Songteller

by Jeff Lane

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1.
It was just one of those nights, I was driving around Somehow I ended up on the other side of town I pulled into a church parking lot, the only soul there left to be found The sign said "come as you are, you're always welcome here" So I parked under the light and I opened another beer I was just sitting there reading the label when I heard a familiar voice in my ear He said "Son I'm glad to see you back, I hope you brought enough for two?" I offered Him a cold one, he said "I don't mind if I do" "mmm that's alright .... here's to a purty night" We talked all about the broken pieces of my life My five minutes of fame, and about all of my ex-wives Well I got over them, but talkin' 'bout the kids must have plucked out my eye I put on my sunglasses and I blamed it on the light Truth is - I guess I didn't want Him to see me cry We were just sitting there in the car, Him, me, and my pride "Here's to the salt in your eye son, and your sordid past You can take it from me, sometimes - we all end up on our ass" "but it'll be alright, here's to a purty night", That old church lit up like an old Victrola jukebox - I heard music inside When I woke up all my empty cans were gone I felt rested, been a while since I slept that long I had this crazy idea in my head for a song A song about me and Jesus having a beer Just the two of us in a '98 Cavalier We were navigating through times that weren't quite so clear "Sometimes you need a Father, and sometimes you need a friend If you can take that advice from me, then you can make it up to them" "And it'll be alright, here's to a 'purty night If you have any more questions son, just stop by anytime, anytime day or night It'll be alright"
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Rings 05:29
Women | they say some crazy ass things I will and I do | and you can keep this damned old ring Over time | the words lose their sting Until I die | love just won’t taste the same The kids grew up | while I was chasing my dreams I saw sights with my eyes | that most people don’t see From time to time | I would hold that ring And think about | sights I wish I’d seen There’s only one trip down the line If I could just go back in time I’d make up for everything And we all hold rings I was broke | so I had to sell a few things I thought I’d choke | when I handed over Momma’s old ring I was down | in a real darkness that spring But I know now | there’s more important things to me There’s only one trip down the line And all we’re put here with is time We move on to better things I guess we all lose rings There’s only one trip down the line And all we’re put here with is time We carry on ‘til the Angel sings And we all hold rings
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We’re headed up to the mountains / Me and my purdy gal We’re gonna wish in a fountain / stay in a fine motel The kind with a view and a hot tub / and a king-size, heart-shaped bed I may never get this chance again I took off work a little early / so we could have time to spare I figured I’d take the back roads / and my baby could fix her hair Got a sweet deal on a chapel / cause’ I’m a returnin’ guest Yeah this time it’s bound to be the best! She just wants to get married / she can hear wedding bells Some folks think I’m crazy / coming back for another round A Smoky Mountain 2-for-1 / it sure beats livin’ in sin So I’m getting’ married in Gatlinburg again I’ve always wanted me a girlfriend / who thinks I'm debonair One I could take home to Momma’ / but with a New York City flare Now she’s here with this coupon / it barely seems real I never thought I’d get this good a’ deal She just wants to get married / she can hear wedding bells Some folks say I’m crazy / coming back for another round A Smoky Mountain 2-for-1 / it sure beats livin’ in sin So I’m getting’ married in Gatlinburg again
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Movin' On 04:46
They say I’ve had a real good life with family and friends I can’t remember them now, but I feel their hands Though spoken words, I don’t hear well anymore Time is louder than ever before As I roll around so slow With nowhere to go I know this place ain’t my home Soon I’ll be movin’ on All of us out here in this long white hall With broken down bones, we must seem so small Behind these cloudy eyes and drawn up face Is the man I used to be in a better place Now outside room 304 I wait by the Golden Door That doesn’t touch the floor Soon I’ll be movin on
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Darlin' I think we need to have a talk I've hardly had any lovin' here at all But I still have feelings for you Especially in my parts a'turnin' blue And I've been follerin' you all weekend Doing ever'thing you told me to Now I'm feelin' a little anxious Like they's a message comin' through There's parts of me that love you more ANd I'd like to foller' through 'Cause darlin' - parts of me are blue Now darlin' you've got me thinkin' again We're spending too much time just being friends And I've got something better for you As long as you don't mind it being blue If you want to make things better I'll tell you what you should do Put on that bright red lipstick ANd them see-through stripper shoes "cause honey you've got such a 'purty smile But talking just won't do And Sugar - parts of me are blue Parts of me are blue Parts of me are blue.
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Bad Land 04:11
I didn't want her to marry him, a widower with dark eyes In the wedlock he would bring with him, an older boy that never cried my Momma favored some abandoned land that PaPaw left in his will They would build us a brand new house up on that hill First they had to burn it down, the old building that stood up there I don't remember much about it now, but the rooms were stained and bare The fire smoldered for seven days 'til everything had turned to ash the lost souls that dwelled in there were sewed in the grass you can teareth down what man hath built you can set it all on fire you can whisper words with your lips but they'll hear your desires you can dig the hole and stack your stones with your own bare hands but you'll never make a house your home - if you build on bad land I saw signs of trouble there, near sunrise on Christmas Day Shadows moving up the hallway stairs, cast a (somber sort of)colder kind of shade they must have made it to my brother first, his room was closer than mine after that i never cared too much for the best place in line That dark-eyed man had his sights on me, and something had a'hold of him It might have been the haints he'd seen, or i guess it could have been the gin He'd rouse me up every morning (a flingin')casting cold water on my face the day i looked down my barrel at him, the water felt like flames
7.
Love and War 03:17
I know your mama said some bad things about me and some of them are probably true But you'll never know how she treated me or how much your daddy loves you it's a shame we couldn't fix it but we were sleeping with our swords they say all is fair in love and war When I think back, I'm still driving you home you're in the back seat I blinked my eyes and now you're grown do you remember what blue whales eat? Love ain't competition but we were always keeping score i guess all is fair in love and war now I'm the devil on your shoulder and Sometimes i get mad as Hell I'm not as bad as they've all told you But I'm here waiting for a time, that time will only tell To save you in a fight, always here to wish you well And everything will be alright Like the old times Time has passed I built my walls of one way glass and Virginia stone I will answerif you ever call A Dad's last chance to right his wrongs these years in isolation Have left me tattered and torn but I guess all is fair in Love and War
8.
Jones 05:06
I had this friend, his name was Jones Kinda' looked like a vampire, pale skin, a bag of bones Damn lucky to live through being young and dumb Full of piss with a 72' Camaro, we was cocked like a loaded gun Well it was fun riding shotgun, back in them days But one afternoon, 20 years later, I recognized his face He was Standing outside the Wal-Mart with a cardboard sign I told him to climb on in, but this time I'll drive _____________________________________________________ Jones - what the Hell are you doin' out here man? The last time I saw you - you had a Shifter in your hand _____________________________________________________ I could tell by the look in his eyes he was down on his luck We sat there for two or three hours just a talkin' in the truck with 3 kids and a wife waiting back at the Budget Inn He was just doing what he had to do to pay for all his sins Well I reckon time stands still when you're high on pills But life ain't livin' when your day to day is really just deal to deal Walkin' 'round town in concrete shoes with your arms in the air and You know - they know - that you screwed up - and you hope that they still care __________________________________________________________ Jones - what the Hell are you doin' out here man? The last time I saw you - you were workin' on your Master plan _____________________________________________________ He said Burger King's sells them doubles for a dollar a'piece That's a damn good thing when it's 80 for an 80 down on Myrtle street These kids'd be better off if me and their Mom was dead But they ain't no place to do the deed when we're all in the same bed So another day on the sidewalk, flaggin' West Stone Drive To Jones it ain't much different now than serving hard time He takes a fistful of rent money back with some cheese for the fridge Well it sure as Hell ain't the TajMahal but it's better than the bridge __________________________________________________________ Jones - what the Hell are you doin' out here man? The last time I saw you - you had the future in your hand
9.
I had forgotten my billfold when I came back home yesterday I found you in the arms of another - he must've come in the back way Now I was mad at you darlin' so I drove downtown to the Wild Boar And I drank and I drank with Willie and Hank and I told them that you was a whore! You were my good-timin' woman and I was your good-hearted man But now that you're dippin' Prince Albert, all I have left is a can A can of Milwaukee's finest, served up in a tall frosty glass I drank and i drank with Willie and Hank until I fell flat on my ass Music break I don't know if I'll ever be able to stagger back home This morning my music selection started as Haggard and Jones Then Johnny's Two-Timing Woman got me thinkin' 'bout you rollin' in the sack So I drank and I drank with Willie and Hank and I hope that you get the clap

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released July 29, 2019

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Jeff Lane Tennessee

Combining soul-infused folk with a country-blues edge, Tennessee native Jeff Lane puts big stories to song from a common man's point of view. His style is like taking a ride in a '76 Thunderbird, ridin' shotgun with Bill Withers and Paul Thorn!

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