Natural Disasters

by Matt Woods

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1.
Blue-eyed Wanderer I keep getting caught on barbed wire thoughts Of old girlfriends and wrong things I've said Turned the map upside down blacked out and came around In strangers' and hospital beds But I always mind my manners And I don't mind biding time In plans best laid and errors made Regrets are there to find I'm not the last of the blue-eyed wanderers Though tonight I walk alone And wear the hat that's holding down The fact I'll soon be gone I pray you'll raise a glass and carry on I'm cleaning wounds in hotel rooms Leaving lost love and blood-stained sheets There are habits I can't break and measures I should take To be the man mama hoped I'd be Now it's always "please and thank you" Even when I'm eating crow Wells was right when he wrote that line Losers are last to know I'm not the last of the blue-eyed wanderers Though tonight I walk alone And wear the hat that's holding down The fact I'll soon be gone I pray you'll raise a glass and carry on Pete's out climbing rocks in Colorado Porter he's got three years in the ground She said come home I guess I oughta Stop this running town to town At seventeen that pen felt awful mighty By twenty-eight I'd sharpened up my spear And at it's point watched the ones I've loved Fall victim more each year I'm not the last of the blue-eyed wanderers Though tonight I walk alone And wear the hat that's holding down The fact I'll soon be gone I pray you'll raise a glass and carry on Carry on
2.
The Dream 03:29
The Dream She used to run like a top, boys, that's the God's honest truth Thousand-dollar paint job, blood red, white and blue Kick you back in your seat when she's catching third And her quarter mile scream was the sweetest thing I'd ever heard She made me feel like we could make it real And roar through the dark of night at the speed of sound It broke my heart the day the dream broke down We used to cruise up Broadway summers on Saturday nights Turn around at the drive-in and park under the ball field lights Bobby played short stop he used to like to talk so tough 'Til the light turned green and he could see he didn't have enough She made me feel like we could make it real And roar through the dark of night at the speed of sound It broke my heart the day the dream broke down Proverbs and the old men say there's pride before the fall Beware the ghost in the machine Living on the red line with out any care at all And wind up losing everything She's parked 'round back now hasn't caught a light in years Dust on the dashboard, thrown rod and stripped-out gears If you listen real hard you can almost hear that scream And relive the glory of the gone but not forgotten dream She made me feel like we could make it real And roar through the dark of night at the speed of sound It broke my heart the day the dream broke down She made me feel like we could make it real And roar through the dark of night at the speed of sound It broke my heart the day the dream Broke my heart the day the dream Broke my heart the day the dream broke down
3.
Drive-thru Town It's a drive-thru town Stop and think about it it'll drive you down Don't you dare to doubt it, son, we're nowhere bound There's no road out of a drive-thru town They build a river town on the banks of the Ohio Rolling slow the water's low A wife and a baby in a house up on Union Hill You'd work the steel 'til they closed the mill The old men would say "you gotta carry on" But they're all gone They're all gone It's a drive-thru town Stop and think about it it'll drive you down Don't you dare to doubt it, son, we're nowhere bound There's no road out of a drive-thru town What was lost ain't coming back No matter what words you pray with the faith you kept in tact Here hearts sink like broken stones Pin on a nametag try to keep you're power on You get high in a cinder block building out River Road We all know where lights stay low Walk 'round back and to the bank and start sinking down And quietly drown and not be found It's a drive-thru town Stop and think about it it'll drive you down Don't you dare to doubt it, son, we're nowhere bound There's no road out of a drive-thru town It's a drive-thru town Stop and think about it it'll drive you down Don't you dare to doubt it, son, we're nowhere bound There's no road out of a drive-thru town No road out of a drive-thru town No road out of a drive-thru town
4.
My Southern Heart Once upon a time you kept a toothbrush here for me In that too small silver cup on the shelf above your sink It wasn't quite as heavy as a weighted golden ring But it was mine Tangled there we'd sleep under the window cracked just so Enough to let the night air chill the button of your nose Last call 'til the morning you were there for me to hold So many times Oh, my southern heart Always finds a way to tear a damn good thing apart I know some night You'll find another underneath those northern lights In the morning you'll bring coffee to that table by the bed And I'll consider mentioning that book you never read The one I left a year ago that said what needed said About the crime I'll call you from some western town to ask how things have been And blame it on the miles apart that keep us only friends Knowing that the hand that took the life what might have been Is clearly mine Oh, my southern heart Always finds a way to tear a damn good thing apart I know some night You'll find another underneath those northern lights Oh, my southern heart Always finds a way to tear a damn good thing apart I know some night
5.
Hey, Heartbreaker Falling down outside the bar and I came tumbling too We spent that summer in my car Talked to strangers after dark 'bout my guitar and your tattoos You swore we'd never fall apart In my dreaming we're the same When I'm asleep your mind never changed Hey Heartbreaker Don't go thinking I don't think of you Everyday you're not around Hey Heartbreaker We did our best to dance away the blues Now I hear'em coming down It's Friday night in Tennessee Bobby's trying out new songs They all sound the same to me She's ready for another drink I say it's time you take me home Before we're too far gone to leave In the dark I still pretend These arms of mine are holding you again Hey Heartbreaker Don't go thinking I don't think of you Everyday you're not around Hey Heartbreaker We did our best to dance away the blues Now I hear'em coming down That lonesome sound Hey Heartbreaker Don't go thinking I don't think of you Everyday you're not around Hey Heartbreaker We did our best to dance away the blues Now I hear'em coming down Hey Heartbreaker Hey Heartbreaker Don't go thinking I don't think of you
6.
Cold Civil War There's no blue and no gray down here today No men trying to break free from chains No Red Scare to fear we're all family here Fighting on Thanksgiving day Your mom started preaching some words that she'd read "Beware your sworn enemy" I worry she'll find behind the front line You'll still look like you and I'll still look like me In this cold civil war across social divides Reason held siege under attack from all sides It makes no real matter the truth from the lies When you're just trying to settle the score In this cold civil war As kids we would march Fort Donelson park and Pretend to be rebels and yanks Paying no mind when it cam to decide Who shoots and who rolls down the bank Dad voted Reagan afraid of the nukes and Made sure that Momma did too We grew up watching live on TV What fear can make people do In this cold civil war across social divides Reason held siege under attack from all sides It makes no real matter the truth from the lies When you're just trying to settle the score In this cold civil war We've wiretapped ourselves gone to bed scared Locked out our neighbors and friends Turned a blind eye then justified Giving up all we once were time and again There's no blue and no gray down here today I still hear them rattling chains In this cold civil war across social divides Reason held siege under attack from all sides It makes no real matter the truth from the lies When you're just trying to settle the score In this cold civil war across social divides Reason held siege under attack from all sides It makes no real matter the truth from the lies When you're just trying to settle the score In this cold civil war
7.
Jailbird Song The path is long but it ain't too wide Temptations on either side Another snake in the garden Trying to show me what I don't know How'd I'd wind up never crossed my mind or What'd be waiting when I crossed that line 'Til I was in the backseat And the lawman told me so He said you'll wake up every morning 'Fore the break of dawn But it won't matter much 'Cause the lights are always on No women, no work, and no bills to pay Just sit in the cage and think all day About how in the world you came to sing The jailbird song Looking back I can plainly see Rotten fruit hanging from that tree And the sour truth I was tasting Taking that first bite Lord, I never thought it'd be me Fingertips stained with ink Looking straight in the camera Getting ready to go inside Where it's wake up every morning 'Fore the break of dawn But it don't matter much 'Cause the lights are always on No women, no work, and no bills to pay Just sit in the cage and think all day About how in the world I came to sing The jailbird song The price you pay is a mighty fee Behind these bars wishing you'd get free When I get home, honey, then you'll see It's gonna be clean living each and every day Don't give a damn what the devil may say Nothing but sticking to the righteous way For me Now it's wake up every morning 'Fore the break of dawn But it don't matter much 'Cause the lights are always on No women, no work, and no bills to pay Just sit in the cage and think all day About how in the world I came to sing The jailbird song
8.
The Devil Drinks Scotch Give a man a job but take away his chance To ever do better than take what you'll hand him on down Send him down in that hole lungs full of coal And before he grows old leave him down under that ground Somebody somehow help me understand Who pays the rent on the soul of a man And who pays the toll on the road to the promised land While the devil drinks scotch with the world in his hand Let the girl be a mom but tie both her hands She'll work double shifts at the bar trying to manage her time Get them up out of bed in the mornings and fed And come home half dead too late to tell them sleep tight Somebody somehow help me understand Who pays the rent on the soul of a man And who pays the toll on the road to the promised land While the devil drinks scotch with the world in his hand It's a hard troublesome way For those who've been counting on fate To deal out some cards they can play And gambling their hope Promises dance like the truth When you've spent your whole life being used Your heart like a head in a noose At the end of your rope Somebody somehow help me understand Who pays the rent on the soul of a man And who pays the toll on the road to the promised land While the devil drinks scotch with the world in his hand That old devil drinks scotch with the world in his hand
9.
Sitcoms 04:02
Sitcoms We grew up on sitcoms and lost all our touch Sometimes there's true love sometimes that ain't enough To make up the difference in all we had lost Or build enough credit to manage the cost So we'll settle down slowly nurse these broken heart Spend paychecks buying right clothes And clock in for the part Julie went to college Matthew went to jail For smashing out the windows of the house up on the hill All of ten years later they both still lie awake Wrestling with the fear of dying empty and afraid What drugs could never ease a newborn baby might At least then there's be something more To keep them occupied Hey baby it's just another day Promise there's no need to run away Listen close there's something you should know Sha-la-la I'll never let you go No one when we're younger tells us everyone will fall We might not take the crown baby We can't lose 'em all I think all we need to know is when to make a stand Dig in your heels and take my hand Hey baby it's just another day Promise there's no need to run away Listen close there's something you should know Sha-la-la I'll never let you go Hey baby it's just another day Promise there's no need to run away Listen close there's something you should know Sha-la-la I'll never let you go Sha-la-la I'll never let you go Sha-la-la I'll never let you go
10.
Corner of the World Judas from the redbud and Jesus on the hill Now I hear that dogwoods don't grow the same way She kept a picture of him framed in the kitchen by the door So she could see faith on the wall right where he hanged Forever battle ready from the alter to the ground I guess the only honest enemy is time Thinking on it now I wish I'd told her then If you can't walk on the water drink the wine And find a corner of the world that makes you happy Find a corner of the world to call your own Don't give up all your light in the shadows of the fight And wind up in the dark and all alone Most of my whole life I've been told the end in nigh And there ain't much more than pray that we can do Some signed up to fight while others worked the farm The they shipped off to Japan in '42 There will come a day they say when every mother's son Will have to pick a side and steady off to war If he returns he'll know the truth only flags and faces change And sing the same song that his father sang before So find a corner of the world that makes you happy Find a corner of the world to call your own Don't give up all your light in the shadows of the fight And wind up in the dark and all alone To your corner of the world take your lover Someone who can feel your very soul Wrap up both yourselves in one another Find a corner of the world to make your home Find a corner of the world to make your home The sky's been falling all this time Cry heralds of demise Fall into each other's arms And trust the sun will also rise Find a corner of the world that makes you happy Find a corner of the world to call your own Don't give up all your light in the shadows of the fight And wind up in the dark and all alone To your corner of the world take your lover Someone who can feel your very soul Wrap up both yourselves in one another Find a corner of the world to make your home Find a corner of the world to make your home

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released June 28, 2019

PRODUCED AND ENGINEERED BY JOEY KNEISER
MASTERED BY RODNEY MILLS
COVER AND INSERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHAD COCHRAN
(C)(P)2019 LONELY ONES RECORDS/MY ONE PLAN (ASCAP)
ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY MATT WOODS

MATT WOODS: VOCALS + ACOUSTIC GUITARS
ADAM MEISTERHANS: ELECTRIC GUITARS
JEREMY MACKINDER: BASS GUITAR
PJ SCHREINER: DRUMS
MIKE WEBB: KEYS + ACCORDION
LANCE HOWELL: BACKING VOCALS*
JOEY KNEISER: PERCUSSION**

*except “Drive-thru Town” backing vocals by PJ Schreiner
**additional guitar and keys on “My Southern Heart”

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