Lyrics

Whiskey

Discuss old times drinking wine
Champagne toasts a new year
Bring the summer in drinking gin
See a friend, buy him a beer
Oh Whiskey, my friend, it’s good to see you again

When she found someone that wasn’t me
You helped me drown those old memories
So tonight, my friend, the drinks are on me

Oh Whiskey, my friend, it’s good to see you again
You’ve been with me through every bump in the road
When the world around came crashing down
You helped me carry the load
Oh Whiskey, my friend, it’s good to see you again

I remember when it was just me and you
When it rains it pours and when it pours, I lose
If it’s all the same, my friend, I’d like to drown those times too

Oh Whiskey, my friend, it’s good to see you again
You’ve been with me through every bump in the road
When the world around came crashing down
You helped me carry the load
Oh Whiskey, my friend, it’s good to see you again

$.99

My mother was a world-class working-class hero
Day after day she put food on the table
$.99 meant the world
$.99 meant the world

I remember when soda went from a nickel to a dime
“Work twice as hard for half as much” became the line I’d say when
$.99 meant the world
$.99 meant the world

Day in and day out behind the machine
of the man who owns the business that relies on me
But he can’t seem to pay me a wage so I can live
No, he can’t seem to pay me a wage so I can live

This “trickle down” isn’t working for me
A rain or a flood might help make ends meet
But I came from an honest man who came from an honest man who preached the Word
And, mostly, honest men who come from honest men are poor

Hope

She’s got a heart-shaped guitar string tattoo,
a coat-hanger halo, and cardboard wings
She’s completely uneffected by the little things

Cotton-ball clouds on a cool spring day
Splashin’ in a puddle, runnin’ in the rain
She makes the Heavens gray when she sings
I hope and pray she gets her wings

I hope and pray that Hope finds her way

She’s got feathers in her hair
She sees colors in the air
After everyone leaves
She hears music in the breeze

On occasion I see her
I don’t think she sees me

She sits alone all the time
Drinkin’ strawberry wine
Talkin’ up a storm like there’s somebody there

I hope and pray she gets her wings

I hope and pray that Hope finds her way

New Orleans

I’ve been thinkin’ that I’d like to take a train
Down to New Orleans where the whiskey flows free
Down in New Orleans

Playin’ dixie-land jazz at the clubs
Find a cajun girl and fall in love
Down in New Orleans

And when I die,
tell the second line
to blow those horns toward the sky for me
I want St. Peter to know
to keep the gates open
I’ll be flyin’ in from New Orleans
Oh, from New Orleans

Complain about the weather all summer long
When the winter comes, wish the summer wasn’t gone
Down in New Orleans

Tip a hat and a glass to the souls that moved on
Find our comfort in a Sweet Emma song
Down in New Orleans

And when I die,
tell the second line
to blow those horns toward the sky for me
I want St. Peter to know
to keep the gates open
I’ll be flyin’ in from New Orleans
Oh, from New Orleans

I Sympathize

I don’t blame him
I blame you
And I sympathize with the man I stole you from
I really do
How his heart was breaking
When you went away
How much pain he must’ve felt
When he screamed your name

Now I’m in those shoes
I sympathize
I really do

Hand-Me-Down Car

I met a girl about five-and-twenty
She was out of my league
I was 18.

She didn’t seem to care
She said I was funny
We laughed all night in the front seat of her hand-me-down car

It was cool
It was right
She was as pretty as the sunset on that summer night
Feels good
Feels rights
She was as pretty as a picture by campfire light

We talked about movies
We talked about music
She loved Dylan, I loved the Stones
Our eyes got heavy
As we talked until morning
We fell asleep in the back seat of her hand-me-down car

It was cool
It was right
She was as pretty as the sunset on that summer night
Feels good
Feels rights
She was as pretty as a picture by campfire light

All this time without her
All these years without her
Time gone by
But I seem to get her off my mind

It was cool
It was right
She was as pretty as the sunset on that summer night
Feels good
Feels rights
She was as pretty as a picture by campfire light
It was cool
It was right
She was as pretty as the sunset on that summer night
It was love
At first sight
She was as pretty as a picture by campfire light

I Choose To

Sweat rings on the bar
Smoke rings in the air
We used to joke about this being my second home
Well, it’s in first place now that you’re not there

I wrote it all down how I feel about you
I wrote it all down on a napkin for you
The most perfect metaphore
The napkin wadded and stained on the bar room floor

Should I forgive myself for losing you
Or drink some more and choose to forget you
I should
But I never do
No I never
Though I choose to

I watched home movies of out first vacation today
You almost seemed happy that day
Sometimes I’d see a smile
A smile I didn’t see when you walked down the aisle

Should I forgive myself for losing you
Or drink some more and choose to forget you
I should
But I never do
No I never
Though I choose to
Should I pick myself up off the floor
Remind myself how I tried and tried some more
I should
But I never do
No I never do
Though I choose to

If You Don’t Say No

Gonna write a letter
Mail it next Tuesday
Gonna tell a secret
That I think you know

On my way back home
Gonna buy a ring
Put it on your finger
And pray you don’t say no

I promise to do my best
And let the lord take care of the rest
We’ll be happy in my home made of stone
If you need me I’ll be there
And if you’re sick, yeah, I’ll take care of you
And our beautiful child or two
If you don’t say no

Gonna write a letter
Yeah, it’s a start
It’s hard to say
What’s in my heart

Mamma always said
Find a nice girl
And fall in love
It’s a heart shape world

I promise to do my best
And let the lord take care of the rest
We’ll be happy in my home made of stone
If you need me I’ll be there
And if you’re sick, yeah, I’ll take care of you
And our beautiful child or two
If you don’t say no

The Sweetest Song

When I lay here
All alone
I hear a song
It’s the sweetest song

A song of love
A song of life
It’s a song for you
A song of mine

It could disappear
Into the air
Into the air
Or it could live in your heart
Take it with you everywhere you go
Hum it while you’re walkin’ down the street and then I’ll know…

When the melody
Passes by
And the words
Make you cry

Then I’ll know
That the song
That the song
Will live on

It could disappear
Into the air
Into the air
Or it could live in your heart
Take it with you everywhere you go
Hum it while you’re walkin’ down the street and then I’ll know…

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