God, Love & Loss

by Justin Vinson

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released July 12, 2011

Justin Vinson: Guitar/Vocals
Jeremy Speakes: Drums
David Whitehead: Bass Guitar
John T. Parks: Guitar/Vocals

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Track Name: Anna
Packing up your bags heading out tonight
Laying on the floor trying to put up a fight
Standing at the door as you walk away
Screaming as you go I'm trying to make you stay
So tonight...

I watch as your taillights fade away
As the night turns a darker shade of gray
I don't know what I should do
I've lost you

Now I'm all alone, I'm clutching the phone
Wondering what I'd say if you come back home
So tonight...

I pour a tall glass of courage
And I try to choke it down
I don't know what I should do
All I know is I've lost you

I watch as your tail lights fade away
As the night turns a darker shade of gray
I don't know what I should do
I've lost you
Track Name: Take My Hand
Come & take my hand Lord
I need you today
Anything that could go wrong has done so today
I'm just trying to make it, so please listen to what I say
Come & rescue this poor boy whose gone astray

Come & take my hand Lord
I need you today
Clouds are coming in from the west & it looks like it's gonna rain
I just got off this mountain
And this valley's a deluge
It seems sometimes all that I can do is lose

Could you send a rainbow or a dove from the sky
Thunder's crashing all around me, & lightning is filling the sky
I think today's the day that I bury myself
I need to learn to die to my flesh & become someone else

Come & take my hand Lord
I need you today
Anything that could go wrong has done so today
I'm just trying to make it, so please listen to what I say
Come & rescue this poor boy whose gone astray

Sooie!
Track Name: Desperation
Well, I guess it's over
The end is near
I wish you'd wrap your arms around me & protect me from this year
'Cause all I see are shadows from this room cast on this vacant room
And all I feel are the walls closing in

And the lights they keep on flickering above my head
I go for the book but grab the bottle instead
You made a way for Moses
Make a way for me
In spite of transgressions
I lack the faith to believe

So boys keep strumming those guitars
We haven't made it very far
And there's warning sign up ahead
Saying, "Act before you're dead."
And I can't go on living this way if you're gone
And another weekend's wasted, wasted saying that you're wrong

And the lights they keep on flickering above my head
I go for the book but grab the bottle instead
And the lights they keep on flickering above my head
I go for the book but grab the bottle instead
You made a way for Moses
Make a way for me
In spite of transgressions
I lack the faith to believe
Track Name: Someday
He clocks out at the end of shift
Body stiff as he walks to his car
This was supposed to be temporary
How'd it ever get this far

"All my life has been a waste
So many dreams flushed down the drain
I spend all this time to make money
On shit to dull the pain"

"And nothing that I ever did
I ever do can take away this pain
And now I see the only way to save myself is to walk away"

At least that's what he thinks
Until he wakes up the next day
And he goes straight back to work
He's got them bills to pay
And I'll put some money back somehow, somewhere, some day
And even though he knows he's lying
You can always here him say

"Nothing that I ever did
I ever do can take away this pain
And now I see the only way to save myself is to walk away"

"I'll get to it someday hey, I'll get to it someday
I'll get to it someday," but someday never comes
"I'll get to it someday
I'll get to it someday, hey
I'll get to it someday," but someday never comes

"And nothing that I ever did
I ever do can take away this pain
And now I see the only way to save myself is to walk away"

"And nothing that I ever did
I ever do can take away this pain
And now I see the only way to save myself is to walk away"
Track Name: Mama
Can you tell me is this how you saw things unfolding in your scheme of things
I didn't walk on water
I didn't feed five thousand

I didn't become the man you'd have me to be
I turned my back on everything good by your word
All I'm trying to do is find my place in this world

So here's for the memories
And here's for how things were supposed to be
Here's for the memories
So go on & quit criticizing me

Of course of curse, & of course I like to drink
Oh mama, I think on the brink
Of a major collapse from this momentary guilt that you're passing up on me

So here's for the memories
And here's for how things were supposed to be
Here's for the memories, so go on & quit criticizing me

So now mama don't you worry about me
I know music will set my soul free
So now mama don't you worry about me
I know music will set my soul free

I ain't afraid of the fire & the mire
Just picture me as David with his lyre
I ain't afraid of the fire & the mire
Just picture me as David with his lyre

So here's for the memories
And here's for how things were supposed to be
Here's for the memories
So go on & quit criticizing me
Track Name: Stay Golden
When all my world seemed new and gold
I had all my heart could hold
They told me I could reach the stars, but all they left me with were scars

My sights were clear, my eyes were wide
Young & brave and full of pride
But the one cold truth they'll never say
Is how those moments fade away

I wish my heart were cold and numb
I wash my hands of all I've done
Hard is the night
Heavy is the day
But come sundown I'm gonna drink it all away

It's not the fall that shakes my soul
But memories past that leave a hole
A man with nothing left to lose
Walking a path I did not choose

My eyes are wide, my sights are clear
There's nothing left for me out here
Just take me to the ocean wide
And let me roll out on the tide

I wish my heart were cold and numb
I wash my hands of all I've done
Hard is the night
Heavy is the day
But come sundown I'm gonna drink it all away

And every darkened day I see becomes a bitter part of me
A stranger in this empty town 'til the evening sun goes down
Track Name: Land of Our Fathers
Just got my last paycheck
Went & cashed it at the bank
My account's nearly empty
Last night I went out & drank
And my rent is due on Monday
There's a lot of bills I need to pay
Think I'll head out on the highway, find a place, & get away

Going to the land of our fathers
Where a soul never dies
Going to the land of our fathers
I can the sun in my eyes

Think I'm leaving out tomorrow when the sun comes up
I'm headed towards the horizon where a man might fill his cup

Going to the land of our fathers
Where a soul never dies
Going to the land of our fathers
I can the sun in my eyes

Mother Mary keeps calling
Calling me to come back home
Catch a glimpse in my rearview
Realize I'm still alone

Going to the land of our fathers
Where a soul never dies
Going to the land of our fathers
I can the sun in my eyes
Track Name: Maybe
Maybe I should write you a letter
Maybe I should call you on the phone
Everybody wants to love somebody
Nobody wants to be alone

Well, that's not the case this September
Arkansas weather's got me down
Maybe I'll take a bus to Elko
Find a place and settle down
Maybe then you'll want me
I'll find my place back in your arms
'Cause all this whiskey I've been drinking has left your man with no charm

Maybe as I hit the road
You'll reach & grab for your phone
I'll answer & you'll tell me you love me
No one wants to be alone
No one wants to be alone

Maybe you'll tell me to come back home
And I'll turn these boots around
I'm sound so tired of all this fighting
I'm tired of wearing this foolish frown
And this September
It keeps on getting me down
And I swear to you baby
I swear I won't let you down

Maybe as I hit the road
You'll reach & grab for your phone
I'll answer & you'll tell me you love me
No one wants to be alone
No one wants to be alone
Track Name: A Love Song for the Ages
I get so sad & lonely
I get so damned depressed
'Cause when I think of you baby
It's always that black dress
Oh honey I wish I could find happiness

I get so sad & lonely
I get so damned depressed
'Cause every girl I get with
I picture that she's you
Oh honey I realize I'll never find happiness

I get real wild & crazy
I go out on the town
I get so damn crazy, girl
I can't stop falling down
It's at this moment I think I find happiness
It's in these small moments I can truly be myself

So if you're doing nothing
Well, maybe this Saturday night
You could come over honey
And I could satisfy
The thought that it's you that I can live without

We can wake up early
Early on Sunday morn
We can wake up early honey
And watch the sun being born
Oh honey don't you know that I can't take this anymore
Oh baby don't you know that you're the one I adore

I get so sad & lonely
I get so damned depressed
'Cause when I think of you baby
It's always that black dress
Oh honey I realize I'll never find happiness
Oh baby I realize I'll never find happiness
Track Name: Yesteryears
Just as the muse poked her head through the door
We were packing up all our gear headed to the liquor store
And we drank all night despite what our Sunday learning said
And we drank all night despite what Sister Ruby said

And it seemed every Sunday was filled the same way
We'd all load in to Chris' house & we'd play all day
And we'd all pass the bottle to keep our souls warm
Follow one drink with another 'til we couldn't play no more

And we'd rise every morning
And was the hangover out of our eyes
Come down our hair & put on our suit and tie
And we'd rise every morning
And wash the hangover out of our eyes
Head off to work & kiss all our dreams goodbye

And we all tried to make it
One way or the next
But we all got sidelined by what we thought was best
So we packed up all our bags and we moved to different towns
Still meet every year or so just to lay our burdens down

And we'd rise every morning
And was the hangover out of our eyes
Come down our hair & put on our suit and tie
And we'd rise every morning
And wash the hangover out of our eyes
Head off to work & kiss all our dreams goodbye

Don't tell me that this is all i've got
Don't tell me that this was all for not
Don't tell me that this is all I've got
Don't tell me that this was all for not

And we'd rise every morning
And was the hangover out of our eyes
Come down our hair & put on our suit and tie
And we'd rise every morning
And wash the hangover out of our eyes
Head off to work & kiss all our dreams goodbye