STRAW IN THE WIND  

Released via Woods Music/Thirty Tigers (2017)

 

AXE

Written by Jason Cope and Wes Bayliss  

I will swing my Axe, don’t let the flames go down

Carve out some of that kindlin’

There’s plenty ‘a wood around (Chorus)

I’ve seen the Devils shadow, underneath the moon

Keep that fire ‘a going

The Son/sun is coming soon

(Chorus)

When I’m old and gray, and these two hands are worn

Cross me over Jordan, Lord, and I’ll keep heaven warm

(Chorus)

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BETTER IN THE FALL

Written by Brent Cobb  

A keen sense of gray washed all other colors away today

And to my surprise, the feeling was good when we said goodbye

But I miss the warmth, of love in the summer, of course I will

But ya can’t believe in what ya can’t feel

And I knew all along this landing never was real

(Chorus)

Guess I’m

Better in the Fall when all is new

I won’t blame myself for not loving you

I’m Better in the Fall before the cold comes

When harvest is near, thought I was in love

I’m Better in the Fall

Dead leaves to dust, without reasons, seasons just change ‘cause they must

But you weren’t the cause. Don’t question the silence that follows the pause

I miss the fling we shared in the spring.

How could I forget?

Yes, you can’t shake what you don’t regret

Still, something reminds me watching that

autumn sunset

(Chorus)

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THE WELL

Written by Brent Cobb and Barry Dean. 

Please let me drink a sip from the well of your life

Friend, mine is all but fools

I’ve seen the world, but I’ve seen the ending too

And it don’t quench my thirst. Not like it does for you

I looked at my life like there was a mountain to climb,

And you looked at your life like all honest men do

Well I took off to find myself and I got lost

But it sure feels swell to call this place home again

But not like it does to you

(Chorus)

And I know the side of the fence that you only dream of

But you know that you’ve got me beat with a family that needs you

So pull up a seat if you’ve got the time

Listen to me think

I bet we’ll find a piece of common ground that we both can stand on

They say there’s two fires. Two sides to every mans soul. And who knows how we choose?

But we do and we burn. Some wild, and some tame. I guess the purpose of the flame, well, it’s up to you

(Chorus)

Please let me drink a sip from the well of your life

Tell me all about it man until I am full

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DELLA JANE’S HEART

Written by Jason Cope and Wes Bayliss

In her red sun dress with braids in her hair

She crawled out her window and ran to meet him there

Where she gave up on youth and gave into desire

Where the touch of his hand lit a wildfire

(Chorus)

And a sliver of light cuts through the dark, and the moonlight shines on Della Jane’s Heart

The cold wind was blowing as she waited for his embrace

But it only got colder when she saw the look on his face

His blindsiding words of his new love for Anna Lee

filled her with rage as he told her of their plans to leave

(Chorus)

Now the weight of her world, was heavy as lead

But she drug it on down to the ol’ riverbed

With her knees in the mud she looked up and prayed

Lord, please wash all of my sins and his body away

Wash it all away

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STRAW IN THE WIND

Written by Jason Cope and Wes Bayliss

He rode in from the west with an eye for a dollar to make

He pitched us a sale about healing and oil from a Snake

The barkeep, he warned him, but the man did not comprehend

How strangers ‘round here disappear like

Straw in the Wind

Too young, but in love when she met him in some Northern town

He treated her good till the sun and the whiskey went down

Did the bruise on her face test the patience of all of her kin?

Or do strangers ‘round here disappear like

Straw in the Wind

Ol’ Jim runs his mouth when he drinks since his wife passed away

But he’s good to the kids, and the crops that he sells are fair trade

But a traveling man heard enough, and took a pipe to his chin

That traveling man disappeared like

Straw in the Wind

If the mouth of this river could talk, here’s what it would say

“If you come here with good in your heart, you’ll be on your way

And I’m not the one here who judged another mans sin

Or made strangers ‘round here disappear like

Straw in the Wind”

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UNCLE LLOYD

Written by Darrell Scott

He was not my father’s brother

But he wished that he could be

Told us kids to call him Uncle

And we would be his family

He had a wife and kids in Fresno

The youngest one was twenty-four

Daddy brought him into our house

They didn’t want him anymore

He helped us work the family business

Building fences in the sun

He worked just like a man of twenty

Till the working day was done

He and Dad would spend their evenings

Sitting in lawn chairs in the yard

Where they’d drink a toast to Seagram’s

Seagram’s never went down hard

(Chorus)

Won’t you wake up, Uncle Lloyd

Got a lot of work today

We’ll get Don to make the coffee

Load that truck and be on our way

Friday night you can drive to Vegas

Maybe this time you will win

Buy a trailer by the river

And you won’t have to work again

He was sleeping in the workroom

With a mattress on the floor

When one night I heard him crying

As I passed outside his door

He cried, “Rita, girl, I love you

Rita, darling, please don’t go

I’ve tried hard to make you happy

I’ve done everything I know”

Then I heard the bottle open

The tipping up and putting down

Heard the rustling of the covers

Then he did not make a sound

I thought of thirty years of Rita

Standing sternly by his side

All the years of hanging in there

And all the emptiness inside

And I thought of how their children

Have children of their own

And how a man at fifty-seven

Winds up living so alone

(Chorus)

Friday night you can drive to Vegas

Maybe this time you will win

Buy a trailer by the river

And you won’t have to work again

Work again

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THE SECRET

Written by Jason Cope

In the beginning,

I was alone but I was free to roam the earth

All the land and the seas

Now I sit here cursed underneath this tree

Starring at a half eaten apple

It was the Secret she whispered in my ear

The darkness in her heart she didn’t want the world to hear

And when it all fell apart, it’s her lips I should’ve feared

Not the Viper in the garden

She said,

“Satan is a woman. It’s not the snake, it was me

that sent that man to hell crawling on his knees

And time tells all, but brother do believe. That the Devil ain’t no dragon”

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I’M GONNA LOVE YOU

Written by Wes Bayliss and Jason Cope

I’m gonna Love You

I don’t know how that I can make your dreams come true

But I know I’m the one to get it done

With a flower or a gun

And that’s the truth

Listen to me now, I’m gonna Love you

I’m going out young

I don’t know when or how, but I’ll be on the run

Chasing down this dream I have with you into the sun

Listen to me now, we’re going out young

(Chorus)

And it’s a long road, we’re bound to break down

It’s a long way to go, but cain’t nobody stop us now

I’m gonna Love You

With everything I have and everything I do

Cause I know I’m the one to get it done

With a flower or a gun

And that’s the truth

Listen to me now, I’m gonna Love You

(Chorus)

I’m gonna Love You

I’m gonna Love You

I’m gonna Love You

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IF WE NEVER GO

Written by Brent Cobb and Aaron Raitiere

Kiss your daddy bye he raised his daughter well

If we don’t leave right now Atlanta will be hell

It’s too dang bad your mom cain’t come out for a hug

But you know how she gets, with that broomstick on that rug

(Chorus)

If we never go, we will never know what’s beyond these county roads

There’s nothing wrong with home, but lovers oughta roam

Without chances plans don’t make no sense at all

Better run while we’re still young, honey, we’ll be glad we did

We’ve been dreaming of this day since we were kids

And I’ve been mowing lawns since 1998

We finally saved enough, let’s bust out of this gate

(Chorus)

All I know is you’re the only thing I ever needed baby

Please jump in this truck and ride away with me

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WILD & BLUE  

Written by John Scott Sherrill

Way across town a phone rings off the wall

If you know he ain’t home why do you keep callin’

You’re gonna drive yourself crazy and you know that it’s true

It’s making you wild & blue

(Chorus)

Wild & blue it’s no wonder

Look at the things that you do

They could just take you up yonder

You’re already wild & blue

In somebody’s room on the far side of town

With your mind all made up and the shades all pulled down

Somebody’s

trying to satisfy you

He don’t know you’re wild & blue

(Chorus)

It’s four in the morning

And you’re all alone

With no place to go

Why don’t you come home

I’ll be right here baby waiting on you

I know you’ve been wild & blue

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WHATEVER IT MEANS TO YOU

Written by Wes Bayliss, Jason Cope and Aaron Raitiere

Snakeskin hangin from a willow tree

All the birds flying out to sea

The sky’s the furthest thing from blue

And all that means is whatever it means to you

A horse shoe hanging on your front door

You break a mirror and you’re seven years poor

If you cross your I’s and you dot your T’s

All that means is whatever it means to me

(Chorus)

Well you pack that pack of cigarettes

Turn the first one around

And if you see Abraham Lincoln

You pick him up off the ground

You got a rabbit foot in your pocket

And a cross on your rear view

And all it means is whatever it means to you

If the sunshine’s on a rainy day

Hold your breath when you pass a grave

And if knock on wood is all you can do

All that means is whatever it means to you

(Chorus)

The stories told in all these songs

Don’t sound the same to everyone

Some you hear, and some you see

And all that means is whatever it means to me

Not all are real, but all are true

Cause all that means is whatever they mean to you

(Chorus)

Snake skin hanging from a willow tree

All the birds flying out to sea

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HOLE IN THE SKY

Written by Iommi, Ward, Butler, Osbourne

I’m looking through a hole in the sky

I’m seeing nowhere through the eyes of a lie

I’m getting closer to the end of the line

I’m living easy where the sun doesn’t shine

I’m living in a room without any view

I’m living free ‘cause the rent’s never due

The synonyms of all the things that I’ve said

Are just the riddles that are built in my head

(Chorus)

Hole in the sky, take me to heaven

Window in time, through it I fly

I’ve seen the stars disappear in the sun

The shooting’s easy if you’ve got the right gun

And even though I’m sitting waiting for Mars

I don’t believe there’s any future in cause

(Chorus)

I’ve watched the dogs of war enjoying their feast

I’ve seen the western world go down in the east

The food of love became the greed of our time

But now I’m living on the profits of pride

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LET THE RAIN COME DOWN

Written by Jason Cope, Brent Cobb and Dusty Grey

We all need rain. Lord, the sun sure stings

Somebody string a rattlesnake up

Good Lord, my whole world ran dry the day that wicked ol’ witch said bye

(Chorus)

She put a curse on me, one on the river, now my crops don’t grow no more

I’ve got a hollow heart, a pocket full of nothing

My soul won’t rest and my eyes won’t pour

Let The Rain Come Down

I should’ve been long gone, cold turkey

Now I’m sitting on the front porch stoned

Looking back, Lord, the past was murky

It ain’t no wonder why my money’s all gone

(Chorus)

Look yonder to the west, I can feel it in my bones

Here comes a hard Rain, just a blacking out the sky

I’d run for shelter, if I wasn’t me

Better pay heed to the past, or wind up dry

(Chorus)

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