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June 11, 2007

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℗ 2007 Roofland Records

Reward

  • Don't Take Money from Strangers
  • Roll On
  • Blackout Song
  • Stand Down
  • Cranberry Creek
  • Invited
  • Seven Years of Bad Luck
  • Reward
  • Rosehill Promenade

LYRICS
Don't Take Money from Strangers
You can talk about a man going hungry
You can talk about a man going blind
It's easy not to take it too slowly
When everything you do is unkind

Try not to come too unraveled
And everything is gonna be fine
You only get so far when you travel
Suddenly you ain't got a dime

Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)
Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)

I wish I had a bottle of whiskey
Sinking in a pile of snow
It's not so much that you owe me
I wish I didn't have to say no

Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)
Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)

I'll tell you 'bout a man who's in danger
With not another dollar to show
And don't take money from strangers
Especially not the ones that you know

Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)
Don't ever go like this (don't, don't ever)
Roll On
Highway is for gamblers, lucky men and thieves
Highway is for robbing men
I'm on my way on a rolling southbound plane
Never making any kind of sound
Looks like I'm heading back to town

The smoke is rising, don't turn away
Ain't it just like everybody says,
You'll be seeing better days instead

Shadows take prisoners
be careful where you tread
Coming over the barren field
Soon you will be leaving a penny in the well
When everything keeps falling down like hell

Roll on
Just keep going
Roll on
Just keep rolling
There's no reason to stay around here
Can't you see that summer's gone?
If you're asking me, might as well roll on
When the open highway stretches before you
To where I cannot say
You can judge the young, you can judge the old
Just keep the trouble from your mind
Keeps me worried running all the time

In the open ground on the other side of town
The fires mark the graves

Shadows take prisoners be careful where you tread
Coming over the barren field
Soon you will be leaving a penny in the well
When everything keeps falling down like hell

Roll on
Just keep going
Roll on
Just keep rolling
There's no reason to stay around here
Can't you see that summer's gone?
If you're asking me, might as well roll on
And on and on and on and on
Blackout Song
When you look back down on the places you've been
You're looking all around and you count your friends
You know you're gonna want to say goodbye in the end
But you know you've gotta do it alone

You're lost and gone, your face is a ghost
The ones you leave you're gonna miss the most
You're never gonna see them when they're on the coast
/> And now you've gotta do it alone

I was having such a hell of a time
And I wanted a beer but a bottle is fine
You know what always happens when you're drinking wine

And now you're never gonna want to go home

I'll remember that look on your face
'Cause I filed it away just in case,
Sometimes it feels like we're in a race
To see who can't make it home

I found out there was time to kill
And we almost got up to the top of the hill
You know you're only moving when you're standing still
And now we're never gonna want to go home

I'll get yours and you got mine
It's nights like these that Johnny goes blind
I hope you don't think that I'm out of line
Will someone please take me home?

It was late and the moon shone
bright, soon it'll be all too light
There's not much else I'll remember about tonight
Drop down gonna land where you've been
You're either taking off or you're coming in
It doesn't really matter when you're back again
If you didn't think you'd make it at all

You need some lift when you're ready to go
To pick you up from the side of the road
When everything is moving slow
And you didn't think you'd make it at all

I was having such a hell of a time
And I wanted a beer but a bottle is fine
You know what always happens when you're drinking wine
And now you're never gonna want to go home

I'll remember that look on your face
'Cause I filed it away just in case,
Sometimes it feels like we're in a race
To see who can't make it home

I found out there was time to kill
And we almost got up to the top of the hill
You know you're only moving when you're standing still
And now we're never gonna want to go home

I'll get yours and you got mine
It's nights like these
that Johnny goes blind
I hope you don't think that I'm out of line
Will someone please take me home?

It was late and the moon shone bright, who turned out all the lights?
That's the last thing I'll remember about tonight
Stand Down
I don't want to hold you up if you got to go
Everything was fast but now I think it's moving too slow
I know the answers are a bottle and a barrel of laugh
Before you know it
they'll be writing on our epitaphs

All the lights they blur on my way home
It's a wonder that we ever got to where we're going
You're the space between the lines on the pages in the book I read
If you want to be the hero in the story you gotta stay a step ahead

One of these days I'm gonna leave
Take myself right out of town
It's the same thing that you ask of me
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?

When we get to where we're going gonna stop and take a look around
'Cause if evil wind is blowing we'll drive on, not make a sound
We're pushing and we're pulling 'cause we know we got a point to make
But if you want to go forever gonna need a little give and take

Night is gonna come it's gonna change our minds again
'Cause you're getting through the days but have you really been living?
Though you're learning you're forgetting more than you know
But if you want to calm the water, boy you know you got to let it go

One of these days I'm gonna leave
Take myself right out of town
It's the same thing that you ask of me
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?
If I stand up will you stand down?
Cranberry Creek
Sun won't rise 'till the morning is nigh
Can't sleep until the moonlight dies
Stare up at space, don't lose your place
Stock up on medicine, see better days
/> Cranberry creek, wait 'till it floods
Pushing over rocks 'till it foams and it suds
Cranberry creek, it's the color of blood
Wake up in the weeds and you scrape off the mud

Stronger than whiskey, yeah it's stronger than gin
Stronger than the thunder that's about to begin
You know what it means to be on that fence
Which way you gonna go, well it all depends

Cranberry creek, wait 'till it floods
Pushing over rocks 'till it foams and it suds
Cranberry creek, it's the color of blood
Wake up in the weeds and you scrape off the mud
Invited
I'm going back to the middle back where you come from
Gonna think like a fiddle and play like a drum
I know you're not waiting on nothing new
If I'm invited you're invited too
If you hear that whistle gonna ride 'till the end
If the wheels stop spinning
we'll go 'round again
I'll fly like an arrow that's shot straight through
If I'm invited you're invited too

Gonna read those cards and tell you what they say
So you know something good is on the way
I'll be waiting out in Kalamazoo
If I'm invited you're invited too

Well I never smelled nothing burning up so sweet
Just roll that bottle down a cold ice sheet
Strike the metal and the sound rings true

If I'm invited you're invited too
If I'm invited you're invited too
I'm going back to the middle back where you come from Gonna think like a fiddle and play like a drum
I know you're not waiting on nothing new
If I'm invited you're invited too
Seven Years of Bad Luck
You went deep in a cave
Exploring a world
But you never returned
Nature is cruel

You never learned
The waters rise
The wind it turns
Nature is cruel
Nature is cruel

Seven years of bad luck
Falling rain
You keep planting seeds
But they wash away
Might as well drink wine
Celebrate
Remember the good times
When they fade away

We need a miracle
Has anybody seen one?
I can't feel what used to mean so much
Another moon going down
But that is no miracle
It's the divine in a work of genius
It's a child born from two of us
You were a miracle

Seven years of bad luck
Falling rain
You keep planting seeds
But they wash away
Might as well drink wine
Celebrate
Remember the good times
When they fade away
Reward
A plane crash in Mexico
Sent Billy Demiles in a fiery hole
He was the only one who made it out alive
And let me tell you you'll wish he never survived

He was all alone in the desert heat
With nothing to drink and no food to eat
When suddenly two men passed by
They saved his life just in the nick of time

Policemen, coming 'round the bend
"I'll tell you no lies, we're wanted men
And if they catch us, we're as good as dead
I'm sorry to say there's a reward out on our heads."
/> If he would have known what he knew right now
He would've never walked inside the door

To what he had in store
He'd kill a man just to get the reward

The reward, just to get the reward, just to get the reward
The reward, just to get the reward,
just to get the reward
The reward, just to get the reward, just to get the reward
The reward

Black is black and white is white
"Please don't let Billy live tonight!"
And Billy said "I don't think so son"
Then he went and reached down for his gun

Shot 'em down, shot 'em dead
Shot 'em both and then he fled
Left 'em there right on the barroom floor
I don't need to tell you he went to get the reward

You can do it once, you can do it twice
It's a gamble every time you roll the dice
And if you're headed down that lonesome road
Nothing gained is one less thing that's owed

Billy Demiles was a bad bad man
Held a gun in both his hands
And if you see him you better lock the door
'Cause something tells me he never got the reward

The reward, never got the reward, never got the reward
The reward, never got the reward, never got the reward
The reward, never got the reward, never got the reward The reward
Rosehill Promenade
I'm not the one who's been stuck in the past
Sooner or later times will change
Now I'm going down to Rosehill Promenade
To wait out the weather 'cause it's raining all day (all day)
Sometimes it's different, sometimes the same (the same)
I'm thinking I'm swimming here standing in the rain

Out on the streets faces just disappear
And no one remembers just why they came
It's the wettest eyes that can see the most clear
Ain't no looking back going down the highway
(highway)
Just follow the lines as the music plays
(music plays)
Yeah I wish that I'd saved up for rainy days

It's falling steady, the city lies still
It's rolling like tears down my window pane
The sky's growing dark up on over the hill
You're fading away like a slow parade (parade)
Sometimes it's different, sometimes the same (the same)
At Rosehill Promenade it rains every day

Regret's catching up to me, no time to sleep
I wake up from a dream
to find I'm not awake
I'm tired I'm thirsty and I'm ready to leave
But I just keep trying to drink you away (away)
Can't wait out the weather when skies always grey
(always grey)
Now I wish that I'd saved up for rainy days (days)
it's rolling like tears down
my window pane
(window pane)
I'm thinking I'm swimming here standing in the rain (in the rain)
Sometimes it's different, sometimes the same (the same)
At Rosehill Promenade it
rains everyday
(everyday)
Now I just keep trying to drink you away
(away)
Oh i wish that I'd saved up for rainy days