Lyrics

“Songs of the Highway” Album Lyrics


“Songs of the Highway” List

  • Two Hearts

  • Ghosts

  • Midnight Rendezvous

  • Take Her By the Hand

  • Born in Tennessee

  • Darkest Before the Dawn

  • Songs of the Highway

  • Ease Your Pain

  • Woodland Rose

  • All Out War

“Josh Gray EP” List

  • The Outlaw

  • Heart Like an Ocean

  • Mortality Blues

  • Stand Together

  • Ballad of Brady

TWO HEARTS

Came to a stop one night on a dark and dusty road

Thirty-one miles from the place I'd planned to go

Walked the white line 'til I did find a neon glow

Sign said Welcome to the Desert Rose

I walked on in and pulled a stool up to the bar

Saw her sittin' there and I forgot about my car

She slid right over with a drink I said hey there how'd you know?

She smiled you kept me waitin' it's about time that you showed

and I said

Looks like you and I

are gonna have some fun

'Cause you and me babe

we're Two Hearts on the run

Just then two men walked in from the hard drivin' rain

One had a knife and just my luck one had a chain

One with the knife said that's my wife you gonna meet your end

Now you all know I had no way of knowin' that my friends

I turned to her and said you gonna help me outta this mess?

She reached right down and pulled a gun from 'neath her dress

Her man said wait a minute think it over Rosalee

She turned as bridges burned and said this right to me

she said

Looks like you and I

are gonna have some fun

'Cause you and me babe

we're Two Hearts on the run

Ran out the back door hopped into her little truck

She shifted gears we disappeared in a trial of mud

Down a maze of sidestreets and backroads we did drive

Hollerin' with adrenalin just happy to be alive

Lookin' back they hadn't followed at the time I thought it strange

right then in the rearview mirror headlights shone through the rain

One day I know I'll burn hot as the settin' sun

Right then I was the king, she handed me the gun

and we sang

Looks like you and I

are gonna have some fun

'Cause you and me babe

we're Two Hearts on the run

Rolled down the window as they rammed us from the side

The truck fishtailed to the left and then the right

a loud crack lit the sky, something in me changed

they barelled through the storm like a runaway freight train

Levelled the gun and I started to unload

Smoke poured from the hood and I saw a tired explode

They swerved into a ditch and the car burst into flames

they hopped on out and started to shout all kinds of names

and we sang

Looks like you and I

are gonna have some fun

'Cause you and me babe

we're Two Hearts on the run

We drove a hundred miles and found a cheap motel

Holed up there for the night and uh had some fun as well

Like a dream when I awoke the truck and her were gone

and though she never said goodbye she at least left me this song

From time to time she comes to mind my Desert Rosalee

and in a note you know she wrote these simple words to me

We cannot return blindly from whence we've come

I know one day you'll find me

We are

Two Hearts

on

the run

GHOSTS

Sweet Maria of the southern wilds

patron saint of this lonesome mile

got evicted and lost her child

try as they might they can't

take her smile

Six-string Joe used to play the blues

down on Beale and Union avenue

pawned his guitar for a plate of food

got a lot of soul but none on his shoes

These are some people you're likely to meet

if you ever look up when you're shufflin' your feet

Can the richest nation afford empathy?

for the ghosts of this American dream

Sarah sells street papers by the interstate

her husband beat her 'til the day she ran away

started drinkin' heavy to push aside the pain

sober now, ya ask her how

says I take it day by day

Old John lost his arm to a bomb in the war

been tryin' to find a job since 1974

no address and post traumatic stress

shut many a door

came home an unknown

sayin' what are we fightin' for?

These are some people you're likely to meet

if you ever look up when you're shufflin' your feet

Can the richest nation afford empathy?

for the ghosts of this American dream

And I don't know the reason why

so many turn a blind eye

maybe they don't wanna see

don't wanna see

when we hit hard times

it comes to mind

maybe that could be me

maybe that could be me

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS

I was walking by the trains

in the cold November rain

thought I'd stop and grab a bite

before callin' it a night

when I saw her standin' there

runnin' fingers through her hair

our eyes met across the room

knew right then that I was doomed

Well I still remember you

and our midnight rendezvous

'neath that old Maryland moon

what began ended too soon

do you ever think of me?

though it wasn't meant to be

well you know I had to try

babe with love it's do or die

There are people you will meet

walkin' solemn down the street

there are secrets and deceits

there are wants and there are needs

there's a road to paradise

and I've seen it in her eyes

but that road it ain't for me

I'm still searchin' for that dream

Well I still remember you

and our midnight rendezvous

'neath that old Maryland moon

what began ended too soon

do you ever think of me?

though it wasn't meant to be

well you know I had to try

babe with love it's do or die

There are so many things

I'd like to say to you

go on and spread your wings

and though our time is through

don't dare think I'll ever forget about you

don't dare think I'll ever forget about you

Are you still in that small town

being held there by your doubts

if our paths they cross again

would you see me as a friend

well I ask myself sometimes

on these cold November nights

if you saw me 'cross the room

would you let me go so soon?

Well I still remember you

and our midnight rendezvous

'neath that old Maryland moon

what began ended too soon

do you ever think of me?

though it wasn't meant to be

well you know I had to try

babe with love it's do or die

TAKE HER BY THE HAND

Ain't no romance on the open road

it's like ridin' towards the sunset in search of gold

heart's been trampled 'neath a lifetime of dust

foolish I'm searchin' for a soul I can trust

Days spent dreadin' the nights so long

walkin' in the verses of same sad song

believe me when I find her gonna make my stand

bend in her shadow and take her by the hand

We all share a sentence we ponder at night

we all have scars you can't see in the light

wander this world as if we're alone

one in the river as she whispers her poem

Days spent dreadin' the nights so long

walkin' in the verses of same sad song

believe me when I find her gonna make my stand

bend in her shadow and take her by the hand

Will I ever find her

the one in my dreams

will she elude me

like so many it seems

the heart is a compass

points out the way

has mine broken

and led me astray

She entered the room, time it slowed

my heart awoke like a seed 'neath the snow

well they say love's blind, when you see it you'll know

it ages like wine from the bloom of a rose

Days spent dreadin' the nights so long

walkin' in the verses of same sad song

believe me when I find her gonna make my stand

bend in her shadow and take her by the hand

BORN IN TENNESSEE

Sultry-eyed siren runnin' wild and free

pretty as a peach in the orchard tree

hot as summer and sweet as tea

must've been born in Tennessee

Hands on her hips smirkin' at me

says yankee boy my love ain't free

opens her heart, hands you the key

must've been born in Tennessee

Hold me like a river holds it's polished stones

from the mighty Mississippi to Clingman's Dome

You're in my heart everywhere I roam

give me one kiss for the endless road

Says some things are worth more than gold

leads you down to the honeysuckle grove

pulls you close 'neath the poplar trees

must've been born in Tennessee

One day we'll have that island in the sun

Together like Two Hearts on the run

'til then she leaves a light on for me

sweet lady from Tennessee

Hold me like a river holds it's polished stones

from the mighty Mississippi to Clingman's Dome

You're in my heart everywhere I roam

give me one kiss for the endless road

DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN

Can we care about our neighbors

instead of asking for their papers

and think about what we do to this world?

'Cause human life's more precious

than a blood diamond necklace

or any flag that's ever been unfurled

It's time to climb from 'neath the covers

and stand up for each other

in this the hour of truth

when you opt for silence

those swallowed by violence

won't be there when it comes for you

Oh my friends

this ain't a sad song

keep marchin'

though the road is long

we'll prevail

for love is strong

it's always Darkest Before the Dawn

Another mass killin'

celebrity villain

face on the TV screen

they won't call him a terrorist

we all get the gist

it ain't in line with their white supremacy

We vote in these leaders

and watch them impede us

every step of the way

self serving cowards

growing empowered

with cash from the NRA

Oh my friends

this ain't a sad song

keep marchin'

though the road is long

we'll prevail

for love is strong

it's always Darkest Before the Dawn

Every orientation and gender deserves equality

you ain't savin' souls trying to control

the life of those you've never seen

Let's stop arrestin'

for minor possession

if this is the land of the free

ban private prisons

that enslave millions

because they don't look like me

Oh my friends

this ain't a sad song

keep marchin'

though the road is long

we'll prevail

for love is strong

it's always Darkest Before the Dawn

SONGS OF THE HIGHWAY

Say senorita won't you pour one for me

it's been a long hard road from Nashville Tennessee

each border I cross an unseen line

reminds me what I've left behind

All my friends

so many miles away

So I'm singin'

to the wind

these Songs of the Highway

Late nights spent writing

lost in a haze

scan the horizon

to glimpse the green ray

eye of Poseidon

it beckons to me

carry my hardships on out to sea

There ain't no regrets

beatin' in my chest

wouldn't have it any other way

So I'm singin'

to the wind

these Songs of the Highway

It's true you don't know

what you had 'til it's gone

it haunts you like the ghost

of a high lonesome song

I yearn to hold her close

as the autumn leaves fall

as the inmate yearns

to scale the prison wall

A day don't pass

where I won't ask

does she remember my name?

So I'm singin'

to the wind

these Songs of the Highway

EASE YOUR PAIN

When one day the spark

in my eyes goes dark

Shed not a tear in my name

Let our love live on

in the words of this song

To bring you calm

and ease your pain

Said I'd never leave you lonesome

Oh my love

Wish it was a promise I could keep

Sailin' for the darkest ocean

into the greatest mystery

Though I know your heart's a breakin'

Standin' strong by my side

leavin' ain't easy for those taken

it's hardest on those left behind

When one day the spark

in my eyes goes dark

Shed not a tear in my name

Let our love live on

in the words of this song

To bring you calm

and ease your pain

You wear my pride upon your finger

Oh my love

many happy years we've spent

lovin' names we gave each other

honored to have been called your friend

Hear that train whistle callin'

wheels rollin' down the track

when I enter that long tunnel

know there ain't no lookin' back

When one day the spark

in my eyes goes dark

Shed not a tear in my name

Let our love live on

in the words of this song

To bring you calm

and ease your pain

WOODLAND ROSE

There's a comfort that's come

from knowin' you're near

though I don't hear your voice

we've drifted apart

like ships in the dark

my darling it was never by choice

Words said in anger

that turned us to strangers

tears that stain the path of dreams we chased

a moment's lapse of trust

can never define us

or lay this castle that we've built to waste

I want so to hold you

though I don't deserve to

and doors once open lie closed

it's always been a fault of mine

rememberin' only the good times

it's one of the many you know

my sweet little Woodland Rose

my sweet Woodland Rose

If what I've heard's true

you're with someone new

it was only a matter of time

took many moons to overcome my wounds

and I've buried that sword called pride

No amount of distance

or time's slow persistance

can sever the bond we share

if you're feelin' alone

and your mind starts to roam

know that I'll always be there

I want so to hold you

though I don't deserve to

and doors once open lie closed

it's always been a fault of mine

rememberin' only the good times

it's one of the many you know

my sweet little Woodland Rose

my sweet Woodland Rose

We've drifted apart

like ships in the dark

my darling it was never

by choice

ALL OUT WAR

I can feel the heat on this Texas street

Burnin’ holes in the soles of my shoes

Surrounded by men in darkened dens

Communin’ with bottles of booze

There’s a picture of you at twenty-two

In the breast pocket of my coat

I turn it over when I’m not sober

And shed tears to the words you wrote

I said open your eyes

Raise your fists

Show me that we’re worth

More than this

I know it ain’t easy

But it’s worth fightin’ for

Love ain’t a battle

it’s an All Out War

This old guitar carries the scars

Of a thousand bar room nights

My fingers they trace the lines on her face

As she sings ‘neath the fluorescent lights

I cradle each word like a newborn bird

Fallen from the nest

I was too blind to see you had to be free

Or else be laid to rest

I said open your eyes

Raise your fists

Show me that we’re worth

More than this

I know it ain’t easy

But it’s worth fightin’ for

Love ain’t a battle

it’s an All Out War

Been chasin’ my breath since the day you left

Twelve long years ago

It’s the snap of the bone as the blade finds it’s home

Where love once flourished and flowed

I’ve know the sacrifice of a reclusive vice

Though many an angel has tried

If you asked me today I’d just have to say

I guess that I’m doin’ alright

I said open your eyes

Raise your fists

Show me that we’re worth

More than this

I know it ain’t easy

But it’s worth fightin’ for

Love ain’t a battle

it’s an All Out War


“Josh Gray EP” Lyrics


THE OUTLAW

Staring out the window at a mountain range
Speeding down the track on a one way train
Cop at my side
They say tomorrow I'll hang
Longing for my freedom like a dog on a chain

Never found no comfort in Caroline
Got sweet Mary on my mind
Don't you cry for me
Just lay me down where the river meets the sea

Robbed a bank in Baltimore and River city too
Got lucky in Kentucky yeah you know how I do
Posse caught up with me down in Tennessee
They said come out with your hands up
I said hold on let me finish my tea

Ran to the bed grabbed my boots and my gun
Hopped from the window and away I run
Ran for the station and almost made it too
Sometimes you make plans and life has other plans for you

If I had a boy you know I'd tell him son
Don't be like me don't live by the gun
You think a man's free just 'cause you seen him roam
Well that man ain't free he's just a man without a home

So walk me to the gallows up those creakin' steps
Hood on my head and a noose around my neck
Yell to the coppers do what you gotta do
Done more livin' in my short life than you could do in two

HEART LIKE AN OCEAN

Her eyes are the light that shines
between the blinds and warms the room
to wake you soft from slumber
on a Sunday afternoon

Her arms hang at her sides
like the boughs of a willow tree
'til they raise outstretched to say
babe come on home to me

Her heart's like an ocean
Too vast to swim
but it's better to die tryin'
than regret not jumpin' in

Her smile's a wildflower
watch out boys she'll take your breath away
expect nothing less from the girl
with a name like a holiday

Her long legs carry her graceful
through the crowd as a summer breeze
two feet above the ground
so careless and free

Her heart's like an ocean
Too vast to swim
but it's better to die tryin'
than regret not jumpin' in

MORTALITY BLUES

Let me get old before I die
and I'll never ask a thing no more
Let me get old before I die
'cause I feel like I'm knocking on death's door

You were young when you came here
You may be young when you breathe your last breath
If you take my advice you will leave here
You'll find no mercy in the one they call death

Let me get old before I die
and I'll never ask a thing no more
Let me get old before I die
'cause I feel like I'm knocking on death's door

All the time that you have use it wisely
Make amends, say all you need to say
Those who don't they come to despise me
My name is death and I take no holiday

Let me get old before I die
and I'll never ask a thing no more
Let me get old before I die
'cause I feel like I'm knocking on death's door

And you know no one can resist me
When I lay my claim on them
Try to be at peace when you meet me
When you walk that lonesome valley my friend

Let me get old before I die
and I'll never ask a thing no more
Let me get old before I die
'cause I feel like I'm knocking on death's door

STAND TOGETHER

Get pulled over for nothing
They got their quotas to fill
Now you're out ninety dollars
Down the street someone's getting killed

The city's on fire mama
They say we've lost our minds
I guess that's just what happens
when you stoke a fire too many times

We know what's right and
We know what's wrong
Gotta stand together
or fall alone

New York City's got it's arms around my throat
We were in Oakland on the platform
when they shot Oscar Grant like a dog

Got their military weapons
Like they're going to war
Seems like they forgot
Who the hell they're working for

We know what's right and
We know what's wrong
Gotta stand together
or fall alone

Well they got a new dance
in Ferguson Missouri
It's call the serve and protect
So don't you worry
Put your hands in the air
'cause the cops don't care
Just move real slow
Or you'll be the first to go

We know what's right and
We know what's wrong
Gotta stand together
or fall alone

What have we learned
In this history of hate
Attica, Orangeburg, Kent and Jackson State
Body cameras do nothing
When you can just turn them off
We need to lock up the judges
Who don't lock up corrupt cops

We know what's right and
We know what's wrong
Gotta stand together
or fall alone

BALLAD OF BRADY

Old Brady was a mean man
a tyrant some would say
he loved his women and his drink
up to his dyin’ day
his woman was a gentle soul
she ran the country store
worked her fingers to the bone
while old Brady walked out the door

One day a stranger arrived in town
with stars upon his boots
he asked where Brady could be found
they said the red saloon
upon the doors a partin’ wide
saw Brady sittin’ there
drunk off cheap liquor boys
and slumped back in his chair

Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what have I done
once called me the light of your life
but now I’ll shine for no one
Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what am I to do
you weren’t the best man
but oh how I miss you, how I miss you

He served Brady his warrant sheets
and led him to the train
handcuffed and disheveled
in the unforgiving rain
Brady’s wife ran and ran
she screamed her husband’s name
she spied them by the platform there
and so she took her aim

She pulled the cold trigger tight
until no more remained
all missed ‘cept for the one
that freed Brady from his chains
He slipped from the stranger’s grasp
fell face down in the mud
the last words he ever spoke
you got me my love
you got me my love

Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what have I done
once called me the light of your life
but now I’ll shine for no one
Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what am I to do
you weren’t the best man
but oh how I miss you, how I miss you

She ran quick from the station
shocked by what she’d done
tossed clothes in a suitcase
and threw away the gun
the sun broke through the clouds that day
as the rain it then died down
she cried a lonesome melody
as she walked on out of town

She came passin’ on through
ten years to the day
to say goodbye to her love
and lay flowers on his grave
some say if you listen close
at night you’ll hear the sound
of his woman cryin’ out
how she shot old Brady down

Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what have I done
once called me the light of your life
but now I’ll shine for no one
Oh Brady, Oh Brady
what am I to do
you weren’t the best man
but oh how I miss you, how I miss you

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