All lyrics by Tyler Newberry / ©Melody Car Music / ASCAP

THE DEVIL RIDES A HORSE

 

The Devil's on his horse again

He rides with wicked speed

I am traveling on my feet

And I feel I can't compete

 

Oh, the devil's horse catches fire

Everything he rides around

Every field of wheat and town

He wears the ashes like a crown

 

His tail is braided steel

And his ears are tuned to hear

The devils top cavalier

Rides hot in your frontier

 

The devil wears a silver pin

And his holster holds his tongue

Where ever that bridle's slung

Goes dark like a miner's lung

 

When my legs start giving out

Take aim with pistol lead

I'll never kill the devil dead

But shoot his horse instead

 

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CANADA

 

You call me at all the wrong times

You drive-by in the middle of the night

I hear you whisper when I'm praying

I see you show up I'm singing

 

Chorus:

I'll drive west, then hit the shore (When that's not far enough)

I'll drive north. I'll do my best

To get away, to get away from you

 

Verse 2:

You write me letters something fuel

You pull on me like a master and a mule

I feel you're coming from the deck

I feel your fingers around my neck

 

Bridge:

Was it not far enough

Did I not have enough stamina

Was it not good enough

That I got all the way

To Canada, to Canada

 

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GOD WANTS ME DEAD

 

God wants me dead in a minute

He's on my tail and I can feel it

I grit my teeth and he won't quit

God wants me dead right this minute

 

Woke up this morning to be what I wanted

I smile when I fancy, taste what I'm flaunting

Turning the tables, I'm a ghost and I'm haunted

I like what I'm loving. I'm just being honest

 

What are you up to? Never mind, don't trust you

Dying on empty is what's on my menu

I will be leaving nothing to rescue

Help when it's healthy and hide when it's risky

 

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ONE WAY TICKET

 

I'm gonna buy your love a one-way ticket

Your body is too far and my heart can't stand it

I'm going to buy it now and that plaintiff will fix it

Your voice on the phone is sweet but won't do it

I'm gonna buy your love a one way ticket

 

CHORUS:

GUY:    I don't do long distance // I'm gonna buy a ticket

GIRL:   I miss your kisses // You're gonna buy a ticket

GUY:    I miss your kisses // I'm gonna buy a ticket

GIRL:   I don't do long distance // You're gonna buy a ticket

 

They're going to charge me extra because your love is heavy

They are going to check your bags cause your smile deadly

They're going to sit you down front cause you're so pretty

They're going to bill me fine but it's worth all my money

 

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LIKE IS NOT THE RIGHT WORD

I like the way she loves me

I like the clothes she wears

I like her arms around me

I like her righteous prayers

 

I like the way she moves me

I like the fire in her hair

I like her smiling at me

I like her royal stare

 

CHORUS

But I love her

In my heart I'm stirred

Like is not the right word

Left to me, I love her

 

 

I like the way she hears me

I like the Southern night

I like her hidden from me

I like her in the light

 

I like the way she calls me

I like the notes she writes

I like her presence near me

I like her on my right

 

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ALIEN

 

I was a good boy, but I didn't earn it

I was a good guy, but I didn't deserve it

I was a good boy, but I didn't know I needed it

I was a good guy

 

Chorus:

I like it / the way you love me

Like it / when you are near

I like it / the way it worked out

Like it / It's alien

 

There were some good girls, but not the ones I wanted

You were the good girl, but not the one to flaunt it

I had a good dream, but good because I lived it

I like it

 

Bridge:

I am a stranger

This I was made for

To walk this planet

With you by my side

You are my keeper

Back when we both swore

To love like granite

I like it

 

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SHALLOW

 

Shallow, shallow

Every time I try to write a love song about her

Every time I put the pencil to the paper

Never will I find a melody to thank her maker

Shallow

 

Shallow, shallow

Everything I think of isn't worth someone's daughter

Everything I do to think of something new don't matter

Never will I sing a note that doesn't sound like clatter

Shallow

 

Shallow, shallow

Everytime I put the microphone-up-to the gui-tar

Everytime I break when singing about her so far

Never will I make a record in her name with pleasure

Shallow

 

Bridge:

No matter how deep

No matter the clock

I'll keep on writing a song for you

No mountains of paper

No tears on the table

Will keep me from writing a (love) song for you

 

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I CAN’T FIND A REASON

 

No, I can't find a reason

To go and be happy

No, I can't find a reason

To be

 

No, I can't find a reason

To not be alone

'Cause when I'm lonely

I have no one to blame

 

No, I can't find a reason

To get out of bed

Under the covers

I can cover up my scream

 

No, I can't find a reason

To pick up the phone

If I call you

I know, you'll hear me cry

 

No, I can't find a reason

To pick up my room

‘Cause if I do

I will find a picture of you

 

No, I can't find a reason

To go for a ride

In the country

All the tension is mine

 

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THE AIR BACK THEN

 

I can't put my finger on it

Something 'bout today is haunted

I don't want to speak against it

But the wind don't lie

 

I'm all about a happy future

But breathing now feels like torture

So, reminisce the smell of orchards

The past don't lie

 

Chorus:

The air back then was very good

Grandpa's lungs, they understood

The forest floor and fatherhood

Made the air then very good

 

I don't want to start a battle

Lets be honest, we're all rattled

The breeze it blew with fire and scandal

And the wind don't lie

 

I promise that the flags unfolded

The surface of the lake was scurried

The calendar has many stories

And the past don't lie

 

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NO ONE’S DAUGHTER

 

I was wading in the water

Minding my own business

When I saw a girl

Whisper to another

The tears in her eyes mixed with the rivers

With words barely louder than the stones and rough water

 

Chorus:

But I turned away 'cause I was afraid   

That I would hear secrets that would burn up my ears

In the rush of the water I heard her say

I was no one's daughter

 

Verse 2:

I was waiting in the water

Trying to decipher

What she had composed

With little composure

Words that had meaning, curt and revealing

I had sudden interest in the whitewater princess

 

I was wading in the water

Minding my own business

When I got hit hard

By a girl and her whisper

 

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NOT FOR LONG

 

You're looking at me like you live here

And you do, but not for long

For the things that you do

And what I do to you

Oh, it's all wrong, it's all wrong

 

You're talking to me like I can hear you

And I do, but not for long

For the things that you say

And what I say to you

No longer belong, no longer belong

 

Bridge:

You can buy more time with diamonds and wine

Handwritten rhyme

To keep me in line

But not for long, not for long

So, so long

 

You're acting for me like you know me

And you do, but not for long

For the things that you do

Are not really you

No, it's all wrong, it's all wrong

 

You're looking at me like you live here

And you do, but not for long

No, not for long

 

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SOON WE’LL LEAVE AMERICA

 

Soon we'll leave America

To a place without the pain

To a country on the shore

Further than the track can take a train

 

Verse1:

Soon we'll leave America

All the walls are thick, all the words are thin in Jericho

We'll be fleeing all our shame, something we would never tame

All the dust upon our shoes carries dirt from roads we choose

 

Chorus:

Soon we'll leave America

And get another name

 

Verse2:

Soon we'll leave America

All the forests, all the land, all the seas and animals

Nothing brought and nothing left, all the riches we'll forget

All the things that I could list from a country never missed

 

Chorus2:

Soon we'll leave America

And get another name

Soon we'll leave America

And go from where we came