the stubborn lovers

Mother Road

Track Listing:

  1. Porch Light
  2. Drivin’ 22
  3. In the Country of Your Eyes
  4. Flowers of the Vine
  5. Painting Lines (Song for a Sister)
  6. Stronger than the Storm
  7. Whiskey Sisters
  8. Downstream
  9. Mother Road
  10. Among the Evergreens

Lyrics

"Porch Light"

When I find the world is getting the best of me
I get lost in a memory
For just a little while
I think about that big brown house where my grandma lived
And all the love she had to give
And it makes me smile
Believe me
It ain’t always easy
To see how I used to see
Through the eyes of a child
Then I remember

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call
“I’ll leave the porch light on”

All it takes is the sound of somebody mowing grass
It’s as if no time has passed
And I’m right back there
Grandma’s down in the kitchen, radio blasting high
And the smell of a rhubarb pie
Rising up the stairs
When I’m trying
To remember what’s fine
About this old life of mine
And know somebody cares
I think about those

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call
“I’ll leave the porch light on”

Believe me
It ain’t always easy
To see how I used to see
Through the eyes of a child
Then I remember

Summers in the house where my daddy grew up
Selling lemonade for ten cents a Dixie cup
Sleeping in a room with cowboys on the wall
Hearing blackbirds singing just after daybreak
Watching rainstorms coming in across the lake
Grandma knitting while sipping on a cold highball
Playing outside after dark I’d hear her call
“I’ll leave the porch light on”

Grandmama, it’s 20 years now you’ve been gone
I know I’ll see you again but until then I’m gonna sing this song
Just leave the porch light on

"Drivin’ 22"

Daddy’s at the wheel of our Ford Country Squire
Mama’s putting makeup on down to the wire
Sister’s in the back spilling goldfish on the floor
Shepherd’s in the way back scratching at the door
Slip her into gear and ease her out slow
Here we go

Daddy needs some nails and a stack of two-by-fours
There’s a neon strongman who’s got all that and more
Mama wants some curtains decked with pretty yellow flowers
There’s a land of fabric where she can shop for hours
Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do
Out on US 22
Out on US 22

When Sis and I start fighting it’s a hell of a sound
If we don’t shut up Daddy’s gonna turn this car around
All I know is if and when he lowers the boom
I wanna be living in a teenage bedroom

Now we’re getting hungry and we gotta pick a spot
How ’bout a tiki taco or a Texas red hot?
There’s always a good diner every mile or two or three
But the Leaning Tower of Pizza is the only place for me
Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do
Out on US 22
Out on US 22

When Sis and I start fighting it’s a hell of a sound
If we don’t shut up Daddy’s gonna turn this car around
All I know is if and when he lowers the boom
I wanna be living in a teenage bedroom

Been saving my allowance and my birthday money too
To buy a stack of records and a poster of the Who
You know that old flea market is the coolest that it gets
But Mama says we gotta buy new school clothes at Korvette’s
Slip her into gear and ease her out slow
Here we go

Gotta get a move on ‘cause there’s so much to do
Out on US 22
Out on US 22
Out on US 22
We’re drivin’ US 22

"In the Country of Your Eyes"

I’ve been wandering in the desert
Soles worn through, pack full of pain
I’ve been hungry, I’ve been thirsting for
Just a single drop of rain

Now I’ve come upon a river
Lying sparkling in the sun
And I have looked beyond its level shore
To where a thousand rivers run

(I will lay me down)
Like the robin’s song in springtime
(On that sacred ground)
I feel you washing over me
(Where love grows wild)
On a green mountainside
In the country of your eyes

I have dreamed of your lush meadows
And I have dreamed of your snow-covered hills
I want to lie beneath your spreading trees
Until my empty spirit fills

(I will lay me down)
Like the sweet perfumes of summer
(On that sacred ground)
I feel you washing over me
(Where love grows wild)
Under blue cloudless skies
In the country of your eyes

I’ve been wandering in the desert forty days and forty nights
By the darkness led astray
At last I’ve come into your promised land
And here forever I will stay

(I will lay me down)
So I will lay me down like the leaves that fall in autumn
(On that sacred ground)
On that sacred ground and let you wash right over me
(Where love grows wild)
Like a violet sunrise
In the country of your eyes
In the country of your eyes
In the country of your eyes

"Flowers of the Vine"

You are imprinted on my skin
I bear you like the cross that undoes my sin
I spell your name out in my blood
You will withstand the lash of wind, fire, and flood

And bloom forever in my mind
A flower of the vine
You bloom forever in my mind
Like flowers of the vine

"Painting Lines (Song for a Sister)"

I’ve seen a bit of bad times, honey
I wrote a lot of sad rhymes; funny I’ve come so far
To wish on the same old star
But wishing ain’t a wrong thing, and now and then
I wish you’d hear my song ringing out like an old church bell
And take it to heart; I’m telling you
That I’ve traveled down this road
Dragging a heavy load
And I swear to you that there were some nights I thought about cashing in
But I’m still painting lines

I’ve been around a few years longer
Been staring down the same fears, stronger at times than hope
And keeping me on the ropes
But when I’m down and can’t mend another hurt
I think about a good friend, a brother in soul and sound
And call on the strength he found in me
’Cause they told him to his face
That he was a waste of space
But he never gave it up or paid no mind, he just proved ’em wrong
And now he’s painting lines

Until you helped me find my voice, let me sing along
I was just marking time
I want to hear you make some noise, see you swing out strong
And leave nothing behind

The dawn is like a phoenix rising
A different light that keeps surprising me every day
And I know I’m gonna stay
You’re walking in your new shoes and humming tunes
But wondering if bad news is coming around the bend
Well honey, I’m still a friend to you
I know we left it rough
‘Cause you had to play it tough
But if I could only tell you one thing, it’s baby I’m proud of you
You’re out there painting lines

"Stronger than the Storm"

She was a girl with big dreams in mind
She loved a boy who was quiet and kind
They got married a bit too young
She had two daughters before twenty-one
Times were tough, yeah they never had much
But she raised those daughters well
She built a home with love as stone
And then that oak tree fell

Well the wind it howled and her house was torn
But she’s got her family to keep her warm
Like the weight of the world this will be borne
She’s stronger than the storm

Like my mama my dreams were grand
To sing and play in a rock ’n’ roll band
But dreams and passion ain’t always enough
You follow the waves when the sea gets rough
Highs then lows, yeah the good Lord knows
How it turns from sun to squall
But I won’t complain ’cause a little rain
Into each life must fall

Well the wind it howled and my heart was torn
But I’ve got my family to keep me warm
Like the weight of the world this will be borne
I’m stronger than the storm

When tempests come and all you’ve done
Is wrecked and blown away
You stand up and spit on your hands
Rebuild it day by day

Well the wind it howls and our lives are torn
But we’ve got each other to keep us warm
Like the weight of the world this will be borne
We’re stronger than the storm

"Whiskey Sisters"
Music by Jenny Taylor, lyrics by Jenny Taylor and Toni Melton.
©2015 Back o’ the Moon Music (ASCAP) and Toni Melton (BMI)

When I was just a young thing mama sat me on her knee
Said all I want for you is to be what you want to be
Now don’t let nobody tell you
That you can’t, I know you can
And the last thing that I’ll tell you
Don’t change yourself for any man

When I was growing up I got some similar advice
But when I went into the world I came to realize
That this life can be a battle
And you need some friends to help you fight
So I found some badass ladies
And they’re drinking with me here tonight

I don’t need a papa
I don’t need a prince
I don’t need a preacher trying to save me from my sins
I might need a friendly bartender to pull that bottle off the shelf
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me
I don’t need nobody else

When things don’t seem to go my way and I start feeling low
I get my girls together, let that golden liquor flow
But the love that flows between us
Is the whole reason for this song
My friends are sweeter than the whiskey
And ten thousand times as strong

I don’t need a papa
I don’t need a prince
I don’t need a preacher trying to save me from my sins
I don’t even need a bartender, I’ll just pour it out myself
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me
I don’t need nobody else
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me
I don’t need nobody else
Long as I got my whiskey sisters with me
I don’t need
I don’t need
Nobody else

"Downstream"
Lyrics incorporate a line from “A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe. This work is in the public domain.

When I was a little girl
I saw a magic in the world
That could turn a rain-soaked street
Into a river running to the sea
And by a kindred trick
A leaf became a sailing ship
And to reach some far-off land
I’d just release it from my hand
And set it floating

Downstream, downstream
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”
Were some words I read today
And I wanted you to stay
But I had to let you go
And though it broke my heart I know
As long as stars from heaven gleam
I’ll see you farther on downstream

Girlhood days, they faded long
Just like a river rolling on
And secret things I learned to hide
Still I hoped to keep you by my side
But you were torn from my embrace
Before I ever knew your face
Before your moon-white rose could grow
The current caught you in its flow
And bore you onwards

Downstream, downstream
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”
Were some words I read today
And I wanted you to stay
But I had to let you go
And though it broke my heart I know
As long as stars from heaven gleam
I’ll see you farther on downstream

As I stand upon the shore, the river slowly passes by
And I am left alone
I will keep your memory warm, and in my heart you will abide
Until I sail for home

"Mother Road"

I’m shivering in the cold Nevada twilight
I’m shaking the desert dust out of my boots, remembering how I
Stood crying beneath a New York City streetlight
When summer’s soft lover set me free with some dissembling; now I
Would like to write a poignant line about my lover’s eyes
But instead I’ll drive ’cause I’m gonna try to make Point Reyes by sunrise

I’m seven days out of Jersey, late September
I left with Old Glory flying high and all my debts forgiven
Been trying hard not to think about October
What’s done is done, what may come’s a highway yet undriven
The Winnemucca sand beneath my feet is cool and dry
And the secret stars are spinning in the clear Nevada sky

And I drive, thinking back twenty-five hundred miles or so
To deep Pennsylvania where the clouds gathered dark and low
Just out of Youngstown, lightning blazed down from heaven like a column of fire
As the sky split wide open, holy water started pouring down
And I came clean into Cleveland, cathedral town
Walked through those doors, folks were praying to the sound of a rock ’n’ roll choir
And they started singing

Mary, Mary, quite complacent
How does your garden grow?
With pretty little girlies in blue jeans all in a row
Mary, Mary, queen of springtime
It’s autumn now, your garden has died
So plant your seeds and pray for redemption, but I’m gonna ride
’Cause Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide

I dumped my blues down in Memphis and jumped the Mississippi
I lost Old Glory in Oklahoma City
Saw Cadillacs rusting, sang a Lone Justice tune
Poor Texas panhandle groom’s got no bride to marry
She’s living it up on the neon strip in Tucumcari
The crows in the canyon hanging under the moon
I know they’ll fly soon

If I meet the ghost of Kerouac in North Beach
I’d like to share a drink or two ’cause it’s been quite a long ride
To California from a Jersey Shore beach
But I’ve got Marylou and Rose of Sharon right alongside
There may not be a promised land beneath the western sun
But it’s all right, the highway’s bright, and our story’s just begun
Can’t you hear us singing

Mary, Mary, quite complacent, how does your garden grow?
With pretty little girlies in blue jeans all in a row
Mary, Mary, queen of springtime
It’s autumn now, your garden has died
So plant your seeds and pray for redemption, but I’m gonna ride
‘Cause Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide
Mother Road welcomes her daughters with arms open wide
Mother Road, I am your daughter, my arms open wide

"Among the Evergreens"

Hush now, my darlin’, just close your eyes
The sun’s gone to bed and the moon’s on the rise
Outside your window the trees will stand guard
And keep all the secrets of your little heart

So we’ll say good night
And rock-a-bye till the daylight
Let sweet Mother Nature keep watch while you dream
Sleep well among the evergreens

The hills of Kentucky will never be far
From my fondest memory, but I found my heart
Out where the cold Cascade rivers run wild
For here’s where we made you, my Oregon child

So we’ll say good night
And rock-a-bye till the daylight
Your mama and papa have followed their dreams
To a life among the evergreens

So good night baby, there’s no one loved more
(Whatever you’ll be you are free to be)
Than you my baby, there’s so much in store
(And if you should ever have need of me)
In the new life waiting right outside your door
(I’ll be right outside your door)

So hush now, my darlin’, just close your eyes
We’ll be here tomorrow with smiles when you rise
Outside your window, the firs and the pines
Will keep silent vigil come rain or come shine

So we’ll say good night
And rock-a-bye till the daylight
We can’t wait to watch you chase after your dreams
Out here among the evergreens