The Rooster EP

  • I forgot how to smile as a sober man
    I forgot how to laugh as a kid
    I forgot what it's like to hold a woman's hand and not lead her straight to my bed

    I forgot how to kiss and mean it
    Every pause, every slip of my tongue
    I've been loyal to the wants of my lustful heart
    And unfaithful to my friend Love

    But you remind me who I was and who I want to be
    You remind me that though not whole, I'm not empty
    There are things I lost in the fire of time
    Things I thought, again I'll never see
    But when it's hard for me to recall my name
    You remind me

    You've been quick to dismiss all my apologies
    My confessions seem to only waste your time
    I thought grace was in the clouds among the heavenly
    But now it's staring me right in the eyes

    You remind me who I was and who I want to be
    You remind me that though not whole, I'm not empty
    There are things I lost in the fire of time
    Things I though, again I'll never see
    But when it's hard for me to recall my name
    You remind me

  • There are gonna be days when you hate me
    There are gonna be days when I make you mad
    There are gonna be days when you don't know what we're doing
    Maybe some days you wish you could take it all back

    There are gonna be days when the love is so thin
    The days are a game that we just can't win
    There are gonna be days you might want to be free
    There are gonna be days that you hate me

    But hold on strong
    Don't let go
    We'll carry on I know we can find a way
    'cause you're still my girl in the bad days

    There are gonna be days I haven't seen you for months
    Nights when my lover is a basement club
    There are gonna be weeks when you're all alone
    Because of the days I'm chained to that open road

    But I hope the years that we come up short
    Are swallowed by the years that we make it work
    I pray the times when our love is sweet
    Outweigh the days that you hate me

    But hold on strong
    Don't let go
    We'll carry on I know we can find a way
    'cause you're still my girl in the bad days

  • They love me for being honest
    They love me for being myself
    But the minute I mention Jesus
    They want me to go to Hell

    It's hard to find the balance
    When I don't believe in one
    When you mix art with business
    You're just shooting an empty gun

    You're just a songwriter, you ain't a preacher
    We came to mourn you, not to look in the mirror
    Sing about those hard times, sing about those women
    We love the broken, not the forgiven

    These songs will only take me
    As far as the people will go
    If I can't make them happy
    Well then they won't come to my shows

    Maybe that's what killed
    All the great voices in the world
    Always bleeding for every line
    But no one was bleeding in return

    You're just a songwriter, you ain't a preacher
    We came to mourn you, not to look in the mirror
    Sing about those hard times, sing about those women
    We love the broken, not the forgiven

  • We've seen a lot of pain
    We've weathered a lot of storms
    Fell asleep in the moonlight
    But that rooster never crowed at dawn

    I wish that I had ears
    To hold all the troubles in your mouth
    But some things get lost, honey
    And some things can't be found

    We're just strangers passing each other on the side of the road
    Just strangers, in the checkout line at the grocery store
    And I have no answers so what do you keep doing this for?
    Don't call me crying, don't call me crying no more

    I hate to be course
    But you had your chance to complain
    All those times on your front porch
    When I was on my knees, on my face

    But when a house burns down
    You rebuild or move away
    It's not your fault for being broken
    It's your fault for choosing to stay

    We're just strangers passing each other on the side of the road
    Just strangers, in the checkout line at the grocery store
    And I have no answers so what do you keep doing this for?
    Don't call me crying, don't call me crying no more

  • There is nothing like my baby's love
    Better than wine and whiskey, my baby get's me drunk

    You take me to glory, love
    You take me to glory, love

    I could take her to Paris, I could take her to Rome
    But my baby is a compass, my baby spins around the globe

    You take me to glory, love
    You take me to glory, love

    I don't know where you came from
    But I know where I'm going

    You take me to glory

Apologies

  • I've stood in Roman cathedrals 
    Prayed in Southern Baptist chapels
    I've never heard a voice so I ain't paying a penny more
    Tell me where to find the Lord
     
    They raised me on doughnuts and coffee
    Under fluorescent lights we watched outdated movies
    It smelled like a hospital but no one was being cured
    Tell me where to find the Lord
     
    Tell me where to find
    Tell me where to find the Lord
    How the hell am I supposed to knock on Heaven if I can't even see the door
    Tell me where to find the Lord
     
    So I traded in my pew for a bar stool
    Trying to find redemption in the mind of the youth
    We'd sit tall with our cigarettes and disheveled uniforms
    Oh I never, no I never saw the Lord
     
    My biggest fear in the world
    Is introducing myself in the grave
    After all my years living free
    I don't have much to say
     
    Oh the longer I live the more I know I'm gonna die
    And the more questions I have the less I want to try
    Time was winning so many times I stopped keeping score
    Tell me where to find the Lord
  • Well I never paid attention when I was a young boy
    To the great instructions from the ones that came before me
    Now that I'm older I long to pay attention
    But it doesn't seem like anyone is saying much of anything
     
    Well there's a piece of me that loves all this sadness
    That loves for onlookers to call me tragic
    But buried underneath all the women and the booze
    Is a man that I know who's ashamed at what I choose
     
    Well I believe in God and I believe he wants me to believe in me
     
    So what's it gonna take to make this stop
    What do I gotta do to know I've got
    All the strength inside my bones to let it go to let it drop
     
    Well I've been holding on so long it seems
    That what I'm holding has been holding me
  • I'm gonna hop on that train today
    I got nowhere to go but no reason to stay
    In four years I've traveled a hundred and sixty thousand miles
    And the wind keeps pulling me out
     
    Maybe I go because I'm chasing something
    Maybe I go because something is chasing me
    Maybe I leave because I've yet to find someone
    To look me in the face...
    And say
     
    Stick Around
    I want you next to me
    Stick Around
    There ain't no reason for leaving
    The road's been hard boy but I'll never bring you down
    Stick Around
     
    Postcards and Road maps
    Empty alleyways, cigarettes
    Five miles till my next exit
    Then I'll be singing to a room of strangers
     
    I miss my family
    I miss my brother
    I wonder if his son is ever gonna know me
    I wonder if I'll have a son I could call my own
    I wish someone would hold me down and say
     
    Stick Around
    At least occasionally 
    Stick Around
    There ain't no reason for leaving
    This life's too good boy and I think you're missing out
    Stick Around
     
    So I'm gonna hop on that train today
    I got nowhere to go but no reason to stay
    In four years I've traveled a hundred and sixty thousand miles
    Maybe one day...
     
    I'll stick around
  • "I"m sorry"
    That phrase has lost its meaning
    I've used it far too often
    Now no one can believe me
     
    Apologies
    Are all I have to offer
    I wear them like jewelry
    But I ain't fooling no one
     
    If my remorse looked more like love
    Then all my friends and family would always have enough
    If my tears could heal your wounds
    Then I'd cry, cry, cry a little more for you
     
    If I hurt someone as a boy
    They say, "don't sweat it he's just a kid"
    But if I hurt someone as a man
    No one can believe just what I did
     
    Well I may look older
    I may have more lines upon my face
    But the biggest lie I ever heard
    Was that wisdom comes with age
     
    Oh yes I'd cry a little more
    I'd cry just a little more
    I'd cry just a little more
     
    If my tears could heal your wounds
    Well then I'd cry, cry, cry a little more for you
  • On my own I am trouble
    All alone I could die
    It won't be long till you see
    That it ain't kind to leave a man like me
     
    Some men are strong as iron
    Some men they rage like fire
    Some men roam the world alone and free
    But it ain't kind to leave a man like me
     
    It ain't kind
    No it ain't right
    The Lord disapproves and The Devil delights
    When I'm alone stars don't shine
    So I'll let you go but you should know that it ain't kind
     
    I wish I could be one of those loners
    Just hanging on a wall like a flower
    So one day if my love decided not to be 
    Well I'd just shrug and let them leave
  • Where did you come from? 
    Where have you been?
    I was loving the darkness
    But now your lights creeping in
     
    I cut down the roses
    And burn the house to the ground
    Where did you come from?
    What brought you here now?
     
    See that was the last time
    That I'd lose my grip
    To paint you a picture
    For it to get ripped
     
    The fields are all dry
    The soil's no good
    You got a lot of nerve honey
    Thinking you could
     
    Would it be okay if I said no?
    Would it be alright if I asked you to go?
    Because Lord knows I tried
    Lord knows I died
    And I ain't coming around for another goodbye
    No I ain't coming around for another goodbye
    Goodbye
  • She wakes me in the morning
    She stirs me in my sleep
    She kisses me softly
    And refuses to let me dream
     
    Well I hate the mornings baby
    You know I hate the dawn
    But with you right there beside me honey 
    Bring that morning on
     
    I ain't good at talking
    Unless I got a drink in my hand
    When you're always meeting strangers
    You get tired of making friends
     
    I'm always checking my watch baby
    Or sneaking off to have a smoke
    But with you right there beside me honey
    Bring them people close
     
    The world has stolen most of my youth
    And with what's left Time has bruised
    I don't know what to do most days
    No I don't know where to go
    But with you right there beside me I'll keep moving on down the road
     
    I was born to be crazy
    But I was bred to be tame
    I've always been a wanderer 
    Though it's always driven me insane
     
    I keep on fighting with myself
    Screaming "Boy, make up your mind"
     
    But with you right there beside me
    With you right there beside me
    With you right there beside me honey I'm feeling Mighty Fine
  • I wanna take you dancing in your dining room
    While that young band from Carolina sings that old jazz tune
    I can't tell if it's all this drinking
    But are we thinking the same things at the same time
    Oh what a good day honey, the day I could call you mine
     
    There's a mystery flask in the freezer and all the beer is gone
    So let's take shots of vodka and worry about it in the morn'
    I just want to kiss you and spin you around one more time
    Oh what a good day honey, the day I could call you mine
     
    Oh it might be early
    It might be soon
    But I just might go crazy if I don't have you
    To hold me up
    So don't let me down
     
    The sun's coming up and we're both drunk
    So what should I do
    Well it might be smart but honey I don't want to tip my hat to you
    That old house of yours just creeks and moans as I leave you behind
    Oh what I good day honey, the day I could call you mine
     
    Oh what a good day honey, the day I could call you mine
  • Oh how I wish that you would know me
    Miss Milwaukee
    I would take you to a late night place
    To get drunk on whiskey
     
    And as we stumble back through the cold
    I will hold and keep you from the rain
     
    I want to hold your hand like children do
    With no agenda or motivation my hands are true
     
    And don't you worry your pretty face off
    I'll sleep on the couch and see you in the afternoon
     
    I often think about that night
    I've never felt so calm
    We were strangers at first sight
    We were lovers by the dawn
     
    It was...
     
    Bone to Bone
    Mouth to Mouth
    Skin to Skin
     
    I was...
     
    Paper Thin
  • God bless this bar
    With the soiled wooden floors
    The heads that always turn when I walk through the door
     
    God bless this bar
    The jukebox never changes
    Neither do the faces
    That hold my broken heart
     
    God bless this bar
     
    God bless this girl
    No matter what I do
    She always pulls through and comes back for more
     
    God bless this girl
    Hiding behind that smile
    When I know she's really crying like a child 
    Who learned the world was never pure
     
    God bless this girl
     
    God bless my time
    He's always pointing his fingers 
    Making me remember that all this is on the line
     
    God bless my time
    I'm feeling more lost
    And keep coming up more short with every year that passes by
  • I wish upon you peace
    I wish upon you grace
    I wish for less of what you want
    And more of what you need
     
    I wish upon you an old life 
    With a heart that stays young
    But most of all I wish upon you love
     
    I wish upon you truth
    When all you feel is doubt
    I hope you know that an open mind
    Still knows when to shut things out
     
    I wish upon you a brave heart
    That will always rise above
    But most of all I wish upon you love
     
    As the sun sets the moon begins to rise
    So even in the darkness you'll find the light
     
    You'll find the light
    You'll find the light
     
    Yes, even in the darkness you'll find the light
     
    I wish upon you an easy life
    I wish upon you hard times
    I hope you know that both joy and pain
    Each need their moment to shine
     
    I wish you ears that are quick to listen
    That you're slow to use that tongue
    But most of all I wish upon you love
     
    As the sun sets the moon begins to rise
    So even in the darkness you'll find the light
     
    You'll find the light
    You'll find the light
    You'll find the light
     
    Yes, even in the darkness you'll find the light