(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, B. Young, P. Larney, M. Dane)


She heard you before I took a breath, Momma held me cryin
She felt all the love you had beating in my chest & lookin in my eyes
Who would have thought all the hell you'd put me through a million times?
You want what you want and nothing on this earth can change your mind 

You’ve got some bruises, You’ve got some dents
Just when I think you're broken you pick up the beat again
Sometimes you're in my stomach, Sometimes you're in my chest
You’ve loved me at my worst, You’ve seen me at my best
When there ain't no blue left in my sky
You keep keepin me alive

I was standing in the cold the day you stopped when he walked by
It was a year to the day I can't forget the way you ached when he said goodbye
But you want what you want and nothing on this earth can change your mind 

We all climb a little higher trying to find a better view,
When the one truth in this world comes from the bottom of you



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, K. Foster, P. Larney) 

Never spent time in the kitchen, cause why just cook for one?
I’d always have leftovers and they just sit there when I's done
And go to waste even though they tasted just fine
Always listened to the radio play the same old songs about love and having someone
And sure I'd sing along, not cause I knew, it's just what I'd do to pass the time

It wasn't right it's like I knew
Something was missing from the way that I was just sleep walking through
I was divided, broke in two
And I realized that I was living my whole life only half as good

My nights out are twice as fun, Long drives are half as long
Share the remote and split the bills and the dishes all get done
Just little things, oh, but ain't that everything in love? 

I had to grow once you showed me there's no use living just because
What I wanted what I felt even who I was 



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, B. Young) 

You hurt me and I hurt you
We just don't talk about it now
You have your secrets and I have mine  
But they'll never make a sound  

Down another dead end road  
How we got here I guess we'll never know  
I could pull the chute before I hit ground  
But I love you too damn much to turn back now  
I keep holding on but you're already gone

I hate you then I crave you
Nobody likes to sleep alone
Sweet temptation the love we're faking  
That's as far as this thing goes  

(give it to ‘em one time, Wes) 
Can't wait around on maybes
Maybe you were never really mine  
Even when you say you love me
We're just wasting time 



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, D. Fields) 

The words ran out in Maryville
So you turned on the radio
Static comin' in and out
Till it settled on a lonesome sound

You had your head against the glass
And your feet up on the dash
While you halfway hum the tune
But you don't know it like I do 

When the rhythm is the tappin of the rain
And they're rhyming every word I couldn't say
I'm waving on a platform at a train
I'm there and then I'm gone
And you think we're just listening to old songs

It was years before I knew you
Love was young at 22
We were everything then nothing
I don't think of it that often, but I do

We just crossed the state line
You've been asleep for a while
And the song ended a long time ago
But I'm still waving on a platform at a train



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford) 

Too many nights sleepin' alone
Waitin' up by the telephone
For one to love when you were out of sight
I held on as long as I could
Lettin go hurt more than it should
But I ’ve never been too good at goodbye
The guilt set in I knew I couldn't live like this 

Because together don't mean forever
It ain't clever to ever say it ever
When I did I'm sorry that I lied
Behind the shirt of my left pocket you'll always live
No other could stop it
I will love you until I die

It wasn't you and it sure wasn't me
Just the strain of life got in between  
And I couldn't love you halfway  
Everyday of the same old thing
I thought happiness was routine
I learned happiness was walking away 

All these years have just left tears and not another kiss 



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, D. Fields, P. Larney)

Mama said when I was one day old
“The whole world changed for him” and
“He never drove that slow” 
A left on Cavet Drive, fifth house on the right
He took me in his arms and I was home

He gave me the best years of my life
I must've took a few from him cause I was not an easy child
I made mistakes made ‘em again but it never changed a thing for him
Cause he knows who I am when I'm not sure
If I'm anything in the world, I'm daddy's girl

I can't stand cigarettes and I hate the cold
But I'm freezing on the front porch
Cause that's where daddy smokes
That's where he was waiting up
When my curfew'd come and gone
A little angry mainly happy I was home 

Daddy's girl tells him everything
Daddy's girl can ask for anything
Daddy's girl makes him cry
Overtime she sings



(L.Wright, W. Lunsford)

I saw it comin' a long time ago
Ain't nobody's fault we all get to choose our own road
There ain't just one reason there's too many of them
Why you kill yourself everyday just to live

Poison in your veins
And you think it's just a game
You wonder how you got that way but then you do it again
Tracks run down your arm
Cause you don't wanna feel your heart break
You always get back on that train so you don't feel it again
I'll always love you, baby
But I'll never be your kind of company

Talkin bout the plans we made, your future was secure
But now all I see is a ghost of who you once were
In our beds we have to lay but I don't know how you're sleepin there
I may not know your pain but you'll never understand how unfair it is



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, B. Gladden)

He came home from working twelve hours at the sawmill
Found a note on the table that she wrote
I can't live on sawmill wages and muddy roads

I can't live on sawmill wages and muddy roads
There's no future here, darling
I've got to go
I still love you but I can't stay
I'm walking away
Don't you know? I can't live on sawmill wages and muddy roads”  

She rode a trailway bus to Atlanta
To walk on city streets instead of muddy roads
She said “I'm leaving the baby cause there's a world I wanna know
And I can't see it on sawmill wages on muddy roads 

Baby it's not you that I'm leaving
It's this place and way of life
I know you won't leave these mountains
And I don't expect you to go
I can't live on sawmill wages and muddy roads 



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, B. Young) 

I miss those mornings you had coffee made
Memories hang on the wall in a frame
I'd give just about anything to get back all of the love we made 

I let go of joy and hang on to pain
I thought through it all you'd still love me the same
I never knew until you walked away
That I might be the reason that you couldn't stay
Maybe we weren't meant to be
Or maybe, just maybe
I made it too hard to be happy

I heard you went and bought a big house
Stuck here cause I never could settle down
Out the window from this room I once shared with you
That was our city but now I just hate this damn view  

I can almost hear what you used to say… 



(L. Wright, W. Lunsford, P. Larney) 


In the mountains is where I used to live
I remember even though I's just a kid  
In the basement is where my daddy stayed
When he couldn't leave but wanted to get away 

An old bottle of Dixie on the shelf
Some barely knew him but I knew him well
There's a clock that don't tick anymore
If time could have only stopped long before 

They don't make em' like you anymore
Worked outside everyday but left your shoes by the door  
You knew when to give a hug and when to throw a punch
You knew how to build an engine from the bottom up
Doesn't matter how good you look when you're built with a heart of gold
They don't make em' like you anymore

Tools hang on the wall one by one
To remind us of the things we did and things we left undone
And your books are in the corner by the door
Well, I ought to pick em' up cause you can't read em' anymore 

And there's a painting my brother made for you
He always knew your favorite cartoons
And there's a sheet of dust that hides that stereo
It would play and we would sing but that was long ago 

Oh, this house feels almost empty but I remember when it was filled
with you and all the things in this place we built
So much love and all the memories that will never go away
I'll never forget those days 

When the good Lord made you He must have broke the mold
Goes to show
They don’t make em like you anymore





Better Hand

You love her like I want you to love me
I could try real hard or I could just let it be
She's got your heart, I've got your hand
Maybe I misunderstand
I'm drowning in what might not ever be

But in life sometimes you just can't have it all
Try to stand up straight but all I do is fall
Fall for you, why do I do it?
This is a game that's made for losin'
When my cards are on the table and she's got a better hand

It's fun tryin' to figure it all out
But there's been times when I wanna scream so loud
My feelings layin' in the dirt cause
I can't stand the thought of her having you first

I might overthink the situation
Oh but I, baby I, get tired of waitin'
She can't see what she has and
I just need one chance to change your mind


I'm gettin a little tired of every day life
It's all the same, wake up and work this nine to five
Then I come home just to do it again
Wondering if it'll ever end or if I can get away
So baby why don't you lay here with me?
We don't have to talk, we don't have to sleep
Sometimes words are best left unsaid
We can converse in this bed, whatcha think?

I wanna be anywhere I can be yours
Know every inch of you then learn a little more
Build a place we can revive
And have our own little piece of paradise

If heaven is anywhere but here I don't wanna go
I'd think I was looking at an angel if I didn't know better
They say the grass is much greener on the other side
But right now it's looking pretty fine to me



If you change your mind, I'll still be right here
With arms open wide and a love that won't ever disappear
I'll grip tight and hang on as long as you let me
Offer everything I've got and hope it's everything that you'll ever need

I'm waiting, I know you're chasing something that you don't know
I can be impatient but baby you're just one thing I won't let go
No rush, this is right where I'll be, til you love me completely

Go ahead, give me all that money could buy
No amount of material things could compare to that smile
They say the best things in life come free
There ain't no way in hell there'd ever be enough to show what you mean to me

Need you to need me and hold me when the days are long
Kisses so sweetly, fallin deeply in love with the man that you are



Take me back to September to the first time that you kissed my lips
My hands were shaking and my heart was beating fast against your chest
From that moment on you had every bit of me that I had left
How could I forget?

Every day I'll learn to love you better
Every night I promise to kiss you more
When in this life nothing else seems to matter
I hope you remember that you are mine and I am yours

Take me back to the first time we made love in that queen size bed
You didn't have to say a word for anything to be said
I'd been there once or twice before but this was nothing like the rest
How could I forget?



I drove up that old county road to the place where I'm from
Just to bring back memories that I made when I's young
I looked over across the creek at the church on the hill
The graveyard where all my kin sleep, so quiet and so still

From the rush of the people in the big city lights
I come back to the old home place where I played as a child
Not cluttered by tall buildings or hurried by time
I close my eyes and go back to the days that could only be mine

A swing on the porch and a sweet scent in the air
There's an old man inside who sits in a rocking chair
Oh, he taught me to love and work hard for what I want
Get out of this town but remember where you are from


Got everything packed hangin' from strings on my back, two shoes on my feet
Not a care in the world, just a small town girl who dances to her own beat
Nuthin' on my mind but a good time, ain't got time to be held up
Till a boy comes along with the sweetest song
And in no time at all, here comes love

How can we lose,
When it's me and you?
Ooh, I never knew
It'd be so much better with two

We ain't got much but this pickup truck will take us where we need to go
Stations we passed but no money for gas
I'd be okay with runnin' out on the side of the road

We're just two nobody's livin' in this big hell of place
But with your hand in mine it'll be just fine
ain't nothin that I couldn't face



It ain't always gonna go your way
When you want it to shine, well, sometimes it's gonna rain
Some days it'll pour and some days it'll fade
How in the hell can you smile when all you feel is pain?

It's like you're laying on the tracks with ropes tied to your feet
You wanna close your eyes so you don't have to see
And nobody is there to give you a hand
Oh good God have mercy on me
If you're watching up there then
How does it manage to stab me in the back before I even know it?
I guess life can't always be a bed of roses

When you can't have the boy you want
No, it don't feel good and it hurts much worse than you thought
You're on the bottom thinking all this time you're on top
Crying cause you gave him everything that you've got



I've only seen you in pictures with your long dark hair
With your lips on his face, complete love in your stare
Right now I need you to know just how lucky you are
To have a man that lights up in a room that's dark

He's so close to me but he's so far
I wanna be the one he holds,

And know what it feels like in his arms
You think you know what you got, but baby I do
Oh, cause darlin', oh darlin', I love him too

So simple and perfect
I try and fight it every day
But you make it all so worth it
So I'll just beg you to stay



Nothing hurts worse than the morning after
Than what I did the night before
Waking up too late beside a stranger
I found the attention I was looking for

A headache and an unfamiliar tee shirt
I see in the mirror on the wall
Aw, what in the hell was I thinking?
Now a day's I don't use my head at all

I thought just one drink would make it all better
Make me forget the things I don't want to remember
But I'm just lying to myself and trying to cover all this hurt
It only makes it worse

Raised up by a bad example
Who tried to teach me right from wrong?
Now all I know how to do is ramble
Put my feelings in an old sad song

Daddy never cared and momma never listened
Only heard what she wanted to hear
All their worries rolled up in the kitchen
They'd smoke it all til they disappeared

I thought just one hit would make it all better
Make me forget the things I don't want to remember
But I'm just lying to myself and trying to cover all this hurt
It only makes it worse



You live and you learn, a penny saved is a penny earned
But nothing in life comes free
You borrow and save and yet your bills still ain't paid
No one said it was easy

Just trying to get by, one day at a time
But shit just gets in the way
Your car's broken down and there's no food in the house
And nothing could make this okay
You're drowning yourself in nothing but love
that just isn't enough

You got it all figured out with the cutest boy in town
And nothing in this world could separate
No choice to inform him and he left you this morning
When he found out that you were two weeks late

Just trying to get by, one day at a time
But shit just gets in the way
You got the same last name and a baby to change
And nothing could make this okay
You're drowning yourself in nothing but love
that just isn't enough

You can't win for losin but maybe that's just me
So sick of the lifestyle I'm not even choosing
So tired of the same routine



You ever been in the kind of love that you can't fight?
There's too many you can't count the reasons why
The whole universe could change as long as they're by your side

Autumn leaves fade fast
Summer heat won't last
Winter snow will leave you feeling blue
But I want a lifetime with you

It's overwhelming if you stop to think
It's all gone if you take one second to blink
You'll grow old and I will too
And we'll win less than we'll lose

A hundred years or it might be fifty
You don't know how long you got but you got me
Time outlives us all even when we're feeling strong