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Songs Still Sing

by Aaron Kelly Band

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1.
A Rude Awake 03:08
I’m not tired yet, I’m still spry Got a good idea as to how and why I've never been married, got no kids A dog and a guitar are my best friends Many years have come and gone The road doesn’t end, so I just stay on When the winds of change blow strong and true I get to following the feeling to whatever it do A rude awake With no ill will there was a lesson learned It’s that a bridge is fit for crossing if the bridge isn’t burned From red-eyed strangers to a nervous bliss I heard a pop song say that you can tell from a kiss And so we fell into a foreign place Didn’t know where we were going, it’s a rookie mistake On the other hand, it feels good to run With someone for a little bit, move on when it's done A rude awake Last night sitting there I broke down and cried I wonder how I’m gonna feel when I’m seventy-five If I never got married, no grandkids No one there to tell me that I’m loved and I’m missed So may the mission be to let the light come in It’s as easy as you let it be, again and again On a wing and a prayer into the great unknown I'll see you on the other side free from this flesh and bone A rude awake A rude awake A rude awake
2.
Ghosts Of 02:49
You’re more like a light I’m more like the dark Feeding off and bleeding all The best things that you are We were on the prowl Always on the mend Dressed in suits of armor Looking hard for new best friends Abuelita she just laughed when we said It’s nothing like you’ve ever seen As if the sum of all existence lived in The fever of our wildest dreams Every night we’d kiss At exactly ten o’six Not because we wanted to Just to say we did Two had become one Something had to die The ego in my appetite Or the apple in your eye Tension in our sleep A stalemate in our bed It seems like anything I ever touch Always ends up dead Ghosts of our Love Aren’t the vengeant kind What haunts me is in knowing All the blame is mine You’re more like a light I’m more like the dark Feeding off and bleeding all The best things that you are Feeding off and bleeding all The best things that you are
3.
Lately I’ve been trying to talk to you You’re so good at everything you do A bad dream come true You were destined to I’ve been working hard to cash these checks You can do it right on your phone now, what the heck It’s such a different mess Than it was when you left Roads still drive me home Songs still sing But it would have been better if you were here for everything I can still hear you looking for a melody I remember learning all night long Early morning versions of heavy metal songs You said welcome home Sanitarium Brandon’s got depression worse than dad He tried to call it quits and he even failed at that Is how it probably lands With a troubled man Roads still drive me home Songs still sing But it would have been better if you were here for everything I can still hear you looking for a melody There’s a railroad line that starts where I live And runs thirty feet north of your grave in Sheridan One day I’ll hop right in And see where it ends Past the river and the prison and the memories Thru Ottawa all the way to Galilee Where our family tree Can grow wild and free Roads still drive me home Songs still sing But it would have been better if you were here for everything I can still hear you looking for a melody
4.
I can’t pick as fast as those bluegrass cats I’ve got an apprehensive, slow right-hand Too many words or maybe not enough nerve It’s surprising for as blue as I am O’er yonder stands Little Junie On a pink ukulele in May And the way she asks if we can sing another song Leaves me smiling with nothing to say Rolling thunder, driving rain Woke up in the morning to The sound of you forgetting my first name Hey hey, roll on Buddy, I’m still here, but you are gone Where were you last Friday night When we were double booked in Bowling Green I saw myself out and found a spot on the ground To sing “Paradise” without being seen Friends came fast like three-legged cats Hopping fences on Halloween night Picking and grinning with a litter of kittens Finding answers in a bottle of rye Rolling thunder, driving rain Woke up in the morning to The sound of you forgetting my first name Hey hey, roll on Buddy, I’m still here, but you are gone Now I’m limping thru the Bible Belt Anxious as I’ve ever felt Getting good at questioning myself I lost my shoes on a riverbank I never wear ‘em anyway I know how much these weathered souls can take But I can’t pick as fast as those bluegrass Cats I’ve got a contemplate slow right hand Too many words or maybe not enough nerve I guess that’s a-just the way that I am Rolling thunder, driving rain Woke up in the morning to The sound of this sweet, sweet refrain Hey hey, roll on Buddy, I’m still here The future is unclear Buddy, I'm still here But you are gone
5.
Is there a secret science we don’t know about Is there a secret science we don’t know about The systematic study of a giant falling down There’s a sickness spreading, it’s getting everyone I know There’s a sickness spreading and it’s getting everyone I know You get louder and prouder the less and less you know They say every morning is the chance for a brand new start They say every morning is the chance for a brand new start Saying it is easy, but doing it is nothing but hard So I laid down last night on a bed I did not make I laid down last night on a bed I did not make I was looking for love, but you just pointed out my mistakes There’s an echo chamber in an insulated empty room There’s an echo chamber in an insulated empty room Nobody ever listens, they just look at you I saw the President bleeding in a dream I had on Christmas Eve I saw a resident pleading in a dream I had on Christmas Eve I ain’t got no tricks, got nothing up my sleeve Is there a secret science we don’t know about Is there a secret science we don’t know about The systematic study of a giant falling down
6.
Sarcophagus 05:27
I am still living in the tomb of our love With your spirit and some of your stuff Around Still here This Navajo blanket, your bed and TV It’s never on, but it watches me Go down Again I don’t regret anything that we did I do not long for the touch of your skin No more Sometimes I think what gets me is the weight of it all Falling down from a place so tall And true Is hard You may be alone tonight or not I feel like a song that time forgot Repeating on an empty room jukebox So far from anyone How can anyone Be lovers if we’re still not friends And it’s a long way down You know I am still living in the tomb of our love But your spirit and all of your stuff Is gone I’m still here I got a brand new blanket, I blew up your TV I’m doing good As good as I can be It's not bad And you may be alone tonight or not I feel like a song that time forgot Repeating on an empty room jukebox So far from anyone How can anyone Be lovers if we’re still not friends
7.
I was born in Illinois The Midwest is my home Far away from any terrorist state Or streets that I would not roam But if I were to listen to Some of you and not my heart I’d bring the cheapest migrant workers in To build a wall just to keep ‘em out Weep now, America A black wind moans Will those who plant injustice Reap what they sow I gave up getting drunk On weekdays, before dawn Unless I’m up from the night before And Shotgun Willie comes on But my mind is still clearer than What it is we’re all fighting about I see a government with an eagerness To kick the little peasants around Weep now, America A black wind moans Will those who plant injustice Reap what they sow I like Ike And Willie Mays Old radio with real DJs And I know everything Wasn’t always peaches and cream But, Mama, I’m too scared to American dream If I die in Illinois Send me down to New Orleans And prop me up on a barstool At any joint down on Frenchmen Street So when the waters rise and take the Big Easy back I’ll be washed out clear to sea It’s too late now to do this planet proud We’ll be drowning as we sing Weep now, America A black wind moans Will those who plant injustice Reap what they sow Will those who face injustice Start throwing stones
8.
I got high for the very first time At fifteen with my friends And ate some kind of veg-a-table That’s been elusive to me since The joint was the size of a cucumber With an ounce of weed or more We lit up at five to noon And the damn thing burned ‘til four I didn’t think I even felt that much Until I stood up off the couch And floated up them basement stairs Into the heat of a dragon’s mouth We fell back to my Mama’s house Weary-eyed and slow That’s where I was chowing down When my dear old Mama come home You never seen two stoners run so fast Thru the backdoor, quick on our feet Huffing and puffing like we stole something Being anything but discreet But we survived and high high-fived I bought a Zebra Cake up the way Walked around ‘til we came down It was nothing but an innocent day So lay off the grass Lay off the weed It’s not a Class One It’s a flower from a seed And I love flowers Everybody does I think of dirty pharmaceuticals When I think of drugs (I think about it) I got high for the thousandth time At twenty-five with my band And rode around for all these years Singing songs wearing funny hats I’ve met a lot people suffering from all kinds of things Hanging on by a thread And I can relate so we would stay up late And spend a little time out of our heads Again and again, the best medicine From lawyers up to hotel maids Give an epileptic kid a little cannabis Put some butter in a birthday cake So lay off the grass Lay off the weed It’s not a mortal sin It’s a flower from a seed And I love flowers Everybody does I think of dirty pharmaceuticals Overpriced medicinals Escaping from a hospital When I think of drugs
9.
Mariclaire 04:45
She was far from perfect But perfect all the same “A rose is still a rose” we’re told By any other name How she graced this Earth You’ll never know if you weren’t there Words alone just don’t suffice Describing Mariclaire Dancing through a cheated life It’s said the good die young She left with all her words unsaid And all her songs unsung If I had to guess I know She’d do it all again She lived more life in just one day Than most will live in ten She held your heart She touched your soul And though the world Has long grown cold She came along And filled the air With warmth and love Sweet Mariclaire Sister, can you hear me now Across the starry miles I see your face, I hear your voice Come back to us awhile Your baby girls have grown up strong With all their mother’s flare And in their light you’re shining thru We miss you Mariclaire We are far from perfect What’s perfect, anyway We’re born, we struggle Just to die another day Why must it be so hard to learn What she knew all along What matters most is how we live And love before we’re gone She held your heart She touched your soul And though the world Has long grown cold She came along And filled the air With warmth and love Sweet Mariclaire And now it’s years And years ago Those she left Have all grown old She will remain Forever faire Forever young Sweet Mariclaire She will remain Forever faire Forever young Sweet Mariclaire
10.
Covington 02:05
Take a day for yourself Only you, no one else No one wants to hold you like I do I’ll come down to Covington When you’re ready, let me in I ain’t ever known a girl like you We’ll dance all the time You came down with bad news On the very day we met Sleeping in a bookstore feels alone We decree that magic And the idea that to grab it Is to trust in something else to get you home We’ll dance all the time We’ll dance all the time Please forgive my darkest thoughts The ones I wish you hadn’t saw Don’t know why I do the things I do Chaos is the dance we learn Take my hand, let it burn I ain’t ever known a girl like you We’ll dance all the time You flew south to Ecuador To open up a brand new door And find a way to let love win again A Phoenix has to burn to grow Not to say I told you so But home is just a place we’ve never been We’ll dance all the time We’ll dance all the time We’ll dance all the time
11.
I like the sound of anchor chains The whistle of a train Something in the humming Of a single-engine plane Going somewhere But nowhere fast When morning takes the nighttime With syllables and soft rhyme That old cold comfort crazy bright As any light in my mind I can see the future As it lie Time flies like a sparrow Being chased by death Fruit flies like the flesh Of rotting peaches When they taste their best I used to write love letters To the villain in my dreams Never heavy-handed Always firm, but short and sweet Sometimes even bad guys Know they are Only for the chorus Would she ever sing along Her saddest childhood memory Was her favorite country song Nothing else could make her feel So tall Time flies like a sparrow Being chased by death Fruit flies like the flesh Of rotting peaches When they taste their best When you're down at the bottom Of your last empty pocket Or your higher than your hopes have ever been I’ve laid down a lot when The only bed to sleep in Was on fire or too cold to call a friend I like the sound of feeling strange The turning of a page Something in the humming Of a single-engine plane Going somewhere But nowhere fast I’m going somewhere But nowhere fast

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