Mark Erelli

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1.
Everyday moves from a blessing to a curse Pull out of the driveway slip it in reverse Take a turn for the better, a turn for the worse And you're stuck out on the interstate again Sit at a desk and watch the clock Time slows down and grinds to a stop You wish it was a dream but you know it's not And it's getting too hard to pretend CHORUS But you do it everyday and you don't know why Paint by numbers, pass away the time There ain't no reason, ain't no rhyme You do it everyday and you don't know why She wakes up to an empty bed Lies there alone with the thoughts in her head All the words unspoken, words unsaid She throws back the covers and walks downstairs The coffee on the counter is black and cold Silence breaks, the day unfolds She looks in the mirror and feels so old And says "the things you do to survive..." But you do it everyday and you don't know why Steppin' on the tightrope, walkin' on the wire (CHORUS) Everyday moves from a blessing to a curse Life goes on for better or worse Years slip by, the months are a blur Leaving only enough to remember So you wonder how it ever came down to this There must've been something that you just missed Or maybe this is all that there ever is Outside a new day is beginning But you do it everyday and you don't know why The skeletons rattle and the old ghosts lie There ain't no reason, ain't no rhyme You do it everyday and you don't know why You do it everyday You do it everyday You do it everyday and you don't know why
2.
Too many nights thinking 'bout you Too many lights in my rearview Too many miles by the light of the moon Guess we all pay the price for the life we choose CHORUS It's one too many midnights One too many midnights One too many midnights all alone Too many places I can't say where I been Too many faces I can't find a friend Too many steps to retrace to start all over again Now I'm stuck in this game I know I can't win (CHORUS) So many dreams I just left behind Fell apart at the seams no matter how hard I tried And it's all I can do not to lose my mind Try to keep it between the broken white lines (CHORUS)
3.
I thought I heard you knocking As I sprung up from my chair Flung the door wide open There was no one standing there It's getting harder every moment To tell what's really real Sometimes it ain't the things you know It's more the way you feel I thought I heard you knocking Tapping soft and light Like the sounds an old house offers When it settles for the night You used to be just as familiar Like whiskey on my breath Now whenever you come calling You scare me half to death Haven't you already had your fun Or maybe this has only just begun You got me wondering should I stay or should run Won't you tell me what you think it is I done I thought I heard you knocking Like a hard rain tumbling down When I strain my ears to listen I can scarcely hear the sound Some questions they have answers And you never ask again Some questions only lead To places you've already been It's such a dark and bitter seed you've sown I've got a worried feeling deep down in my bones If I look at you will I just turn to stone I don't know why you won't leave me alone I thought I heard you knocking Sharp and shallow on my door But babe I just ain't got the heart to answer anymore
4.
River Road 05:56
Every year about this time I think of leaving But every year about this time I never go I'm the only one I am deceiving This town sinks its teeth in deep and it don't let go Folks 'round here they've given up on salvation They'll settle for whatever's second best High hopes turn into lowered expectations Me, I'm no different I guess CHORUS Sometimes I walk the river road And wonder just where the river flows I don't guess I'll find the strength to go 'Cause I'm rooted down in this one-horse town It's the closest thing to home I've ever known Like a ghost town never quite abandoned Haunted by a host of broken dreams The first November snow will leave you stranded 'Till the days turn into months, then into years Sometimes I walk the river road And wonder what's beneath the undertow (CHORUS) Every year about this time I get that feeling I don't recognize my own face in the mirror The only thing my reflection is revealing Is the boy who dreamed so high has disappeared So tomorrow I'll go fishing on the river On the ice that won't be melted until June Couple cans of Bud and a TV dinner Settle down for another year or two (CHORUS) Sometimes I walk the river road And wonder just where the river rolls I don't guess I'll find the strength to go 'Cause I'm rooted down in this one-horse town It's the closest thing to home I've ever known
5.
It's no secret, no mystery How you once loved me so Now you're part of my history That was a long time ago You'd think I'd have learned But it's hopeless you see I always return to your memory You leaned on my shoulder You whispered my name Now the fire only smolders Only ashes remain But I still feel it burn I can still feel the heat I always return to your memory I just can't explain How the sound of you name Rings in my ears all the time And try as I may to run farther away The closer you follow behind I wish I'd never met you But I dream of you still Though I pray I'll forget you I don't believe I ever will You're the page I can't turn But I can't bear to read I always return to your memory Guess I'll always return To your memory
6.
Hollow Man 03:20
They picked another one off the vine Scooped out the seeds in the back of his mind Filled up his head with half-truths and lies And put the finishing touch on the perfect disguise They rolled out a carpet and threw a parade Convinced everyone he had something to say They smiled as they watched from the two-way mirror As he told all the people what they wanted to hear CHORUS Hey, have you heard the story? It's the same old song, same old dance Hey, he's bound for glory He ain't nothing but a hollow man He basked in the glow of the fortune and fame Even threw the first pitch at the World Series game He always maintained he had nothing to hide No one ever suspected he was empty inside CHORUS Hey, he don't know what he's doing They set him up so high, he never had a chance Hey, you can see right through him He ain't nothing but a hollow man Then came the day his cover was blown Their little Frankenstein monster got out of control So he looked to the ones who had saved him before Only to find that they'd changed all the locks on the doors The press circled in with blood in their eyes Each one wanting a piece of his shallow disguise And they cast him aside when from glory he fell Now he's just another bum with a story to tell CHORUS Hey, he's less than zero The greater the height, the harder you land Ain't it hard when you find your hero Ain't nothing but a hollow man
7.
Wish I could say that I didn't know If we held on too tight or just let it all go Thinking maybe we'd profit from time spent alone We must have been crazy back then I remember the words you said as you left What you've done I could never forgive or forget But inside I was hoping, despite all your regret That maybe we'd finish as friends CHORUS I guess it's all true, you know what they say You don't know what you've got 'till you've thrown it away When nothing is ventured, nothing is gained But some things cannot be so easily explained Looking back now it's so easy to see If I'd just stood by you and you'd just stood by me That together we'd weather all life's stormy seas With each other for a captain and crew And for all of that time we've invested in love You might have thought we could rise above all of this stuff But what we got in return wasn't nearly enough To keep us from singing the blues I guess it's all true, you know what they say You don't know what it's worth 'till you've thrown it away (CHORUS) They say all wounds are healed by the graces of time And that lonely is only a state of mind Still I wish you were walking right here by my side To have and to hold 'till the day that I die I guess it's all true, you know what they say You don't know what you've got 'till you've thrown it away (CHORUS)
8.
I climbed out my bedroom window Shimmied down the tree Under cover of the darkness I crept on down the street She is waiting for my signal Hope her daddy doesn't hear When she scrambles down the trellis And we just up and disappear I'll be waiting 'neath a streetlight all alone Like a dog waits for a bone Baby please don't let me down I'm only trying to make you understand Come on, baby take my hand Only love and love alone can save us now CHORUS Oh Angie, can't you hear that whistle blow Pack your bags it's time to go Don't you think it's time we made our getaway We'll ride the rails 'till morning comes around Wake up in some other town Where nobody knows our names Run away with me and ride the midnight train We discovered long ago This town ain't big enough for two Who refuse to dream in black and white Like all the others do I want to see them colors shine Just like the stories I've been told I want to follow that old rainbow 'Till we find that pot of gold Oh Angie, don't you listen When they tell you I'm insane They're only trying to keep your heart up on the fence 'Cause the truth is it's the other way around That's the problem with this town I'm the only one who's talking any sense Oh Angie, can't you hear the engine whine As it rumbles down the line (CHORUS) Oh Angie, can't you hear that lonesome sound Nothing else can stop us now (CHORUS)
9.
The sun goes down, the sun comes up Black coffee fills a paper cup Every morning it gets harder to remember The days all seem to pass this way Nothing much to do or say A thousand shades of gray just like November Once upon a time the time stood still The moments they were ours to fill Or drain just like a drunkard will a toast Now I turn around and hope to see You standing where you're supposed to be Instead I find I'm followed by your ghost CHORUS I got this space inside I just can't seem to fill Don't you know sometimes it seems I never will I ain't wishing you could still be by my side I'm only wondering where you are tonight It never seems to rain unless it pours And catches us both out of doors In the storm it all just comes undone somehow Still I thought we'd last until the end No matter where we'd gone or been If I'd only known back then what I know now (CHORUS) Old lovers have to say goodbye As nightfall darkens in the sky The tears we cry can't keep the world from spinning But morning always comes again As it will for you and I my friend This is not the end it's only a new beginning (CHORUS)
10.
Across the miles that lie between The lives we live, and the lives we dream Full moon shines so blue and bright Smiling down on the both of us tonight I see your face I hear your voice I heed the call, I have no choice CHORUS I'm the northern star You're the southern cross We are never alone Look for me If you get lost I will shine you home I will shine you home There was a time not long ago I would've run as fast and far as I could go I won't be afraid this time around There's too much at stake to let you down (CHORUS) I know it's hard just to believe When all you hold are memories We share the sky when we're apart It makes no difference, how near or far (CHORUS)

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Produced by Lorne Entress

Mark Erelli - vocals, acoustic & high-strung backpacker guitar, harmonica
Rani Arbo - vocals
Marty Ballou - upright bass
Sonny Barbato - accordion, Fender Rhodes
Kevin Barry - electric guitar
Ben Demerath - vocals
Dave Dick - banjo
Mike Dinallo - low-strung electric guitar
Lorne Entress - drums, percussion, Hawaiian tiple, mandolin, celestaphone, vocals
Jim Lamond - bass
Duke Levine - electric guitar
Louise Taylor - vocals
Tom West - organ
Roger Williams - dobro

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released April 15, 1999

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Mark Erelli Boston, Massachusetts

"You know those artists who release a great first record and then have enormous trouble following it up with anything as interesting? Yeah, that’s not Mark Erelli." -Red Line Roots

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