Tennessee Rose

by The Sawdust Brothers

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Once upon a time in Nashville, Tenn., there were three young men who played in a band. They enjoyed themselves and accomplished many things before going their separate ways, each to seek his fortune in the Wide World. They vowed that one day they would again combine their talents and share what they had learned. Now, via the electrical power of the Information Super-Lonesome Highway, The Sawdust Brothers have been reunited.

"Tennessee Rose" is the debut album from these virtual purveyors of fine country music. Ryan Murphey is based in Nashville, Johnny Dowers in Los Angeles, and David E. Lane in Portland, OR. Thus the record comprises two years of long- and short-distance collaboration, with The Sawdust Brothers writing the songs and performing and recording all the instruments themselves. The album was then mixed in Nashville by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Compton (whose credits include Emmylou Harris & Roy Orbison).

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released July 21, 2015

Performed and produced by The Sawdust Brothers. Mixed and mastered by Keith Compton.

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The Sawdust Brothers Nashville, Tennessee

Once upon a time in Nashville, there were three young men who played in a band. They enjoyed themselves & accomplished many things before going their separate ways, to seek their fortunes in the Wide World. They vowed that one day they would combine their talents & share what they had learned. Now, via the power of the Information Super-Lonesome Highway, The Sawdust Brothers have been reunited. ... more

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Track Name: Tennessee Rose
The man said all aboard the Dixie Flagler; we're rollin out for all points headed south
And I'll ride that train ’til the day I chase her down
She's the finest thing I ever laid my eyes on; I never should’ve let her leave my side
And there ain't no way I'm ever gonna change my mind

She's everything a boy could ever wish for
Everything a man could ever lack
If there's one thing in this world I can rely on
My Tennessee Rose ain't coming back

I rode the line from Mobile up to Cairo, from Cincinnati down to New Orleans
And I searched the road every wide place in between
Now better men have rode this rail to ruin, and stronger men have startled at the bit
But you'll never fail if you don't know when to quit

CHO

They told you bout the wildwood flower; she's prettier than anything in the holler
And I been riding for 40 hours and 30 days and 20 minutes to find her
But nothing round here looks the same; seems like they’ve changed every single name
And the pretty girl I used to swing has got a brand new man and a wedding ring
She's the only thing I wanna see, but she don't even give a damn for me

CHO

The train pulled out of Cottonwood this morning and left me standing there on Platform 9
And I know by now there's no one else to blame
And the sun don't rise at the mention of her name
After all these years the song still remains the same

She's everything a boy could ever dream of
But boyish dreams all someday fade to black
If there's one thing in this world I can depend on
My Tennessee Rose ain't coming back
Track Name: Jesus Let Me Down
Jesus used to be my friend
Jesus used to be my friend
But I fell out of favor with him
Sad-eyed angel in my head
Sad-eyed angel in my head
She said I'll meet you when you are dead

And everything I thought I knew
That all changed when I lost you
And everything I thought I'd found
That all changed when Jesus let me down

I spoke the words, I drank the wine
I spoke the words, I drank the wine
But it weren't enough to make you mine
I said, ‘Jesus, don't you hear my plea?
Jesus, don't you hear my plea?’
I guess he turned a deaf ear to me

And everything I thought I knew
That all changed when I lost you
And everything I thought I'd found
That all changed when Jesus let me down

Jesus used to be my friend
Jesus used to be my friend
But I fell out of favor with him
Track Name: Cold Light of Morning
I thought it would be easy to get on with my life
I’d go out with my buddies, laugh and have a good time
One more round of whiskey- man, we’ll paint the town

But in the cold light of morning, oh, how the truth shines down

You were the one I’d die for; I promised you my love
I worked so hard to give you all that you deserved
I said I’d never leave you; I can’t believe where I stand now

But in the cold light of morning, oh, how the truth shines down

I can’t believe it’s over
I can’t believe you’re gone
I can’t believe I hurt you
I don’t know if I can move on

I said I’d never leave you; I can’t believe where I stand now

But in the cold light of morning, oh, how the truth shines down

Darlin’, I know you had to go
And I’ll pay the rest of my life for hurting you so
Pride is a prison where no love can escape
And now I see it in the cold light of day

I said I’d never leave you; I can’t believe where I stand now

But in the cold light of morning, oh, how the truth shines down
Yeah, in the cold, cold light of morning, oh, how the truth shines down
Track Name: Toe the Line
Toe the line, or get thee back
Get thee behind me, devil black
Throw my face down in the dust
Don’t be surprised when I get up

And I toe the line
Get thee behind me, devil black
Don’t waste no time
Just toe the line

Was it grace that brung me here,
Or the devil’s face staring in my mirror?
You could gather all the joy I’ve found
If I could find a match, I’d burn it down

And I toe the line
Yeah, I don’t look back, devil black
I toe the line
I toe the line

‘Cos I toe the line
I waste no time
I toe the line
I toe the line

Toe the line, or get thee back
Get thee behind me, devil black
Preaching power but bringing death
And I will fight you ’til my last breath

Gonna toe the line
I don’t look back, devil black
I waste no time
Gonna toe the line
Track Name: How to Leave
You're famous in my life; everybody knows your name
Though you been gone for such a long time, they know you're the one to blame
For the bottle in my hand, the broken heart upon my sleeve

But I can thank you for one thing, honey, I learned how to drink
The night that you learned how to leave

We was busted from the start; no, there was nothing we could do
'Cos I would never pledge my heart, and you never could be true
But it's a funny thing how time will rearrange what you believe

I think I either lost my mind or I finally learned to love
The night that you learned how to leave

Now there's a bottle in my hand, a broken heart upon my sleeve

But I can thank you for one thing, honey, I learned how to drink
The night I learnt you how to leave
I mean I thank you for one thing, 'cos you taught me how to drink
The night I taught you how to leave
Track Name: I've Lost Everything
I used to be a king
I used to wear her ring
But now I'm just a clown
The circus has left town

Oh, I've lost everything
No hope without a dream
A song without a tune
No love left in this empty room
I used to be a king
Now I've lost everything

SOLO

Oh, I've lost everything
No hope without a dream
A song without a tune
No love left in this empty room
I used to be a king
Now I've lost everything
Oh, I've lost everything
Track Name: Train of Misery
Every night I cry
'Cos every day, I lie
I said I won't go back, but then
Every time, I ride again

On the train of misery
I ride the rails of memory
Broken hearts and shattered dreams
Are all I see
Train of misery

Every tear fuels the flame
Of regrets that I can't change
Promises I couldn't keep
Crashed and burned us in the deep

On the train of misery
I ride the rails of memory
Broken hearts and shattered dreams
Are all I see
Train of misery

Misery loves company
So won't you please come ride with me?
Bittersweet is all I know
So drink it down, and away we'll go

On the train of misery
I ride the rails of memory
Broken hearts and shattered dreams
Are all I see
Train of misery
Track Name: Anywhere Is Fine
Get on down the road get on down the track
Your true love left a hole and she ain't comin' back

Get on down the road, get on down the line
Don't care where we go, ‘cos anywhere is fine

What you have will pass; what you love will end
Watch out where you're goin'; don't worry where you been

Get on down the road, get on down the line
Don't care where we go, ‘cos anywhere is fine

Maybe Lafayette, maybe San Antone
Southeast Catahoula- everywhere is home

Get on down the road, get on down the line
Don't care where we go, ‘cos anywhere is fine

Get on down the road get on down the track
True love left a hole, and she ain't comin' back

Get on down the road, get on down the line
Don't care where we go, ‘cos anywhere is fine
I don't care where we go, ‘cos anywhere, anywhere is fine
Track Name: The Way Back
On the way back to what I used to be
I met a young boy; he was just like me
He had a wild heart and a racing mind
Even the sunlight liked the way he shined

And we talked all day, or was it just a minute?
I knew either way, things would be different
Sometimes the biggest change comes when you least expect it
On the way back
The way back

On the way back, we'll both speak of home
I'll tell him everything that I should have known
How there ain't no healing what the heart yearns
But some things you can't teach, and some things you can't learn

And we'll talk all day, or maybe just a minute
I know either way, things will be different
Sometimes the change you need comes when you least expect it
On the way back
The way back

On the way back to what I'm gonna be
I wonder if I will recognize me
Track Name: High Stakes
In between the earth and sky, not too low but not to high
You're all alone in the unknown
Don't look back and don't take stock; let it reel, let it rock
Let it go; get in the zone
When you're coming round the curve and start to lose your nerve
Take a dare; don't be scared
Stomp the pedal to the floor; give it just a little more
You're almost there- You're almost there

You don't understand the cards you're holding and your hand starts to shake
High stakes
You're feeling like a fool cos you're breaking every rule & it feels great
High stakes

When your feet are to the fire and the flames are rushing higher,
It gets hot, but give it all you got
And when they're tearing down your name, boy, don't be ashamed
Get in the game; don't take the blame
Heaven is so close, and hell is there for those who wait around
So don't wait around
You gotta stand up and fight; if you know it's right,
Stand your ground; knock 'em down

You don't understand the cards you're holding and your hand starts to shake
High stakes
You're feeling like a fool cos you're breaking every rule & it feels great
High stakes
Track Name: Nothing Can Be Done
It's days like these a man can use a friend
Everybody plays the loser now and then
You can't pull up your weeds 'cos they've already gone to seed
The damn things just grow right back again

Sometimes you can't see the mountain 'cos you're on it
Sometimes you bet a horse that's already run
Sometimes you lose the track and it's too late to circle back
Well there's nothing need doing because nothing can be done

Ol’ Caesar was a gambler with the knack
And he bet his life he'd end up in the black
Good Roman friends and countrymen are quick to lend a hand
Just watch it when they say they've got your back

Sometimes you can't see the mountain 'cos you're on it
Sometimes you bet a horse that's already run
Sometimes you lose the track and it's too late to circle back
Well there's nothing need doing because nothing can be done

Now the good times never work out like they could
And the bad times won't move on the way they should
But as the world is round, all roads lead uphill and down
And any path'll get you through the woods

Sometimes you can't see the mountain 'cos you're on the mountain
Sometimes you bet a horse that's already run
Sometimes you lose the track and it's too late to circle back
Well there's nothing need doing because nothing can be done
Track Name: I Will Find You
In the darkness, a burning sun
It don't matter what you've done
'Cos I will find you
I will find you

Are you desperate, feeling unknown?
Crying lonesome to no one at all?
Are you lost, so far from home?

In the darkness, a burning sun
It don't matter what you've done
'Cos I will find you
I will find you

Are you lost, so far from home?

In the darkness, a burning sun
It don't matter what you've done
'Cos I will find you
I will find you
Track Name: Windfall
A wind blows cold; it's raining down in my soul
All alone, stranded on Perdition Road
'Cos I didn't take the call
I'm waiting for the windfall

Waiting for the windfall
Faith and hope will rise again
Waiting for the windfall
The good lord's hand's gonna guide me in
When that good day comes around,
I'll be waiting for the wind to send my savior down

Heaven knows, sometimes the devil's been my friend
Out on that road, I’m riding with dark angels once again
'Cos I didn't take the call
I'm waiting for the windfall

Waiting for the windfall
Faith and hope will rise again
Waiting for the windfall
The good lord's hand's gonna guide me in
When that good day comes around,
I'll be waiting for the wind to send my savior down
Track Name: Emilia Farewell
In the early light of day sometimes I can still hear her say
Please don't ride with the boys today
But an outlaw never listens anyway
It was a cold cowboy goodbye; I didn't have an alibi
She said, The price on your head is high
Wanted men don't come back alive

Blue sky, sage and snow
The piñon burning low
Morning mission bell
Emilia, farewell
Farewell

We had the drop on the Feds; they were all left for dead
How could I've know it was my head
My brothers would fill with lead?
They saw the fear in my eyes as they laughed and let those bullets fly
I fell face down in the night; they took the gold
And left me there to die

Blue sky, sage and snow
The piñon burning low
Morning mission bell
Emilia, farewell
Farewell
Emilia, farewell
Farewell
Track Name: Hanging Around
© David E. Lane
Fortune’s Foe Music ASCAP
Track Name: How's It Goin'
How's it goin’ these days with you?
I hear you started your life brand new
I'm OK; thanks for askin'
There's just a few things I've been wondering

I can't believe we left each other in the darkness before the dawn
How's it goin’? Are you goin’, or are you gone?

It's nice to see you one more time
You look so lovely; wish you were mine
It's been awhile now since we parted
We should've finished what we started

I can't believe we left each other in the darkness before the dawn
How's it goin’? Are you goin’, or are you gone?

We know the way we got off track
Is there a way to make it back?
We know the things that made us fight
But do the wrongs outweigh the right?

I can't believe we left each other in the darkness before the dawn
How's it goin'? Are you goin’, or are you gone?
Track Name: Cold Day
I thought I’d found my way
After all I had to do was pray
But it’s a cold day

Every flower is dead
Every daydream in my head
Is bleeding red and dead

Desert sky in my eye
There’s a fading light falling through the night
Like a broken dove, sick in love
She’s all but gone this time
It’s a cold day

It was easy, looking back
To let myself just lose track
I only learn the hard way

Desert skies in my eyes
There’s a fading light falling through the night
Like a broken dove, sick in love
She’s all but gone this time
It’s a cold day
It’s a cold day in hell

Every flower is dead
Every daydream in my head
Is bleeding red and dead
It’s a cold day