So Many Roads
I just finished my 4th CD titled "...So Many Roads". As with the previous albums, this CD is my acoustical guitar and me singing bluesy originals that I've composed. Like so many artists, I've kept my "day job" to keep the wolf away from the door...and also like so many, my day time hours have been cut (3 days a week, was 6 days a week not long ago)...but like my song on the "Open Heart" CD ... Papa Can't Break Down or "My Song Ain't Over Yet" on this latest CD. I've a beautiful wife, healthy-handsome son and I'm still eating...(in the north country, South Dakota, USA). I originally started playing music as a drummer. My first drum set was used and the previous owner was a rodeo clown. That was a while ago. I've always loved music and the influences are wide (and varied). Growing up, I remember my Dad listening to John Prine, Johnny Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, The Mystic Cowboys, etc. (I played some bar gigs with my Uncle Dan - The Mystic Cowboy, drumming). I still enjoy these artists, plus so many others. Of course, all the vast experiences of my life reflect in my composing. My Mom and Dad are divorced and remarried. Mom is on her 2nd marriage and Dad on his 3rd. This has left me blessed with their love and the love of many siblings. I've lived in many places, Texas, Washington, Wyoming, South Dakota, Florida, California, Missouri and back to South Dakota, which continues to give me wanderlust. The following are the lyrics for this CD 'So Many Roads' ***...So Many Roads... Don't forget where you came from Don't get lost on your long way home You've seen a lot...You changed your heart You've been down...so many roads... Don't forget the things you love so You hold them close and then let them go You had a lot...to give away There's nothing you...could ever own ...don't stay gone too long you'll always have a place here home is where the heart belongs don't be a stranger... save me a place a the table I'll be home before the sun goes down Good men get lost...in this old world I been down...so many roads... ***Smell the Rose I never let a dollar Burn a hole in my pocket I don't worry bout tomorrow I'm a smoke it if you get it...kind of guy I won't let it pass me by I been livin in the moment You never know how long you got it I won't wait around for nothing Get off your ass if you want it...walk the walk Well I'm sick of idle talk I been up and down the mountain I been lost upon this road But I won't waste a single morning You never know how good you got it...till it goes Well I'm here to smell the rose ***My Song Ain't Over Yet Some days it's hard - to do what's best When the wheels keep turning - you don't get nowhere Yeah times get hard - and there's none to spare Wolfs at the door and baby he sleeps there But I'm no worse for wear...I'll persevere Some days it's cursed - some days it's blessed Sometimes it's both - it's anyone's guess The pages turn - they'll never end Everyday I'm gonna start again My song ain't over yet...I'll make amends When life gets long - and weekdays blend The seasons change and we change with them I think of you and the times we spent I think of time as an endless thread I'll see you around the bend...we'll meet again ***Midnight Symphony I bought a drum from a rodeo clown I put my head to the ground - I could hear a heartbeat I played along with the cricket's song I heard it all around - a midnight symphony ...oh gather round my fire leave your baggage at the door well the flames are getting higher and the moon is bright oh let my spirit soar... I woke up late and I could not sleep For all the wind in the trees - I heard melodies I sang along with the cottonwoods I heard it all around - a midnight symphony The moon was full and the river flowed I felt it in my soul - the current spoke to me I flowed along with the river's song I heard it all around - a midnight symphony ***Clean Getaway I wore out a lot of horses Left some good things by the road I didn't care where I was going I was just lightening my load I wore out a lot of welcome A couple of days too long I didn't care where I was sleeping Turn around and I'd be gone ...I was always passing through I was never meant to stay I tried so hard - to my heart be true But it don't always work that way Clean getaway... I lit out for the horizon I felt the rambling in my bones Something out there - just kept a calling Never would leave me alone I hope before the sunset passes I find a place that feels like home And somewhere still - a dream that's lasted One that I can call my own ***Lost Trail I followed your scent There into the trees And the sun sank down And darkness fell on me I laid myself down Beneath an old tree And closed my eyes And started to dream I followed your trail Through rivers and fields Found a strand of your hair Up in the black hills I seen the path of wildfires Trees had been stripped bare And the sunset on the ocean I could tell you'd been there I braved the high winds And many nights of rain Jus to wake and find Your footprint washed away I seen a flower growing In a field of stone Felt a new day dawn Knew I was not alone ***Wayside Blues I gave her my ring And she pawned it for booze I had no cause to complain Cause I drank some too She must have left it in the night She must have stumbled by the moon Somewhere along the line I hope she finds her way through She must have came by the way of the blues I woke up in the rain On a dark afternoon Had no one else to blame And the sky was just a bruise I guess times getting hard Anyplace that you go Somewhere along the line Hope I find my way through Guess I came by the way of the blues ***Lakota Girl She'll take off walking into the corn Without a word...and she'll be gone for days But she always comes home and God only knows She's just made that way She grew up runnin in the prairie sun Her mama told..she'd never stay one place It was in her eyes when she was young...it's in her soul She's just made that way ...she listens to the cottonwoods she wanders in the wind well I know my heart is hers but I turn around...she's gone again... in the early morning she'll come around without a sound...and lay down next to me well she always comes home and God only knows she's just made that way ***Fall into Place I got a good thing going And that's enough for today Ain't got no rhyme or reason Just let it fall into place I got a tired old engine On it's last leg Still gets me where I'm going Just one more mile...is all I pray I wanna stand and face my weakness I wanna steal your pain And when at last I fall to pieces I'm gonna rise again I wanna grow from failure I wanna hold my faith I'd like to say forever But sometimes...it slips away But I got a good thing going And that's enough for today Ain't got no rhyme or reason Just let it fall into place.