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Wasting Time

by Mark Harrod

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1.
Gravel Road 01:55
A gravel road couldn’t bring you down Shoes on your feet couldn’t keep the blood off the ground I think you’re going to make it out somehow A lonely father couldn’t bring you up He was too busy drinking the dreams of his father’s son I think you’re going to make it if you run I pray that God’s going to grant you grace, cause I hear the screams when I see the tears on your face And if he don’t hear me, I’m still going to pray If she don’t hear me, I’m still going to pray A gravel road couldn’t bring you down Shoes on your feet couldn’t keep the blood off the ground
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Wasting Time 04:32
Spilt my coffee on her apron Like she’s done a thousand times And I could tell her hands were shakin' Till her hands were touching mine And the story’s the same Things are gonna change But we’re wasting time Took that first step out the front door Like I’ve done a thousand times Didn’t turn to say I’m leaving No she’ll never see a tear in these eyes And the story’s the same Things are gonna change But we’re wasting time Packs her suitcase in the bedroom So the kids won’t see her cry Yells to them, “I’ll be out soon” Then starts to plan the ride of their life And he smokes his cigar Alone in his car Yeah, he’s wasting time. It all sounds the same; it’s part of the game That no body loses. No body wins I’ll see you at home; we’ve one week to go and 10,000 roads Took that right turn out the driveway Like she’s done a thousand times Whispers soft, “we’ll do this my way” Now turn around kids and kiss the house goodbye Cause the stories remain Ah…But things are gonna change We’re done wasting our time… Wasting our time… We’re wasting our time…Wasting our time
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We were the lost and curious few From roads once graded Now black and worn Wind once whistled through waves of corn Yeah we were lost What we were looking for We were paid in gold and fur And we carried it all and threw out our word With so much weight came so much hurt Yeah, we were paid but we lost our word And we were found by the riverside Far from hungry but without our pride So little has taken so much of our time Yeah we were found by the riverside So I stood up I called your name No one answered, so I called again Having everything is nowhere near the same As the way I feel when I call your name And if I could, I’d get it back I’d trade it all for times we had Cause if where we’ll be is worse than where we’re at Take it all. I won’t want it back We were the lost and curious few From roads once graded. Now black and worn
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Chaos caught me in the rain Tried to explain what it is you did Told me not to go, but I followed Wondering eyes don’t ever change I’m a fool to think they would The proof’s parked down the road at Lonesome Hollow Oh I could get lost Enraged in drink and getting old But I’ll just call this off Before this moment steals my soul I’m heading to the river. Me & my boat Picking up my sorrow and a fishing pole Take the river downstream. Throw away the map I’ll just use the stars to determine where I’m at And if you want to beg, you can meet me by the bridge Try to explain what it is you did. What you did. Dirt and rain hide away the stains Of lies and love in vain And the night all but guaranteed your secret But I got something that you don’t I got the truth ‘bout this Hollow And it’s coming with me, you won’t need it So when you think I’m lost Enraged in drink and throwing gold Know I, I won’t get caught Sometimes you win when you must fold I’ll be on the river. Me and my boat Casting out my sorrow with my fishing pole Take the river downstream. I ain’t got a map I’m using all the stars, and I’ve been fine with that Sleeping on the water. I ain’t going to stop Celebrate the rain and enjoy each water drop Wake up with the sunrise. Listen to the trees Try to picture who or what I’m meant to be And be it on the river. As long as it’ll last Try all that I can to forget about this
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Come hell or high water our sons and our daughters are going to have a better life We'll hide all our money Won't spend a dime honey We'll cook meals by candlelight And we'll dance in the yard share all our stars make room for company Throw some logs on the fire And as the flames grow higher We'll drink and dream Come hell or high water our sons and our daughters are going to have a better life They’re going to know who they are and who they are not Who they love and who they just like We know they’ll have problems they’re going to solve them Better days are meant to be You’ll respect where they’ve been and start listening or else you can just leave. And we will sing songs and right wrongs and testify to all we hold dear we’ve lived and lived through difficult years Come hell or high water our sons and our daughters are going to have a better life Through the fog and the mist and the blood on our fists We'll fight for what's right or die No we're not insane It’s the blood in our veins that wants what's right and real We may die in this war but we'll never kneel And we will sing songs and right wrongs and recognize all of our fears we’ve lived and lived through difficult years
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I may not do things that you will like I may pick small things and put up a fight But if you could see me when you’re not around When you’re not in town You silence the sound If there was something that we could do If there were some thing to hold on to Then we must find it for all that it’s worth From heaven to earth and what’s underground There’s not much worse Don’t silence the sound If there was one thing that I could say If there was one game you’d want me to play I’d let you spin me around and around With words so profound They’d bring gods to the ground I miss you here It’s all crashing down Despite all my fears Don’t silence the sound
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Undone 03:48
Grass is green Sky is blue Colors don’t change because I miss you Clouds are white Apples red Colors don’t change the tears that we shed Who we are What we know It’s a product of what we do and what we don’t So please don’t Please don’t go When I’m with you I never notice the cool of the wind or the storms coming in When I’m with you I never notice the absence of the sun or how it all came undone Who we are What we know It’s a product of what we do and what we don’t Please don’t Please don’t go Grass is green Sky is blue Colors don’t change
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School Buses 02:42
I wake up slow and watch the beauty in you breathing Giving life and giving meaning to everything I’ve never known And slow I go, fix a stubborn pot of coffee Curse the cobwebs and wipe them off me I’m getting ready for the show Yeah, it starts in 15 minutes, and it stars you in me in it and guides you to the door Now open up Let your eyes see all I offer I’ve no money to fill your coffers I’ve no pretense But I got love love love More than the moon up above More than all the school busses There’s my love You fix your hair, and you smile at my inflection And you praise me for my intention I’ll pay you back someday And then you go Another day another dollar Someday we will not bother More than money We got love love love More than the stars up above More than all the school buses There’s our love I will sing out loud Laugh as high as I am proud More than all that I know and all that I’ve let go More than anything, there’s our love More than anything, there’s our love More than anything, there’s our love

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released May 3, 2015

Lead vocals/acoustic guitar: Mark Harrod
Backup vocals: Kara Hawes, Jordan Woiteshek
Drums: Brad Hawes
Bass guitar & cello: Mary Gaines
Fiddle, lap steal and all other instruments: Chris Wagoner
Engineered by: Mike Zirkel & Tyler Commo
Mixed By: Mike Zirkel
Mastered by: Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering

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