LYRICS

AMERICAN DREAM

He squinted hard, against the wind of the main,

He'd come so far, but so far remained.

He'd have to do it alone, for a time,

Till he found, what he came to find.

When he left, there wasn't much to leave,

A farm he couldn't afford, a family he couldn't feed,

One the day he left, she shed two tears,

One for the hope, and one for the fears.

But things don't change, unless you give it your all.

What else can you do, when your backs against the wall.

 

It's a land, where you can be what you want to be,

Least, that what it sounds like to me.

Maybe somethings, are better then they seem,

Ah, maybe I'm just lost on the American Dream.

 

Her family didn't come out with the rush,

They were runnin' like hell from the dust.

They broke up the ground and sold it by the ton,

Made a home in the California sun.

Stand up straight, and make him a good home,

Do what he asks, when you are alone.

She had her own dreams, but who gives a damn,

Maybe that's the difference,

Between a woman and a man.

It's a new day darlin', you can make a stand,

Maybe that's the difference, between a woman and a man.

 

It's a land, where you can be what you want to be,

Least, that's how they sold it to me.

Maybe somethings, ain't exactly as they seem,

Ah, maybe I'm just lost on the American Dream.

 

Whatcha gonna do, when you can't trust the proof,

In a land where everyone is telling the truth,

Show no mercy, it's you against me,

Is that what you mean by bein'

Is that what you mean by bein'

Is that what you mean by bein'

 

There are somethings, worth fightin' for,

From the moment that they cut the cord,

Some of this, you shouldn't fight alone,

You'll know it, when you feel it in your bones.

All our wants, all have our beliefs,

Things we love to hate, and things we fear to dream,

In the end it's all the same, what will be left,

When it's all that remains.

We hold these truths, because they come from the heart,

And all that comes from it, sets us apart.

 

It's a land where you can be what you want to be,

A land that's made for you and me,

It'll take more then one,

To hold it at the seam,

Ah, Maybe I'm lost on the American Dream.

 

AIN'T HARD TO CHOOSE

Her momma never taught her to be a lady,
She was too busy takin' care of her own,
She taught to be hard,
And she taught her to be cold,
She taught her about bein' alone...Come on'

She'd open up if you came a callin'
Just about anything you could think of,
She didn't know about "no",
She didn't know about "yes",
She didn't know a damn thing about love.

Chorus:
You don't look back,
On a life like that,
It ain't hard to choose,
When there's nothing left to loose.

He came around like the other boys,
and his eyes were as blue as the sky,
and he knew how to sing,
and he knew how to move,
and godd*mn that trans am could fly.

He said, "I'll get you outta here,
I can get you outta here today,
We can go to that town,
Where my daddy come from,
We can party all the way.

Chorus:

You don't look back, 
On a life like that, 
It ain't hard to choose, 
When there's nothing left to loose.

Bridge:
She felt like her eyes had never opened,
Till she saw the deep blue of a desert sky,
Could she bury it out here, deep in the sand,
where the coyotes cry.
But somethings don't give up that easy,
Like a lifetime of barely getting by,
Somethings just don't ever let go,
Till you say your last goodbye,
And you look that devil in the eye.

She could hear freedom,
in the rhythm of the motor,
She could feel something wake up inside,
She said pull this monster over,
And she pulled her skirt up high.

He thought, "No good deed goes unpunished,"
He thought, "It don't pay to be the nice guy,"
He thought, "she tied his hands just a little too tight,"
He thought, "godd*mn that trans am could fly."

Chorus:
You don't look back, 
On a life like that, 
It ain't hard to choose, 
When there's nothing left to loose.

YOU DON'T OWE ME A THING

You don't owe me a thing,
It's worth all that we've seen,
It's part of chasing down a dream,
All the hope that that brings,
You don't owe me a thing.

She said, "don't say a word,
There's no other way we would've learned,
I felt the same fire burn,
Every crazy twist and turn,
So don't say a word."

We've walked through the rain,
On the brightest of days,
And we found our path,
Every step of the way.
When even the light,
Gets too hard to see,
Put your faith in me,
You don't owe me a thing.

(Instrumental break)

Your always nipping at the heels,
Of your greater self,
Maybe your not the one,
I'm always thinkin' of,
But, I'll be damned,
If we ain't learned,
A thing about love.

Well, there ain't no shakin' it,
The road can be stark,
But you told me more then once,
"That ain't no reason not to start."
That means so much more then some ole,
diamond ring,
You don't owe me a thing.

California

I know that it scares ya,
Pulling up your roots again,
And I know that your tired,
Of chasin' this crazy man,
I'm learnin' to say, "I'm sorry,"
Don't know if I'll learn to say, "when,"
Don't know if I'll ever give up,
Won't know until the end.
But I've got something started,
'Neath the redwoods and the pines,
Out here in the wheat fields,
Out here in the vines.

Chorus 1:
Come on out to California,
Where our children can run,
Where their hair will grow golden,
‘Neath the warm pacific sun.
Come on out to California,
Where we’re closer to our dreams,
I know it sounds crazy,
Just the way that it seems.

It kills me when he asks,
When are you comin’ home,
And I pray that he’ll forgive me,
Long before he’s grown.
And I dream of your shoulders,
So strong and so thin,
Their thin cause you’re a lady,
And strong from what’s on them.

Chorus 2:
Come on out to California,
And break loose from your mold,
And let the pieces turn back to dust,
Out there on the road.
Come on out to California,
And we’ll count the stars,
Somewhere in a valley,
Where we can heal our scars.

 Come on out to California,
And bring what you wish to sow,
And put down only the roots,
That your heart wants to grow.
Come on out to California,
And let’s see what we can do,
I’m gonna go crazy,
If you don’t get out here soon.

 

The Reckoning

 We all have our own,
Monster’s to fight,
But you can’t say we tried,
All that hard anyway.
Still It’s so,
So hard to know,
Just how to make,
To make things right.

Chorus:
So I guess we’ll wait,
For the reckoning,
I’m sure we could both,
Hold out that long,
Like a hammer,
To a pistol,
Like a father to a son.

 I’ve seen a picture,
Of you when you were my age now,
And I can remember us both,
Then somehow.
Though the picture,
Fades from my mind,
I still think of it,
All the time.

Chorus:
So I guess we’ll wait, 
For the reckoning, 
I’m sure we could both, 
Hold out that long, 
Like a hammer, 
To a pistol, 
Like a father to a son.

 Bridge:
We all,
We all know,
Getting started,
Is the hardest part,
X2

Chorus:
So I guess we’ll wait,  
For the reckoning,  
I’m sure we could both,  
Hold out that long,  
Like a hammer,  
To a pistol,  
Like a father to a son.

Now that I am one,
One of those now,
My heart sees things,
In a different light. 

Cause you got your own,
And you got their’s too,
And you just do your best,
To help them grown. 

But we can’t,
Seem to forget,
These things we,
Never wanted to know.