By the Way
Bob Marston
Before You Go
Bob Marston
Brother Again
George Hipp
Burning Out
George Hipp

Time is short now

And I don’t know how

To say these things to you

It's been a lifetime

Of telling you my mind

And I wonder, did I ever get through

Looking back on the years

No use fighting back tears

I sure miss seeing you smile

Nobody gets to stay

We all gotta go someday

I guess I'll see you after a while

But before you go

I just want you to know

I love you so

I know you did your best

Now it’s time to rest

I sure hope you can find some peace

 

So much pain I know

Didn’t know how to let it show

You shall be released

 

But before you go

I just want you to know

I love you so

They say you got no heritage

And you can’t drive a nail

You can’t play the six string

And you’re destined to fail

But you’re building with no hammer

And your songs move my soul

We don’t need money cause

We carry the strong blood of old

I could keep crying and sell what they buying

But I’d rather breathe back in, and brother again

I walked out and left you

The worst time I could

I let time deceive me

And I never understood

That some of these runners

Are born on third base

But you and me earn every step

I can see it in your face

I could keep crying and sell what they buying

But I’d rather breathe back in, and brother again

Together again after all of these years and mistakes

Help one another to fight all these demons we face... whatever it takes!

I could keep crying and sell what they buying

But I’d rather breathe back in, and brother again

How long have I been living for the fight

Bleeding and trying to make it right

How many times will I get thrown on the ground

Before I learn to stay down

How’d I get down here from up there

The more I climb the more I sink I swear

I had a fire that was stronger than my doubt

But now that flame is burning out

Way back when I thought there was a chance

To learn to run and learn to dance

With high hopes, a pure heart, and bright eyes

I saw green grass and blue skies

But then came the long nights and black days

And once you know you gotta stay

And it was all push, no slide, and no roll

The cut down has to take a toll

How’d I get down here from up there

The more I climb the more I sink I swear

I had a fire that was stronger than my doubt

But now that flame is burning out

How long have I been living for the fight

Bleeding and trying to make it right

How many times will I get thrown on the ground

Before I learn to stay down

I just can’t learn to stay down

I’d rather burn than stay down

If it wasn’t for that tenor man

We never would have met

Dancing next to you

Through every number of his set

We were friends for years

Before I said let’s just be lovers

We could not deny

The looks we sometimes gave each other

And I love you, you’re my baby

You love me too, you never try to change me

Did I tell you, you’re the one that saved me

From my sorrow deep and hollow

If I lead, you’re sure to follow

And I will never leave you by the way

By the way

Together for two years

Two hundred forty miles apart

I guess I should have seen

It was slowly breaking your heart

I’m coming home tomorrow, baby

Coming home to stay

I’ll kiss you on the forehead, baby

By the break of day

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I know you’ll love me

Til the stars from the sky

Till I stop asking why

I never meant to make you cry

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Diamond A Day
Bob Marston

People say diamonds are a girl’s best friend

They’ll lift her higher than the mightiest wind

If she’s a lady, boy, that’s all you’ll need to spend

She’ll be with you, she’ll be with you until the end

I’ll give you a diamond a day

I’ll chase your blues away

I’ll be with you baby in every single way

I’ll give you a diamond a day

My diamonds are different, baby, you’ve got to understand

They’re not the kind you go around wearing on your hand

I’ll never own much more than these feet on which I stand

But I promise you baby to be your everyday man

I’ll give you a diamond a day

I’ll chase your blues away

I’ll be with you baby however long we choose to stay

I’ll give you a diamond a day

It’s been a while since I’ve been walking down this line

I’ve come to realize all I’ve really got is time

I don’t want to bother you my baby you’re clearly in your prime

But if you’ll have it, I’ll give you all of what is mine

I’ll give you a diamond a day

I’ll chase your blues away

I’ll be with you baby, I guess that’s all I had to say

I’ll give you a diamond a day

Estoy
Bob Marston

Estoy solo

Es tan peligroso

Y por eso miedoso

Estoy

Soy niño

Sin familia para cuidarme

Porqué encarcelarme

Yo soy

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La razón me escapa

El sistema me atrapa

Con la trampa de dinero y poder

La verdad se revela

Realidad se niega

Queremos nada más que ascender

Estoy sola

Autoridad mentirosa

Por eso nerviosa

Estoy

Soy niña

Cómo me protejo

Miro el reflejo

Yo soy

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I am alone

It is so dangerous

That’s why scared

I am

I am a little boy

Without family to take care of me

Why incarcerate me

I am

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Reason (sanity) escapes me

The system entraps me

With the trap of money and power

The truth is revealed

Reality is denied

We want nothing more than to rise

I am alone

Authority, you liar

That’s why anxious

I am

I am a little girl

How can I protect myself

I see the reflection

I am

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Far & Wide
Bob Marston

I been out on this road

So many times

Spitting syllables

Connecting rhymes

I never fall too much

In love with anyone

Don’t get mad, baby

I’m just trying to have me a little fun

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Rolling down

This road that I ride

Being careful

Looking side to side

Running around

Trying not to hide

Ask me where I’m going

Destination: Far and Wide

I’ve stared into the hungry eyes

Of the poor

I’ve seen the wealthy

Who do nothing but want more

Yes, it’s Babylon

And the sprats they feed upon

What will they dd

When all the little fish are gone?

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I’ve heard the call to prayer

Five times a day

I’ve seen the prostrate

By the altar where they lay

Can’t you see

We’ll never get along

With each one preaching

That the other one is wrong

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You got to look around

To see inside

Cause you’re the only one

Who knows you lied

And only through the truth

That you will be satisfied

Destination: Far and Wide

Far and Wide

Far and Wide

Destination: Far and Wide

Fences
George Hipp
Lyin Eyes
Bob Marston
Love Is Sacrifice
Bob Marston

All the trees fell down yesterday

Dropping fences and resting where they lay

Open up and push that screaming child away

The questions here to stay

Can you show me up and down

Show me silence and sound

Can you show me black and white

Show me ... wrong and right

Simple steps, simple words

Simply said, softly drifting on unheard

Like the lessons offered by the unconcerned,

Often taught, seldom learned

Can you show me up and down

Show me silence and sound

Can you show me black and white

Show me ... wrong and right

Watching waves and losing touch

Listen close and don’t hear them complaining much

Rise and fall, crest and crash, howl and hush

Nothing here to clutch

Can you show me up and down

Show me silence and sound

Can you show me black and white

Show me ... wrong and right

The heat of the summer subsided

As I made my way down the road

All the best things coincided

But in the end I’m still left all alone

They paid us that night just for playing

But everything comes with a cost

I got back home still believing

That I was losing but the game was not lost

Life is moments, hours and days

And I count them all every day I’m away

Love is sacrifice and if it is true

I’ll give it all up just to stay beside

You left on a cool Thursday morning

Monday would bring you back home

Your tears must have been my warning

That like the river you were leaving to roam

This ain’t my first case of heartache

Just the first that keeps sticking around

I ain’t been able to stand straight

Yes I walk with my head hanging down

Life is moments, hours and days

And I count them all every day you’re away

Love is sacrifice but if it ain’t true

I won’t let my love be a burden to you

Don’t give me those lovin’ eyes

If you don’t mean it

You’ve been giving the same to all the other guys

Baby I’ve seen it

I’ll tell you what I think, tell you exactly how I feel

Women giving eyes like that, giving love that ain’t real

with those…

Lyin eyes

Oh, don’t come to me with that thin disguise

Lyin eyes

Your game is just an old surprise

Don’t cast those lyin’ eyes my way

And don’t speak, baby, we’ve got nothing to say

I’d rather live my nights and days alone

Than to find your empty love, baby, when I come home

with those…

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She said, “No! You’ve got the wrong impression

I’m always sharing my kind affection.”

Your intentions aren’t so well concealed

I can tell you're having fun just playing the field

with those…

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One Short Life
George Hipp

You know who, it’s all on you

No one else can see it through

Gray clouds move, the skies are blue

Always were, it ain’t nothing new

With every breath we take

My friend we are awake

One short life to live... is that all we get?

Running from ourselves... we don’t admit

Hanging by our teeth... til the pebble hits

Are we just the leaves?... Are we the trees and the ground they’re in....

My candle’s lit

Who designed a crooked line

Nothing lost or left behind

seek and find, I don’t mind

We’ve all had desperate times

With every breath we take

My friend we are awake

One short life to live... is that all we get?

Running from ourselves... we don’t admit

Hanging by our teeth... til the pebble hits

Are we just the leaves?... Are we the trees and the ground they’re in....

My candle’s lit

Pick Up Your Guitar
Bob Marston
Pick You First
Bob Marston

Headed to the Magic City

Going to meet my baby

Traffic lights and those sidewalk fights

Trying to delay me

We’re going to see a man

Who’s made of stars

People come from near and far

and they sing…

Pick up your guitar, play, play

Pick up your guitar, play, play

Pick up your guitar and play

Til the night turns into day

The night we came to see him

It was clear his light was fading

He even told us that he was tired

Of doing all the same things

I told him ,man,

It might not be tonight

But I remember

When you shined so bright

and I said…

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The lights are out and they’ve locked the doors

Now it’s time for leaving

I’m feeling better, but still I’m looking

For something to believe in

I get outside

Guess who I see

He sees my guitar

And he says to me

and he says…

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Headed from the Magic City

Baby’s right here with me

Thinking to myself and asking

Do I have it in me?

I hear the wheels

They start to whine

I listen closer

And they sing in rhyme

and they sing… Chorus

Ever since I was a little kid

You’ve always been there

And everything that you ever did

Showed me how much you care

You taught me to strive for my best

In everything I’ve done

I want so spend all my living days

Showing you I’m proud to be your son

Every person has a mother

Some are better, some are worse

If I had life to do over and could choose

I’d always pick you first

All the laughs we’ve shared and tears we’ve shed

We get more out of life than most

Come what may, you know, I gotta say

I’m glad we got to be this close

I know someday you’ll have to say goodbye

I’m sad to know we’ll be a apart

I tell you now with every song I sing

You’re always in my heart

Every person has a mother

Some are better, some are worse

If I had life to do over and could choose

I’d always pick you first

Real Magic, Good People
Bob Marston
Right By You
Bob Marston

Everyday

My dog and I

Climb up Ruffner

For to see the sight

Of a city in beginning

Not knowing where it’s been

Wondering if magic

Can overcome sin

While I’m walking

In my mind

I see your image

Like I was blind

And I wonder how you’re doing

When this time will end

Why you don’t come see me

And just what you meant by “friend”

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We are real magic

We are good people

From the gutter to the steeple

We call Birmingham home

From the gutter to the steeple

We call Birmingham home

In the hills

Of my birth

Lies a secret

In the dirt

Of a people long forgotten

Broken backs and crooked steel

I’ll tell you now forgiveness

Is the only way to heal

In the bottom

Of my heart

There is no doubt

The course I chart

Though the journey is fraught with danger

The path is plain to see

If you can just be you

And I can just be me

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I don’t know where we’re going

I only know just where I’ve been

It wasn’t always easy going

Don’t want to go back there again

Sometimes this life that we’re leading

Leads us so far apart

Just tell me how you’re feeling

When your night is cold and dark

And I’ll be right by you

I’ll be right by you

I’ll be right by you

Whenever I can

I’ll be right

I’ll be right by you

I’ll be right by you

Whenever I can

Well, we went from friends to lovers

Sometimes I don’t know how

You’ve touched me like no other

It’s too late to turn back now

It’s time I must be leaving

And I hate leaving you behind

Dry your eyes no need for grieving

A man must seek for him to find

And I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

Wherever I am

I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

Wherever I am

I’ll be right by you

I’ll be right by you

I’ll be right by you

Whenever I can, but when I can’t

I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

I’ll do right by you

Wherever I am, wherever I am

The Saddest Part
Bob Marston

Jazz and fate brought us together

Time and fear grew us apart

You told me always and forever

Chains locked and tied across my heart

 

You took my best years as a play thing

Never caring what it cost

Then you moved on to your next fling

And left me mourning all we lost

I’ve learned so much about forgiveness

I have you to thank for that

I don’t care if you come back

That’s not what love is all about

 

You told all our friends I broke your heart

It seems to me to work just fine

Did you tell them about the saddest part

That’s more than I can say for mine

Screendoor Chatter
Bob Marston

Screendoor chatter, hold on

He’ll call your bluff

No more laughter, so long, so long

There’s not time enough

What will it be, no chains

What did I bring

What’s in it for me, no pain, no pain

But I got to sing

I don’t know what it is

But it’s my thing

Breeze a-blowin’, oh it’s past time

Past time to take a step

Well there’s no way of know, this thin line

And I get no help, lord won’t you give me some help

What’s over there, whoo it’s quite strange

What will I do

I can stand here and stare at this slow train

Lights all flashing blue

But I guess I’ll lean back and push

And follow through

Follow through that screendoor

Let me tell all of y’all

there’s always time enough

Screendoor chatter, press on

Life it getting rough, mmm getting rough

Well it doesn’t matter, might be wrong,

Baby might be wrong, might be wrong, might be wro-o-ong

Let me tell y’all one more time

There’s always time enough oooo-oo-oo-oooooo

She Drinks Whiskey
Bob Marston

I’ll never forget that night at the bar

The look in her eye said I wouldn't get far

But then Cupid slapped me silly

She drinks whiskey

She’s quite a bit more than you might expect

It may come as a shock. She don’t need your respect

You might describe her behavior as risky

She drinks whiskey

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She don’t need your money

She don’t want your name

She might give you some honey

But she won’t take the shame

You know I’m not one to complain

But everything about her was driving me insane

If I tried to keep up I’d get tipsy

She drinks whiskey

She does whatever she wants with her time

And she reserves the right to change her mind

She gets what she wants when she’s frisky

She drinks whiskey

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Solo Break

She came prepared to drink that stuff all night, alright

And she ain’t afraid of getting in a fight, that’s right

I bet she wouldn’t even miss me

She drinks whiskey

I’ll never forget that night at the bar

The look in her eye said I wouldn't get far

And then she turned around and kissed me

She drinks whiskey

So Long
Bob Marston

So much said

So little spoken

Will you take this

As a token

Of the way I should’ve loved you

All along

I know we don’t know

One another

But can you see me

As a brother

Can you forgive me

I know now

I was wrong

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It’s been so long

I don’t know what we’re fighting about

No right, no wrong

Let’s get together and figure it out

The days

Turn into years

Empty space

Filled with fear

I forget to to miss

The people I once knew

I try to get things going

Is this love of mine worth showing?

It gives me peace to know

I’ve done what I can do

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There are no

Pills or potions

Sometimes

Going through the motions

Brings us closer and that’s

All I need from you

Take all the time

You need

I will follow

When you lead

In the meantime I’ll assume

You love me too

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Sundays
Bob Marston

Sundays are for fishing

Sleeping late and wishing

You’ll find yourself

Somewhere else

Some Sunday down the road

Sundays are for resting

Giving thanks and blessings

For giving of yourself

To help

Someone down the road

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Sundays aren’t the same

For everyone you meet

Some folks work from can’t to can’t

Some sleep out in the street

Some folks spend their Sundays

Thinking Jesus can’t be beat

I just hope they realize

It’s 'cause he don’t compete

Sundays are for cooking

And being with your good looking

Forgetting all

That you had planned

For what’s waiting down the road

Sundays are for kissing

Affection, hugs, and missing

All the people

You will see

Some bright morning down the road

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Sundays are for bragging

Hair of the dog and dragging

All the baggage

You can’t shake

As you make it down the road

Sundays are for breathing

And if you can, believing

Our days

Are what we make em

As we make it down the road

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