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Quite a Feelin'

by Barna Howard

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1.
04:29
I rolled down the window for some air Stuck my elbow out the car When I heard the music playin' From a jukebox, honky-tonkin' bar I went and shuffled through the tunes For the one thing that I knew, that song of ours When lovin' you was hard, my Indiana rose So play it one more time, one more for the road We used to sit out on the porch With all that sweet corn shinin' in the breeze Like the way you used to dance With all them children wrapped around your knees Though, now I find myself Waitin' on somethin’ else to comfort me The way it used to be, my Indiana rose So play it one more time, one more for the road Because that old song was all we left behind Those regrets, I feel 'em all the time The love we once had, it's hard to find Now it's hard to know Goin' through the motions ain't enough If no one's playin' fair When all you wanted was Someone to come home with somethin' to share Because everybody knows, with a promise There's a reason to care And I was never there, my Indiana rose So play it one more time, one more for the road Because that old song was all we left behind Those regrets, I feel 'em all the time The love we once had, it's hard to find Now it's hard to know, my Indiana rose My Indiana rose
2.
I'm hopin' for a little rainfall To come and brighten up the land I'm hopin' for my friend to call Just to wonder where I am Yeah, I know I got lots of holes to fill And lots of luck to find, so much to lose On my bitter side of blue My bitter side of blue I didn't mean to drag you down To a place where it's hard to care I didn't mean to make you cry And leave you livid on the stairs But I thank you now for coming back Even though you know it's hard to lack the view Of my bitter side of blue My bitter side of blue Yeah, I get tired of wakin' up late In a lonely place, with my big mistakes If these old walls could talk, they'd probably scream Yeah, I get tired of mopin' around Like a big ole clown, ’cause I let you down I think the bathroom mirror just laughed at me And my bitter side of blue That keeps on shinin' through Yeah, the trouble with work is that we're always there Oh, what a clever dream The eat and run traffic jam Begins again next week Well, I'll try my best to beat the line Only wish I had more time to spend with you And my bitter side of blue My bitter side of blue
3.
Connie says she's alright He didn't mean to knock her down As her eyes turn slowly Toward the memory still lyin' on the ground Connie's one bad actress As she plays her part Who always wants to leave him But never seems to start Hours past sundown His headlights hit the walls Connie's in the bedroom With her pills and alcohol It's hard to keep your hopes up When he's bustin' down the door With his hands like gloves That won't feel you anymore Mama better run tonight Drop the broom, quit sweepin' up your broken dreams All the things she does for love these days Like puttin' up with his hands that way They found her in the kitchen Cleanin' up the mess Another sleepless morning For the lady with the bloody head There's a shadow in the hallway Who never says a word He don't want to get to know them The kids are of no concern
4.
I sat down with the man And sure enough, the show began He warned me ’bout kickin' that can down the road He said, "Son, before you know You're young one day, the next you're old You won't believe how quick it goes I'd say, it came and went" It came and went, oh, how it came and went He pointed out an old doorframe All notched up where they used to wait In line just to hear him say, "Look how you've grown" He'd dust ’em off every time they'd fall Wipe their noses when they were small They grew up right down the hall And then they came and went They came and went, oh, how they came and went We took a walk across the lawn Shared a tale or two ’bout love Until all the grass was gone, and the tree line grew Slowin' down to catch a breath He reached out and pinched my neck Said, "Soon enough, you'll be lookin’ back On how it came and went" It came and went, oh, how it came and went
5.
Bein' on the road's quite a feelin' Where feelin' alone's just a point of view I can't help myself, but wonder If you're back at home feelin' it too ’Cause back at home, it's you and I Where pillows talk and sometimes cry Like whispers in my ears, I can't help but hear That make me turn around and think of two Bein' on the road's quite a feelin' But the feelin's still missin' you Missin’ you Am I a fool? It's hard to say Livin' like a coin up in the air I hate to love you that way Clearly felt, but hardly there ’Cause when I'm there, it's on the phone "Hello, how are you? Gotta go" I'm always on the move, or leavin' soon I'm a dreamer in a car Bein' on the road's quite a feelin' But the feelin's right where you are Right where you are These endless nights of heavy drinkin' Though they ain't enough, they've held me close Like a worn-out joke that keeps on rollin' To try and make you laugh when the nights are cold ’Cause when the nights are cold, I think of you When one more round will get you through Well, I admit I'm havin' fun, bein' on the run Pickin' out postcards for a change Bein' on the road's quite a feelin' But the feelin' just ain't the same Ain't the same
6.
04:03
I miss the view, that country air And the way it felt, just being near Those old familiar sights With that dusty road charm And all the folks who seem To be wonderin' where you are So come on down to Central Ave. Exit two sixty-four ’Cause we're gonna have ourselves a time At that Union train whistle show The old town drunk is still going strong Everybody knows that he's still around Walkin' up and down the street Tossin' luck into his drink With barstools in his eyes He's always got a seat Sweet summer sweat, kissin' in the park Well, hop off that ride, ’cause the show's about to start That ole rodeo parade With all them carnies you recall Who charge an arm and leg For that game you'll never win
7.
We used to lay out on the lawn With the fireflies, around the apple tree Beneath the moon, when love was new When the life you lived was day to day And that old river sure was cold If my memory serves me well So I'll try my best to let you know How good it was back then and there When I head home We used to run around that town With neon shoestrings and fluffy hair Cuttin' through the old man's backyard With big dumb smiles to hide our fear Yeah, I remember my first kiss And the face she made when I almost missed As I pulled away she was in denial Laughter in the distance, all her friends were there
8.
A man washes up, takes out the trash Says hello to the neighbor next door Their morning began with a couple of laughs They had shared just a few days before He's learned how to cope with a goodbye note His son left for him to read Who went and finished the fight with a demon inside And had to clock out at age twenty-three Well, that was a long time ago And Mr. Murphy's rooster still crows Down on the farm Charlie once lived down by the bridge He could blend in with the concrete floor Both tired and through, he battled for years With a chest pain he couldn't afford And before there were stars, he'd head to the bars Where all the regulars knew his name But nobody cried when they heard that he died All alone, out in the rain Murphy was a gentle soul He could manage the land with his wit The love of his life stood four feet tall And in many ways was stronger than him They used to drive into town for just a couple of rounds Of bingo at the old Elks Club But when he passed away, she started to fade Thought she might as well just give up Well, that was a long time ago And Mr. Murphy's rooster still crows Down on the farm, down on the farm Where Mr. Murphy's rooster still crows
9.
Kickin' up the fire on a worn-out night With all my buddies and a jug of wine Playin' musical chairs with the plume of smoke That couldn't make up its mind There's a bearded man to my left Who sure knows how to laugh And if you show up late and can't find a seat You can lay down on the grass Pull us back or wind us up, set us on the ground And watch us roll, when you let us go We won't let you down We know a woman who’s strong as an oak She's kinda like a second mother But had to move away to an East Coast city For a long look around Though she ain't here with her tears and beers They are still with me now She could drink with you till the sun popped up Then throw you one more round Mikey started talkin' in a funny tongue He was hard to understand Tommy was livin' up in outer space Until a walnut hit his head I focused on the fire, which grew to be About the size of my cigarette Then I took one look around at all the friends I had
10.
Could you stay here until the bright moon rolls around Until blue shadows and lost memories scrape the ground Lend me a moment, a little time, to slow it all down So I can travel with you now Those old graveyards, you know, they're always plain to see While the truth makes it hard to disagree Lend me a moment, a little time, just to be So I can travel with you now My distractions, they'd like to keep me far from my home Where old heartache and sweet whiskey stop to say hello Lend me a moment, a little time, to let it all go So I can travel with you now

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released May 18, 2015

All songs written by Barna Howard, ASCAP.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studio in Portland, OR.
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk.
© & ℗ 2015 Mama Bird Recording Co. under license from Barna Howard.

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