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ALWAYS A DRIFTER EP

Lyrics

Dry Spell

I remember as a child

Waiting for the summer rains to come

The air so thick you could cut it with a knife

‘Til the thunderclap split the drum

 

It’s been a long while

It’s been a long while

We’re in for quite a dry spell

It’s been a long while

It’s been a long while

We’re in for quite a dry spell

 

See the people in the city far below

Hasten and quicken their step

My t-shirt it clings to my wet salty skin

Like a cool hand on my neck

 

It’s been a long while

It’s been a long while

We’re in for quite a dry spell

It’s been a long while

It’s been a long while

We’re in for quite a dry spell

 

 

I’ve been burned by love more times than

I could ever care to name

Dust myself off and I’m back in the ring

Ready to get burned again

 

Tap tap tap on the roof

Tap tap tap on the roof

I’m ready to get burned again

Tap tap tap on the roof

Tap tap tap on the roof

I’m ready to get burned again

Leave your Lovers Behind

I wouldn’t know the first thing about love

Always been a game of push and shove

Never landed a single punch

So I learned the art of self-defence

Took it like a man

Shielded my face with my hands

Though I swear you’d never be able to tell

For the bruises have healed into a hardened shell

 

Seen her share of heartache in her time

She said “You show you yours and I’ll show you mine”

It was there that she took me by the hand

Led me through the tempest to dry land

Thought I recognised

The look of fear in her eyes

Felt something stir inside of me

Big flames of fire lit from underneath

 

You gotta leave your lovers behind

They’ll rob you blind

Until you find

You’re empty and aching

And broken inside

 

Thought I heard something moving outside

So I drew the curtains and dimmed the lights

Though I’m sleeping on my own

It’s in the dead of the night when I’m least alone

Hear I stand on trial

For all my hearts denials

Those visions of my lovers past

See them coming at me thick and fast

 

You gotta leave your lovers behind

They’ll rob you blind

Until you find

You’re empty and aching

And broken inside

 

Once I felt the strain of a coiled spring

Threw all caution to the wind

So break these bonds and loose these chains

Let me learn to love again

Come and cut me loose

Trade these visions for something true

Well you know a good love is hard to find

You gotta leave your lovers behind

 

You gotta leave your lovers behind

They’ll rob you blind

Until you find

You’re empty and aching

And broken inside

Always a Drifter

I don’t know what’s come over me

Feel I’ve woken from a bad dream

Been a drifter all my life

You took me in and you payed the price

 

See how the fields stretch for miles and miles

See how the trees stand in single file

I took you down to where the river meets the sand

I cut you loose with the wave of my cruel hand

 

You knew me better than anybody else

Always a drifter and therein lies the catch

 

I’ve got a camera for a set of eyes

Freeze you forever in my mind

Some things hit like a heavy stone

Some things hit you a little too close to home

 

You knew me better than anybody else

Always a drifter and therein lies the catch

 

Dialled your number from my hotel room

My bags are packed I’ll be leaving all too soon

I could use you for a friend

Then I remember the way the river bends

 

You knew me better than anybody else

Always a drifter and therein lies the catch

Letter to my Younger Self

What say you and I scrape some money together

We’ll beg and borrow, trade and sell

And we’ll buy ourselves a big new house

Out in the heart of the mortgage belt

We’ll scrimp and save and pay our way

Work our fingers to the bone

And we won’t rest til we get our fill

Carve out a little piece of our own

 

Ready or not

I’m pulling out all the stops

Gonna fight it tooth and nail

I know some dreams go up in smoke

But I never planned to fail

Now my friends are getting fewer

I could count them on one hand

They’re moving onto bigger better things

We gotta get out while we can

 

I wanna go to my high school reunion

And everyone to stop and stare

And say “hey now there goes a winner

Not like the loser who once stood there”

When I get home to our new home

I’ll put the kids to bed

And stay up all night and start to write

A letter to my younger self

 

Me and the wife don’t see as much

Of each other as we did before

We got more than we ever dared to dream

More than we ever bargained for

Now my friends are getting stranger

Stranger day by day

Each time I see them out on the street

They don’t even look my way

 

Now I see the fear written on your face

And the distance in your eyes

This bed’s too big for the two of us

You on your side and me on mine

You gotta’ learn how to settle

When you can’t find nothing better

It’s the art of compromise

But I’d settle for a kiss

or that feeling that I miss

That we once held so tight

The little white lies

We used to tell ourselves

Gave us the reason to believe

But the world’s got a way

Of wearing you down

It’s got the better of you and me

You know we used to dream a little bigger

But all good things come to an end

Now that second best is good enough

Won’t you come back and be my friend

Present in your Letterbox

I left the last of your possessions on the front lawn

And some things of mine that reminded me of you

Neighbours and strangers haggled over the best price

It seemed kind of fitting for the way things turned out

 

Been losing sleep over you for a long while

But last night I slept as soundly as a child

I got to your front door but I discovered it was locked

So I left a little present for you in your letterbox

 

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

Thinking every which way how I met get back at you

Torn between my lust for love and my lust for blood

These things come easy when it’s you I’m thinking of

 

Call me a loser for the last time

Call me unworthy from the first

Call me any name you like for all I’ve ever shown

But don’t you ever dare to try and call me at home

 

You might think this song is kind of lightweight

I admit it’s not the best I’ve done

Before you get to thinking that I’m feeling uninspired

I’m saving my next hit for someone I admire

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

Thinking every which way how I met get back at you

Torn between my lust for love and my lust for blood

These things come easy when it’s you I’m thinking of