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A Road and A Radio

A Road and A Radio

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

C2C 2020: Special Acoustic Collection

C2C 2020: Special Acoustic Collection


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I'm Coming Home

I'm Coming Home

Long Haul

Long Haul

Two Sides of My Heart

Two Sides of My Heart

Hell to Pay

Hell to Pay

I Climb the Walls

I Climb the Walls

You're Where I Belong

You're Where I Belong

Kindergarten Days

Kindergarten Days

Everything To Me

Everything To Me

When Trouble Comes

When Trouble Comes

Prisoner

Prisoner

Pour Four More Por Favor

Pour Four More Por Favor

Still Letting Her Go

Still Letting Her Go

Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

A Lotta Shouldn't Oughta

A Lotta Shouldn't Oughta

Dancing All Around It

Dancing All Around It

Whiskey Lips

Whiskey Lips

So I Cry

So I Cry

Hillbilly Billy

Hillbilly Billy

When Love Leaves

When Love Leaves

Pretend It Isn't There

Pretend It Isn't There

Finally Fine

Finally Fine

My Out of the Blue

My Out of the Blue

I Miss You And Me

I Miss You And Me

Good at Goodbye

Good at Goodbye

Sounds Like Love

Sounds Like Love

Halfway Home

Halfway Home

Buckle Up

Buckle Up

Happy Nashville New Year

Happy Nashville New Year

Won't Cry On Christmas

Won't Cry On Christmas

I Love You, But I Don't Like You

I Love You, But I Don't Like You

Holding On

Holding On

One More Time

One More Time

Home By Suppertime

Home By Suppertime

Come To The Table

Come To The Table

Let's Do This Thing

Let's Do This Thing

I'll Never Know Why

I'll Never Know Why

Don't Cry Long

Don't Cry Long

He Ain't Me

He Ain't Me

Make Up Your Mind

Make Up Your Mind

When It's True

When It's True

I Know Better Now

I Know Better Now

Already Gone Away

Already Gone Away

It's All Good

It's All Good

This Town Is Ours

This Town Is Ours

Spin the Wheel

Spin the Wheel

Dream With You

Dream With You

Do You Good

Do You Good

I LOVE YOU BEER

I LOVE YOU BEER

Same Damn Road

Same Damn Road

DOWN AT THE LOST & FOUND

DOWN AT THE LOST & FOUND

THROUGH THE BLUE

THROUGH THE BLUE


Other Originals


LIGHT THE NIGHT

LIGHT THE NIGHT

On The The Road to Bethlehem

On The The Road to Bethlehem

THE LIGHTS OF GRACELAND

THE LIGHTS OF GRACELAND

(feat. Sixwire)


Lyrics for Originals

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A Road and A Radio

A Road and A Radio

Charles Esten / J.T. Harding

Baby, we been working.
Doing that 9 to 5.
But, what’s the use of making a living if we don’t feel alive?
I saw a beat-up ragtop in a lot on the side of town.
Maybe we should trade my truck,
Get a song turned up.
Get the ragtop dow

Don’t overthink it.Girl, let’s just go.
Honey, all we need is you and me and a road and a radio.
Into that great wide open. Onto that thunder road. On a dark desert highway.
Just a road and a radio.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Let’s go.

Baby, you can pick the station.
Honey, you can take the wheel.
Ain’t about a destination.
It’s about the way we fee.

Don’t overthink it.
Girl, let’s just go.
Honey, all we need is you and me and a road and a radio.
Into that great wide open.Onto that thunder road. On a dark desert highway.
Just a road and a radio.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Let’s go.

This life is flying by.Let’s put that car in drive.You can be my ride or die.Singing all night on a highway high.

Don’t overthink it.
Girl, let’s just go.
Honey, all we need is you and me and a road and a radio.
Into that great wide open. Onto that thunder road. On a dark desert highway.
Just a road and a radio.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Let’s go. Oh. Oh. Oh. Let’s go.
(Just a road and a radio.)
Oh. Oh. Oh.
Let’s go.

Already Gone Away

Already Gone Away

Danoff/Esten

“We need to talk.” That’s what she said.
So I sat down beside her on the bed.
I could tell that she’d been crying, and that soon I would be too.
She said, “Baby, I been trying, but I don’t know what to do.”
‘Cause that thing we felt before… I don’t feel it anymore.
And I said…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay.
But she’s already gone, already gone away.

So here we are, tryin’ to find our way back to the start.
Tryin’ to find my way back in her heart
Struggling and stumbling in the dark.
And when it falls apart, I say…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay.
But she’s already gone, already gone.

If I love her, I should let her go.
I can’t ever seem to let her though.
So she stays and she tries, and when I see it in her eyes, I say…

Hey. Hey. Give it time. I know we’ll find a way. Way.
To get it good again if you’ll just stay.
She said okay, but she’s already gone.
Already gone away.

Hey. Hey. All the plans and promises we made.
They’ll come true for me and you someday.
She said okay, but she’s already gone.
Already gone away.

Come To The Table

Come To The Table

Charles, Esten, Catt Gravitt, Gerald O’Brien

The broken, confused
The hurting, the used
The hungry, the angry, the numb
The weeping, the weary, come
To the table.
To the table.
Come.

The lonely, the poor,
The frightened, the weak, and unsure
The helpless, the hopeless, the lost, and alone
Rejected, and jaded, and worn to the bone.
Come home.
To the table
To the table
Come
Come

The faithless with nothing but doubt.
The drowning, too tired to shout.
The fires that burned themselves out.

Come to the table.
Come to the table.
Come to the table.
Come to the table.
Come to the table.
Come to the table.
To the table
To the table
To the table
Come to the table
Come to the table

DANCING ALL AROUND IT

DANCING ALL AROUND IT

by Charles Esten, Matt Ramsay, & Trevor Rosen

Silverware on a champagne glass.

They call our name.
DJ playing that old song by Etta James.
All the lights down low on a hotel banquet hall.
But we were shining like diamonds underneath that mirror ball.
Surrounded by everybody we knew.
But all we saw was me and you.
And pretty soon that while room was ours.

And we were dancing all around it.
Lost in each other for so long
We didn't notice the last note had sounded.
We kept holding on.
Even though the song was gone.

It's all right there in the photo album that we made.
I guess pictures aren't the only things that fade.
Wish we could have stayed forever on that floor.
'Cause we're not the people in those pictures anymore.
We say, "I love you" and kiss goodnight.
And we act like everything's alright.
As we both try to hide what we don't feel.

We are always dancing all around it.
Losing each other for so long
We didn't notice the last note had sounded.
We keep holding on.
Even though the song is gone.

Neither one of us wants to be the one to let it go.
Neither one of us wants to say what we both know.

So we keep dancing all around it.
Losing each other for so long.
We'll try to remember how we once found it.
And will keep holding on.
Even though the song is gone.

DO YOU GOOD

DO YOU GOOD

by Charles Esten & Andrew Rollins

Got a call from my old grandpappy.
He could tell there was something wrong.
He said, "The city done stole your happy.
My little hillbilly been gone too long.
You been missing that big green mountain.
You been missing that big blue sky.
Get yourself back home to your kin now.
You can get across 'cause the creek ain't high"

"You'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Sippin' on shine.
Sawin' on a fiddle.
Kid, a little bit of it'll do you good."

Had to tell him that I just couldn't make it.
"Too busy and I can't break free."
He said,
"Your gettin' too big for your britches, but you ain't to big to put across my knee."
So here I am in the car with my girl, now.
Gonna show her some country fun.
She said, "Hey, can I bring my cellphone?"
Baby, you can bring it.
But it won't work none.

But you'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Sippin' homemade wine.
Hearin' that fiddle.
Kid, a little bit of it'll do you good.

Got a call from my ol' grandpappy,
That's why we're here today.
I got my city girl here in my lap.
We're drinkin' and we're thinkin'
That we just might stay.

We'll be fine back in the middle of the woods.
Come up and see us sometime.
Hear that fiddle.
Watch Grandad whittle.
Kid a little bit of it'll do you good.

DON’T CRY LONG

DON’T CRY LONG

Charles Esten, Blue Foley, Rebecca Linn Howard, Andrew Rollins

WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE BOY
MY FAMILY GOT SOME NEWS
AND I THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD TEAR MY WORLD APART
MY GRANDMA FOUND ME IN MY ROOM
CRYIN AND CONFUSED
SHE PULLED ME CLOSE
AND HELD ME TO HER HEART
SHE SAID ITS GONNA BE OKAY
JUST REMEMBER WHAT I SAY.

YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.
HONEY, I NEED YOU TO BE STRONG.
HE DON’T GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN CARRY,
SO WE MUST CARRY ON.
YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.

I SEE THE TEARS YOU'RE FIGHTING.
I KNOW THE PAIN YOU FEEL.
SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND.
BUT, IF YOU LOOK INSIDE YOURSELF,
YOUR STRENGTH WILL BE REVEALED,
AND WHILE YOU DO IM HERE TO HOLD YOUR HAND.
YES, ITS GONNA BE OKAY.
JUST REMEMBER WHAT I SAY.

YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.
HONEY, I NEED YOU TO BE STRONG.
HE DON’T GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN CARRY,
SO WE MUST CARRY ON.
YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.

YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.
HONEY, I NEED YOU TO BE STRONG.
HE WON’T GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN CARRY,
SO WE MUST CARRY ON.
YOU CAN CRY, BUT DON’T CRY LONG.

Down At The Lost And Found

Down At The Lost And Found

Bach/Esten/Lee

It’s five o’clock, and there’s a place around the block from here.
Where you can drown all your troubles in singles and doubles,
Bad karaoke and beer.
It ain’t no Taj Mahal.
It’s just a little hole-in-the-wall.

But there’s something about it that keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the Lost and Found.

You’ll know it’s true right from the minute you walk through the door.
We all been broken and lonely.
Here we all know we ain’t alone anymore.

Yeah, there’s something about it that keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the lost and found.

It ain’t no Taj Mahal.
It’s just a little hole-in-the-wall.
In a mini-mall.

Something about it keeps the place crowded.
It sure ain’t the food they put down.
It’s liquor and laughter and love we’re all after,
And why we keep hanging around.
Down at the Lost and Found.
Down at the Lost and Found.
Come on down. Come on down. Come on down.
To the Lost and Found.

Dream With You

Dream With You

Collie/Esten

Workin', grindin' - same old song.
Dreamin' about you all day long.
Home at last alone with you.
You ask me what I wanna do.

I wanna take your hand.
I wanna slowly dance back to our room.
And honey, when our dance is through.
I wanna dream with you.

Southern sunlight in your hair.
Beside you in the sand somewhere.
Salty sweet tequila kiss.
Starts out warm and it end like this:

I'm gonna take your hand.
We're gonna slowly dance
Back to our room.
And honey, when our dance is through.
I wanna dream with you.

I wanna dream with you
All spooned up tight in the middle of the night
Moon lightning in the window.
Dream with you
Our bodies entwined ‘til we find we just drift away.
Where the sweet wine flows
And our troubles won't grow
By an ocean that's oh so blue.
'Til all our dream come true
I wanna dream with you.

Southern sunlight
In your hair
Beside you in the sand somewhere

HE AIN'T ME

HE AIN'T ME

by Charles Esten & Steve Mandile

I heard tell you gotta
brand new boy.
They say you done well.
He's the real McCoy.
He's a hoot,
and cute to boot.
They all agree.
Well he might might be all that.
But honey, he ain't me.

Bet that guy's gotta line or two.
He cares and swears he's
there for you.
He thinks he's Mr. Right.
And he might be.
But he ain't right for you,
'Cause honey, he ain't me.

He ain't the one who can love you best.
He ain't got this heart beating in his chest.
He may be sweet. He might be true.
And there's a girl for him,
But girl it ain't you.
I feel bad 'cause when you break up,
You're gonna crush that boy like a Dixie cup
When you come running back eventually.
'Cause when all is said and done
He ain't me.

Yeah, when all is said and done.
He won't be the one.
That poor sad sonofagun.
He ain't me.

HOLDING ON

HOLDING ON

Charles Esten, Jane Bach, Andrew Rollins

When the day is done, I will be the one
Holding on to you holding on to me.
All I need. The only where I wanna be.
Is holding on to you holding on to me

These arms have been too empty for too long.
Pain was all I held on to.
Now it's gone.

When this world don't care, I will be right there.
Holding on to you holding on to me.
And on some dark day, I can only pray
You'll be holding on to me holding on to you.

These arms have been too empty for too long.
Pain was all I held on to.
Now it's gone.

SOLO

These arms have been to empty for too long
Thought pain was made to hold on to.
I was wrong.

When this song is done, I will be the one.
Holding on to you holding on to me.
Holding on to you holding on to me.

HOME BY SUPPERTIME

HOME BY SUPPERTIME

Esten/Mandile

I used to fly all day, on a dragon.
I settled Santa Fe, by covered wagon.
I rode a dinosaur.
Been there. Done that.
I fought the 3rd World War.
Did that. Won that.
I walked the moon when I wasn't fighting crime,
As long as I was home by suppertime.

When I turned 17, I got cool I
Hated that high school scene and all those rules I
Thought it would never end.
Yes sir. No sir.
Just wanted my girlfriend
Closer closer.
My daddy fought to keep this boy in line
Made sure that I was home by suppertime.

Where we'd gather at the table
For our blessings we'd be grateful as we'd bow.
Hand in hand he would command
And I could never understand
But oh how I do now

That girl and I left home.
Now we're raising a family of our own.
Sure gets crazy.
You gotta run so fast. Always going.
Searching for greener grass that all needs mowing.
But every night I can promise that you'll find
That I'm home by suppertime

CHORUS

Every once in a while after praying
I gotta stop and smile.
I hear Dad saying, "It isn't just about Mama's cooking,
Or passing plates around. If you're not looking
You're gonna find that your life has passed you by."
Right there is why I'm home by suppertime.
Home by suppertime. Gotta get home by suppertime.
God bless suppertime.

Hot One

Hot One

by Charles Esten & Steve Mandile

Just woke up. Got a beer in my cup, ‘cause it’s already hotter than hell.
The AC’s gone, but the fan’s still on in this cheap beach motel.
So my boys and I climb in and drive down to milepost 5.
And I can feel the temperature rise.

It’s gonna be a hot one!
Soaking it up while the sun beats down.
Bring a cooler if you got one.
Ain’t nothing else to do in this one beach town.
All I need is the sea in front of me. Sand under me.
Yeah, it’s gonna be hot. (Ready or not.)

It’s high noon now on this motel towel, and I just burned my feet.
There ain’t no breeze. ‘Bout a hundred degrees.
Let’s go get something to eat. Wait.


There’s some girls, by the shore, that we met before.
There were three. Now there’s more.
And they’re bringing us beer.
Good Lord, looks like…

It’s gonna be a hot one!
Living it up while the sun beats down.
Bring a cooler if you got one.
Ain’t nothing else to do in this one beach town.
All I need is a girl in front of me, sand under me.
Yeah it’s gonna be hot.

SOLO

The sun’s long gone but the party goes on in the firelight.
She holds my hand, while we sit in the sand.
Yeah, it’s a pretty good night.
And our friends are all near, drinking beer by the pier.
And she says in my ear, “Why don’t we get outta here?”

It’s gonna be a hot one. It’s gonna be a hot one.
Wanted a girl, and now I got one.
And she’s a hot one, hot one, hot one!

I Know Better

I Know Better

Esten/Nicholson

When I met you I knew you were the one.
And my long look for love was finally done.
And if you’d asked me then I knew for sure.
That I would not be lonesome anymore.
No, I’d be happy and you’d be true.
And all that stuff I thought knew
Convinced me I could trust this love I’d found.
Well, I know better now.

When I stop and look back now, it’s plain to see
How a heart like yours could be so hard on me.
I fell fast for you and all your lies
You’re a rebel with a devil behind those angel eyes
Love is blind and deaf and dumb,
And I’m as dumb as a lover could come.
Convinced me it was all my fault somehow.
But, I know better know.

You stepped out, and she stepped in.
And showed me what a fool I’ve been.
Now I know what good love’s all about.
Yeah, I know better now

I Love You Beer

I Love You Beer

Charles Esten

We met in high school, and I fell hard.
Bobby Whelan’s party - you were out in his backyard.
With all your friends, beside that tree.
I tried to pick you up, but you were oh so cold to me.
I opened up, and you did too.
And then I spent that night just sitting there and holding you.
And then I knew – yes it was clear:
I love you beer.

I went to college, and you were there.
You made it hard to study, aw but, man, I didn’t care.
We just ran wild most every nightYou’d get me in some trouble
And I’d end up in a fight.
Sometimes I grew so sick of you.
And lying on that bathroom floor I swore that we were through.
Those days are gone, but you’re still here.
I love you beer.

After all these years together, you and I are going strong.
Through the good times and the bad this thing has lasted for so long.
My wife she knows about you.
It’s okay - she says it’s fine.
She understands my feelings ‘cause she loves a glass of wine.

So here we are – in love to stay.
I must have had a few of you to talk to you this way.
But I don’t mind. No, I don’t care.
‘Cause every time I reach for you, you’ve always been right there.
I lift you up. You feel my cup.
And if I could pour a million more it wouldn’t be enough.
This one’s for you. It’s so sincere.
I love you beer.

I'LL NEVER KNOW WHY

I'LL NEVER KNOW WHY

by Marty Dodson, Charles Esten, & Kyle Jacobs

She tells me that she don't deserve me.
And I say, " Baby that's the truth."
She laughs because she thinks I'm joking.
But I know how much better she could do.
And I know that's what everybody's thinking.
Me, I think it all the time.
But somehow, she don't seem to see it.
She's still got her hand in mine.

CHORUS:

And I will never know why
I'm the lucky guy who gets to taste her kisses
And take her home.
God knows this is heaven,
'Cause this angel says she's mine.
And I'll never know why.

I remember when I met her.
Man, I was blown away.
All this time we been together.
She's more amazing every day.

CHORUS

IT’S ALL GOOD

IT’S ALL GOOD

I had a beer with Billy today
Hadn't seen him in a month or two.
I said, “Hey, Billy Boy, tell me what you say?
How's life been treating you?”
He said, “Wel,l I got let go
And Jenny don't know
Cause I've been sitting at this bar instead.
And I'd tell her right now,
But I don't know how.”
Then he took a sip and said,

“But, it's all good
Yeah, it's all good
All that I can do is smile.
All I have is my denial.
It's all gone bad just like
I knew it would.
But it's all good.
It's all good.”

He said, “Enough about me, man, how ‘bout you?
I been hearin' that you're doin’ real well.
You're getting married in a month or two,
And you love her. Everybody can tell.”
I said, “Billy that's right.
We were thinking we might,
But then she started thinking again.
She said that we're all done
And that I'll find someone,
And now I'm just wondering when.”

“But, it's all good
Yeah, it's all good
All that I can do is smile.
All I have is my denial.
It's all gone bad just like
I knew it would.
But it's all good. It's all good.”

Everybody knows hey, good times won't stay forever.
Something comes along to make us feel so sad.
So while we all try to keep it all together
Here's the thing that we all say
When everything sucks so bad:

“It's all good
Yeah, it's all good
All that I can do is smile.
All I have is my denial.
It's all gone bad just like
I knew it would.
But it's all good.
It's all good.”

It's all good
Yeah it's all good
All that we can do is smile
All we have is our denial
When it goes bad
Well you did the best you could
So it's all good
Cause it's all good.

Let's Do This Thing

Let's Do This Thing

Esten/Wilhelm

Girl, this is hard for me
But there won't be a better time than now.
We both know where this is going anyhow.
This boyfriend/girlfriend thing ain't workin' out.
Let's do what needs doin' tonight.
And get on with the rest of our life.

Let's get it on, let's get it on,
Let's get it on your finger.
Let's take the plunge. Let's git 'er done.
C'mon let's pull that trigger.
I pop the question, you say "Yes"
While I'm down on my knee.
Got all we need.
Got you, and me, and a ring.
Let's do this thing!

You're surprised? Well so am I.
I never thought I'd be
Begging you to be the ball that's chained to me.
Baby, now you're crying.
Can't talk - but you're trying.
And you still haven't answered me yet.
Now you're hugging me.
I guess that's a yes? Yes? Yes?!
OH YEAH!!!

CHORUS

Something borrowed. Something blue.
You're about to make my dreams come true.
Something old. Something new.
Come on baby, let's say "I do!"

Let's call every friend we got.
And tell 'em that we're tying the knot.
The champagnes about to...3...2...1...POP!!

Let's get it on, let's get it on,
Let's get it on your finger.
Let's take the plunge. Let's git 'er done.
C'mon let's pull that trigger.
I pop the question, you say yes,
While I'm down on my knee.
Got all we need.
Got you, and me, and the bling of a ring.
And it's spring.
Let's do this thing!

MAKE UP YOUR MIND

MAKE UP YOUR MIND

Charles Esten/Victoria Shaw

You want me sweet. You want me kind.
You want a bad boy. Make up your mind.
You want some class. Roses and wine.
You want a hard-drinkin', bottle-clinkin' helluva time.
You got jumping through hoops.
So I just wanted to see if you could do one thing for me:

Make up your mind before I lose my mind.
Tryin' to figure out what you want half the time.
I wanna know what you're all about.
But cant'cha help a brother out?
And make up your mind

Sometimes you laugh, and then you cry.
From sad to happy in the blink of an eye.
Sometimes you're soft, a butterfly
Then you're an untamed tiger 'bout to eat me alive.
You got me chasing my tail. You got me pulling my hair.
Baby if you really care...

Baby, I'm not goin' nowhere.
I'm here for the long haul.
But doggone it all:

Make up your mind.
Make up your mind.

ONE MORE TIME

ONE MORE TIME

Charles Esten

Set 'em up.
I'll knock 'em back.
She's good at leaving. I'm good at drinking Jack.
Turn it up.
Make it loud.
I'm so lonely, I'd make Hank proud.
But one more shot might cure this heart of mine.

So hit me one more time. One more time.

Gonna buy
Another round.
They say hope floats. I hope pain drowns.
Here's a card.
Run a tab.
Pour ten more, then call me a yellow cab.
'Cause I won't see her face if I go blind.

Hit me one more time. One more time.

Called her up.
Just to say,
"This kinda love don't know how to go away."
Now here she is
In the door
Crying my name out loud on the dance floor!
And here I go. I must of lost my mind.

Hurt me one more time.
One more time.
Just one more time.
Hurt me one more time.

One more time for you to love and leave me.
One more to desire then deceive me.
One more time I know it's gonna kill me.

One more. One more.
One more. One more.
One more. One more.

PRETEND IT ISN'T THERE

PRETEND IT ISN'T THERE

by Charles Esten, & Steve Mandile

Well it's almost been forever
We've been playing it this way.
Feeling things that we must never
Ever feel or ever say.
It's so powerful, what hovers
Here between us, in the air.
But you are taken by another,
So you pretend it isn't there.

And I feel the toll that it's taking
Waiting for what you can't give.
Deep inside me something's breaking
What a lonely way to live.
And it's been there since I found you,
All this beauty and despair.
But just so I can stay around you,
I pretend it isn't there.

And you're not wanting me.
And you're not haunting me.
And it's not still in me,
This thing that killin' me.
And my heart will be fine.
And you will be...

Love continues to reward us
With all the pain that we can bear.
And though the end is rushing toward us
We pretend it isn't there.

Prisoner

Prisoner

Ashley Campbell/Charles Esten

Well I can’t recall just how long it’s been
Since I seen the sun from this place I’m in.
It just rolls together all this time I served
But I guess I got just what I deserved
‘Cause I picked you just like you picked me
Way back when this was what it was ‘sposed to be.
And it hurts to think just how good it was.
‘Cause it ain’t no more, I’m just here because…

I’m a prisoner, and I got no hope.
Got me danglin’ at the end of my rope.
I’m a prisoner and I can’t break free.
This love got a hold on me.

Well, I walked that line, up until I fell.
Now, I’m killin’ time here inside this cell.
It’s just one more mark on that concrete wall.
It’s getting hard to count them all.
Baby, once or twice I got out but then,
I found myself walkin’ right back in.
I could stay away if I wanted to.
God, I wish I wanted to.

I’m a prisoner, and I got no hope.
Got me danglin’ at the end of my rope.
I’m a prisoner and I can’t break free.
This love got a hold on me.

SAME DAMN ROAD

SAME DAMN ROAD

by Charles Esten, Brad Warren, & Bret Warren

It ran right by the house I grew up in.
Right through the town I knew I was stuck in.
Took Mama to church, and me to the high school,
Daddy to work and then to a barstool.
There was a stretch a Chevy could fly on.
Gave us a gravel shoulder to cry on.
I found you, girl, and then I let you go
On the same damn road.

CHORUS:

But the same two lanes that let me leave
Are ‘bout to bring you back to me.
I got out, but I want back in.
I’m prayin’ maybe I could be your baby again.
And these four wheels that got me gone.
Can turn around and drive all night long.
I got lost, but I know my way back home.
It’s the same damn road.

Flat and dusty. Cracked and crooked.
A one-way ticket and this boy took it.
Mama cried. Daddy drank.
She filled my belly. He filled my tank.
Crossed my heart on those railroad tracks,
And swore to God I wasn’t comin’ back.
But oh, I guess you never know. ‘Cause...

CHORUS

I was born to run.
So here I come.

CHORUS

There’s a sign.
Just two more miles to go.
On the same damn road.
It’s the same damn road

Scars

Scars

Charles Esten, Gary Nicholson

Bobby rode that bar stool
And every night he'd start of with a smile.
He'd tell a joke he'd told before
Just sit there laughing for a while.

But when it got close to closing,
We'd have to call a cab and take his keys.
'Cause he'd be crying out "I'm sorry"
To someone only he could see.

Scars we all hide.
What we bury, and then carry
Deep inside,
Makes life hard.
We all have our scars.

Doorbell rang at midnight.
Carol stood there crying at the door.
In her nightgown, with a suitcase,
Saying "I just couldn't take it anymore.”

We stayed up all night talking
'Bout all the pain, and heartache that she’d seen.
‘Til she said "What is it about me
That I only choose that ones who treat me mean?

Scars we all hide.
What we bury, and then carry deep inside.
Makes life hard. We all have our scars.

Sometimes all it takes is some faded photograph of my old man,
And I’m right back in that struggle that I may never understand.

Scars we don’t show.
What we bury and then carry down the road.
Makes life hard. We all have our scars.
Makes life hard. We all have our scars.

Spin The Wheel

Spin The Wheel

Collie/Esten

I like a road that I ain’t traveled.
I like a town I ain’t seen yet.
Take another longshot gamble.
Throw down your money and place your bet.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.

You gotta face what you’re afraid of.
You got your fears and I got mine.
We only find out what we’re made of when it’s all out on the line.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Spin the wheel.

Shooting stars. Four-leaf clovers. I believe in dreams come true.
And girl before this night is over, I’m gonna bet it all on you.

I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
Lady luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
(Spin the wheel.)
Spin the wheel and roll the dice.
(Spin the wheel.)
Cut the cards. Deal ‘em aces high.
(Spin the wheel.)
Lady Luck be mine tonight.
I’m gonna spin the wheel and roll the dice.
Spin the wheel.

THIS TOWN IS OURS TONIGHT

THIS TOWN IS OURS TONIGHT

by Charles Esten, Chris Farron, & Matthew West

It's been a long time coming.
It's been a hard road running.
Now all that's done
And all we wanna do is play.

I can hear that crowd now.
It's about to get loud.
Turn the lights out
We got one thing to say:>

CHORUS:

This town is ours tonight.
Everybody's feeling alright.
Let the good times flow
'Cause all I know is It's on tonight.
We're gonna go until it's gone tonight.
Ain't no doubt about it.
It's written in the stars.
Come on lets get it started
This town is ours.

We're gonna walk in like we own it.
We're gonna drive it like it's stolen,
Rock until we roll and
Everybody know our names.

We're gonna fire up the crazy.
We're gonna light up all the ladies.
Tearing up the stage
Me and my boys
Let me hear you make some noise!

THROUGH THE BLUE

THROUGH THE BLUE

by Charles Esten, Kendall Marvel, Tim James

Sometimes days are dark. Sometimes nights are long.
Sometimes all that you can do is just keep hanging on,
Staying strong until the gray is gone.
Everybody seen a little, been through a little bit of hell.
Lord knows I’ve felt the flames myself.

Might be a song you sing, or John 3:16.
Might be a long walk, or aphone call from a long, lost friend.
Might be a steel horse ride, or just cry, cry, cry.
You just do what you gotta do to get you through the blue.

We all fight the fight. We all drag the chain,
That ties us all, like a cannonball, to all the pain.
Just find a way to ride out the rain.
Everybody’s looking for, praying for a little bit of light.
Whatever gets you through the long, dark, night.

When It's True

When It's True

Clementi/Esten/Foster

The fights I’ve won, the fish I caught, high school football glory.
I never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
I’ve told my share of lies to the girls I’ve known before.
God knows the things I’d tell ‘em, when I’d stumble through the door.
I don’t do that anymore.

‘Cause when it’s true, you don’t have to change a thing.
Like me and you, holding on together, forever,
Whatever life brings.
It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true.

I’d bend it, stretch it, fight it. I’d bury it if I could.
Yeah, me and that old truth, we never got along to good.
Until the day I met you, and your love rescued me.
And that’s what set me free.

‘Cause when it’s true, you don’t have to change a thing.
Like me and you, holding on together, forever,
Whatever life brings.
It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true

It’s like gospel to your soul.
Like “Beer is better cold.”
Like 1 and 1 will always make 2.
Can’t believe what love can do when it’s true.
Like the North Star comin’ in view.
Your love guides me through the midnight blue.
Your love. Your love. Your sweet, sweet love it true.

WHISKY LIPS

WHISKY LIPS

by Matthew Alderman, Charles Esten, & Philip Lammonds

When I rise in the morning
She's on my mind.
'Til I hold her I won't be okay.
And I can see she's killin' me.
This love isn't blind.
Still I just can't walkaway.

CHORUS:

She's my weakness and I give in
No matter how hard I try.
My sweet addiction 'til someday when I kiss those whiskey lips goodbye.

It was good for a while,
And she used to make me smile.
When I hurt she was always there for me.
But she ain't no good no more.
And I'm just praying for the day that I can say she finally set me free.

There are times when I'm strong,
But they never last too long.
I just can't resist when she's around
But it helps me to know
There's a place that she can't go
And I'll get there when they put me in the ground.