TightRope (2011)

by Susan Gibson

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1.
Evergreen 04:34
Evergreen Just when I think I’m lost, something brings me back As my train of thought slips off the track Feeling my way through, crossways and blind I guess it’s what you seek, not what you find I don’t mind things that don’t matter these days Time I’ve spent on worry never pays Now the leaves are changing from green to gold So I’ll change with them I’ll be so bold Vivid color dreams Nothing’s what it seems I’ve turned inside out and back again Stuck out on this limb, dancing with the wind How I long to be evergreen Now I’m 10 years gone in strange scenery Like an old dust devil chasing round a tumbleweed I tried to lay down roots so I could just stay here Blew out my candle & prayed a little prayer Vivid color dreams Nothing’s what it seems I’ve turned inside out and back again Stuck out on this limb, dancing with the wind How I long to be evergreen So I can’t complain, I’ve enjoyed the ride Just cuz I’m runnin’ doesn’t mean I’m hidin’ This wanderlust puts me off the map I followed my heart ‘til it brought me back Vivid color dreams Nothing’s what it seems I’ve turned inside out and back again Stuck out on this limb, dancing with the wind How I long to be evergreen
2.
Hope Diamond 03:39
HOPE DIAMOND Nowhere to go No one’s expecting me I don’t have a show But I’m back in the driver’s seat I tell the same old stories Some place I’ve never been Here I am here I go again I fight fire with fire Cuz I like to watch things burn You call me a liar A nickname I’ve probably earned You want some resolution You want to work this out Here I am here I go again I am not the road less traveled I’m just a rocky trail Now your shoes are full of gravel & you haven’t found a holy grail don’t make me your Hope Diamond; I’m just a shiney stone cuz I’m just a reflection of all the Light you’ve shown Take it or leave it here I go again To my surprise I got what I’s asking for You cut all my ties With my suitcase by the door You finally got the lesson The one I’ll never learn Here I am here I go again I am not the road less traveled I’m just a rocky trail Now your shoes are full of gravel & you haven’t found your holy grail don’t make me your Hope Diamond when I’m just a shiney stone I’m just a reflection of all the Light you’ve shown Take it or leave it here I go again Nowhere to go No one’s expecting me I don’t have a show But I’m back in the driver’s seat
3.
It’s Raining Outside Today Hooooooray Dead asleep, sleeping like a rock Wake up fighting with my alarm clock Just a couple more minutes of pillow talk It’s raining outside today hooray Sip my coffee through the grassfire smoke You could fry an egg, & that’s no joke Up and running like a broke egg yolk It’s raining outside today hooray It started out hot & it’s just getting hotter Fire turns the fields to a blacktop The rest of the world is under water & we can’t beg, buy or borrow a drop I been praying all day for the rainclouds Praying for the men to put the fire out Maybe it’s enough to end this thirst and drought It’s raining outside today hooray Been here a thousand years drying out baking in the sun There’s a fire on the ground boys & she’s ready to run I been praying all day for the rainclouds Praying for the men to put the fire out Maybe it’s enough to end this thirst and drought It’s raining outside today hooray
4.
Tightrope 03:32
TIGHTROPE I’m driving out along a stretch of highway 9 it was my father’s road & now its mine I’ve always been parallel to the horizon I’ve seen it all before I just don’t recognize it These watercolor skies they deepen like a bruise Casting shadows on all the tricks I had to use How can you follow when I don’t leave no clues When I tiptoe around in ballerina shoes? I’m on a tightrope I’m on a high wire I can’t come down, I can’t get any higher Staring out across the thin line You just hold your breath until I reach the other side You tightened up the reigns, you cut me slack You gave me just enough rope so I could find my way back You were a crooked line , I have no doubt Who woulda thought that you would be the one to straighten me out I’m on a tightrope I’m on a high wire I can’t come down, I can’t get any higher Staring out across the thin line You just hold your breath until I reach the other side Climbing up and looking down Might as well stay on the ground I’m on a tightrope I’m on a high wire I can’t come down, I can’t get any higher Staring out across the thin line You just hold your breath until I reach the other side
5.
I Wish I could be a millionaire, I wish I’d win the lottery Spend my time waste my money eating cherries jubilee All that cash make me dizzy, get the tax man back in town Be no end in sight to the bitter cat fight , hands out coming around Too much is never enough I wish I could be happy with nothing The only thing money can buy is more stuff I wish I could be happy with nothing I wish I had a big caddilac & someone to drive me around Long & sleek shiney & black, we’d drive slow with the windows down It’d be so fancy that I’d be scared to take it out after dark Cost 100 bucks just to fill it up, Probably couldn’t find a place to park Too much is never enough I think I’ll just be happy with nothing The only thing money can buy is more stuff I think I’ll just be happy with nothing I wish I could be the president & make up all of the rules I’d appoint my friends to the cabinet, …wouldn’t that be cool But all that power would go to my go to my head & blind me from the truth So I’m working downtown at the circle K up on Pennsylvania avenue Too much is never enough I’d rather be happy with nothing The only thing money can buy is more stuff I think I’ll just be happy with nothing
6.
LOVELY WHEN YOU CRY I hate to see the tears in your eyes Your trembling lip predicts stormy skies Just cuz you smile, that’s no disguise Still yer lovely when you cry I hate to see the pain on your face I’m struggling for words that might replace The sticks and the stones that words can’t erase Still yer lovely when you cry Was it a memory or was it a fear You muster your strength To hold back that tear & when the dam breaks, the teardrop will fall Still yer lovely when you cry I hate to hear the doubt in your voice Of making decisions when you had no choice You’re straining for answers through all the white noise Still yer lovely when you cry Was it a memory or was it a fear You muster your strength To hold back that tear & when the dam breaks, the teardrop will fall Still yer lovely when you cry The water is rising, there’s cracks in the wall You tightrope the levy even though you might fall & when the dam breaks and baptizes all still yer lovely when you cry
7.
A Stray 03:46
A STRAY I found you hanging out down on the corner You looked so cold and lost If I didn’t take you home who knows where you’d end up Living in the shadows on the scraps and exhaust I thought I knew better, just what you needed Something safe & suburban Just like all those TV shows or maybe it was cable But that’s what you were running away from I can’t tie you down But I want you to stay I need you around But you were always a stray When I unlock the door you bolt right Through it Thought you were happy to see me I was dog tired you were a man on fire You made a beeline for the busy street I tell you how I feel, it just gets complicated Like we don’t speak the same language You’ll learn a few tricks but you won’t be domesticated Now you sleep in the garage I can’t tie you down But I want you to stay I need you around But you were always a stray I tried to make you mine said that you belonged to me I don’t think you ever believed me I tried to prove it by holding on to tightly You proved me wrong by leaving We reach a compromise, you’ll stay in the neighborhood Sounds like a pretty good deal But everytime your missing I wonder if you’re gone for good Or just looking for another free meal I can’t tie you down But I want you to stay I need you around But you were always a stray
8.
Oil & Water 03:26
Oil & Water They say that you’re no good for me Trouble from the start Throw yer love around like breadcrumbs Leave a trail of broken hearts I know that you are not my type & that’s a good thing Cuz my type kinda bugs me I’m tired of the static cling We go together like oil & water Just gotta shake it up &if we settle down that’s when we separate I sink to the bottom & you’re back on top I’m not in it for the outcome Cuz we don’t have a chance But I’m not looking for a smooth ride I want some turbulance We go together like oil & water Just gotta shake it up &if we settle down that’s when we separate I sink to the bottom & you’re back on top Infatuated, crushed & smitten Who wrote the book of love & where is it written That you should shy away once bitten Why is the sweetest always forbidden I should have seen it coming This one’s going to hurt But I might as well enjoy the ride Before I hit the dirt So I brush it off & crawl away Into the sunset you ride & I’ll live to love another one who is not my type We go together like oil & water Just gotta shake it up &if we settle down that’s when we separate I sink to the bottom & you’re back on top
9.
Wood Wouldn’t Burn My old man had a dying wish Bought it with his bone and flesh That you should have this old guitar We pulled it out of the fire He always liked the way you played He knew the sacrifice you made To leave your family for the lonely road & send the money that you made back home 1952 Gibson FlatTop Blisters on the neck & ashes on the headstock Held together with the rusty wire The wood wouldn’t burn in the fire No, that wood wouldn’t burn in the fire My old man didn’t play that much He let the strings get rusty when he lost his touch So down in the basement it went With the babybooks and Christmas ornaments The fire started on the ground floor Took my husband and my son before It crept down the basement stairs Then I guess it just ran out of air CHORUS He was a regular at all of your shows He knew your daddy and he watched you grow Into the man that you are today How I wish that he could hear you play So sing about him in your sad sad songs Play your hot licks & hear him sing along & when the crowd wants a little more bring him out for an encore
10.
Passin' Thru 04:06
PASSIN' THRU I’m not like you but we get along We whistle different tunes but it’s still the same old song If the world sees you like a tourist It’s cuz you’re only passing through Uncomfortable in your own skin Sometimes your confidence wears thin You try just hard enough & then you let ‘em win Cuz you're only passing through None of us are too long for this earth Don’t let it kill ya, the process of rebirth Get it while the getting’s good Forget about the coulda shoulda Just stop by my neighborhood on your way back through It was the biggest boat you could afford Away from solid ground you jumped overboard I guess the struggle is it’s own reward When you’re only passing through

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released February 14, 2011

Produced by Gabe Rhodes in Austin, TX

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