Southern Ground

Track Listing

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    1. Let It Go

    Spent the night with a friend of mine and a handle of good whiskey
    We picked guitars and talked about how the glory days we missed 'em
    And it didn't take too long to find the truth inside that bottle
    Cast a-sea so long ago was a message from my father.

    You keep your heart above your head and you eyes wide open
    So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
    And know you're not the only ship out on the ocean
    Save your strength for things that you can change
    Forgive the ones you can't
    You gotta let 'em go

    Looking back now on my life I can't say I regret it
    And all the places that I ended up not the way Ma woulda had it
    But you only get once chance at life to leave your mark upon it
    And when a pony he comes riding by you better set your sweet ass on it

    You keep your heart above your head and you eyes wide open
    So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
    And know you're not the only ship out on the ocean
    Save your strength for things that you can change
    Forgive the ones you can't
    You gotta let 'em go

    Like a sweet sunset in Georgia let it go
    And like the fear that grabs ahold ya let it go
    Let it go
    Let it go

    You keep your heart above your head and you eyes wide open
    So this world can't find a way to leave you cold
    And know you're not the only ship out on the ocean
    Save your strength for things that you can change
    Forgive the ones you can't
    You gotta let 'em go

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    2. Knee Deep (Feat. Jimmy Buffett)

    Gonna put the the world away for a minute
    Pretend I don't live in it
    Sunshine gonna wash my blues away

    Had sweet love but I lost it
    She got too close so I fought her
    Now I'm lost in the world trying to find me a better way

    Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere
    Got the blue sky breeze and it don't seem fair
    Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
    Sunrise there's a fire in the sky
    Never been so happy
    Never felt so high
    And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

    Wrote a note said be back in a minute
    Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
    Don't think anybody gonna miss me anyway

    Mind on a permanent vacation
    The ocean is my only medication
    Wishing my condition ain't ever gonna go away

    Cause now I'm knee deep in the water somewhere
    Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair
    Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
    Sunrise there's a fire in the sky

    Never been so happy
    Never felt so high
    And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

    This champagne shore washing over me
    It's a sweet sweet life living by the salty sea
    One day you could be as lost as me
    Change you're geography
    Maybe you might be

    Knee deep in the water somewhere
    Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair
    Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
    Sunrise there's a fire in the sky
    Never been so happy
    Never felt so high
    And I think I might have found me my own kind of paradise

    Come on in the water it's nice
    Find yourself a little slice
    Grab a backpack of lies
    You never know until you try
    When you lose yourself
    You find the key to paradise

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    3. No Hurry

    You know my old car needs washing
    And the front yard needs a trim
    And the telephone keeps ringing
    And the bossman knows I know its him
    And the bills ain't gonna pay themselves
    No matter anyway
    Cause I ain't in no hurry today

    There's nothing wrong with an old cane fishing pole
    And the smell of early spring
    Sit down in a fold-up easy chair
    On a quiet shady river bank
    Let the world go on without me
    Wouldn't have it any other way
    Cause I ain't in no hurry today

    Ain't in no hurry
    I'd Be a fool now to worry
    About all those things I can't change
    And the time that I borrow
    Can wait till tomorrow
    Cause I ain't in no hurry today

    When I must return
    To the cold cold ground
    Have 'em take their time
    When they lay this sinner down

    Heaven knows that I ain't perfect
    I've raised a little cain
    And I plan to raise a whole lot more
    Before I hear those angels sing
    (Gonna get right with the lord)
    But there'll be hell to pay
    But I ain't in no hurry

    Ain't in no hurry
    Be a fool now to worry
    About all those things I can't change
    And the time that I borrow
    Can wait till tomorrow
    Cause I ain't in no hurry
    Ain't in no hurry
    Ain't in no hurry today

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    4. I Play The Road

    I play the road,
    And the highway is our song,
    And every city's like the same three chords
    Been helping us along when the story's told
    And the crowd has come and gone
    Shaking off the miles and trying to make it home

    Every exit is a season,
    Every signal is a beacon
    And the wind, it carries me
    And it eases up my load
    Everyday I drag the turns
    Every candle still burns
    And every lesson I have learned
    Brings us closer to the crowd

    I play the road,
    And the highway is our song,
    And every city's like the same three chords
    Been helping us along when the story's told
    And the crowd is done and gone
    Shaking off the miles and trying to make it home

    Well the bus it is our steeple,
    It brings us to the people
    And they will be there waiting,
    Dancing young and old
    And every one of us gets tired,
    But every one remains inspired
    And every one of us require

    To keep picking through our souls

    I play the road,
    And the highway is our song,
    And every city's like the same three chords
    Been helping us along when the story's told
    And the crowd is done and gone
    Shaking off the miles and trying to make it home

    She says, "Daddy where do you go
    When you leave me all these nights
    With a suitcase and guitar in your hand?
    Kissing me and mom goodbye with a tear and a smile,
    Where do you go,
    Daddy where do you go?"

    I play the road,
    And this highway is our song,
    And every city's like the same three chords
    Been helping us along when the story's told
    And the crowd is done and gone
    Shaking off the miles and trying to make it home
    Shaking off the miles
    (Shaking off the miles)
    (Mile after mile)
    Mile after mile
    Baby, I'm coming home

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    5. Cold Hearted

    Fell to my knees with a knife in my back,
    Never thought you'd be the kind to do something like that,
    But you did
    Cold hearted

    You talked so sweet, and your smell it made me weak,
    And I fell so fast that I never thought to ask
    If you were
    Cold hearted

    An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth
    I want someone to hurt you, make you die the way I do
    I don't think that I could be so
    Cold hearted

    Pretty little words covered your dark and crooked heart
    With a forked tongue I fell in love,

    Then I fell apart
    You are so
    Cold hearted

    Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth
    I want someone to hurt you, make you die the way I do
    I don't think that I could be so
    Cold hearted

    An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth
    Want someone to hurt you, make you die the way I do
    I don't think that I could be so
    Cold hearted

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    6. Whiskey's Gone

    There's a note on the table.
    Said I ain't coming back.
    Till your sorry ass is gone.
    I'm tired of the cheating and running around.
    I never saw the wrong in anything you've done.

    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    There's got to be a bottle in the back.
    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    Got to get this devil off my back.

    Well I stumble my way into my local bar.
    Where I saw the devil in my glass.
    The bartender told me it was time to go.
    I told him that he could lick my sack.

    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    There's got to be a bottle in the back.
    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    Got to get this devil off my back.

    Kentucky, Tennessee, you better find Whiskey.
    Not leaving that's a fact.
    Small batch sour mash.
    Red nose, red face, gonna wreck the whole place.
    Looking through the bare glass.
    Bald head chapped ass gone...
    It's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone.
    Lord it's a hard thing to overcome to wake up and find the
    Whiskey's gone.

    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    There's got to be a bottle in the back.
    Whiskey's gone but I ain't leaving.
    Got to get this devil off my back.

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    7. Quiet Your Mind

    I hear the waves
    Sun beatin' down on my shoulders
    It's a near-perfect day
    Wishin' I wouldn't get any older
    They say that it's gone 'fore you know it now

    Quiet your mind
    Soak it all in
    It's a game you can't win
    Enjoy the ride

    I feel the change
    Goin' on all around me
    It's strange
    How I'm taken and guided
    Where I end up right I'm needed to be

    Quiet your mind
    Soak it all in
    It's a game you can't win
    Enjoy the ride

    At the end of the water
    A red sun is risin'
    And the stars are all goin' away
    And if you're too busy talkin'
    You're not busy listenin'
    To hear what the land has to say

    Quiet your mind

    I hear the waves
    Sun beatin' down on my shoulders
    It's a near-perfect day
    Wishin' I wouldn't get any older
    They say that it's gone 'fore you know it and
    Soak it all in
    It's a game you can't win
    Enjoy the ride

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    8. Colder Weather

    She'd trade Colorado if he'd take her with him
    Closes the door before the winter lets the cold in,
    And wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay,
    She's answered by the tail lights shining through the window pane

    [Chorus:]
    He said I wanna see you again
    But I'm stuck in colder weather
    Maybe tomorrow will be better
    Can I call you then?
    She said you're ramblin' man
    You ain't ever gonna change
    You got a gypsy soul to blame
    And you were born for leavin'.

    At a truck stop diner just outside of Lincoln,
    The night is black as the coffee he was drinkin',
    And in the waitress' eyes he sees the same ol' light a-shinin',
    He thinks of Colorado and the girl he left behind him

    [Chorus:]
    He said I wanna see you again
    But I'm stuck in colder weather
    Maybe tomorrow will be better
    Can I call you then?
    She said you're ramblin' man
    You ain't ever gonna change
    You got a gypsy soul to blame
    And you were born for leavin' (born for leavin')

    Well, it's a winding road
    When you're in the lost and found
    You're a lover – I'm a runner
    And we go 'round 'n 'round
    And I love you but I leave you
    I don't want you but I need you
    You know it's you who calls me back here, baby

    Oh I wanna see you again
    But I'm stuck in colder weather
    Maybe tomorrow will be better
    Can I call you then?
    Cause I'm a ramblin' man
    I ain't ever gonna change (I ain't ever gonna change)
    I got a gypsy soul to blame
    And I was born for leavin' (born for leavin')

    When I close my eyes I see you
    No matter where I am
    I can smell your perfume through these whispering pines
    I'm with your ghost again
    It's a shame about the weather
    But I know soon we'll be together
    And I can't wait 'til then
    I can't wait 'til then

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    9. Settle Me Down

    A man's blood runs hot
    As high as the temple will go
    Though we can deny our nature, baby
    It makes us less in control

    There's a beautiful lady who breaks in the sand
    With secrets that she only knows
    Oh she gives and she takes with each wave that she makes
    And it's to her that I must go

    Cause she settle me down
    Settle me down
    Oh won't you settle me down
    The coolest fever in my blood
    Oh won't you settle me down
    C'mon

    Oh it's not my style
    To be afraid
    Of what evil men gon' do
    And I won't live in fear
    I know why I'm here
    Yeah, I'm sheltered and watched after too

    'Cause these people put on the fine business suits
    And they step on your face 'til they're going
    Oh, the money, the cursin', when it's time for the hearse
    Only bankers and lawyers are showin'

    Come and settle me down
    Settle me down
    Oh won't you settle me down
    The coolest fever in my blood
    Oh won't you settle me down

    Bye, bye, bye, bye

    Hey boys,
    Listen right here.
    This ain't ever gonna get on country radio
    I'm tellin' ya'
    You gotta change your style

    C'mon

    Settle me down
    Settle me down
    Oh won't you settle me down
    The coolest fever in my blood
    Oh won't you settle me down

    Settle me down
    Settle me down
    Oh won't you settle me down
    The coolest fever in my blood

    Settle me down
    Settle me down
    Oh won't you settle me down
    The coolest fever in my blood
    Oh won't you settle me down
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    10. As She's Walking Away (Feat. Alan Jackson)

    We never spoke a word
    But every thought she had I heard
    From across the room
    We were standing face to face
    I couldn't find the words to say
    Gimme one more move

    I don't even know her name
    I guess foolish pride's to blame

    Now I'm falling in love as she's walking away
    And my heart won't tell my mind
    To tell my mouth what it should say
    I may have lost this battle
    Live to fight another day
    Now I'm fallin in love as she's walkin away

    Wise man next to me did say
    about the one that got away
    Son I missed my chance
    Don't you let regret take place
    Of the dreams you have to chase
    Ask her to dance
    (Go on son)

    You might fall down on your face
    Roll the dice and have some faith

    But don't be fallin in love as she's walkin away
    When your heart won't tell your mind
    To tell your mouth what it should say
    May have lost this battle
    Live to fight another day
    Don't be fallin in love as she's walkin away

    You might fall down on your face
    Roll the dice and have some faith

    Don't be fallin in love as she's walkin away
    When your heart won't tell your mind
    To tell your mouth what it should say
    May have lost this battle
    Live to fight another day
    Don't be fallin
    Fallin in
    Fallin in love as she's walkin away

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    11. Keep Me In Mind

    How come all the pretty girls like you are taken baby
    I've been looking for someone like you to save me
    Life's too easy to be so damn complicated
    Take your time and I'll be waitin'

    [Chorus:]
    Keep me in mind
    Somewhere down the road you might get lonely
    Keep me in mind
    And I pray someday that you will love me only

    I think about you somedays
    And the way I would lay and waste a day after day with you
    We always go our separate ways
    But no one can love you baby the way I do

    [Chorus:]
    Keep me in mind
    Somewhere down the road you might get lonely
    Keep me in mind
    And I pray someday that you will love me only

    [Bridge:]
    Well the world can be real tough
    Find shelter in me
    If there's no one else to love
    Keep me in mind

    If ever you wanted me, I'll be your man
    I'd be a fool to let you go with someone else
    Whatever you want from me, I'll be your man
    I'd give it all up just to have you for myself

    [Chorus:]
    Keep me in mind
    Somewhere down the road you might get lonely
    Keep me in mind
    And I pray someday that you will love me only

    Well the world can be real tough
    Why don't you hold on to me
    When there's no one else to love
    Keep me in mind
    (Keep me in mind)
    And I'll hold you darling
    (Keep me in mind)
    I'll be your man
    (Keep me in mind)
    I'll hold you darling
    (Keep me in mind)
    C'mon little mama
    Put it on me

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    12. Who Knows

    Whooooooooooa whooooooa whooooa who knows

    When I was a baby child
    My daddy said to me
    Many mountains we must climb
    Before we'll be free
    But he never told me
    About the bruises on my knees
    How they would be the map that leads him where we need to be
    And oh that storm came down
    Forty days, forty nights

    Who knows
    What the thunder and lightning will bring
    Maybe the storm will cover my dreams
    Maybe the sun will shine no more
    Who knows
    Which way the wind is blowing
    And when we look back on these things
    We won't cry no more

    Whoooooooooa whooooooa whooooa who knows

    Wandering blindly
    Searching for the truth
    And anchored to a solid rock
    That we could hold on to
    But there's no tomorrow
    Not for everyone
    Who will hear your last harsh words
    When your time on earth is gone
    Ooooh that storm came down
    Forty days, forty nights

    Who knows
    What the thunder and lightning will bring
    Maybe the storm will cover my dreams
    Maybe the sun will shine no more
    Who knows
    Which way the wind is blowing
    And when we look back on these things
    We won't cry no more

    Whoa tilt the lamp now
    Don't let the wind blow it out
    Oh guide the light child
    Cause one day it's gonna shine
    Sing up till the darkness it is lifted
    Sing up till the darkness it is lifted

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    13. Martin

    He was born in the woods
    Torn from his home.
    Well, he was naked,
    And destined
    To be out on his own.
    And he waited in darkness,
    Hoping someone might see,
    From something so rough,
    What a treasure he'd be.

    Stronger than steel and wood.
    Seen me through the bad and good.
    And when I'm hanging by a string,
    Every little thing
    Is understood
    Between Martin and me.

    Well he's hollow in the middle
    From the shape that he's in.
    He's either filled up with music
    Or locked in his shell again.
    And it takes some fine tuning
    To make him come around,
    But he's a huge piece of me
    And I'll never put him down.

    Stronger than steel and wood.
    Seen me through the bad and good.
    And when I'm hanging by a string,
    Every little thing
    Is understood
    Between Martin and me.

    He is a good friend,
    And he has his own voice.
    And you get what you give;
    Sometimes it's just noise.
    But if you treat him well
    He will last your life long.
    And if you're honest and open
    Well, he will write you a song.
    (Write you a song, write you a song)

    Stronger than steel and wood.
    Seen me through the bad and good.
    And when I'm hanging by a string,
    Every little thing
    Is understood
    And when I'm hanging by a string,
    Every little thing
    Is understood
    Between Martin and me.

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    14. Make This Day

    I passed out last night and I never made it home.
    Wound up on a bus to San Antone.
    My head hurts bad and I ain't wearing shoes.
    Going to find my wallet and my way home to you.

    We're gonna make this day.
    A little better than the last.
    It's amazing how slow days like this can go.
    Find a way to wash away.
    Any regret you have don't let this moment pass.
    Live inside this day.

    I got cuffs on my hands.
    Chains on my feet.
    Got locked up for the second time this week.
    And I know I make you cry but girl my love is true.
    Going to find my wallet and my way back home to you.

    We're gonna make this day.
    A little better than the last.
    It's amazing how slow days like this can go.
    Find a way to wash away.
    Any regret you have don't let this moment pass.
    Live inside this day.

    Now I'm back on the street.
    Thumb in the air.
    Don't know how the hell that I got here.
    But I'm gonna hitch that ride.
    If it's the last thing I do.
    Gonna find that wallet and bring it home to you.

    We're gonna make this day.
    A little better than the last.
    Know don't you let this life come whoop your...
    Find a way to wash away.
    And regret you have.
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    * BONUS TRACKS only on Deluxe Edition

    Lyrics are not available
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    15. Oh My Sweet Carolina (Live) *

    I went down to Houston
    And I stopped in San 'Antone
    I passed up the station for the bus
    I was trying to find me something
    But I wasn't sure just what
    Man I ended up with pockets full of dust

    And I went down to Cleveland, that's where I went insane
    I bought a borrowed suit and learned to dance
    I was spending money like the way it likes to rain
    Man I ended up with pockets full of cane

    Oh my sweet Carolina
    What compels me to go?
    Oh my sweet disposition
    May you one day carry me home

    Never been to Vegas, but I gambled up my life
    Though the newsprint boats are raced in sewer mains
    Was trying to find me something but I wasn't sure just what
    Funny how they say that "some things never change"

    Oh my sweet Carolina
    What compels me to go?
    Oh my sweet disposition
    May you one day carry me home

    And out here in the city seems like things are closing in
    The sunset's just my light bulb burning out
    I miss Kentucky and I miss my family
    All the sweetest winds they blow across the South

    Oh my sweet Carolina
    What compels me to go?
    Oh my sweet disposition
    May you one day carry me home
    May you one day carry me home.

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    16. Nothing *

    Cried all night when you told me that I'd lost you
    I died inside as I watched you walk away
    And all this time I didn't doubt your reasons
    But I can't heal what you can't replace

    But now I sleep like a baby,
    And all my dreams come true
    'Cause the rest of my life has nothing to do with you

    Pulled up my favorite chair at my favorite tavern
    I turned to see you standing there with envy in your eyes
    And I saved your life from 13 years of anger
    But I broke every bone on the way home swinging at the sky

    Now I sleep like a baby,
    And all my dreams come true
    'Cause the rest of my life has nothing to do with you

    Stumbled in to find you cryin' in the kitchen
    I argued with a broken heart and fabricated pride
    And the battle raged for hours, but I didn't have the power
    To make you understand so you turned and said goodbye

    Now I sleep like a baby,
    And all my dreams come true
    'Cause the rest of my life has nothing to do with you

    Now I sleep like a baby
    And all my dreams come true
    'Cause the rest of my life has nothing to do, nothing to do, nothing to do with you