Lyrics from Friends of the Old Mill (2010)

Waiting On YouFOTOM_Cover
Hurricane
The Aftermath
Evelyn
Change of Pace
Push
Perfect Day
Fireworks
‘Til You Run Away
WAR
Nine to Chain
Much of Anything


 

Waiting On You
Rivers a flowin,’ wind’s a blowin’
Time is rolling by
Change in the weather, a change for the better
Looking at what we left behind

Sitting around, just waiting on you
Just sitting around, waiting on you

It went a tick and a tock, around goes the clock
We’re only seconds away from the future
Waiting on something, but getting back nothing
And now we’ve become the teacher
As the sun goes down and spins back around
To the start of a brand new day
To exist is to consist, so everybody get with this
‘Cause we don’t want to try to give it away

I’m sitting around, just waiting on you
Just sitting around, but there’s nothing that I can do
Sitting around, just waiting on you

We’re always waiting on you
We’re always waiting on you

Where does our time go?
Where did my time go?
Where does our time go?
Where did my time go?
We’re always waiting on you

Rivers a flowin,’ wind’s a blowin’
Time is rolling by
Change in the weather, a change for the better
Looking at what we left behind
It went a tick and a tock, around goes the clock
To the start of a brand new day
To resist is to consist, so everybody get with this
‘Cause we don’t wanna try to give it away

I’m sitting around, just waiting on you
Just sitting around, but there’s nothing that I can do
Sitting around, just waiting on you

We’re always waiting on you


 

Hurricane

She’s got the moves, gonna keep it rockin’
She’s got the moves tonight
She’s got the moves, gonna keep it rockin’
She’s got the moves tonight
Tonight, she’s gonna burn my city down
That’s right, ‘til my embers hit the ground

She’s the kind of girl
That knows just what she wants
She’s the down-right, get it right, meet you after midnight
Straight debutant
From her head to her toes, from her knees to her nose
She’s got every little thing that any kind of man could want

And she says, “I’m gonna show you what you’re doing for me now.
You’re gonna give me what I want right now.”

Chorus

She’s the king of girl
That’s out for herself
She’ll leave a trail like a hurricane
That’s blowing down in the south
From her head to your toes, from her knees to your nose
She’ll have you saying “yes” before you open up your mouth

And she says, “I’m gonna show you what you’re doing for me now.
You’re gonna give me what I want right now.”

Chorus

I like the way everyone stares when you walk in this room
Just like a blossom there you were, you had gone to bloom
So much anticipation that I am about to burst
But everyone’s getting used, and you know that…

Chorus

And she says, “I’m gunna show you what you’re doing for me now.
You’re gunna give me what I want right now.”


 

The Aftermath

Jealousy is like a fire
Burning in the desert that we call desire
And some will trade love for lust
So soak your soul in kerosene
And you’ll get the brightest fire that you’ve ever seen
Hell-bent revenge or bust

The dust was settled, the ashes were down
Everything was blackened in this little town
But the whites of her eyes had turned into red
He looked left and then looked right
Tried to cross the street like a thief in the night
But no one gets out alive from Molly’s bed

Everyone’s a liar, everyone’s to blame
But pride won’t take the backseat to my shame
If you start meddling here, you better start shifting gears
You better hit that road
Did I make myself clear?

You can run and you can hide
But I’m coming at you both Jekyll and Hyde
And I know all the spots that are in my town
You can scream and you can yell
But I bought out the cops and they won’t tell
When you’re buried six feet deep here in my ground

Chorus

Everyone was gathered ’round
Staring at the wreckage that you brought to this town with you
And I know you might be confused
But you better take my pistol as your cue
Listen here, I’m gunna say it again
You better leave my girl alone
Before your maker calls you home

Chorus


 

Evelyn

Evelyn, take my hand
Divided like a lioness that’s looking at the lamb
With her heart on her sleeve and hunger at her side
Evelyn, you’re getting close
To dealing with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Which makes it even harder to decide

Your eyes hold the simple truth
There’s nothing in this world or the sky
That is so blue
If I could take the pain away
I’d do all I could for you today
But everyone says it’s of no use

Evelyn, you are the one
Who saved me from myself and a loaded gun
But now you pull the trigger on your own
Evelyn, hold on tight
You’re the same person today that you were last night
But the venom in your veins has taken all control

Your eyes hold the simple truth
There’s nothing in this world or the sky
That is so blue
If I could take the pain away
I’d do all I could for you today
But everyone says it’s of no use

If life is like a story book
Your first few chapters got me hooked
And I’m the character they call your friend
If we only get one chance
You’re throwing yours away in this lonely dance
The time remains to write a happy ending

Your eyes, I cannot live without
But as you let go of my hand
And your heart and soul give out
I tried to take your pain away
And I lost the love I had today
Tell me what this life is all about

Your storybook is now complete
I threw the bad pages away into waves and reef
A new tide will rise to sing and praise your name
Evelyn, I hope you’re home
Floating in the clouds or wherever we go
But life on earth won’t ever be the same


 

Change of Pace

When I say I gotta get away
I never want to come back
I sit here waiting, anticipating
Where I get to run to next
The American Dream sitting right in front of me
On my computer screen
I got this cubicle closing in slowly
Trying to swallow me

Question, question
Why you’re in this place
All we need
Is a little change of pace

When I say I gotta get away
I wish I could leave for good
But with all of the responsibility
I know I never could
So, I bite my tongue and get back to working
Waiting for my day to end
Punch my time card, walk out the door
How did this all begin?

Chorus, Repeat


Push
You better check out while you can…..

There’s a little bit of something
Messing with our body language
Gravity keeps pushing down
As the world keeps turning ’round
All these prophecies are haunting me
Apocalyptic chemistry rising in the streets
We’re losing control of this world and our souls
It could all start with me

Gotta find a way out or gather and make a change
Gotta find a way out, quit transferring all the blame
Times are getting so hard, you better gather the ones you love
Gotta find a way out before this push becomes a shove

You better check out while you can….

There’s a little bit of something
Messing with this atmosphere
Temperature rising, the seas getting higher
As seven billion wait in fear
With people switching lanes, switching brains
Gonna get a little bit more than we came for
They say it’s never too late to reverse our fate
But we gotta find our way out of here

Chorus

Let’s come together, when we find each other
Let’s join together, the truth’s the answer
Let’s come together, when we find each other
Let’s join together, the truth is the answer

Why’s it have to be you against me? It’s easy…
To point all the blame, but there will be a day
When we’ll all be the same
An end to the division among these men and women
And turn all this hate to love
But we gotta find a way out
Before this push becomes a shove


 

Perfect Day

I cherished your thoughts
Or lack there of
But more than meets the eye
Are your expectations
Take one more last breath
Despite your accusations
I’ll throw it in your face
I’ll give into temptation

Take me to a place of a better way
I’ve spent all of my life stuck in your perfect day
Take me as I am
This shouldn’t be conditional
You’re breaking me down
This doesn’t have to be a ritual

You want me to be a prodigy of
Society, look at the hypocrisy
Weighing on my shoulders
Bringing me down again
Now you point the finger
But you call me your friend

Take me to a place of a better way
I’ve spent all of my life stuck in your perfect day
Take me as I am
Love shouldn’t be conditional
You’re breaking me down
This doesn’t have to be a ritual

Repeat


Fireworks

“Turn this song up loud
The one that’s nice and slow”
The words of our friends
As we echo down the road
Taking time
Making it our own

Three whistlin’ moon traveler
With report from the shore
Might not have much cash
But we’re far from poor
Our riches come
In the smiles that we bring

But time goes by much faster than you’d think
When you’re living life out here on the brink
Of today, of tonight, under lights we play
Hoping our words will help in some way

So hold on, listen to this radio
Turn this song up loud,
The one that’s soft, the one that’s nice and slow
So hold on, listen to this song we sing
It might not mean much now
But I’m sure it’ll mean something

If my eyes were the camera
My brain were the film
We’d develop these memories
Into albums we’d fill
Taking time
Making it our own

But time goes by much faster than you’d think
When you’re living life out here on the brink
Of today, of tonight, under lights we play
Hoping our words will help in some way

Chorus

Three whistlin’ moon traveler
With report from the shore
Might not have much cash
But we’re far from poor
Our riches come
In the smiles that we bring
So hold on, listen to this song we sing
It might not mean much now
But I’m sure it’ll mean something

Chorus


 

‘Til You Run Away


It’s eleven o’clock, and I’m still sittin’ here
Looking at your funny face in the mirro
And time and time again, I see
The dirty look you’re giving straight back to me
Why do you lie and try to disguise your ways?
The way you live your life today will lead to darker days

So follow me all the way
Follow me on another day
Follow me all the way
Until you run
Follow me all the way
The time has come to make that change
Follow me all the way
Until you run away

And sitting on my shoulders won’t do you good no more
You’re a dollar late and a day too short
And why do we cry?
Better turn your back and close your eyes
We might be on a windy road
But we’re moving forward, which way will you go?

So follow me all the way
Follow me on another day
Follow me all the way
Until you run
Follow me all the way
The choice is yours, go or stay
Follow me all the way
Until you run away

Chorus, Repeat


 

WAR

Hey, could you give me some more?
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Give me more reasons why we fight this war

Hey, could you give me some more?
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Give me more reasons why we fight this war

You’ve got your brother on the street
Killing everybody he sees
You’ve got those children on the street
Bleeding from their hands and feet
You’ve got your mother on the street
Trying to make some peace
You’ve got your father on the street
Killing everybody in reach

Hey, could you give me some more?
Yeah, I said, “’Cause we can’t take anymore.”
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Give me more reasons why we fight this war

The significance of silence to a battle field
Simply slips by the unhealed
Memory seeks shrill screams, and nightmare dreams
Linger there
It was nothing
Growing pains yield the crown gains
Growing pains yield the crown gains
Is there one just king?
Is there one such thing?

You’ve got your brother on the street
Killing everybody he sees
You’ve got those children on the street
Bleeding from their hands and feet
You’ve got your father on the street
Killing everybody in reach
You’ve got your mother on the street
Trying to make some peace

Hey, could you give me some more?
Yeah, I said, “Hey, ’cause I can’t take any more.”
Yeah, I said, “Hey, could you give me some more?”
Give me more reasons why we fight this war
And tell me exactly, what are we fighting for?


 

Nine to Chain

Sitting here in the valley
Begging for some change
Gotta get me some money
I’m tired of this game
People up on that hillside
Seems they’ve got it good
Going through some hard times
In my neighborhood

God, I hope I’m working on the weekend
If I had a job I swear I won’t complain
Sometimes you just need something to believe in
A little shelter from the wind and the rain

So throw on some Willie
Crank up Steve Earle
‘Cause they wrote their sad songs
In this same world
We gotta find some hope now
Gotta find some grace
Put that frown away
And put a smile on your face

When everybody’s working for the weekend
This nine to five is more like a ball and chain
Sometimes you just need something to believe in
A little shelter from the wind and the rain

I really need some shelter
While I’m breaking these reigns
I really need some shelter
To get away from everything
Where the reach is too far
For this nine to chain
I really need some shelter

Sitting here in the valley
Begging for some change
Gotta get me some money
I’m tired of this game

When everybody’s working for the weekend
They don’t even take the time to feel the rain
We all have something to believe in
If we can just get through all this pleasure and pain


 

Much of Anything

I ain’t got much of anything
But I am doing well
I’ve traveled down this road before
Headed straight for hell
Or so I’m told, ahh but what do they know?

I’ve got this girl that I like to call my own
She looks so good, she smells so fine
But she likes to be alone
She is mine, only from time to time
Well I ain’t got much of anything baby
But I’m feeling fine

I jump in my old pickup
Headed for the coast
It’s raining on my old parade
But it’s a better day than most
I feel good, a hell of a lot better than you think I would
I wish everyone could be this happy, baby
Lord how I wish they could

I ain’t got much of anything, but I am doing well
I’ve traveled down this road before, headed straight for-
Well, I don’t know-
But, does anybody know?
As soon as I find out,
I will tell you, baby, so that we can go

I ain’t got much of anything, but I am doing well.