Deafening Sound of Silence

The only thing you’ll ever hear from me is silence

The only thing stopping you is defiance

You know you’re wrong, but too stubborn to swallow your pride

You live in a dream world, thinking you’ve got nothing to hide

(That may explain it, but that don’t excuse it)

 

Chorus

Why did you even ask me?

Why did you think I would care?

Do you think I forgot what you did and said

Let it evaporate into thin air?

That deafening sound of silence that you hear

Is me, trying to reach into your stratosphere 

There is nothing so painful as watching

Something go so bad that you’re powerless to prevent

You let the pressure in the cooker build and build

It never occurred to you to open the vent?

Why did you even ask me?

Why did you think I would care?

Do you think I forgot what you did and said

Let it evaporate into thin air?

That deafening sound of silence that you hear

Is me, trying to reach into your stratosphere

As life got harder and more challenging

You hoped that that the struggles would end

All you ever had to do was

Lean on the shoulder of a friend!

Why did you even ask me?

Why did you think I would care?

Do you think I forgot what you did and said

Let it evaporate into thin air?

That deafening sound of silence that you hear

Is me, trying to reach into your stratosphere

PLF (Peace, Love, Friendship)

My guitar sits quietly in the corner, waiting patiently in its stand

While I walk this house and walk this world with my two empty han

They used to hold my passion and they used to hold my dream

I lost a couple parts of them, at least that’s the way it seems

We struggle in this crazy world just trying to make it day to day

And there are those out there who do it, they just seem to find a way

Here we go again down the road to redemption. 

I’ve been down here way too many times to mention

Here we go again down the road to redemption.

I’ve been down here way too many times to mention

There are those who force themselves into our lives that we can’t turn away

There are those who float out on the fringe we wish could be here everyday

They lay open the wounds that need some healin’

Not to mention these nerves that need some feelin’

They lay open the wounds that need some healin’

Not to mention these nerves that need some feelin’

There are those who force themselves into our lives that we can’t turn away

There are those who float out on the fringe we wish could be here everyday

Don’t you know that all of the flowers of all the tomorrows 

are sown in the seeds of today

Don’t you know that all of the flowers of all the tomorrows 

are sown in the seeds of today

The Great Beyond 

It’s the end of the last battle in this long and painful war

Lay down your sword and walk away, you don’t need to fight anymore

Let yourself go to the great beyond and leave us all behind

Release your soul from your tortured body and of its earthy bind

 

Chorus

Don’t look back and don’t feel bad

You’ve done your time on this earth

Let it go - feel the freedom

Take it for all it’s worth

You’re going off to the great beyond for a life well lived

Where you’ll be able to run and laugh and shout and dance and sing

Don’t look back and don’t feel bad

You’ve done your time on this earth

Let it go - feel the freedom

Take it for all it’s worth

Promise you’ll watch over us and guide us in our days

Keep us on a righteous path; truthful, fair and straight

We’ll be thinking of you often. In our memories we’ll hold you close

If you ever get to feeling lonely know it’s you we love the most

Don’t look back and don’t feel bad

You’ve done your time on this earth

Let it go - feel the freedom

Take it for all it’s worth

Don’t look back and don’t feel bad

You’ve done your time on this earth

Let it go - feel the freedom

Take it for all it’s worth

That Stays 

Well, you’re walking out of my life

For the past 10 years you’ve been my wife

We’ve had some bad times, but some good times too

Just let me be there when you go through ….

 

Chorus

When you go through our house and home

When you walk out that door and leave me alone

Take what you want, except that vase!

Nope, that stays!

We had nothin’ when we got together

Maybe some lace and maybe some leather

I was me and you were you 

We couldn’t change each other. What can you do?

When you go through our house and home

When you walk out that door and leave me alone

Take what you want, except that chaise

Nope, that stays!

You collect a lot in 10 long years

You try to work hard and you shed some tears

We tried to kill the pain with some wine and beer

You go numb, drift along, and wear off the veneer

When you go through our house and home

When you walk out that door and leave me alone

Take what you want, except that case

Nope, that stays!

 

Bridge

We went through our things and were calling it a night

That’s your bag, but this one’s mine

It was rough, but we had a really good time

We cooked up some shrimp and shared a bottle of wine 

Now you’re walking back into my life

For the next 50 years I hope you’ll be my wife

We’ll have some bad time, and some good times, too

We’ll work it all out. That’s what we’ll do

When you come back to our house and home

We’ll stay here together, never be alone

Bring what you want, including that grace

Yes, that stays!

Upper Afton Road 

He looked at me and I looked at him 

I wondered what kind of deal he’d included me in.

Just over the rise he said again and again

He didn’t know where he was. Reality sinking in

 

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I smelled alcohol and cigarettes 

Could not get past that dead man’s breath

It’s a crying shame, reality sinking in

You’re in a race only the devil can win

My father asked to come with us

What a day he chose for a ride

I think he knew what was happening

He didn’t say it, but I knew it inside

 

Chorus

 

Bridge

We went back a million years

A million laughs and a million tears

A million stories and a million beers

We found a way to persevere

That ride with my dad changed your life

Not long after you met your wife

Got a job out in Vegas, started a new life

Had kids of your own that lead to new times

 

Chorus x2

You headed east to RF I stayed at JC

I remember you always making fun of me.

Then I headed east and you headed west

Different paths to success - we both know the rest

Chorus

Billy and Bobby

Billy and Bobby went out for the evening to a town just south of here

They went for a good time, listen to a band, suck down a couple bottles of beer

Shootin’ the breeze on the way to the bar, not thinkin’ ‘bout nothin’ at all

A rock band was playing awfully loud, pretty women there wall to wall

Isabella and Sally, lookin’ for some action, came walkin’ on through the door

Took a couple of shots to settle their nerves, then went out and hit the floor

Bobby saw Issy and Issy saw Bobby, both hearts began to soar

They met each other in the middle of the floor for a dance and, maybe more

 

Chorus

Bobby needs Issy to be strong

To fight off his advances

Bobby’s been down this road a couple of times 

And he’s runnin’ out of second chances

Billy strode up and he kicked Bobby square in the seat of his pants

Bobby yelped and tried to protest, but he didn’t stand a chance

Billy pulled him right up out of there without a second glance

Got into the truck and rode in silence. Billy in a rage and Bobby in a trance

Chorus

Billy was the one who finally breached the divide

He said, “Bobby, I need you to listen good, ‘cause I won’t say this twice”

Our friendship is on the line and you’re on thin ice

Don’t ever put me in that position again

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f;ght 

She chose you, to spend her last night on earth with 

Woke up in the morning and decided living life just wasn’t worth it

I was away on that fateful day

But I’m on my way home now

The pain increases as the miles roll by

Now she’s gone forever and we’re left here to wonder why

Chorus

We can either sit back and count them

Or we can step on up and help save them

And to all of those who’ve lost their fight

Just another soul gone too soon into the night

I remember when she sent me the letter

She told me about some of the struggles she was going through

She said at the time

She was doing fine

I should have read between the lines

Now I’m here, racked with guilt, cause I avoided all the danger signs

 

Chorus

We can either sit back and count them

Or we can step on up and help save them

And to all of those who’ve lost their fight

Just another soul gone too soon into the night 

I’ve never contemplated taking my own life

Have you thought about taking yours?

Life’s a lot about what you do when faced 

With open and closing doors

You’ll never know how much pain you can take until it really hurts

Don’t give up your fight!

We can either sit back and count them

Or we can step on up and help save them

And to all of those who’ve lost their fight

Just another soul gone too soon into the night

Hoping That You See.

You may not understand the reasons that I do the things that I do

You often wonder and you question the things I put you through

When it’s all over, when it’s said and done, I’m hoping that you see

It was for the good of both of us. I wasn’t just thinking of me

Dreaming the dreams was the easy part; it was tough marking them come true

We didn’t know what it would take out of our hides. If you don’t take a chance you never do

We’re different people now than when we started this chase 

Was it worth it? Are we who we want to be? Are you happy in this place?

 

Chorus

I don’t want to lose you now, you’re a part of my soul

I don’t want to lose you ever, you’re a part of my rock and roll

You may not understand the reasons that I do the things that I do

You often wonder and you question the things I put you through

When it’s all over, when it’s said and done, I’m hoping that you see

It was for the good of both of us. I wasn’t just thinking of me

I don’t want to lose you now, you’re a part of my soul 

I don’t want to lose you ever, you’re a part of my rock and roll

It’s Over

It’s over, It’s over, It’s over I know

I can’t understand I still love you so

It’s over, It’s over, It’s over I know

You’re turning your back. You’re letting me go

I've returned many times to the scenes of the crimes

I keep looking for possible clues

It all happened so fast

I thought it would last

I went in with just a heart to lose

Sometimes the things we don’t have in life 

Blind us to the things that we do

Hopefully your blindness isn’t permanent and you’ll come back to me

Won’t you come back too me

Please come back to me again

I've returned many times to the scenes of the crimes

I keep looking for possible clues

It all happened so fast

I thought it would last

I went in with just a heart to lose

It’s over, It’s over, It’s over I know

I can’t understand I still love you so

It’s over, It’s over, It’s over I know

You’re turning your back. You’re letting me go

Lookin’ Back 

I was used

I couldn’t tell that they were fairy tale tears

I needed you. You were my only one.

You needed me; just to have someone around
 

You said you loved me

Ohhhhhh, but you lied

We made love, out of desperation

I was your user. You were my salvation
 

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back can’t you see the damage that you’ve done?  

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back when you told me you loved me I thought I understood

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me cry

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me wonder, “Why”?
 

You didn’t say goodbye

You just put it all in a letter

I needed you. You were my only one

I’m picking up the pieces, now that the damage is done
 

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back can’t you see the damage that you’ve done?  

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back when you told me you loved me I thought I understood

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me cry

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me wonder, “Why”?
 

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back can’t you see the damage that you’ve done?  

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that fun

Lookin’ back it wasn’t that good

Lookin’ back when you told me you loved me I thought I understood

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me cry

Lookin’ back on all the things you did to make me wonder, “Why”?
 

I gotta quit lookin’ back!

Room Enough For Two 

I’ve got a big old heart inside of me

They say what I have just can’t be 

But, I’m here to tell you that it’s true

I’ve got room enough for two

You both came into my life at the very same time

I couldn’t make a choice of which one to make mine

I’ll do what I can to keep my heart true

If there’s one thing that I know, I have room enough for two

Bridge

Time - there never seems to be enough to go around

Patience - I don’t have it. I’m too tightly wound

Dreams - I keep workin’ hard to make them all come true

Reality - it’s what keeps me coming home to both of you

I’ve got a big old heart inside of me

They say what I have just can’t be 

But, I’m here to tell you that it’s true

I’ve got room enough for two

You both came into my life at the very same time

I couldn’t make a choice of which one to make mine

I’ll do what I can to keep my heart true

If there’s one thing that I know, I have room enough for two

Writing this song has been a long undertaking

Fourteen wonderful years in the making

Our boys came, but now they’re gone

Trying to honor them with a song