Old Men

Somehow this never got posted during 333

old men have had the time to think about tomorrow
old men know what it’s like to wonder how it ends
stick around too long
everyone you knew is gone
old men feel the hole left by so many friends

old men have had the time to think about what truth is
old men know what it’s like to wonder what to say
they’d like to fix up all the hurt
before they get low in the dirt
old men feel tomorrow creeping into yesterday

and someday when I’m old
I’ll think of all the lies I’ve told
and maybe let go of all the things an old man didn’t know

old men have had the time to think about forgiveness
old men know what it’s like to learn to live alone
they didn’t plan to find
the path that’s now behind
old men feel the thorns of every seed they’ve ever sown

performance notes
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play in A


Back to You

It’s raining straight in my face and I’m losing my place in lane
as the big rigs go by spitting mud in my face
and it’s all I can do just to hang on and pray
up ahead there’s a curve to the left and I’ll go to the right
and I’ll be home tonight and you’ll be there to meet me
and help me try to make some sense of my day

last night or last week or last month or last year
i’d never have thought i’d be coming back here
to the place that i should never have left in the first place at all
but this morning i woke in more ways than one
underpaid undervalued and under the gun
was the last night week month year of climbing that wall

had a lotta friends who were really great
took the shirt off my back and the food from my plate
but they left me an old mandolin and a song or two
gave a beat up car and an old guitar
and a mandolin I couldn’t play anyway
for this old road warrior that’s bringing me back to you

two iron lungs between my knees
all the leatherwork died of some horrid disease
and I’ll bet you a nickel ain’t no nickel left in that chrome
it’s ragged and ugly but it sure is fast
eating miles and bugs and oil and gas
and time on the road to the hills that we call home

up ahead there’s a curve to the left and I’ll go to the right
and I’ll be home tonight and you’ll be there to meet me
and help me try to make a little sense of my day

performance notes
capo 1
play in A