanction, christ above man
he never shed his peace on this land
so i started this damn country band
'cause punk rock was too hard to sing.

. . .


said you came from a mining town
but they closed the mining down
said your daddy was a drinker
he had a picture of jesus on his sinker
maybe i... maybe i'm coming for you tonight

this town's only five miles wide
look everywhere there's a road sign
on tops and places to hide
and cops sit around hungry
waitin to dine

maybe i... maybe i'm coming for you tonight
maybe i... maybe i'm coming for you tonight

said you came from a mining town
they closed the mining down
said your momma was a drinker
she had a picture of jesus on her sink and
maybe i... maybe i'm coming for you tonight
maybe i... maybe i'm coming for you tonight
maybe i........ baby, i'm coming for you tonight.

. . .


Hang a picture up on your wall
Tighten all the nails so it don't fall
In this picture, could have been a picture of my face
Something painful, went and took it's place
If he can't have you, guess that no one else will
Watch him think a while, smoke a cigarette and smile as I frown
If he can't have you, guess that no one else will
Watch him think a while, smoke a cigarette and smile as I frown

Drink your coffee in the morning,


And at night, go and drink your beer
All along you don't feel so welcome here
And I walk by, and you steer clear
You always said, it'd come passionate here
Don't like what you see, you don't like what you hear

If he can't have you, guess that no one else will
Watch him think a while, smoke a cigarette and smile as I frown
If he can't have you, guess that no one else will
Watch him think a while, smoke a cigarette and smile as I frown

. . .


Throwing rocks at a window
Stumble into a telphone pole
While the light shines down on your person
Filtering through all your aversions
Love will not find you tonight
When you're preaching love, thinking love
Holding back
What were you thinking
When black arrows
Shot at your bleeding heart?

Looking into the mirror
Don't like what I see
Ain't looking like me
I want to be near her
There's no way in hell
And there's no time to tell
Love will not find you tonight
When you're preaching love, thinking love
Holding back
What were you thinking
When black arrows
Shot at your bleeding heart?

. . .


well, i'm saving this dress for my wedding day
momma wouldn't have it any other way
she says when she married, her waist was twenty three
i guess i'll never wear it anyway
i don't believe i care to marry
though i cannot explain exactly why
it somehow seems to me that matrimony is misery
simply a faster way to die

i'm saving all my money for my wedding day
you know my momma wouldn't have it any other way
she says when she married, she didn't' have a dime
but i guess i'll spend that money some other way

because i don't believe i care to marry
though i cannot explain exactly why
it somehow seems to me that matrimony is misery
simply a faster way to die

well, i'm saving my best thing for my wedding day
because my poppa wouldn't have it any other way
he says if i lose it early, i'll have thrown my life away
but i swear i'll use my cherry my own way

i don't believe i care to marry
though i cannot explain exactly why
it somehow seems to me that matrimony is misery
simply a faster way to die.

. . .


One, two, three, four.

Well excuse me if I break my own heart
It's mine from the finish I guess
It was mine from the start
This situation just don't seem so goddamn smart
This situation is tearing me apart

So you'll have to excuse me
I break my own heart

Well excuse me if I break my own heart tonight
Some things aren't born too strong
Have to learn how to fight
This situation keeps me drinking every goddamn day and night
So excuse me if I break my own heart tonight
Well excuse me if I break my own heart tonight

After all it was mine
after all it was mine
after all it was mine
can I have it back sometime?

So if the rain falls down on your mississippi town
Let your eyes drift easy into mine
If the rain falls down on your mississippi town
Let your eyes drift into mine
You're on the road but your diary entry reads blank (it reads blank)
Is this some sort of joke to you?
Is this some sort of joke to you?

Well excuse me if I break my own heart tonight
Well excuse me if I break my own heart tonight

After all it was mine
After all it was mine
After all it was mine
Can I have it back sometime?

. . .


I try not to drink,
'cause if I sit and think I'll go crazy
Desperate ain't lonely
Though I've been high
Pockets are empty
In the daytime I'm lonesome in the nightime I'm sad

The letter I wrote,
Took words from my throat I was saying
Lay on the roadside


I guess the mailman was drunk
The message was urgent
How lazy a state where you don't live no-one

So I try not to drink,
'cause if I sit and think I'll go crazy
Desperate ain't lonely
Though I've been high
Pockets are empty
In the daytime I'm lonesome in the nightime I'm sad

. . .


well, i was thinking that i shoulda,
but i didn't ever leave you,
but baby, i'm leavin tonight
and there's a trucker drinking coffee in the station who can give me a ride.
well, i was thinking about a heading to mobile, alabama
and that was just last saturday night.
i can leave you if i wanna, little baby and i'm gonna tonight.
cause i got a bucket full of tears and a hard luck story
there's a bad moon rising behind
and i swore it to your daddy that i loved you, but i changed my mind.
well, i'm a fast talking, hell raising, son of a bitch
and i'm a sinner and i know how to fight
well, i can leave you if i wanna, little baby and i'm gonna tonight.

cause i got a bucket full of tears and a hard luck story
there's a bad moon rising behind
and i swore it to your daddy that i loved you, but i changed my mind.
well, i'm a fast talking, hell raising, son of a bitch
and i'm a sinner and i know how to fight
cause i can leave you if i wanna, little baby and i'm gonna tonight.

well i was sitting, i was drinking on a barstool
thinking how true love becomes a lie
and i never should have left you
but i had to, and i betcha there's a man there with you tonight.
and i swore it to your daddy that i missed you, but i didn't
if i came back it wouldn't be right.
cause i can leave you if i wanna, little baby and i'm gonna tonight.

. . .


Well I tried to find something
Something to hold on to
I thought it was you cause I'm sick and tired
Of trying to make something
Something out of nothing
I guess since you were bluffing
Now I think I'm losing my mind
The pain in my heart
Was it worth the price?
The pain in my heart
Was it worth the time I wasted on you?
You're giving me the Top Dollar Blues

And i gave you it all, all
All that I could give you
You've taken what I've given
Ynd thrown it all away
Like it's nothing
Never meant nothing
Now i'm left with nothing
What an awful price I've paid
The pain in my heart,
Was it worth the price?
The pain in my heart,
Was it worth the time I wasted on you?
You're giving me the top dollar blues.

I've bet all my money and that's how it goes
You ran a good race
But you lost just by a nose
It's true.
Baby, you're giving me the Top Dollar Blues.
The top dollar blues,
I gave you it all, all
All that I could give you
And the Top Dollar Blues
Top Dollar Blues

. . .


lo-fi tennessee mountain angel come back to me
met you in a bar when i was drinking
you stood next to me
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock band
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock bank
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then

lo-fi tennessee mountain angel come back to me
met you in a bar when i was drinking
you stood next to me
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock band
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock band

i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then

lo-fi tennessee mountain angel come back to me
met you in a bar when i was drinking
you stood next to me
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock band
you say you wanna play country
but you're in a punk rock band

i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then
i didn't know you then

. . .


whatever happened to you?
you've changed.
and i'm still wrong (?????)
i know you wanted to stay so long
and i'm still alone (???)
there were no secrets
there were no stories
there was no one around
there were no reasons
there was no questions
there is no point now
whatever happened to you?
you've changed.
and i'm still (?????)
i know you wanted to stay so long
(????????????????)
so tell me your secret
did you want to see me pull my guns (????????)
so tell me your secret
there were no stories
nobody won
i'll give you a reason
and i'll wage a war (????????)
with a punch from your face (??????????)
i'll stand my guard
i'll give you a reason
you might see it
you might hate it
you might never know your name (??????)

so tell me a secret
tell me one more lie
..........(?????????????)

. . .


Why should i hate you?
After all, it's been so long
Since I've lived in town.
Let it go for now.

Have a drink at your favorite bar till dark.
Stumble into empty baseball park.
Strike one and strike two...
I guess we're both out.

Stumble past the record store
End up at the movies.
Try and think of something else.
Nothing's comin' to me.

Stumble past the record store
End up at the movies.
Try and think of something else.
Nothing's comin' to me.

You do this to me.
You do this and I oblige.
And I fight it.

Why should I miss you?
After all, it's been so long
Since I felt your kiss.
Did it come to this?

Stumble past the record store
End up at the movies.
Try and think of something else.
Nothing's comin' to me.

Stumble past the record store
And end up at the movies.
Try and think of something else.
Nothing's comin' to me.

I let you do this to me.
I must be crazy.
I must be crazy.
I must be crazy.

I must be.....
I must be.
I must be.

. . .


Got sixteen days
One for every time I've gone away
One for every time I should have stayed
Should have wore my wedding ring

Got sixteen days
Fifteen of those are nights
Can't sleep when the bed sheet fights
Its way back to your side

Well the ghost has got me running
Well the ghost has got me running
Away from you away from you away
Repeat

Got sixteen days
Got a bottle and a rosary
God I wish that you were close to me
I guess I owe you an apology


Got sixteen days
Fifteen of those are nights
Can't sleep when the bed sheet fights
Its way back to your side

Well the ghost has got me running
Well the ghost has got me running
Away from you away from you away
Repeat

Old tin cups, little paper dolls
All wrapped up, in ribbons bows and hearts
Old tin cups, and little paper dolls
All wrapped up, in the ribbons of your heart

I got sixteen days
Sixteen days
I got sixteen days
It's like a fool I am? ? ?

. . .


Well traveling to the point
That I can't stop it
Get so familiar
Never get enough
Talk about it all the time
Just drop it
Damage in your pretty little eyes says it all

I can't stand to be under your wing
I can't fly or sink or swim
It's a lot like falling down
Standing up, and I'm falling down
Fill my cup 'til I understand
Wait a minute, see the pieces don't fit this time

Well, yesterday's news is what I have been reading
See you at the Comet and I end up needing
Know if you were thinking it could have been
It was nothing it's cause nothing's what you did

I can't stand to be under your wing
I can't fly or sink or swim
It's a lot like falling down
Standing up, and I'm falling down
Fill my cup 'til I understand
Wait a minute, see the pieces don't fit this time

Well I can't stand to be under your wing
I can't fly or sink or swim
It's a lot like falling down
I'm standing up, falling down
Fill my cup 'til I understand
Wait a minute, see the pieces don't fit this time

. . .


So, the factory girl she listens
for the sound of her daddy's engine
till the work bell sounds and she leaves town

Oh, the summer's here are hot
All she seems to do is work and sleep
I wish that she was still with you

CHORUS:

Now you don't know where she is
Lying in her mother's bed
Or who she's sleeping with.

Oh, the kids will laugh at her
Cause she seems so sweet and pure
Oh, I took this shift because of her.

Oh, I've never said a word
I once smiled and looked at her
Till the shift-boss said 'Get back to work.'

CHORUS:
Now you don't know where she is
Or who's bed she's sleepin' in
Or what man she's sleeping with.

. . .


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