The Country Hero

by Justin Fallen

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released June 4, 2013

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Track Name: Nashville
She rolled a joint on her poetry journal
She was a high school student reading
Ginsberg and Borroughs
when the Rolling Stones
were beginning to drop acid

She took some notes
and a couple of tokes
she went down to the bus
to find out where it goes
And she rode that dog all the way
To the city of Nashville

Tennessee
could not hold my mother down
She was the river
Flowing free from mountain streams

Seventeen
she had nothing but a couple of reasons
not to stick around

restless happens
When there’s nothing holding you down

She met my dad in an empty bar
he was playing on a stage
with a stolen guitar
she said hey how you doin’
do you know the times they are a changin?

He took her to his home at the Holiday Inn
split town the next day for the city of sin
left a note said I’ll look you up
the next time I am in Nashville

Tennessee
could not hold my father down
he was the river
flowing free from mountain streams

living the dream
he had nothing but a couple of reasons
not to stick around

restless happens
When there’s nothing holding you down

So now you know why I am leaving
a couple of reasons I’m moving on
I’ve got my mothers eyes
and my father’s way of taking the high road
stop crying babe

I’ll try to look you up the next time
I am in Nasvhille

I’ll hit you up baby
the next time I am in Nasvhille

Tennessee
could not hold my body down
I am the river
flowing free from mountain streams

living the dream
I’ve got nothing but a couple of reasons
not to stick around

restless happens
When there’s nothing holding you down
Track Name: Electric Light
Shine, electric light
a candle flame fright
burning through you

the child
was born last night
you're losing sight
of the ground in this life
that has permanently changed you

How long will the dead be dead
I said how long
How long will the sinner sin
I said how long
How long will a mother's love live
I said how long
how long
how long

Cry
It's been a long night
the shadows get higher
before they kiss you

This fright
is consuming your mind
but still you stay kind
in the name of a love
that's burning inside you

How long will the dead be dead
I said how long
How long will the sinner sin
I said how long
How long will a mother's love live
I said how long do we have to the end
I said how long will you give what you give
I said how long
Track Name: Drive a Little Faster
Headed downtown
where the conversation turned sour down
to the condensation on the rearview mirror
holding the law in our hands

We were blasting Bruce Springsteen
as our poet laureate
casting our bets
on our final showing
taking it all to the end

Couldn't be further from the truth
that the authorities preach to you
all of the things they say
are make believe

Man we were only seventeen
with those teenage fantasies
buying marijuana
from undercover police

Drive a little faster down this street
live until the day no longer sleeps

Hurry man they're coming
man we're gonna be seen
yeah, we wanna be seen

Dollar bills in our hands
on the wheel
driving ninety by a gasoline stand

We were blasting Bruce Springsteen
as our poet laureate
listening to the gospel
didn't even know it
holding the law
in our hands

Couldn't be further from the truth
that the authorities preach to you
all of the things they say
are make believe

Didn't know what we could believe
except the sounds of the police
fuck it man
the band sounds good tonight

Drive a little faster down this street
live until the day no longer sleeps

The lights up ahead say casinos are coming
the border's a reference to all those songs
we were blasting Bruce Springsteen as our poet laureate
casting our bets on our final showing
taking it all
to the end

Man we were only seventeen
we were only buying weed
catching up with all the outlaws
in our dreams

Drive a little faster down this street
live until the day no longer sleeps
Track Name: The Country Hero
Ax on his back,
twenty five
moving down to Texas
with a hitchhiker sign
trade some songs
for some nights on the floor
drink some bourbon
and drink a bunch more

sun in his eyes
windows down
looking past the wrecking balls
of this little town
he saw his home
through the eyes of the greats
the outlaws hangin on the cactus
café

he was headed where the country music
sounds like rock and roll
he was headed where the country music
meets that rhythm and soul
headed where the country music meets
the nowhere better to go

headed where the country needs a hero

it's here he'll find out
the kind of man he'll become
watch a couple women
disappear into songs
make some friends
turn some nights into days
make some money
and blow it
away

he was headed where the country music
sounds like rock and roll
he was headed where the country music
meets that rhythm and soul
headed where the country music meets
the nowhere better to go

headed where the country needs a hero
headed where the country needs a hero
Track Name: From a Cavern in the Dirt (To Miss Barton Springs)
Jesus baby
you can’t take nothing with you
when we go
up above West Texas
you landed and
called the desert your home

Overtures of bible verses
the summer is hotter than hell
a cryptic message
that tells a whole other story

you called this state your home
but the common folk heard you wrong
you might shout
but they will not be heard

so you up and moved to Austin
and you brought that holy ghost
to the water
that flows from a cavern in the dirt

Pretty baby
I won't take nothing with me
when I go
up to the otherside of town
we're starting to
call each other our own

Echoes of a shadow from
a story of last nights dream
I love to hear the reaches
of your mind

You called this state your home
long before I'd come along
but you I found
cause Texas is a magic word

you grew up right here in Austin
you were born with the holy ghost
of the water
that flows from a cavern in the dirt

There is something in the presence
that you bring
I can't explain
there is something flowing through
the heart of this city

I'm feeling good
and you are too
and it's all because of you
I'm seeing Texas from
the heaven's point of view

We call this state our home
where the summer is extra long
and where we shout
so the wilderness inside is heard

we are lovers here in Austin
where we praise the holy ghost
of the water
that flows from a cavern in the dirt
of the water
that flows from a cavern in the dirt
Track Name: Such a Sight to See
It's the middle of the winter
and the highway sounds like rain
Is she trying hard to picture
the man who ran her heart away?

She was such a sight to see
over and over
she was such a sight to see
over and over

I tell you man
she was such a sight
such a sight to see

The last time that I saw her
she was standing outside my place
with my shirt that she was wearing
that day I almost missed my plane

She was such a sight to see
over and over
she was such a sight to see
over and over

I tell you man
she was such a sight
such a sight to see
I tell you man
she was such a sight
such a sight to see

It's hard to keep an image
in your mind without some changing shapes
and it's hard to keep a beauty
when you're a man of so many mistakes

but she was such a sight to see
over and over
she was such a sight to see
over and over

I tell you man
she was such a sight
such a sight to see
I tell you man
she was such a sight
Track Name: Skeleton Woman
Your sticks and your stones
and your rattling bones
and the stories
subconsciously told
til we catch them

Skeleton Woman, I suppose
you won't stay far behind
now will you

In my dream we were flying
with our chutes on our backs
and I could not find the cord
to open my pack

you were playin,
skeleton woman, I suppose
when you looked in my eyes
and said I see the mark of the devil

Take it all away
the way it all goes away
the way it all goes away
clear the contents of my conscience
nothing lost and nothing saved
the way it all goes away
the way it all goes away
skeleton woman
you are the only constant

There's blood on the tracks
and that CD in my car
and the moon is looking
big and bright and full
like my heart

skeleton woman I suppose
you are here
and here is always a start

hangin on my words
the way meanings seem to turn
always when it seems
I got nothing left to learn

you were playin
skeleton woman, I suppose
when you looked in my eyes
and said I see the mark of the devil

Take it all away
the way it all goes away
the way it all goes away
clear the contents of my conscience
nothing lost and nothing saved
the way it all goes away
the way it all goes away
skeleton woman
you are the only constant

it's starting to get clear
that you're always coming near
when there are lovers
who are splitting out of fear

and you are there
skeleton woman, I suppose
to hold us
in the coldness
of your body

I don't know how you do it
but you're tearing me apart
until I'm nothing but some bones
and this full moon heart

you were playing
skeleton woman, I suppose
when you looked in my eyes
and said I see the mark of the devil
Track Name: This Life in Texas
Realizing you know
that you gotta live a life
a million times before you ever been born

Shine a light on my soul
you're body taught me something
that I never could have thought of before

If we ever get old
promise me we'll dance
and make a little noise before we are gone

When our bodies go cold
let the fire burn em
and the smoke rise to the sky

These clouds of Texas
are taking the shape of a bomb
my radio reminds me
that nothing has ever been wrong

This creek bed is dry now
but water will always return
my favorite guitar string
is loosening the knots in my words

No matter what you believe
help me be a lover
and I'll help us make a lot of mistakes

I'll get down on one knee
tie our shoes together
cause sometimes we're bound to fall on our face

Maybe freedom ain't free
or maybe it's a little bit of something
that our mind has to taste

maybe love isn't easy
or maybe it's just seeing
that it's flowing all over the place

This love of Texas
is cooking the notes of our songs
let's throw us a barbeque
and bring all our demons along

too late for a memory
the past is always already gone
this music reminds me
that nothing has ever been wrong

Over the sound of a sparrow
a woman cried
like someone climbed
the wailing wall

She was playing with the tarot
she pulled a card that read
that all these lives will end

2-3-4-3-2

This life in Texas
is teaching me to live a little out of control
we talk about outlaws
and park along the wrong side of the road

reincarnation is
never drinking Lone Star alone
this music reminds me
that nothing has ever been wrong
Track Name: Izabella's Waltz
We're moving together
your chest is just below mine
the beers that we've been drinking
are doing their jobs just fine

your fingers on my shoulder
tapping time a little bit fast
while the band sings
dance, Izabella, dance

The way we've been dancing
is starting to make us stand out
a man looks concerned
and he asks if we even know how

but the truth is we're moving
to the time of our own shifting sands
while the band sings dance,
dance, Izabella dance

Dance, Izabella, dance
take two steps and I'll lift your hand

Dance, Izabells, dance
don't worry, I got you
you're safe in this song length romance

If we'd gotten any closer
we'd be fumbling with the buckles on our belts
but the truth is the song's gonna end
and then we'll dance with someone else

so remember me fondly
when the last call
calls out our last chance
to groove with the band
singing dance, Izabella, dance

Dance, Izabella, dance
take two steps and I'll lift your hand

Dance, Izabells, dance
don't worry, I got you
you're safe in this song length romance
Track Name: Lord Knows It's Hot
The radio
telling fortunes of
another ten days of sun

We know how that goes
sure is hot out here
and we haven't seen the rain
in so long
it's turning our thoughts
to the stories of the floods
and of kingdom's come
and when will
the rains wash over us
when will we have the visions
of a rolling thunder
rolling away

let it rain
let the water fill the sky
and wash down on us
we're raising our hands in the dust
for the miracle
we've been waiting for and wating for

Lord knows it's hot
Lord knows it's hot

So it goes
only heaven knows
how the currents of the weather
will turn

the skies will open
just like hearts at the start
of an unexpected twist
of the verse

we're all together now
in this heat coming down
on this beautiful world we're in
we haven't got time for the lightning
that is burning in the violence
that's tearing us,
tearing us apart

Lord Knows It's Hot (ad infinitum)
Track Name: Lucid
A world surrounded by intuition
all of our common sense
that we had
is turning back and forth
into something wide awake
go to sleep
all the answers
just got lucky
it's alright
we're dreaming

From the corner of my eye
a woman makes a pass at Jesus Christ
I stretch my hands
and I can fly
for just a second there
I flew

Wide awake
but still dreaming
all of the natural laws
are against us

wide awake
we are dreaming

go to sleep
all the answers are all given
it's alright
we'll just lay here
still dreaming

from the corner of my eye
it's looking like the clock is losing time
I stretch my hands
and I can fly
for just a second there
I flew

Now,
here we are Lucid
yeah, baby, here we are lucid
here we are lucid
in a common mistake

from the corner of my eye
I see all my friends
that have died

I stretch my hands
and I can fly
for just a second here
I flew