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The Usual

Release Date: November 6, 2015
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The Usual lyrics

Rough and Rocky

Rough and Rocky
Zipped up the bag, sealed the box
Closed the door and clicked the lock
Dropped the keys into the slot
Miles stretched before me
My possessions there to warn me
I’m all I’ve got
Rollin’ through the heartland
‘Til the highway turned to quicksand
Sinking into the night
Got as far as Cleveland
Gassed up, left believing
I’d soon see the light
I would see the light
Lay me down lay me on the ground to sleep
Wake me up take me where I will not weep

My GPS won’t confess
That it’s got me in this mess
Keeps telling me to take a right
I’ve always swayed towards the left
Never made a move that was deft
Just steered clear with all my might
Sun and sleet, heat and snow
Doesn’t seem to matter where I go
I’m tossed like a log on rough seas
If I’ve come this far the hard way
I hope that means a better day
Lays in store for me
Is waiting somewhere for me

Lay me down lay me on the ground to sleep
Wake me up take me where I will not weep

Climbed the stairs, propped open the door
Stacked the boxes on the floor
Stared across the room
Another temporary home
Always been on the roam
Since I left the womb
The rode is rough and rocky
I’m walkin’ it talkin’ to myself
Sayin’ “just around the bend”
But the more I travel down it
There are things I’ve never found and it
Never seems to end
Never seems to end


Forget Everything You’ve Learned

Forget Everything You’ve Learned

She will do what she has to do
She will go where she wants to go
And you can’t stand in her way
She will say what she has to say
She will take all the time she needs
And you must sit and wait

The sad old story unfolds
As page after page is turned
And once the tale is told
Close the book and forget everything you’ve learned

If she cries, you cannot dry her eyes
If she falls, you must walk on by
There is nothing you can do
She will be who she has to be
She will see who she wants to see
You must accept the truth

The sad old story unfolds
As page after page is turned
And once the tale is told
Close the book and forget everything you’ve learned

She will head out on her own
She will spend some nights alone
And you must do the same
When you think of all you had
And those thoughts, they leave you sad
Just remember, there is no blame

The sad old story unfolds
As page after page is turned
And once the tale is told
Close the book and forget everything you’ve learned


Thursday Night Is Alright

Thursday Night Is Alright
These days I carry a heavy load
Damn near breaks my back, leaves me feelin’ old
Try my best to get along
Don’t get much rest – still I try to stay strong
I do things each and every day
Just for myself, to let me know that I’m ok
I go out with some friends of mine
Once a week we have a pretty good time

Thursday Night is alright
I smile for awhile before the night is through
Then Friday comes & I come undone
& I don’t know what to do

There were days so carefree
There were nights o
f seeming ecstasy
That all seems so long ago
So far away from what I now know
While I wait for things to turn around
While I wait for the answers to be found
I turn the only way I can
I embrace my friends, grab a helping hand

Thursday Night is alright
I’m not sour for an hour or two
Then Friday comes and I come undone
And I don’t know what I’m gonna do


There Will Come A Day

There Will Come A Day

Deep in the night
We try to close our eyes
We can’t see what’s right
Our hearts are paralyzed
Draped on a bed of doubt
Never sure of what we want
The things we don’t talk about
Will return to haunt

Oh my sweet baby
You say “come what may”
Oh pretty baby
There will come a day

We live with no regard
For what we held dear
The past seems so scarred
The future so pure

Oh my sweet baby
You say “come what may”
But Oh pretty baby
There will come a day

As dawn ascends
There is still the pain
Of wounds that won’t heal
And the sorrow that remains
Oh my sweet baby
Still you say “come what may”
But Oh pretty baby
There will come a day


High

High

Pixilated
Creased and faded
But still smiling back at me
A wish only
To have known you
Maybe I will eventually

When the colors blaze
Turn pure white
Like the stars in the night
Way up high

Wind blowing
Water flowing
Rising only to descend
Our time together
I wanted forever
Together to transcend

The colors collide
Turn pure white
Like the snowing flying
From the sky

As I ramble
I sometimes wonder
Who has wandered here before
A kindred spirits
On the same road
Walking through the same door

The colors flame
Turn pure while
The light of day
Blinds my eye
The colors collide
Turn pure white
Like the snowing flying
From the sky
When the colors blaze
Turn pure white
Like the stars in the night
Way up high


I Want It Now

I Want It Now

I don’t want to wait
Can’t hesitate
Got too much layin’ on the line
If we debate
it’s gonna be too late
Don’t need to wait for a sign

Feels like it’s been a lifetime
Just about to lose my mind
I want it now

Gotta keep moving
Don’t have to stop and prove
I mean what I say and what I do
If you think too much about it
That’s when you start to doubt (it)
And you might as well say you’re through

Feels like it’s been a lifetime
Just about to lose my mind
I want it now

This train will soon be rollin’
Listen to that whistle blowin’
Gonna drive through the heart of the night
Happiness the destination
Will leave you at the station
If you can’t handle the ride

Ain’t gonna spend my lifetime
Just about to lose my mind
I want it now


City of Angels

City of Angles
The Devils hunch across the bay
The Angels fly out in LA
I get cut when I go play
In the City of Angles
Lines are drawn, then intersected
Truth is told and then rejected
Common sense is neglected
In the City of Angles

Horizontal ways and vertical means
Cigarette butts and magazines
Hiss and hum of a million machines
In the city of Angles
Underneath a flat-top hedge
A jagged fence with a rusty edge
A bird of prey perched on a ledge
In the city of Angles

Times Square hypotenuse
The main commodity is abuse
There’s no shame and no excuse
In the City of Angles
Many ways of escalation
Many forms of elevation
Dubious anticipation
In the City of Angles

Taxi, truck, train wheels spinning ‘round
Manhole covers steamin’ on the ground
Sirens makin’ that circular sound
In the City of Angles
The Devils hunch across the bay
The Angels fly out in LA
I get cut when I play
So just leave me
Bleeding on Broadway


Mother Nature's Son

Mother Nature’s Son
Black to white
Been a hard day’s night
Down the long and winding road
Where it goes, only tomorrow knows
They said “All you need is love”
All I needed was a sequined glove
And a little help from my friends

I bought a ticket to ride
Everybody’s got something to hide
They said “you got to carry that weight,
Hey and Hide your love away”
Twenty years ago today
I took some pills and was on my way
Just me and the paparazzi

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Time to let me be

I loved my family
I tried to act naturally
I ended up with my nurse
As I spread across the universe
Looking down on Neverland
I could never be a nowhere man
But at least now you won’t see me

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Time to let me be


In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

He got up in the morning and he put on his pants
Stood at the window staring at his second chance
They let him out in April, 12 years in the can
More than enough to break a man

He didn’t know what happened, it was all a blur
The judge said “guilty”, that much was for sure
In general population, trying to figure out the frame
Doing all he could to clear his name

Now he’s hiding in plain sight
His mama’s crying that he’s alright
He’s still fighting for his life
There hiding in plain sight

When he heard the news that the evidence was wrong
He just kept singing that Merle Haggard song
“I’m a branded man, out in the cold”
He went in young and he left there old

He’s hiding in plain sight
His mama’s crying that he’s alright
He’s still fighting for his life
There hiding in plain sight

All men are guilty, some get away
Some are left to count the days
When the fog of time finally clears
How do you pay back a man for the lost years

You leave him hiding in plain sight
With his mama’s crying that he’s alright
He’s still fighting for his life
There hiding in plain sight
There hiding in plain sight


You

You

Baby, I’ve had this feeling
For a long long time
Some nights it sends me reeling
And I can’t control my mind
I think about what it would be
To be with you, with you

There’s no way of knowing
What the heart will do
It tries to keep from showing
What it knows is true
And the truth is I may well be
Without you, without you

Leaves are blowing
Across a cold November sky
Voices are calling
Is it hello or goodbye
I try to leave behind the thought
Of you, of you
But I can’t deny
You, deny you

Baby, I’ll have this feeling
For a long long time


The Way The Wind Blows

The Way The Wind Blows

By the bridge
The water’s edge
We sat down
On a ledge
Watched the sun
Kiss the sea
Shorebirds cried
I touched your knee

Caught in the ebb and flow
Lost in the way the wind blows

Darkness came
So we turned
Faced a flame
That slowly burned
Gentle rain
In the night
We let go
With all our might

Caught in the ebb and flow
Lost in the way the wind blows

Down along
The harbor line
I was yours
You were mine
Then the flood
Swept away
What we had
That Summer day


Happy Man

Happy Man

Swinging sweet to the band
Dancin’til damn near dawn
We held hands
As we walked along the boulevard
No heavy conversation
Just the beauty of the night and you
If you told me right there right then
That my days were through
I would’ve died a happy man

Had no expectations
Didn’t know what lay in store
Sudden explanation
When you walked through the door
Groovin’ to the music
So easy and so free
Hadn’t felt that way in a long long time
And it reminded me
I could be a happy man
I could be a happy man

Flagged you down a cab
Searched for something to say
Hard to let you go
But I knew it had to be that way
Some day, sometime
When we will meet again
Now I really don’t mind
Waiting until then
‘cause then I’ll be a happy man
I will be a happy man


New Day

New Day

Time flies, years glide by
Still the memory won’t fade
Sitting on your Daddy’s shoulders in the Spring
Watching a parade
He can’t hold you up anymore
Like he used to do
Now your shoulders ache and your spirit breaks
But darlin’, you’re not through

You’ve got to keep moving
It’s the only way
To reach a new day

Mama carried on, cared for you
And did the best she could
She taught you how to live, how to give
How to cherish was is good
You thought she’d be around
To see you a lot farther down the line
Now she’s gone and it feels wrong
Regardless of divine design

Go on and grieve
But always believe
There will be a new day

Face the cold hard world
Brace for failure as you make it on your own
Wake up, shake the fear off, take a deep breath
Step into the unknown
But you ain’t exactly flyin’ blind
‘Cause there are voices that will guide
Let them lead you when you need to
When you hear them, there your strength will abide

You’ve got to keep moving
There’s no other way
To find a new day


I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

I Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

This world is not my home, I’m just passing through
My treasures and my hopes are all beyond the blue
Where many friends and kin have gone on before
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Over in Glory land, there is no dying there
The saints are shouting victory and singing everywhere
I hear the voice of them that I have heard before
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Oh, lord, you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home, oh, lord, what would I do
Angels beckon me to that golden door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Heaven’s expecting me, that’s one thing I know
I fixed it up with Jesus a long time ago
He will take me through though I am weak and poor
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Oh, I have a loving mother over in Glory land
I don’t expect to stop until I kiss her hand
She’s gone on before, just waiting at heaven’s door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore

Oh, lord, you know I have no friend like you
If heaven’s not my home, oh, lord, what would I do
Angels beckon me to that golden door
And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore