Dublin Blues
Black Diamond Strings
Shut Up and Talk to Me
Stuff That Works
Hank Williams Said It Best
The Cape
Baby Took a Limo to Memphis
Tryin' to Try
Hangin' Your Life on the Wall
Randall Knife

Dublin Blues

I wish I was in Austin
In the Chili Parlour Bar
Drinkin' Mad Dog Margaritas
And not carin' where you are

But here I sit in Dublin
Just rollin' cigarettes
Holdin' back and chokin' back
The shakes with every breath

Forgive me all my anger
Forgive me all my faults
There's no need to forgive me
For thinkin' what I thought
I loved you from the git go
I'll love you till I die
I loved you on the Spanish steps
The day you said goodbye

I am just a poor boy
Work's my middle name
If money was a reason
I would not be the same

I'll stand up and be counted
I'll face up to the truth
I'll walk away from trouble
But I can't walk away from you

I have been to Fort Worth
I have been to Spain
I have been to proud
To come in out of the rain

I have seen the David
I've seen the Mona Lisa too
I have heard Doc Watson
Play Columbus Stockade Blues


Repeat 1st half of verse 1

Black Diamond Strings

Black Diamond Strings
Black Diamond Strings
Drinkiní 1 W. Harper
Playiní Black Diamond Strings
Black Diamond Strings
Are like white flour and grits
You play Black Diamond Strings
ĎCause itís all you can get

Black Diamond Strings on a Catalog Guitar
Thatís pretty high cotton whoever you are
You break one you change one, thatís as good as it gets
You can play all year long on two or three sets

J.W. Crowell was a hell of a man
He played two nights a week in a hillbilly band
He played at the Ice House on Telephone Road
He played in the yard just to lighten his load


Hey J.W play that frogline
Let Rodney sit in, hell, heís goiní on nine
His fingers are bleediní, but heís keepiní good time
Playiní Black Diamond Strings, heíll never quit tryiní

Causette told Ďem both
You boys pack t up, itís time to go home
We got church in the morniní, itís cominí up dawn
Donít make me say it again or Iím gone
You can stay here forever, but youíre gonna walk home

Shut Up and Talk to Me

Love is never gonna be a solid bet
Itís kinda like workiní without a net
Donít be afraid to let your feelinís out
Thatís what loviní is all about
Come on Baby and give me a break
Itís how do you feel, not what do you think
Stop rattliní your keys
Shut up and talk to me
Shut up and talk to me

You know Iíve known you long enough to know
Thereís nothiní you can hide that still donít show
You ainít fooliní anyone but you
When you put me through what you put me through
Come on Honey and tell me the truth
Gimme chicken fried steak, not a Baby Ruth
Iím not that hard to please
Shut up and talk to me
Shut up and talk to me

You can talk about the weather
Till it drives me nits
You can rattle on about
Why, who, what
A little conversation
Wouldnít hurt that much
A little somethiní
With a human touch

Now, if youíre hurtiní, Baby, tell me so
If you need attention let me know
Iím not the one that youíre hidiní from
It doesnít matter what the ever you done
You can have your cake and eat it too
Thatís the kinda stuff I want from you
How hard can it be
Shut up and talk to me
Shut up and talk to me

Stuff That Works

I got an olí blue shirt
And it suits me just fine
I like the way it feels
So I wear it all the time
I got an old guitar
It wonít ever stay in tune
I like the way it sounds
In a dark and empty room

I got an olí pair of boots
And they fit just right
I can work all day
And I can dance all night
I got an olí used car
And it runs just like a top
I get the feeliní it ainít
Ever gonna stop

Stuff that works, stuff that holds up
The kind of stuff you donít hang on the wall
Stuff thatís real, stuff you feel
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall

I got a pretty good friend
Whoís seen me at my worst
He canít tell if Iím a blessing
Or a curse
But he always shows up
When the chips are down
Thatís the kind of stuff
I like to be around


I got a woman I love
Sheís crazy and paints like God
Sheís got a playground sense of justice
She wonít take odds
I got a tattoo with her name
Right through my soul
I think everything she touches
Turns to gold


Hank Williams Said It Best

One manís hawk is another manís dove, one manís hug is another manís shove
One manís rock is another manís sand, one manís fist is another manís hand
One manís tool is another manís toy, one man grief is another manís joy
One manís squawk is another manís sing, one manís crutch is another manís wing

One manís pride is another manís humble, one manís step is another manís stumble
One manís pleasure is another manís pain, one manís loss is another manís gain
One manís can is another manís grail, one manís curse is another manís sail
One manís right is another manís wrong, one manís curse is another manís song

For every fatherís daughter
For every motherís son
The only think the same
Is that is ainít for everyone
Hank Williams said it best
He said it a long time ago
"Unless you have made no mistakes in your life
Be careful of stones that you throw"

One manís deuce is another manís ace, one manís back is another manís face
One manís reason is another manís rhyme, one manís dollar is another manís dime
One manís tree is another manís post, one manís angel is another manís ghost
One manís rain is another manís drought, one manís hope is another manís doubt

One manís false is another manís fair, one manís toup is another manís hair
One manís hand is another manís stub, one manís feast is another manís grub
One manís dread is another manís dream, one manís sigh is another manís scream
One manís water is another manís wine, one manís daughter leave another manís cryiní


One manís famine is another manís feast, one manís pet is another manís beast
One manís bat is another manís ball, one manís art is another manís scrawl
One manís friend is another manís foe, one manís Joesph is another manís Joe
One manís hammer is another manís nail, one manís freedom is another manís jail

One manís road is another manís rut, one manís if is another manís but
One manís treasure is another manís trash, one manís landiní is another manís crash
One manís word is another manís lie, one manís dirt is another manís sky
One manís skin is another manís color, one manís killer is another manís brother


The Cape

Eight years old with flour sack cape
Tied all around his neck
He climbed up on the garage
Figuriní what the heck
He screwed his courage up so tight
The whole thing come unwound
He got a runniní start and bless his heart
He headed for the ground

Heís one of those who knows that life
Is just a leap of faith
Spread your arms and hold you breath
Always trust your cape

All grown up with a flour sack cape
Tied all around his dream
Heís full of piss and vinegar
Heís bustiní at the seams
He licked his finger and checked the wind
Itís gonna be do or die
He wasnít scared of nothiní, Boys
He was pretty sure he could fly


Old and grey with a flour sack cape
Tied all around his head
Heís still jumpiní off the garage
And will be till heís dead
All these years the people said
Heís actiní like a kid
He did not know he could not fly
So he did


Baby Took a Limo to Memphis

She did not want to drive
She did not want to fly
She did not want to wait
For a bus to come by

She did not want to hassle
She did not want to hurry
She didnít want to know
What is cost, donít worry

Baby took a limo to Memphis
Seemed like the thing to do
Baby took a limo to Memphis
She did it Ďcause she wanted to

She was not lookiní back
She was lookiní good
She was not in the mood
To be knockiní on wood

She knows what she wants
She knows how to get it
She knows what it takes
Just do it, donít regret it

The shortest distance between two towns
Is ridiní in a limo with the windows down

Donít ask why sheís goiní
She might let you know
Donít ask when sheís cominí back
ĎCause she donít know

Donít let her fool you
Sheís nobodyís fool
She knows whatís tacky
She knows whatís cool

Tryin' to Try

I threw a rock through your window
Just to let you know I love you
Just to let you know I care and I ain't scared
To have you see how I feel

I blew a kiss through your keyhole
Just to let you know I'm breathin'
Just to try and smack you in the heart,
if I was smart
I'd give up and go back home

I'm not tryin' to say I'm sorry
I'm trying to say I love you
I'm not tryin' to make excuses
Nor set myself above you
I'm not tryin' to rearrange it
I'm not sayin' I can change it
The only thing I'm tryin' to do is try

I was hidin' by the back porch
Just to try and catch you leavin'
Just to try and catch you unaware
I don't care
If that ain't fair, I ain't proud


I leaned on your doorbell
Just to see if you would answer
Just to see if you would open up,
no such luck
I'll come back when you calm down

Chorus Twice

Hangin' Your Life on the Wall

I used to be Juanita's old boyfriend
We sure gave 'em some stories to tell
Now I can't even find her picture
I guess I'm finally through foolin' myself

I used to be an ex-bullrider
Livin' on the edge of life itself
Now I can't even find my buckle
Looks like I'm finally through foolin' myself

Hang on just as long as you can
Get up whenever you fall
Shake it off, Boys, and go 'round again
Don't be hangin' your life on the wall

I used to be forever chasin' firetrucks
I sure could raise me some hell
I don't know why I like to do that kinda stuff
I guess I wasn't through foolin' myself

I used to have a smokin' little fastball
I sure could show 'em some stuff
Now I can't even make it on the
church team anymore
I guess I'm finally through foolin' myself

Chorus Twice

Shake it off, Boys, and go 'round again
Don't be hangin' your life on the wall

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