The Better Angels Of Our Nature

Only Time Will Tell

Only time will tell
Or tell us nothing
Or maybe we already know

So many days to fill
Trying to feel something
More than a slow ebb and flow

So drag me out into the street
If you hear the news coming
Now mothers and fathers teach their children
It doesn’t matter if blood’s thicker than water
If it’s on your hands

So let’s raise our glasses
For those once among us
For those who fought away fear

Who stepped into the darkness
Into the shadows
Never to reappear

If you call on me
You know I’ll come running
Through the fire across the field
Down by the water where we played as children
When heaven was over the hill

The truth may only hurt if it comes
And tells us
That the heroes were really the ones
Who walked away

Little Caney

Hold my hand and walk the ground softly
We don’t want to wake the dead
Just want a little corn in our bread and settle down
Come on Little Caney you know the sun is sinking now
And we got to make it on out to where your branches lay

Marked by stones and covered by wildflowers
Is family you’ve never known
Rotten old clothes lying in boxes of bones
I wish you could’ve been there when they all had souls
So much soul

Don’t get lost in the tall tall grass
It’s grown as high as you
I can see the graveyard peeking through the trees
And the scattered monuments of your kin
Reunited in the dirt
Only absent the hurt that living brings

Marked by stones and covered by wildflowers
Is family you’ve never known
Rotten old clothes lying in boxes of bones
I wish you could’ve been there when they all had souls
So much soul

Looky here Little Caney honey don’t you cry
You know we’re all going to die someday
And the hand of another you’ll be holding tight
When you walk out to the site where I lay

Marked by stones and covered by wildflowers
Is family you’ve never known
Rotten old clothes lying in boxes of bones
I wish you could’ve been there when they all had souls
So much soul
Where did it go

Almsgiver

Once I had it all
And I held it in my hands
But it slipped through my fingers
Like tiny grains of sand
Scattered by the wind
Never to return again

I’ve been down I’ve been broken
I’ve been beaten I’ve been torn
Can’t sleep with the light off
Can’t sleep with it on
Can’t feel much of nothing
I’ve been too numb from the scorn

Almsgiver
I don’t need no charity
I don’t want your money
But honey, give your love to me

Momma she done told you
Papa told you too
Them boys with guitars
Can’t take care of you
They only run and they’re reckless
They live the way they want to.

But they’ve never felt freedom
Never wrapped it in their arms
Never been willing to risk everything
To follow what’s in their hearts
But honey I’ll tell you right now I’m willing to risk it all

Almsgiver
I don’t need no charity
I don’t want your money
But honey, give your love to me
Everything has a beginning
And everything too must end
But nothing’s gone forever
It just changes from what it’s been
And I’ve changed from what I’ve been
So honey let me back in

Almsgiver
If what will be will be
Then let me be for you
And honey you can be for me

Valessa

Valessa, you wear your pain well
It’s under your skin where no one can tell
Behind your eyes and skeleton frame
Wrapped like wisteria vines around your veins

Ahead of you lies handfuls of tears
Thousands of chances for fate to appear
New mornings to weaken the aching you feel
But never will it disappear

And know that sometimes your own blood
Can leave you with open wounds
Cut so deep they never stop bleeding
But you don’t want to be the one who dies with a broken heart
That had a chance at healing

Your momma ain’t around
You were your daddy’s little mistake
The selfish can’t keep promises they make
Now your left to find from where you came
With no road home no history to reclaim

But Valessa, don’t let this world get to you
Happiness can be yours if you want it to
Because family is just another word for the ones you love
So open up your arms honey let me give you some

And know that sometimes your own blood
Can leave you with open wounds
Cut so deep they never stop bleeding
But you don’t want to be the one who dies with a broken heart
That had a chance at healing

Shout It From The Rooftops

Go shout it from the rooftops
There’s going to be a meeting up yonder
Crawl out of the malaise
Out from the vices that you’re under

Let it echo through the streets
From the bars, the high-rises to the prisons
It’s time to cast out your thieves
It’s time to let go of your skeletons

Don’t bring nothing you can’t die with
Don’t bring nothing you think you need
You can’t swim across a river
With arms full of useless things

Say goodbye to skin your wearing
Say goodbye to the name you’ve known
And lets walk out in that water
Hand in hand, no one lets go

Come and lay your burdens down
You know we’re the same once we’re in the ground
Let this be a chance to turn things around
Even if you don’t have no faith
No matter what god you claim
Just never let the devil win again

When will a Sunday
Not divide up this town
Ain’t no color in the bible
Till 10 o’clock service comes around

Watch out for churches that have been built
Brick by brick on self-interest
Neon crucifixes glowing in shame
Villainous voices saying ‘as god as my witness’

But we’re going to keep on marching on
We’re going to look death in the eye
We’re going live courageously
We’re going love and not care why
We aint looking for any prize
At the end of all this
We won with love in our hearts
And forgiveness rolled in our fists

Come and lay your burdens down
You know we’re the same once we’re in the ground
Let this be a chance to turn things around
Even if you don’t have no faith
No matter what god you claim
Just never let the devil win again

Bitter Branch

I’ve seen you roll
I’ve seen you die
I’ve seen you washed out
I’ve seen you dry

I took a drink
When our water was gone
I felt your kiss
when we knew it was wrong

But you’re never at a loss for words
And the ones you say you don’t take back

Bitter Branch

I’ve seen your kind
Bear away wood
’til Southern veins
Run red with mud

When you flood
You’re clear as gin
Your heart’s too cold
To wash away sin

You’re never at a loss for words
And the ones you say you don’t take back

Bitter Branch

You’ve got a soul
That only means well
Don’t know the truth
In the stories you tell

Pillar to post
Just send it down the line
‘Cause the work ain’t done
While the sun still shines

You’re never at a loss for words
And the ones you say you don’t take back

Bitter Branch

Gasoline Soaked Heart

With a pocket of luck
I made it out to Greenville
Where I married that big American sky
While all my cynical friends
Have been camped out in the suburbs
I’ve been running around
Living a ramblin’ man’s life

From a bar stool
I was shouting out bible verses
To a ghost who’d been following me for awhile
And I couldn’t find the energy I needed
To make myself smile

These headlights are just a pair of eyes
That only open at night
To see the darker side
And these dead end streets
Only lead to dead end things
My heart’s drenched in gasoline
Don’t light a spark in me

I woke up to feel the dirt
I swear for a second I could feel a heartbeat in the earth
And the stars burned like cigarettes
And danced like ashes over my head
I couldn’t even say a word

From a parking lot
I was fighting with the shadows
And trying to run away from my own
No matter how many songs I write
He’s never going to leave me alone

These headlights are just a pair of eyes
That only open at night
To see the darker side
And these dead end streets
Only lead to dead end things
My heart’s drenched in gasoline
Don’t light a spark in me

Nothing Can Hurt You Now

Aim for the heart
Spangled are the stars
Burning liberty
Bury the money in the ground
The enemy is closer now

So blind is the faith
Bad is the taste
Of this medicine
Go ahead and choke it down
Nothing can hurt you now

Awaken from the caves
Exhume the graves
Culture owns this town
The rebels are dying out
Whose going to save us now

Lies in the flesh
Skin like mesh
What a temperament
Sit there and take the punishment
Never mind where the tolerance went

Let the church bells crack the air
And deliver the free
They want to know what side you’re on
Before we reach eternity

Break loose the chains
And revel in the pain
Of uncertainty
Admit some answers aren’t here to see
The truth is whatever you want to believe

But step out into nothing
And together we’ll scribble our identity
And form our own ideologies
Find out what freedom means

Let the church bells crack the air
And deliver the free
They want to know what side you’re on
Before we reach eternity

You can steal the soul from a heart that’s still beating

Chase Me Out Of The Dark

Let’s rope the moon
And drag it out of the city
And drive out where mercy is a virtue
I want to curse at the world with my arms around you
Whisper anything you don’t want to take to the grave with you

So hold on to me
In the glow of the dash light
And I can die knowing
At least I got one thing right
Everybody needs someone to chase their whole life
So chase me, chase me
Out of the dark tonight

This world is full of so many lies
And eager lips dying to tell them
But this I can promise you with my life
Never a false word will leave my tongue intended to hurt you
Never will you fall as long as I have a breath inside

So hold on to me
In the glow of the dash light
And I can die knowing
At least I got one thing right
Everybody needs someone to chase their whole life
So chase me, chase me
out of the dark tonight

I want to be where you are
As long as this life allows
Here’s my devotion
It belongs to you know

So hold on to me
In the glow of the dash light
And I can die knowing
At least I got one thing right
Everybody needs someone to chase their whole life
So chase me, chase me
out of the dark tonight

Blood On The Knobs

Shake up the future
Rattle this cage
Roll down the road to the next show that doesn’t pay

I’m still holding onto rock ‘n’ roll
Holding onto rock ‘n’ roll

14 years growing up in bars
Sleeping on floors
Playing cheap guitars

I’m still holding onto rock ‘n’ roll
Holding onto rock ‘n’ roll

The late, late nights
The early day jobs
Rust on the strings
Blood on the knobs

I’m still holding onto rock ‘n’ roll
Holding onto rock ‘n’ roll

With many people
I’ve shared a stage
They’ve moved on and I never changed

I’m still holding onto rock ‘n’ roll
Holding onto rock ‘n’ roll

Maybe I’ve wasted all my time like a fool
But I’ve heard pain tear itself out of a piece of wood
So wake me up when we get to where we’re playing tonight
So i can call my family and tell them I’m still alive

We’ll walk on that stage and play like it’s the last time
‘Cause it might be
It might be
Turn the amps on and count it out
Close your eyes
Take a breath
This is what it’s like to live without doubt

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