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1. Lexington

Heard you moved back to Fayetteville
With that girl you used to see
Heard you got a little place
Does she remind you at all of me?

I never think about you
I never wonder how you are
I never think of how you looked
In the television light
Do you think about me?
Do you wonder how I am?
Do you think of how I kissed you
In Lexington that night?

I’m not as stupid as you think
I knew the whole time you’d be gone
I knew you didn’t mean a thing you said
I’m glad you didn’t prove me wrong

I never see you in my mind
In that t-shirt that you wore
The letters faded cross your chest
Your fingers warm against my thigh
Do you see me in your mind
As you’re turning off the light?
Do you think of how you held me
In Lexington that night?

Down where the railroad used to run
You told me you’d never be my love, my love

I heard you finally fell in love
You said you’d never have the heart
But I guess you found one somewhere, after all
Or else some girl tore you apart

I never wish it was you
Beside me at the bar
With the band about to play
And your arm around me tight
Do you wish it was me
When you’re with some other girl?
Do you think of how you touched me
In Lexington that night?

2. Dead River, Lake County

Dead River, Lake County
I’ve been lonelier than this before
Like every night I laid down beside you in your bed
Dead River, Lake County

US Highway 441 near midnight
I’ve been emptier than this before
Like sitting in the kitchen as you pulled up the drive
US 441 near midnight

Up ahead the lights of Jacksonville
Are burning up the sky
As I drive into the city without you by my side
It’s the first time in years I feel alive

Two-lane road running through the pine scrub
I’ve been further down than this
Like every time I listened as you cut me down to size
Two-lane road running through the pine scrub

Up ahead the lights of Jacksonville
Are burning up the sky
As I drive into the city without you by my side
It’s the first time in years I feel alive

Dead River, Lake County
I’ve been lonelier than this before
Like every night I laid down beside you in your bed
Dead River, Lake County
Dead River, Lake County

3. A Bad Way

Watch what you say to me
Cuz it’s not okay
To break me apart
And then wish it away
Yeah, you got a way with words
But it’s a bad way

You know how to break a heart
And lay the blame
Twist it around
Say it’s all the same
Yeah, you got a way with words
But it’s a bad way

I had to drive out west alone
Away from your voice on the telephone
I was run down, I was gone
I was tired of doing everything wrong
And I hate to tell you baby
We’re in a bad way

It’s kind of a sleight of hand
What you can do
I start off feeling hurt
And end up sorry for you
Yeah, you got a way with words
But it’s a bad way

I had to drive out west alone
Away from your voice on the telephone
I was run down, I was gone
I was tired of doing everything wrong
And I hate to tell you baby
We’re in a bad way

So watch what you say to me
Cuz it’s not okay
To break me apart
And then wish it away
Yeah, you got a way with words
But it’s a bad way

Yeah, you got a way with words
But it’s a bad way

4. Wrong

I can remember the way you looked
When I left town that night
Top of the drive with your snap shirt on
And your blue jeans worn to white

And I was wrong; things were better then
I was wrong; things were better then

Up all night at the diner
Where the waitress called you hon
Cup after cup of coffee
And I told you I was done
But I was wrong; things were better then
I was wrong; things were better then

And I don’t know much about love
Cuz my heart’s learned not to ask
But if you still think I’m the one
I can learn fast

Big oak tree in the yard of the house
Where I used to call you mine
I told myself that I would break
If I saw it one more time

But I was wrong; things were better then
I was wrong; things were better then

And I don’t know much about love
Cuz my heart’s learned not to ask
But if you still think I’m the one
I can learn fast

Driving away past the Air Force Base
With the windows all rolled down
I swore to myself I would never look back again
At my hometown

But I was wrong; things were better then
I was wrong; things were better then

5. Homefront

I came home ready
For one hell of a fight
With a thousand rounds
Still echoing all night
Somewhere in Arkansas,
My truck found fifth gear
And I punched that pedal down
Til the Ozarks disappeared

You can only live so long
On anger and beer
Talking with your demons
While your friends all disappear
And you won’t survive too long
Just waiting to die
But you can bet
I’m damn sure gonna try

On the homefront
Sweet Elizabeth you were right
There ain’t no homefront
Even if I drive this interstate all night
Oh, the homefront
C’mon baby don’t give me up
Cuz I got no homefront
I got no homefront

The day she left me
She woke me up at dawn
Laid down beside me
With her head upon my arm and said
“You look behind you, baby,
One too many times,
You’ll spend your whole life
Behind enemy lines.”

On the homefront
Sweet Elizabeth you were right
There ain’t no homefront
Even if I drive this interstate all night
Oh, the homefront
C’mon baby don’t give me up
Cuz I got no homefront
I got no homefront

Somewhere on this highway
Is the soul of every man
Who ever left his girl behind
To go off to foreign lands
You say you see a stranger
When you look into my eyes
But I know that you could love him if you tried

I came home ready
For one hell of a fight
With a thousand rounds
Still echoing all night
Lord, deliver me down this highway in the dirt
Away from all of the people that I’ve hurt

On the homefront
Sweet Elizabeth you were right
There ain’t no homefront
Even if I drive this interstate all night
Oh, the homefront
C’mon Elizabeth take my hand
We’ll drive the blacktop
Down into the promised land
Be my homefront
I don’t know why I broke your heart
But i can make it whole again
If you can tell me where to start
Oh, the homefront
C’mon baby don’t give me up
Cuz I got no homefront
I got no homefront

6. By the Time You Get 
to Texas

By the time you get to Texas
We’ll lose any chance to turn this thing around
To turn it around
You keep saying we just had a bad day
But I’m telling you
My heart don’t work that way

And sooner or later I’m bound to break your heart
Sooner or later, I’m bound to break it

I hate to tell you baby
But you’re not the only one who’s broken down
We’re all around
It’s on the airwaves, it’s on the front page
And you’re the only one
Who doesn’t know it’s on the way

And sooner or later I’m bound to break your heart
Sooner or later, I’m bound to break it

You can go to Texas if you want to
And leave me behind
No, I don’t mind

By the time you get to Texas
We’ll lose any chance to turn this thing around
To turn it around
And if you keep saying I don’t really love you
One day, baby, it’s gonna turn out to be true

And sooner or later I’m bound to break your heart
Sooner or later, I’m bound to break it

And sooner or later I’m bound to break your heart
Sooner or later, I’m bound to break it

7. Birmingham

We burned out fast
And we never looked back
But when I close my eyes,
I still see you in that baseball cap

In a cheap motel
Off the interstate
You said you were incomplete
And you were gonna stay that way

You got a way of saying something
That everyone wants to hear
In a way that no one wants to hear it

We drove all night
To Birmingham
And you said you loved me too
But that it wasn’t worth a damn

You got a way of saying something
That everyone wants to hear
In a way that no one wants to hear it

I should’ve gone to Jackson when you called me
I should’ve done a thousand different things
But you don’t make it easy anyway

When I think of you
With your blue jeans frayed
I see the girl I was
And wonder where she is today

You got a way of saying something
That everyone wants to hear
In a way that no one wants to hear it

8. I Wish I Was the Girl I Was

Bar room lights shine on the snow
The girls outside in their shiniest clothes
They drove all night to make the show
But I haven’t been since ages ago

In a bar back then on the edge of town
Where the girls wore summer clothes year round
We talked until the lights came on
I told you I was good as gone

But I wish I was with you tonight
You could play me that new song you like
Take the interstate right out of town
With the radio playing and windows down
I wish I was the girl I was
I wish I was the girl I was

Sometimes I still forget I’m gone
I put your favorite record on
And every song feels like a prayer
I didn’t know I’d lost somewhere

The college kids down at the bar
When the lights go down and they hear the guitar
The world outside will drop away
Nothing left but sound and ache

And I wish I was with you tonight
You could play me that new song you like
Take the interstate right out of town
With the radio playing and windows down
I wish I was the girl I was
I wish I was the girl I was

You got a lot of nerve to call me now
After all the ways I let you down
I’m tired of wanting things I can’t have anymore
And I wish I was a girl who’d stick around

And I wish I was with you tonight
You could play me that new song you like
Take the interstate right out of town
With the radio playing and windows down
I wish I was the girl I was
I wish I was the girl I was

9. Love Song

There’s a snapshot of us
In the dark of some club
Light makes your guitar look red
We were sleeping all day
Throwing our money away
Worried we should be working instead

And we knew we would never write a love song
we knew we would never make the charts
We knew we would never write nothing that you’d know by heart

We were north of the city
Not much of a crowd
And we were only taking half of the door
But me with my eyes closed
You with your head down
Well, we played like an act of war

And we knew we would never write a love song
we knew we would never make the charts
We knew we would never write nothing that you’d know by heart

With the snow coming down
The highway a ghost town
We’re the only living thing on the road
Just an opening band
No agents or fans
No one waiting for us at home

And we knew we would never write a love song
we knew we would never make the charts
We knew we would never write nothing that you’d know by heart

And we knew we would never write a love song
we knew we would never make the charts
We knew we would never write nothing that you’d know by heart

10. Long Way Home

You took the long way home
You took the long way home
I was wrong and you were right
But you know how hard I tried
But you took the long way home

You came back to me a different man
You came back to me a different man
I know you’re not to blame
But my heart broke all the same
You came back to me a different man

You in your uniform where I left you at the station
When you told me not to turn around
Oh, how I wish I’d taken one more look at your face
Because you’re a stranger to me now

You in your uniform where I left you at the station
When you told me not to turn around
Oh, how I wish I’d taken one more look at your face
Because you’re a stranger to me now

You took the long way home
You took the long way home
Another kid gone to war
Wondering what he came back for
You took the long way home
You took the long way home

11. I’m Gonna Get My Heart Broken

I’m gonna go out and get my heart broken
I’m gonna hang out on the wrong side of town
I’ll talk to people who listen
And you won’t be around

I’m gonna get drunker than you’ve ever seen me
Yeah, I’ll make up for all my lost time
I’m gonna go out and get my heart broken
And I’ll still feel fine

Say what you will about me
Tell me I’m reckless or blind
But I know
Somewhere in this town’s the life I left behind

Gonna take all the back roads to Asheville
Gonna drive all night long in the rain
I’m gonna find the boy I once loved there
And see if he’s changed

I’m gonna sing all my new songs for strangers
I won’t write any more about you
I’m gonna love all the people you hated
And make my heart new

Say what you will about me
Tell me I’m reckless or blind
But I know
Somewhere in this town’s the life I left behind

12. Army Corps of Engineers

First April without you
I went down to the bridge
I gathered all my ghosts and threw them in
The Army Corps of Engineers
They built that canal
You told me all about it when I was ten

Some things you never get used to
Some things you cannot learn to love

But this too will pass away
Like your breath on a window
On a cold winter’s day
Like a radio signal down a long highway
This too is gonna pass away

The day you left for Baghdad
We stood along the road
And you promised you’d come home in one piece
I know that you tried to make it true
But first I lost you
Then you lost me

Some things you never get used to
Some things you cannot learn to love

But this too will pass away
Like your breath on a window
On a cold winter’s day
Like a radio signal down a long highway
This too is gonna pass away

The sound of your voice
When you tell me it’s all right
And waking in the night with you beside me
Turning on the radio
As loud as it’ll go
As we drive out to a show on fifty-three

The way you tell me I’m your girl
And the way you sing when you know every word

This too will pass away
Like your breath on a window
On a cold winter’s day
Like a radio signal down a long highway
This too is gonna pass away


All songs by Becky Warren (BMI) except “I Wish I Was the Girl I Was” by Warren & Altay Guvench (BMI).
Critical composing assistance on “A Bad Way” and “By the Time You Get to Texas” from Joe Abella & Scott Roy, respectively.

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