Feral Fire

Lonely Is A Town

Lonely is a town
On a night like this
Where the city moans like a neon sign
Just flickering to try and stay lit

And the moon looks like a hole
Cut out of the sky
And shining through is a beacon of light
Somewhere from the other side

The ghosts are out
Their dancing among the living
If you listen you can hear them howl

And I feel like an orphan
Wanting to know
Where is home

I’ve been drug through the churches
Felt trapped like a dog on a chain
You can run as far as you want to
But something’s pulling you back again

Because lonely is a town
When your floating through space on a stone
And nobody knows where we’re headed
Maybe back to where we belong

The wind only blows
‘Cause it’s got nowhere to go
To call its own

You don’t need a soothsayer
To tell you how this life’s going to go
It starts just like you remember it
And how it ends nobody’s going to know
But your momma, she’ll always be your momma
No matter what kind of trouble you get in
And your daddy may have never told you that he loves you
But it doesn’t mean he never did.

Save Your Money For The Weekend

What’s there to go back to
If you had nothing to start out with
All my daddy left me was a name
And a mouth full of bad teeth

But Odelia honey I’ll be fine
If you meet me out on Friday night
I know Christian girls know what’s wrong
But that doesn’t mean they always have to do what’s right

Save your money for the weekend
And we’ll dance through the fire
You get one chance to make it through this life alive
We ain’t got far to fall
So lift your glass and we’ll bet it all
Honey there’s got to be some hell somewhere
waiting to be raised

Your family wants to condemn me
For the sins they commit themselves
But let them whisper dirty little secrets
Under those church house bells

And Odelia honey let it be known
I’d never tell you a lie
So if what I want to do is a sin
God better cover his eyes

So scrape together all of your pennies
Put on your favorite dress
And meet me down in the old part of town
For some excess

And Odelia honey I can’t say
What’s waiting for us up above
All I know is Southern girls are sweeter
‘Cause they’re full of Jesus’ love

Trembling Boy

Maybe we’re the wild ones
Burning on the inside
But you’re either chasing a dream
Or waiting around to die
So take my hand and let’s run for the other side

And watch this town burn
Smolder in the sun
Ashes covering everyone
Let go of what is gone

I ain’t nothing but blood
Ain’t nothing but guts, a soul with senses
Staggering down a path cleared by those who came before

They found out what’s at the end
Hell, I just want to get something started
You can start right now
By kissing this trembling boy
By kissing this trembling boy

Fate’s waiting to be found
And it will if you’re willing to chase it down

All of the fear we’ve hid behind
It’s just helped to feed this feral fire
So run for the unknown
Into the wild
And don’t look back

Kiss this trembling boy
Kiss this trembling boy

All over the world lives are ending
But here right now
This one’s just beginning

Your Heart To Haunt

Where where do you belong
And where is it you long to be
Far away from all of this
Out where the lights from town can’t be seen

And where where does the soul reside
Is it deep down in the bone
Fighting the flesh for freedom to roam
Just aching to go back home

Mine is your heart to haunt
When you’ve got nowhere left to run

Buried deep in this beating chest
Is a longing that won’t subside
A yearning to do something with myself
That proves that I was alive

Where where do we belong
And where is it we long to be
A wish might grant you what you want
But it’s up to you to find what you need

How can we know
Who we can believe
If everything we’ve been told
Is that we’re all born to deceive

No Guarantee

“Come on and tell me what you want, not what you think you need.
Let’s make this house a home and a baby makes three.”
I cried and said “I can’t stop now and there’s no guarantee.”

There ain’t no guarantee
No guarantee
There ain’t no guarantee

He said “What’s enough? Where do you think you want to be?
How much can you take or are you married to the sea?”
I smiled and said “I can’t stop now and there’s no guarantee.”

There ain’t no guarantee
No guarantee
There ain’t no guarantee

She said “I ain’t seen you since 1993.
When you coming home? You got all Tennessee on me.”
I laughed and said “I won’t stop now but there’s no guarantee.”

There ain’t no guarantee
No guarantee
There ain’t no guarantee
No, there ain’t no guarantee

The Sweet Forever

If the road to Hell’s been paved
With good intentions
Then let these
Let these be bad

Let Saturday night
Turn into Sunday morning
The same way
It always has

‘Cause I ain’t looking for the sweet forever
I just want something that makes the time feel better

And they’re all dressed up
From Lytle to Vine
Trying to earn a seat
In that big by and by

They all want to go to Heaven
Leave this world behind
But none of them
None of them want to die

So I ain’t looking for the sweet forever
I just want something that makes the time feel better

A lifetime seems so long
When you’re looking forward
And so short
When you’re looking back

And I’m down here stuck in the middle
Not knowing where I’m going
Or why
I’m where I’m at

So I ain’t looking for the sweet forever
I just want something that makes the time feel better

Bend With The Breeze

Run honey run as fast as you can
The wolves are out

They walk through this town with blood on their lips
And their hands held out

And the vultures are circling above your head
Just watching it all

Waiting for you to make one mistake
So they can watch you fall

So you better find someone to love
And make sure they know you do
Because you either bend with the breeze
Or let it break you

Your Daddy had a house up in Harriman
Off the interstate

And when your Momma got sick
Fate stepped in and changed everything

Now I’ve seen fires and floods and car wrecks
Where no one survived

But I ain’t ever seen fear like I did
When I looked into a broken man’s eyes

So you better grab a hold of something
And let it pull you through
Because you either bend with the breeze
Or let it break you

So run honey run as fast as you can
It’s a mean old world

But luck honey luck is always on the side
Of a pretty girl

So hold your head up and don’t you ever
Be ashamed to cry

And never forget how lucky you are
Just to be alive

So you better find someone to love
And make sure they know you do
Because you either bend with the breeze
Or let it break you

This life can be as beautiful as you want it to
But you got to bend with the breeze
Or it will break you.

The Natural State

Listen to the engine fade
Racing towards the Natural State
Knowing all that you love
Can’t live forever

We all need something
That keeps us alive
When everything feels like it’s died
So drive, it’s tonight or never

I’ve been waiting my whole life
For something to catch fire
But nothing burns here baby
But your own desire

You watch where you’re going
Or go nowhere instead
I don’t want to be buried
Before I’m dead

There’s an asphalt river
Flowing across this state
It’s sink or swim honey
Or get lost in its wake

So take 40 west
Towards the sunset
Knowing nothing kills you slower
Than living with regret

Pretty Things

All your pretty things
Lying on the floor
How they once clung to you
That was before

The blues abound
Right outside the door
‘Cause all your pretty things
Don’t make you feel pretty no more

Just look around
Everything is changing so fast
And time’s like a criminal
Always running from the past

There are ghosts in the halls
And whispers in the wood
Feeling bad may be good enough
But it ain’t like feeling good

Don’t take it so tough
After all it’s just stuff
You can have everything
And still not have love

All your pretty things
Lying on the floor
They’re like artifacts
Of who you were before

But let them pile up
And spill out into the yard
‘Cause all your pretty things
Ain’t as pretty as you are

Through The Screen Door

What a sweet sweet life this is
Don’t know where I’m going
Wouldn’t matter if I did

And its cold cold out in the midnight hours
Pacing the pavement
And the dogwood flowers

The streetlights look like stars on poles
Lighting up the city
Once the sun goes home

And I imagine you laying there
On your big big bed
All of your brand new plans
Running through your head

And I walked all night until my feet got sore
And nobody writes letters anymore
So its good goodbye
Through the screen door

These old old houses
Have seen everything
Standing there watching
The mistakes being made

They’re huddled all around me
So I can’t run
Whispering you can’t be everything to everyone

And I walked all night until my feet got sore
And no one promises forever anymore
So it’s good goodbye through the screen door

When the sun crawled out of the earth
I was there to see it first

And I walked all night until my feet got sore
And nobody writes letters anymore
And forever is too long not to be sure
So it’s good goodbye through the screen door

Hope and Peril

Hope says she’ll never settle down
Wants to keep collecting jewels for her crown
She lines her heart with stones and covers up the cold
One for every place she’s been and where she’ll go

But she knows there’s no way around the words
She won’t trade anything that’s hers
So she keeps her head to the ground
and holds out for higher scores, high scores

Peril says he’s tired of working
Sick of all the dull and same that he’s been serving
He wants a rain to come and wash away his home
A way to clean the ground and let him start alone

But he knows there’s no way around the words
He won’t trade anything that hurts
So he keeps his head to the ground
and holds out for higher scores, high scores.

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