rich layton and tough town

Salvation Road

Tracklisting: 

1. Live to Rock (4:27)
2. Salvation Road (3:35)
3. Raise It Up (5:40)
4. Wake-up Call (4:41)
5. Show Me What You’re Workin’ With
(feat. Teresa James) (5:10)
6. Dollars to Donuts (4:24)
7. Sorry Don’t Cut It (4:30)
8. Two Hearts (3:34)
9. The Dude Abides (3:55)
10. Soul Divided (3:30)
11. Take A Giant Step (5:54)


Lyrics

"Live To Rock"

Is it confidence Or self delusion Am I foolin’ myself again That leap of faith Was a jump to conclusions Now I’m flat on my face my friend

So count me down
But don’t count me out
I refuse to fade away
Been a long time comin’
‘Cause I had my doubts
But I got something real to say

(chorus)
Just gimme three chords
I’ll tell a true story
I mean every note that I play
Gonna follow that dream
No guts, no glory
I live to rock another day (HEY HEY)
I live to rock another day

Well heads you win
And tails you lose
Only two sides to every dime
Now I call the toss
Ain’t nobody else choosin’
Makin’ my own luck this time

So set the bar
Just a little bit higher
Watch me when I hit the stage
I guarantee
You’ll see a man on fire
Actin’ ‘bout half his age

Chorus
(Solo/breakdown)

There’s no parole
From rock and roll
Baby I ain’t gettin’ out alive
Doin’ my time
In a four-wheel cage
Travelin’ from dive to dive

Would I give it all up
For a million bucks
Quit worryin’ if you buy my songs
Tell you the truth
I’d slap tires on that truck
Keep on rockin’ till the money’s all gone

Chorus /outro
I live to rock (HEY HEY) (repeats 4x)
I live to rock (3x)
Another day, another day

"Salvation Road"

They say one good deed
Deserves another
That’s how you lighten your load
We’re all sent down here
To lift up our brother
Set him on Salvation Road

You just put one foot
In front of the other
That’s all you need to know
The only lesson to learn
How to love one another
Walkin’ on Salvation Road

People swear the good book
Has got all the answers
But I never cracked that code
I just packed up my sins
And I took my chances
Out on Salvation Road

To walk this path
I had to find forgiveness
Deep down in my soul
Let the truth be revealed
And recover my innocence
Down on Salvation Road

(bridge)
No flash of lighting
No crack of thunder
No big earthquake
No spell to fall under
Just open my eyes
To the beauty and wonder
Shinin’ on Salvation Road

(Solo)

So if you want
To enter the kingdom
Forget everything you’ve been sold
It’s all down to the choice
Between fear and love
Out on Salvation Road

No fiery brimstone
No judgment day
Like those prophets foretold
‘Cause heaven on earth
Is one thought away
Out on Salvation Road

‘Cause heaven on earth
Is one thought away
Out on Salvation Road
We’re all walkin’ on Salvation Road (3x)
Everybody’s walkin’ on (2x)
Salvation… Road

"Raise It Up or Burn It Down"

Spent 45 years barely making the payments
Never turned this place around
Me and John Deere did the best we could
But we’re both about rusted out

‘Cause it’s looking like my time is up
After everything the doctors found
Now I spend my days staring out the window
Watching those fields turn brown

Bank will sell my kingdom to some big city fool
Take the title he can wear my crown
He can take his best shot to raise it up
Or take a match – and burn it all down

(chorus)
Raise it up – or burn it down
Can’t live in between
When flesh is measured by the pound
And the blood, sweat and tears
That have sanctified this ground
Raise it up – or burn it down

Thirty-nine years on that factory line
Company got me chained and bound
Top brass took the golden parachutes
And lawyers circled like a pack of hellhounds

Talking ‘bout a plan that would save our jobs
While they cleaned out the pension fund
Closed those gates for the very last time
Never heard a sadder sound

Now I sit day drinking at my corner bar
With this sorrow that I just can’t drown
Never was a plan to raise that factory up
They got paid – to burn it all down
Chorus
(Bridge)
You can hear the faithful praying
To see the whole world in flames
But when they taste the ashes
You hear them crying out Jesus’ name

(Solo / chant)

A dark line has been drawn
Down the middle of this town
How the stars fall across your flag
Determines which side you march on

But the sun shines on the righteous
And the wicked just the same
If you wanna tell the difference
Watch where they lay the blame

All the hope that has been lost
I pray it one day shall be found
But I ain’t waiting – gonna raise it up
I won’t watch you – burn it all down
Chorus / Out

"Wake Up Call"

It’s the sound of a suitcase leavin’
Echoin’ down the hall
It’s the sound of the blues she was singing
When you weren’t listening at all

It’s the sound of your empty bottle
Smashing up against the wall
It’s the sound of your phone not ringing
Buddy it’s your wake up call

It’s the sound of the party ending
‘Cause you’re face down on the floor
It’s the sound of fool pretending
He ain’t been down there before

It’s the sound of your whole world crashing down
And there ain’t nowhere to crawl
It’s the sound of your friends not givin’
a damn
Buddy it’s your wake up call

(Bridge)
Now all your better angels
Keep whisperin’ in your ear
They can’t tell you nothin’
“Cause you don’t wanna hear
But if you think they’ll catch you
Just listen as you fall
That’s the sound of wings not flappin’
Buddy it’s your wake up call

(Solo)
Repeat Bridge

It’s the sound of a round in the chamber
In the dark at 3 AM
It’s the sound of a safety clickin’ on and off
Until the sun comes up again

It’s the sound of a shadow liftin’
A fate that your angels stalled
It’s the sound of your heart, and it’s still beating
Buddy, it’s your wake up call

You got one last chance to answer it
Buddy, it’s your wake up call

"Show Me What You’re Workin’ With"

Show me what yer workin’ with
Before I give my heart to you
Show me what yer workin’ with
I gotta know if yours beats true

‘Cause love is the hardest job that two people ever do
But if you got the right tools pretty baby
I’m here to work with you
So show me what yer workin’ with (2x)

Love don’t come with blueprints
You make it up as you go along
It takes a lot of patience
But that’s what makes it strong
If we lay down a solid foundation
Of kindness, trust and truth
We can build this house just as big as we want
So c’mon let’s raise the roof

Chorus

(Bridge)
Now I can’t guarantee ya
That we will never disagree
But I know that we both want this thing
To be as good as it can be…
So show me what yer workin’ with (2x)

(Solo)

Love don’t need no yardsticks
You just measure by the Golden Rule
Somedays you make adjustments
Sometimes you need a little glue
It ain’t never gonna be perfect
But don’t let that worry your mind
As long as we’re makin’ progress
Our love will stand the test of time

Chorus

(Call/Response 8x)
So show me what yer workin’ with

"Dollars To Donuts"

Bet ya dollars to doughnuts
She gets what she wants
Leavin’ you with nothing but crumbs
You can’t sugar coat it
Can’t put powder over it
After the damage is done

She filled your craving
For strays who need saving
But the hurtin’ man has just begun
She was heartache in flavors
That you learned to savor
Now there goes your favorite one

(Chorus)
Thank your friends
For all their concern
Thank your stars
She’ll never return
Thank your heart
For the scars you’ve earned
But dollars to donuts, boy
You’ll never learn

Bewitched by her voodoo
What else could you do
When she sprinkled on the charm
Her smile crystallized
The dozen sweet lies
She whispered at night in your arms

You can fritter and fret
It ain’t hit you just yet
This one’s gonna leave a hole inside
Your eyes have that glaze
Of a man in a daze
Your mind is just fixin’ to fry

(Chorus)
(Solos)

(Bridge)
Now you’re orderin’ doubles
Tryin’ to box up your troubles
Thinkin’ you can keep ‘em all hid
But they’re callin’ your name
Tryin’ to drive you insane
You’re gonna have to lift up that lid

Bet ya dollars to doughnuts
She gets what she wants
Leavin’ you with nothing but crumbs
You can’t sugar coat it
Can’t put powder over it
After the damage is done

You can fritter and fret
It ain’t hit you just yet
This one’s gonna leave a hole inside
Your eyes have that glaze
Of a man in a daze
Your mind is just fixin’ to fry

Chorus
But dollars to donuts, boy
You’ll never win (2x)

"Sorry Don’t Cut It"

There’s a politician cryin’
On the evening news
Splashin’ crocodile tears
On his alligator shoes
Blames it on the stress
Claims it was the booze
But sorry don’t cut it no more
So I changed the channel
And it was déjà vu
Famous preacher caught cheatin’
Now he’s cryin ’too
Beggin’ we’ll forgive
What the Devil made him do
But sorry don’t cut it no more

(chorus)
Sorry don’t cut it no more
Consequences got to be paid
No get outta jail free cards
Tired of people walkin’ away
From the wreckage they’re responsible for
I said sorry don’t’ cut it no more

Wall Street banker
Hanging out with the stars
Put everybody’s money
In his little house of cards
Says he never meant
To let it go that far
But sorry don’t’ cut it no more
Bishop at the altar
His congregation shocked
By the allegations
Of wolves among his flock
Praying that his church
Stands firm upon this rock
But sorry don’t cut it no more

(Chorus)
(Solo)

(Bridge)
They seem to find an excuse
For everything they do
They think the rules don’t apply
Except to me and you
Well we might look dumb
But we sure ain’t blind
Watchin’ on those sorry bastards
They ain’t gettin’ off the hook this time

A hero to the world
A legend in the game
Every record in the book
Every trophy with his name
Admits he took the drugs
Now he’s in the hall of shame
But sorry don’t cut it no more
Cause everywhere I look
I see more of the same
Somebody on a pedestal
Is goin’ down in flames
Askin’ for a passs
‘Cause they’re strung out on the fame
But sorry don’t cut it no more

Chorus / Refrain 2x

"Two Hearts"

Two hearts
On the run from each other
Tears start
Now they’re runnin’ for cover
Instead of turnin’ around
Tryin’ to make love real

Two hearts
They’re hurtin’ inside
Words lost
That could’ve made it right
But hearts drift apart
Pretendin’ it was nothin’ at all

(Chorus)
Two hearts
I got my heart on the line
Two hearts
She’s got a heart outta time
Runnin’ from love
Too scared to face it
Missin’ your kiss
I can almost taste it
Love’s wasted
And it’s too late
For two hearts

Two hearts
Out of sight out of mind
Two hearts
They’re leavin’ memories behind
They won’t turn around
And find the love they’re throwin’ away

(Chorus)
(Solo)

Two hearts
Don’t beat as one anymore
Two hearts
Now they’re lonely and cold
Once lovers and friends
They’re strangers watchin’ love go

Two hearts
Tryin’ hard to forget
Two hearts
Tryin’ to show no regret
As they run to new lovers
Chasin’ lonely nights away

(Chorus)
Love’s wasted and it’s too late
For two hearts (3x)

"The Dude Abides"

It ain’t about the rug
It’s the principle
You gotta stand up
For what you believe
If you live by his code
You’re invincible
In the company of
Murderers and thieves

(Chorus / Refrain)
So if you feel that pistol
Right between your eyes
Remember these words
The Dude abides

It ain’t about the money
Too predictable
You’re just tryin’ to save
A damsel in distress
But your low-life friends
Are all convictable
Keep you’re cleanin’ up
Somebody else’s mess

Black limo in the driveway
To take you for a ride
Remember these words
The Dude abides

(Bridge)
Nothin’ takes the edge off
Like vodka, kaluha and cream
And you twist up a fat one
Of some Mexican green
Get your buzz just right
Float away on the beam
Of your Technicolor dream

(Solo)

It ain’t about the game
There’s something mystical
How those pins fall
At the end of the lane

Some people swear
It’s all statistical
But you know there’s redemption
In ten frames

So when you kiss that seven
But the ten don’t fly
Remember these words
The Dude abides

When your so-called friends
Are tellin’ nothin’ but lies
Remember these words
The Dude abides

When that stack of bodies
Gets way too high
Remember these words
The Dude abides

The Dude Abides (repeats)

"Soul Divided"

Lord have mercy please
On a soul divided
Between the call of the road
And a picket fence dream

I ain’t been the same
Since my world collided
With that woman who’s got me
Comin’ apart at the seams

(Bridge)
Which path do you choose
When either way you lose
Do you break a lover’s heart
Or do you break your own

I beg sweet release
But none is provided
No way to fit love
In my rock ‘n roll schemes

I’m down on my knees
Prayers unrequited
Have pity on this man
Caught between two extremes

(Double bridge)
I had nothing left
But the fear of my regret
That the path I chose
Would leave me all alone

Now it don’t make no sense
She’s got me painting that picket fence
She learned to set me free
I learned to come back home

(Solo)

(Bridge)
I don’t worry about regrets
Hell, I don’t even mind painting that fence
‘Cause every time I leave
I can’t wait to come back home

Lord have mercy please
On a soul who decided
I could share in a dream
And hold onto mine too

Life ain’t been the same
Since my world collided
With that woman who showed me
What two dreamers can do

I got a woman who knows me
She got a way of making dreams come true

COVER: "Take A Giant Step"

Though you’ve played at love and lost
And sorrow’s turned your heart to frost
I will melt your heart again
Remember the feeling as a child
When you woke up and morning smiled
It’s time you felt like you did then

There’s just no percentage in remembering the past
It’s time you learned to live again at last
Come with me, leave yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind

You stare at me in disbelief
You say for you there’s no relief
But I swear I’ll prove you wrong
Don’t stay in your lonely room
Just staring back in silent gloom
That’s not where you belong

Come with me I’ll take you where the taste of life is green
And every day holds wonders to be seen
Come with me, leave yesterday behind
And take a giant step outside your mind