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Matches Don't Burn Memories

I've been drinkin' whisky; rockin' on this porch
Got a box full of matches; each one's a little torch
Siftin' thru our pictures, like to burn'em everyone
Been tossin' out your clothes, why this is so much fun
I could start a fire, like the one you lit in me
But matches don't burn memories, why can't I let it be?

Gotta a pocket full of pills, could they set me free?
Can't know how I feel, all this pain and misery
Believed you when you told me, how our love would always last
Seems like it's been years; yet only one has past
You know my heart is burnin', can I relight this flame?
Matches don't burn memories; won't you take me back again?

The flames are burnin' brighter, the ashes float away
Matches don't burn memories
So in my mind...in my mind you'll stay

Can I live another day believing I'm the one to blame?
Teardrops soak the matchbox as I strike the final flame
Too late to reconsider, too sad to live in pain?
Matches might burn memories, please take me back again?
I wonder if you'd care, should I fall so down,
That you would find my ashes, in our house burnt to the ground?

Matches...don't burn memories, memories...fade away
Matches...don't burn memories, ashes...float away
Matches...don't burn memories, memories...fade away
Matches...don't burn memories, ashes...float away

Soul Dance

Remember when I heard it, when I first got the news
Was a crisp November day, I'd forgotten 'bout the blues
Doctor called me up; said my test results were in
Cancer was the worst of all the places I had been

I needed all my family, called upon my friends
They helped to pull me up, told me this was not the end
Had no man beside me, but I gathered all my strength
I knew I would defeat it; I would go to any length

Sometimes when you have to, you can summon all you've got
You can pull it all together; have to give it your best shot
To help get you through you must rejuvenate your soul
You look life in the face and you say "Let's Roll"

I do a soul dance, to strengthen my soul
Take a big chance, and make it my goal
Do a soul dance, look bad news in the eye
It's your best chance; you can fight back if you try

When you're feelin' down, and just can't shake the blues
When it's all that you can take, you've got nothin' more to loose
You'll know it when you see me; with that smile upon my face
C'mon, you can join me; we'll put bad luck in its place

We'll do the soul dance; we'll look evil in the eye
Fight like you're in trance; you can make it if you try
Do a soul dance; it comes from your heart
Take a firm stance and make a new start

Sometimes hard to rearrange, got to break through; go for a change
When you look back on all you dread, toughest fight was the one in your head
Are you ready to do a soul dance?

You do a soul dance, look bad news in the eye
It's your best chance; raise your spirit to the sky
Do a soul dance, come in from the cold
Take a big chance, got to make it your goal

Been a Long Time Comin'

It's been a long time comin'
This chance to tell the truth
You tortured us with your words and deeds
You cut short my youth

Many things that you taught me
Some even by design
But I saw right through your ruse
Although I was going blind

I could never seem to reconcile
What makes a man act that way?
It was drink that brought the coward to the front
So Mama said we couldn't stay

Sometimes you were hard on me just to teach me to survive
But when you were so cruel and mean, made me wish you weren't alive

I think about all the sadness that you dealt
But there were good times too
There'd be laughter and there'd be joy from your heart
You weren't just evil through and through

Was your anger and your bitterness
Your way to deal with despair
The loss of a child so young
To make us pay just wasn't fair

You can hide behind your bottle
And you can hide behind the lies
But you can't, no you can't hide from me no more
The struggle's over, there is no prize

Earth Bound

Felt you in the distance, you were much like me
Knew you would change my life, just had to make you see
Rooster stares at the rising sun, crows at the light & what it's brung...
Now I know...you're the light for me.
When you left, I was alone again
Dark clouds gathered, started rollin' in...
I was earthbound; can't break free

Don't wanna be alone here, wanted you to stay
Been livin' in the dark so long, miss the light of day
See you in my dreams, when I wake it always seems...
That you were here...right by my side
Waitin' for the train comin' down the track
Everyday hoping it will bring you back
Earthbound, earthbound without you.

Tell myself...it hasn't been so long
Sit and wonder...what went wrong
Thought I had found the key to joy, when I found you
Now I'm lost without your touch, don't you need me too?

Oh, how I miss you so...why did you have to go?
I need to fly away, fly to where you are...

Windmills turning, turning in my head,
Trying to remember...last thing you said
Did you leave a clue, could you have thought we were through?
Oh no...I know you'll come back to me
Need you to know I'm gonna fly away,
Nothing in this world can keep me away from you
Earthbound without you

Thought I had found the key to joy, when I found you
Now I'm lost without your touch, don't you need me too?

Old Black Crow

There's an old black crow on my window sill
She's screaming out, she's had her fill
She ain't got no mama, she ain't got no home
Heart is broken, and she's all alone

I hear her cry all through the night
I hear her fly with all her might
She's searching out to find her soul
But just like me; pain takes its toll
The old black crow can't get no rest
Old black crow has done her best

We screech through our lives like the old black crow
How do we prepare for what we couldn't see or know?

She flaps her wings, but doesn't get far
Something holds her back, can't reach her star
You can take many paths, you can travel many roads
You can travel light, or you can carry heavy loads
But when you reach your place and the wind begins to slow
Stories echo in the night like the old black crow

We scream through our lives like the old black crow
Move too fast when we should move slow
We screech through our lives like the old black crow
How do we prepare for what we couldn't see or know?

There's an old black crow on my window sill
She's crying out, she's losing her will
She ain't got no kin, she ain't got no home
Her heart is broken, and she's all alone
I feel her pain deep in my bones
Are these lessons learned stepping stones

I feel a kinship with the old black crow
Is it true that you reap, reap what you sow?
What did she do to deserve this plight?
I wonder myself, does darkness bring new sight?

One Last Walk

Remembering the long walks; in the glow of the street lights
Illuminating memories on the avenue
We were caught up in our moments, time standing still
Sharing our dreams, old and new
But somehow we knew, that we'd have to part
And it all would come down...

To one last walk; down the boulevard
One last walk...with you

I Hope that those memories bring comfort to you
The same way that yours visit me as I sleep
Try to imagine you coming home
Never leaving my side, forever to keep
I pray that you're safe, away from harm
Just like I did on that...

One last walk; down the boulevard
One last walk...with you

Seen through my eyes, you're my guiding light
Will you always be there to save me from sorrow?

Down the boulevard
One last walk...with you

Mama Said

Mama said you see what no one else sees
Mama said my baby's gonna go far
Mama said you stand tall as the trees
Mama said you're my shining star

Mama said I'll take you by the hand
Mama said together we'll make a stand
Said she saw a ring around the moon
Mama said her baby girl's the one that put it there

My soul is cryin' out, trying to remember it all
When you're an angel, will you fly down, save me when I call?

Murder of crows guard the old road
Troubadours line wires between poles
Mama said life is like a circle
We all endure the passing of souls

Mama said now go out and play awhile
Life was fun with nursery rhymes and games
Memories of joyous times make me smile
Bring back vision, feelings, places, old names

My soul is cryin' out, trying to remember it all
When you're an angel, will you fly down, save me when I call?

Hear her voice whisper in the night
"Together we can climb any hill"
Mama said everything will be alright
But comfort eludes me still

Mama said take your sister by the hand
Said remember I'm your biggest fan
Say your prayers, and take your brother too
Dry your eyes; I'll always be with you

Passion's Not a Crime

When did we leave, leave our childhood
We watched our future become yesterday
Do we blame ourselves when something evil steals our fortune?

When the innocence is plucked from the flower
Of our youth one petal at a time
Love begins to ask, ask for something in return

But deep, yes deep inside
All our passion, our passion's not a crime
We search out for the reasons, answers to our questions

Slowly turning cold
We're growing old
It's not what we're told
Did we stray from the fold?

When what you made is taken from you
The only reason you had for carrying on
You cry out for salvation, to heal the hole in your heart
They're not coming back

But deep, yes deep inside
All our passion, our passion's not a crime
We search out for the reasons, answers to our questions

Our souls are bought and sold
Our lives put on hold
It's not what we're told
Did we stray from the fold?

Our passion's not a crime
Do our hearts heal in time?
Life can turn on a dime
There's so little time

I'm down on my knees
Beggin' you please
I'll believe
Just come back to me

Dirt Bed

Our spirits were young, and full of life
I was sixteen, I was his wife
Ain't no future, when you live in doubt
He took my soul, when he walked out
Don't give me no dirt bed,
Not ready to go
Oh no, I'm not ready for the cold

Were you afraid that you'd have to carry me?
Were you too scared that you'd have to bury me?
I just need a little help to stand on my feet
I'll keep on pushin' till I'm too tired and beat
Don't give me no dirt bed
I'm not, not ready to go
Oh no, I'm not ready for the cold

I think about the time when I, I was young
Way back when life was carefree and fun
I've seen a lot of trouble and hard times too
Old memories to help me get through
Oh, you know they help me get through, oh yeah
You know they help me get through

A southern soul and this black cat bone
Keepin' me away from that cold tombstone
Bones are wore out, I'm movin' slow
I still got some spark, I ain't ready to go
Oooh, I ain't ready to go,
No, no, no, no, I ain't ready to go

I've danced through the high times, I've cried through the lows
Took the bad with the good, like thorns on a rose
Lights grow dim; it's a question of time
But don't count me gone; I'm just past my prime

I've never looked back, not afraid to fail
Not much left of this old torn veil
But if I could make changes in how I've lived
I'd take a little less...the more I could give

Oh no, I'm not ready to go
I've got a purpose; I'm just an old soul
Don't tell me I'd be better off dead
I ain't ready for no dirt bed

Hang Tough

I got a monkey on my back
Won't stop pounding on my head
I got a blonde haired voodoo Jesus
Saves my soul
I got a repo man knows my name
Keeps me hanging low
I got a boyfriend spends my money
Thinks I don't know

Everything's gonna be alright,
I've been there before
Life keeps knocking you down
So you get up off the floor
Put your right foot out in front,
Wave your hands, scream and shout
Don't you do it baby, don't you pull your hair out
Got to hang tough you got all the right stuff

I got an uncle who's a lawyer
Tries to get me in his bed
Got a boss who thinks I'm wonderful
If my skirt's above my head
Got a dashboard Virgin Mary
She keeps me out in front
I got a bastard on my ass
Says I broke his heart for fun

Everything's gonna be alright,
I've been there before
Life keeps knocking you down
So you get up off the floor
Put your right foot out in front,
Wave your hands, scream and shout
Don't you do it baby, don't you pull your hair out
You got to hang tough you got all the right stuff

What do you do when life gets rough; well I don't know about you
But I hang tough
Like climbing up the mountain, when you think you've had enough
Take one step at a time, got to hang tough

I got a judge who heard my story
And he really liked my dress
I got fifteen years probation
My life's a frickin' mess
I got dreams and schemes but lack the means
And my drummer can't count to four
But that's ok 'cause today's the day
I don't have to take it anymore

Everything's gonna be alright,
I've been there before
Life keeps knocking you down
So you get up off the floor
Put your right foot out in front,
Wave your hands, scream and shout
Don't you do it baby, don't you pull your hair out
Got, got, got to hang tough you got all the right stuff
Got, got, got to hang tough you got all the right stuff

It's Been Real

What you gonna to tell me, that I haven't heard before?
What you got to show me, boy, as you're walkin' out the door?
Will you hold me long enough, that I'll forget what I've found?
Won't you hold me tight enough, that these tears won't fall down?

We ain't buildin' no rockets here, and I've got no place to run
But knowin' how you've lied to me, it's been real but it ain't been fun

I should have seen the signs; I should have known the score
I guess I was blinded by, by my appetite for more
Will you turn back the clock; will you shut off this pain?
Will your touch ever mean enough, or just more of the same?

I'm not sayin' we should reinvent the wheel, or build towers to reach the sun
But for all the times that I've looked the other way, it's been real but it ain't been fun

Bridges that we used to cross you put to the torch
Secrets that we used to share are now practice for your sport
Will you hold me long enough for my heart can heal again?
Why don't you just walk on out, we'll pretend to be just friends

We ain't buildin' no rockets here, all this foolishness is done
But for all the times that you've lied to me, it's been real but it ain't been fun

We ain't buildin' no rocket ships...this ain't rocket science, and I've got no place to run
But knowin' how you've lied to me, it's been real but it ain't fun

Your Redeemer

Big yellow moon up high
Four legged thunder, clay so red
Haven't got time to ponder
Haven't got patience to wake the dead
Memories of a troubled past
Memories of lives lived up fast

Can't seem to quench the fire
Old religions pull the reins
Some folks born to suffer
So many Abels, too many Cains
Free men feed each other
Chained men feed the envy inside

When darkness walks behind you, a seeming attack
The wolf is your redeemer, but don't look back
Hammer and the sickle, the white crescent moon
The cross and the star, not enough room

You're your own redeemer
You're your own redeemer

Born in the Southland
Learned about courage, learned about grace
When will this war be over?
Think about struggles we will face

Will we find a path?
Free from shame, not in haste?
When we choose our battles
We can choose our resting place?

You're your own redeemer; you're your own redeemer
You're your own redeemer; you're your own redeemer