LYRICS

MOTOR CITY BLOOD (2012)

Goin Out with You

I’ve an idea here
And you should listen, dear
We’ll both go out tonight
Maybe we’ll catch a show
But, baby, all I know
Is you make me feel alive
 
We have been in love for a while
But, baby, it still makes me smile
Goin’ out with you
Goin’ out with you
 
A dinner set for two
Inside a fancy room
Where I’ll look in your eyes
Then we’ll go and hear some tunes
So wear your dancin’ boots
And we will dance all night
 
We have been in love for a while
But, baby, it still makes me smile
Goin’ out with you
Goin’ out with you…
 
For all my life
There’s no place I would rather be tonight
We’ve heard that love will fade
But I think we have disproved ‘em all again
 
Now when we get back home
I think we’ll lose these clothes
And hold each other tight
What would tonight be worth
Without some fireworks?
Let’s make our own tonight

(c) 2012 Phillip Fox
Just One Step Behind
 
Mom was due on a Tuesday
Doctors waited in a line
I came out on a Wednesday morning
I was one step behind
And then I needed a prom date
So I asked the pretty Julie Frye
But some other guy asked five minutes before
And I was one step behind
 
Just one step behind
Always ‘bout a step behind
It’s like somebody rigged the universe
To keep me one step behind
 
Grabbed my diploma
Seventh in the job fair line
But the company filled all six positions
I was one step behind
Well then I got a parking ticket
So I went downtown to pay the fine
She say, “Sir, we’re closin’ for the day”
And I was one step behind
 
Just one step behind
Always ‘bout a step behind
It’s like somebody rigged the universe
To keep me one step behind
 
Once I caught up
Thought my bad luck
Had forgotten me this time
 
I was relieved
Laid down to sleep
And the next day I was fired
And I got a flat tire
 
Well, we were all in the chapel
Preacher said it’s gettin’ time
Well, my girl was still weavin’ through traffic
She was one step behind
So we took a vacation
Decided that we should unwind
But my car broke down in Abilene
And we were one state behind

(c) 2012 Phillip Fox

Sleep, I’ll Comfort You
 
 
So sleep and I’ll comfort you
My darling, I’ll hold you in your dreams
And when we’re through – I’m coming home
Back home to you, my darling
Time, they say waits for no man
But I swear this second hand
Ain’t being true
 
Oh, phone calls and photographs
Baby, they’re all we have
And those too few
 
Tears, love in its liquid form
Each one will be restored
When I come for you
 
Miles, I’ve heard the open road
Helps us to really know
Ourselves
 
Oh, then give someone else their turn
Cause what I have come to learn
Is how I love you
 
So sleep and I’ll comfort you
My darling, I’ll hold you in your dreams
And when we’re through – I’m coming home
Back home to you, my darling
 
I know it troubles you
You think I’m gone forever
But I have not forgotten you
We’re in this thing together

(c) 2012 Phillip Fox
Motor City Blood
 
I come from Motor City Blood
Son of an auto man who worked hard for our food
I held my daddy’s hand as he took me on the line
And I met the men whose sweat had made the city’s heart keep time
Years went on and things got bad
All of my daddy’s dreams shut down with the plants
And as we’d drive he’d say each name as we passed by
And I watched my daddy’s calloused hand wipe somethin’ from his eyes.           
He’d say…
 
Detroit, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Motor City C’mon
 
Grand Daddy welded on the docks
Sparked on the Fitzgerald, cried when it was lost
And like that ship he saw the city sinkin’ low
But his generation paid their dues and went south for  the snow
Their pensions felt like heavy chains around their children’s necks
While their children closed their eyes and prayed that their turn would be next
And they’d pray…
 
Detroit, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Motor City C’mon
 
You were a beauty at one time
The whole world envied you, Loved you in your prime
And what’s become of you is a crime, crime, crime
Can the town everyone loves to hate still rise?
 
Can it rise?
 
Great Grand Daddy made the light bulbs glow
For old man Edison, made a fortune there you know
But in his twilight years the butler robbed him blind
Like the wealth of his great city under politician’s eyes
 
Detroit, Detroit, Detroit, Detroit
Detroit, Motor City C’mon

(c) 2012 Phillip Fox
 Ringing in Another Year

It started slow
Just wind and snow
Life poured in with the rain
We shared those summer days
Some things passed away
Falling down with the leaves
Baby, look at all that we’ve seen
 
Well we partied and we cried
Hello’d and some goodbye’d
Ain’t it made it interestin’ to live
We lost and won some fights
Hell, at least we tried
But that’s all gone, we’re ringin’ in another year
       
300 Days
Sounds a year away
But, my Lord, they go by
Days like these I try
To think what we’ve done with our time
Seein’ you takes me back
Reminds me of all that we have.
 
Well we partied and we cried
Hello’d and some goodbye’d
Ain’t it made it interestin’ to live
We lost and won some fights
Hell, at least we tried
But that’s all gone, we’re ringin’ in another…
 
Another story to write
Another passion ignites
Another chance to live the life
We’ve dreamed - We’ve loved
 
Well we partied and we cried
Hello’d and some goodbye’d
Ain’t it made it interestin’ to live
We lost and won some fights
Hell, at least we tried
But that’s all gone – we’re ringin’ in another Year

(c) 2012 Phillip Fox

HEARTLAND (2014)

You Are the Girl

There was a time it seemed that all the world stood still
As we laughed we knew that life in time would change
Never fools always felt the weight of life
Passin years have dealt their share of joy and pain
Before we’re old, I want to let you know that
 
You are the girl I’m comin home to
Tonight is for us, I’m wantin to hold you
Dinner, a rose, and a bottle of wine
To surprise you, remind you, you are the girl for me
 
There was a time it seemed that life would pass me by
As I ran I saw that I could catch those dreams
I’m dreamin bigger now that you are in my life
It’s open fields as far as eye can see
These days are hard, but soon you’ll be in my arms ‘cause
 
You are the girl I’m comin home to
Tonight is for us, I’m wantin to hold you
Dinner, a rose, and a bottle of wine
To surprise you, remind you, get close beside you
I’ll listen, we’re kissin, ain’t nothin we’re missin
Caress you, undress you, I’m gonna impress you
 
You are the girl I’m comin home to
Tonight is for us, I’m wantin to hold you
Dinner, a rose, and a bottle of wine
To surprise you, remind you, you are the girl for me

(c) 2014 New Damn Book, Matthew Hexter
Writin a New Damn Book

There‘s no end to all of those who give advice
And those who fail warn you ’bout the sacrifice
But I survived a 40-hour life and I wouldn’t trade a thing
 
Jump in the truck, c’mon let’s drive
We’ve waited long enough
This could be our time
Don’t be afraid of what we’ll find
Go on give it a healthy look
We ain’t turnin the page, boys, we’re writin a new damn book
 
No one knows where this road will lead
But bet your life there’ll be things you’ll wanna see
And some you won’t - that’s just how it goes
But I wouldn’t trade a thing
 
Jump in the truck, c’mon let’s drive
We’ve waited long enough
This could be our time
Don’t be afraid of what we’ll find
Go on give it a healthy look
We ain’t turnin the page, boys, we’re writin a new damn book

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Been Workin Hard

Come the weekend there’s no dough, Ladybird the first to know
“What am I gonna do, my poor babies ain’t got no shoes!”
And she say, “I been workin, I been workin hard”
She say, “I been workin at the job”
 
Reverend Reagan last Sunday, gave a sermon, passed the plate
Come back empty, “my sweet Lord, might be time to close these doors”
And he say, “I been workin, I been workin hard”
He say, “I been workin for the Lord”
 
Bobby Ray from up the hill, lights a fire, minds the still
Sells that moonshine all around, take a load straight into town
And he say, “We’s a-drinkin out the jar!”
He say, “I been workin, y’all been workin hard”
 
Johnny Morgan at the bank, got an office with a safe
In that safe is lotsa bills, lights a stogie, drinks some swill
And he say, “I been workin, I been workin hard”
He say, “I’ve been hardly workin”
 
Farmer Harlan has a stand, sells the bounty of his land
Man comes by he has a gun says his family’s got it rough
Now, Sheriff Lombard, he ain’t around, only badge they have in town
Harlan say “Son, no need to steal. Pick some crops you’ll earn a meal.”
And he say, “I been workin, I been workin hard”
He say, “I been workin don’t seem to matter much”
He say, “I been workin blessed night and day”
He say, “I been workin my sweet ol’ life away”

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Lovin You (Never Felt Like Work)

Lovin you, baby, has never felt like work
 
Sat my ass in an office seat, worked my nine to five
Bailed hay in the summer heat, just to make a dime
See I’m no stranger, to sweat and dirt
But when it comes to lovin you, now, baby
Lovin you has never felt like work
 
Lovin you, baby, is a calm amidst the storm
Lovin you, baby, is a coat that keeps me warm
Lovin you, baby, is heaven in a skirt
Lovin you, baby, has never felt like work
 
Wrenched on cars in the bitter cold, left my fingers numb
Taken orders from a clown now, momma
Who couldn’t order lunch, that ain’t funny now
See I’ve worked for good ones, but mostly I’ve worked
for jerks
But that don’t seem to matter much now, baby, cause lovin you has never felt like work
 
Lovin you, baby, is a fire on the beach
Lovin you, baby, is a juicy Georgia peach
Lovin you, baby, it’s true sometimes it hurts
But lovin you, baby, has never felt like work

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Ava Lee

You held me tight both on the run
We burned like Oklahoma sun
Over those hills both long and far
We saw the world and made it ours
So ask me now, I’ll admit mistakes were made, but
The askin now’s what’s hard
 
Ava Lee, you left me on that slow train when you gave me your goodbye
 
The city rang, you took the call
I thought you wouldn’t last the fall
Rolled up my sleeves, tipped back my hat
Years have turned me to a man now
So I flew out, was easy ‘nough to find you, but
The askin now’s what’s hard
 
Ava Lee, we were wild horses when you gave me your goodbye
Ava Lee, we both been pretending that we don’t feel what’s inside
 
Ava Lee, we were on that slow train when you gave me your goodbye
Ava Lee, step out on that platform and show me your smile
Ava Lee, you’ve been feelin same as I do, maybe we should try

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Nothin Worse Than Weak

I never wanted this livin’ by a firestick
Slingin murder-stones, I broke more than my own share of bones
Back in my growin years there were those who taught me fear
Usin power to hurt I learned quickly how this world works
 
Branded my heart and soul to be a man, to grow up cold
I never loved a thing long enough to ever feel it sting
My body sore and tight on this barroom floor tonight
Red-light ladies scream, whiskey spills I’m bleadin on my jeans
 
Mama, don’t cry, I’m comin, I’m comin home
Mama, don’t cry, tell me, tell me I’m done
Papa, I’m dyin, would you call me, ever call me “son”
 
I knew my time would come when I first held my daddy’s gun
He looked me in the eye told me these few words before he died
“There’s nothin worse than weak so take your shot before they speak
You’ll always be alone, everyone is out to get their own”

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Heartland

We’ve been drivin for some time waitin for this day
Been about most everywhere from New York to L.A.
Seen my share of hard times would tell you if I could
Sounds too much like whinin, babe, when I’m misunderstood
I can dig them beaches and hundred-story scenes
But that don’t make my ticker pump if y’all know what I mean
Not like comin home
 
To the heartland, to a place called a little town
To the heartland, country ground
 
Felt it pumpin in my veins, spilt a little too
Skipped a beat and I’ve had it ache while playin honest tunes
Growin up Midwestern, red-blooded boys
Taught us all a thing or two about how to make that noise
“Home is where the heart is” I saw it on a sign
I ain’t much for sayins, son, but I’m sayin tonight
I’m comin home
 
To the heartland, to a place called a little town
To the heartland, country ground

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
 
We All Lose Somethin

Everybody talkin ‘bout New Orleans, everybody tied to their TV screens
Some folks lendin a helping hand, good folks doin what they can
’Cause we all lose somethin sometime
Everybody here has shed a tear, some folks missin someone dear
Some folks breathin their last breath, some not sure just why they left
‘Cause we all lose something sometime
 
It can motivate you, it can make you mad
Some, it scares them away
It can overtake you or it can make you glad
But we all lose somethin sometime
 
Everybody lost a wallet once, purse or car or couple of bucks
Everybody here has lost their way, been in need of a friendly face
’Cause we all lose somethin sometime
Everybody careful to lock them doors, deadbolts, chains, and so much more
Some folks scared of bein poor, losin all they sweated for
‘Cause we all lose somethin sometime
 
It can aggravate you, you can try to plan
Some give up on the world
It can devastate you or it can free a man
But we all lose somethin sometime
 
Some folks turn to greedy gain, stealin what they neighbors have
Some take with a gun in hand, others with a fountain pen
But we all lose somethin sometime
Everybody know about the World Trade, everybody remember that day
Some folks pray for world peace while others protest in the streets
‘Cause we all lose somethin sometime

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
I’d Be Runnin Too

That honky tonk angel she rides on back
Of a cruiser, her bruiser took some offense
When you done what you did, felt her lips on your skin
Now that dude wanna both of you to know where fallen angels go
 
If I’d done the deed, I’d be runnin too
Burnin gasoline, I’d be runnin to Belize
I’d be runnin too - If I did what you done, brother, I’d be runnin too
 
Your crazy old lady she keeps a gun
A .44 magnum, were you thinkin, son?
You came home drunk again and you tried to pretend
That lipstick weren’t there on your sleeve
It might be time to leave
 
If I’d done the deed, I’d be runnin too
Burnin gasoline, I’d be runnin to Belize
I’d be runnin too - If I did what you done, brother, I’d be runnin too

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Cancer Cannot

Was a word we never thought we’d own
‘Cause we were young and much too strong to go
But a Monday morning scan confirmed
We were scared, we prepared for the worst
It seemed to overshadow us
Plans we’d made blew away like dust
But the lesson most surprising to
Learn for me as I watched you is all that cancer cannot do
It cannot...
 
Silence courage, shatter hope, corrode your faith it cannot cripple love
Steal eternal life, destroy your peace, kill your friendships or erase your memories
And we’ve seen after all... cancer cannot
 
I wish there was more that I could do
To sit and wait seems to make it worse
But when I see the strength that you display
The only thing that radiates is love and that’s another thing that cancer cannot take
It cannot...
 
Silence courage, shatter hope, corrode your faith it cannot cripple love
Steal eternal life, destroy your peace, kill your friendships or erase your memories
And we’ve seen after all... cancer cannot
 
We’ve been fearing for too long, way too long
Can’t you see that you are strong
This could be the end, but we could be beginning
 
And we’ve seen after all... cancer is so small

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
Don’t Forget Me

Whisper softly, “Don’t forget me, don’t forget me when I’m gone”
Say you love me, eyes so sweetly overflowing withyour love
 
When I hold you tight and say goodbye
Know my love for you is true
Will you wait for me across the sea and I will wait for you
 
Your memory, though I’m lonely, holds me close and keeps me warm
Nights come quickly and they haunt me
I dream I am there with you
 
When I held you tight and said goodbye
Know my every word was true
Will you wait for me across the sea and I will wait for you
 
For all of time, across the great divide
Though this sea may swallow me
I will wait for you
 
Whisper softly, “Don’t forget me, don’t forget me when I’m gone”

(c) 2014 New Damn Book
I Ain’t Angry (But I’m Feelin Mean)

I ain’t angry but I’m feelin mean
I just thought you should know
I am tired but I cannot sleep
I just thought you should know
 
When I’m feelin low and hungry
For somethin I can’t find
When I see myself for who I am
I ain’t playin nice
 
I am guilty but I’m not to blame, no no
But I think that you know
How I argue and I play my games
How I feed you my crow
 
When I’m down near to nothin
When I’ve gambled all my pride
When my loaded dice have lost all their power
I’m duckin my crimes
 
And I’ll hang my debts on you poor souls
Positioned under me
And your cries for justice go unheard
In the land of the free

(c) 2014 New Damn Book