Born Free

RELEASE DATE:
November 16. 2010
TRACKLISTING:
Born Free

Born Free

Fast on a rough road riding
High thru the mountains climbing
Twistin’, turning, further from my home

Young like a new moon rising
Fierce thru the rain and lightning
Wandering out into this great unknown

And I don’t want no one to cry
But tell ‘em if I don’t survive

I was born free
I was born free
I was born free
Born free

Free like a river raging
Strong as the wind I’m facing
Chasing dreams and racing Father Time

Deep like the grandest canyon
Wild like an untamed stallion
If you can’t see my heart you must be blind

You can knock me down and watch me bleed
But you can’t keep no chains on me

I was born free
I was born free
I was born free
Born free

And I’m not good at long goodbyes
But look down deep into my eyes
I was born free

Calm, facin’ danger
Lost, like an unknown stranger
Grateful for my time with no regrets

Close to my destination
Tired, frail and aching
Waiting patiently for the sun to set

And when it’s done, believe that I
Will yell it from that mountain high

I was born free
I was born free
I was born free
Born free

And I will bow to the shining seas
And celebrate God’s grace on thee

I was born free
I was born free
I was born free
Born free

For the First Time (In A Long Time)

For the First Time (In A Long Time)

I been livin’ like a drunken sailor
Playin’ in a rock ‘n roll band
Far from a failure, I feel like a brand new man
Smoking like a fiend and schemin’
Dealin’ with the upper hand
It’s been so long since I felt this good, God damn

I’m finally standin’ tall
I feel I just can’t fall
Your love takes me to a higher place

For the first time, in a long time
I’m done payin’ my dues
For the first time, in a long time
I don’t feel used

Let’s go out honky tonkin’
Dancing till the morning light
The time is now and this time I feel all right

I’m finally standin’ tall
I feel I just can’t fall
Your love takes me to a higher place

For the first time, in a long time
I don’t stand accused
For the first time, in a long time
I feel brand new
Life’s been kind, water tastes like wine
I feel so high like I’m on cloud nine
For the first time, in a long time

For the first time in a long time (repeat out)

Rock Bottom Blues

Rock Bottom Blues

A moonshine shuffle in a crowded space
A hog-tied hustle with a driving bass
Some full throttle, half bottle, high saddle rhythm and blues
Come on now try it, this muddy water’s feelin’ fine
You can’t deny it, footstompin’ music and wine

It feels good to me (answer)
It feels good to me (answer)
It feels good to me (tell the truth)
It feels good to me (thru and thru)
It feels good to me now, I hope it feels good to you!

A smoke filled fever in a low-lit room
A pocket full of pain and a bag of doom
Some high cotton, fat bottom, bad rockin’ hundred proof
Come on now try it, it’s bound to make ya lose your mind
You can’t deny it, footstompin’ music and wine

Chorus

A big bonfire in an open field
Some good timin’ womens like Riley Steele
Forget tomorrow
Tonight we gonna raise the roof
Come on now try it, cuz these are those good times
You can’t deny it, footstompin’ music and wine

Chorus

These non-stop, last-drop, hi-watt, rock bottom blues

Rock On

Rock On

Tears on the pillow
Is all you leave behind
And the only thing you know, this time
Is it’s time to let go
So put the key under the mat
And don’t you look back, just

Rock on, baby rock on
You ain’t got nothing to lose, that ain’t already gone
Cuz trapped in these blues, ain’t where you belong
So baby rock on

Let the songs and the static
Fight for the dial
Inside an addict’s last passin’ mile
Well I know it ain’t easy, but the wheel’s in your hand
And who knows where you’ll land, so just

Rock on, baby rock on
You ain’t got nothing to lose, that ain’t already gone
And may the good Lord God bless you, and help you along
Now baby rock on

(Solo)

And baby don’t stop, just

Rock on, baby rock on
You ain’t got nothing to lose, that ain’t already gone
I know your heart’s black and blue, but life don’t last long
So baby rock on

Baby rock on

Flyin' High (Feat. Zac Brown)

Flyin' High (Feat. Zac Brown)

You know I spent a little time out in Malibu
I spent quite a bit down in Nashville too
Cuz I like the beach and loves to honky tonk
But the place that I call home
Is where I never have to feel alone
It’s the place where I was raised and I was born

And the grass don’t get much greener
And life can’t get no sweeter
I got a funny cigarette and a two-dollar bottle of wine
And there’s no need for new beginnings
More money or window trimmings
And if the good Lord’s willin’, I’m a keep on chillin’, refillin’ and flyin’ high

Flyin’ high
In an old lawn chair
Flyin’ high
With an ice cold beer
Got nowhere to go, no place I’d rather be
Yeah the grass don’t get much greener
And life can’t get no sweeter
And if the good Lord’s willin’, I’m a keep on chillin’, refillin’ and flyin’ high

You know I’ve traveled on yachts thru the south of France
Think I even got a pair of Versace pants
But all that makes me feel is like a fool
Cuz a pontoon boat, and a bottle of Beam
A couple good friends, and some cut off jeans
Has made us realize, you can’t buy cool

And the grass don’t get much greener
And life can’t get no sweeter
I got a funny cigarette and a two-dollar bottle of wine
And there’s no need for new beginnings
More money or window trimmings
And if the good Lord’s willin’, I’m a keep on chillin’, refillin’ and flyin’ high

Flyin’ high
In an old lawn chair
Flyin’ high
And my family near
Nowhere to go no place I’d rather be
Yeah they mock me because I stand out
But I ain’t never had to take a handout
And if the good Lord’s willin’, I’m a keep on chillin’, refillin’ and flyin’ high

Times Like These

Times Like These

The lakes and pines they bleed of beauty and grace
And the rivers they run wild like an endless race
The forests soar so high then fall to the sea
As church bells ring and sing in harmony

I heard them say they’re shuttin’ Detroit down
But I won’t leave cuz’ this is my hometown

And it’s times like these we can’t replace
It’s times like these we must embrace
And even though it’s bittersweet and brings us to our knees
It makes us who we are, in times like these

The concrete and steel stand strong against the wind
With the memories of what was and what has been
The sounds of sweet soul music and blue-collar blues
There were 17 colors for a Chevy all red white and blue

I heard them say that you can’t save that town
But I won’t leave, I will stand my ground

And it’s times like these we can’t replace
It’s times like these we must embrace
And even though it’s bittersweet and brings us to our knees
It makes us who we are, in times like these

(Solo)

The ice and snow give way to a new spring bloom
In the wake that hope and faith they will be home soon
A new day dawns as the good Lord shines from above
Cuz in the rubble and rust there remains a whole lotta love

And I was here watchin’ it all go down
And I’ll still be, when it comes back around

And it’s times like these we can’t replace
It’s times like these we must embrace
And even though it’s bittersweet and brings us to our knees
It makes us who we are, in times like these
It makes us who we are in times like these

God Bless Saturday

God Bless Saturday

In the hustle and grind, workin’ 9 to 9
Losin’ my mind, watchin’ Father Time
It’s the same ole same, this ball and chain
With only one day to ease my pain

Cuz Monday’s just a bitch
Tuesday’s such a bother
Wednesday’s like watchin’ dead flowers grow
Thursday ain’t for s**t
Friday’s getting hotter
But on Saturday night you know

We let it rock
And keep the drinks pourin’
We let it roll
Until the early morning
We’re underpaid, but we still give thanks and praise
God bless Saturday

They tell me I’m livin’ the American dream
Just workin’ for the man
But 52 hours in a stamping plant
Sometimes I don’t understand

Cuz Monday’s just a bitch
Tuesday’s such a bother
Wednesday’s like watchin’ dead flowers grow
Thursday ain’t for s**t
Friday’s getting hotter
But on Saturday night you know

We let it rock
And keep the drinks pourin’
We let it roll
Until the early morning
We’re underpaid, but we still give thanks and praise
God bless Saturday

Collide (Feat. Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger on piano)

Collide (Feat. Sheryl Crow and Bob Seger on piano)

You’re no angel, I’m no saint, if we were
We wouldn’t be in this place tonight

Lost and lonely, scared and confused
We both have a past, nothing to lose, tonight
Well it cuts like a knife these bad luck blues
We both got scars from the hell we been thru
Somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose

So let’s roll the dice, one more time
Take a chance on love again tonight
Risk it all, lay it on the line
Let the skeletons fight for life
Tonight, hold on tight, as we collide

Reconnected, feelin’ no pain
Seeking shelter like a spark in the rain, tonight (ooh yeah)
Worn and weathered, scared to go home
We’re here together, but still all alone, tonight (uh uh yeah)
And there’s no need to lie, we’ve both been abused
The love and the pain, the cocaine and booze, now
Most people don’t, but some people do

So let’s roll the dice, one more time
Take a chance on love again tonight
Risk it all, lay it on the line
Let the skeletons fight for life
Tonight, hold on tight, as we collide

When It Rains

When It Rains

Like a deer in headlights
I stood frozen in my tracks
And the weight of the news, it nearly broke my back
It was late September
I remember oh so well
Put a rose in the bible
And placed it upon my shelf

Now when it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I never knew before
Now when it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I never knew before

Back then when we were 17
Time was on our side
Holes in our jeans, a pocket full of dreams
The future was Friday night
And we would hang out down by the riverbend
Singing our favorite songs
Laughing and drinking, smokin’ and smiling
Now those days are gone

When it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I never knew before
Now when it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I now know for sure

Like a deer in headlights
I stood frozen in my tracks
And the weight of you not here nearly broke my back
And my tears they fell like a monsoon
Underneath the cold fall moon
And somehow God put his hands on your shoulders way too, way too soon

When it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I never knew before
Now when it rains, it pours
Wish I didn’t know now, the things I now know for sure

Purple Sky

Purple Sky

We kept apart and connected by the same stretch of road
Neglected the truth and refused to grow old
It started a stream but then the levee fell
When the rainmaker had some extra seeds to sell

I just wanna drink ‘til I'm not thirsty
I just wanna sleep ‘til I'm not tired
I just wanna drive ‘til I run out of highway
Into the purple sky

Well, I just thought I’d call and see what's going on
Did the hills all flatten out since I've been gone?
Are the fields all painted up in red and blue?
Are you thinking of me the times I'm thinking of you?

I just wanna drink ‘til I'm not thirsty
I just wanna sleep ‘til I'm not tired
I just wanna drive ‘til I run out of highway
Into the purple sky
But if I’m gonna live until I’m 50
I’m gonna need you by my side
Cuz I don’t wanna dance without you with me
Into the purple sky

Livin’ like a soulless pirate somewhere lost at sea
Wondering if I ever make it home, will you come back to me

Could we dream up a reason for a rendezvous?
I’m back in town and I got nothing to do
We could drive all day with the top let down
We could stay in tonight or we could wreck this town

I just wanna drink ‘til I'm not thirsty
I just wanna sleep ‘til I'm not tired
I just wanna drive ‘til I run out of highway
Into the purple sky
But if I’m gonna live until I’m 50
I’m gonna need you by my side
Cuz I don’t wanna dance without you with me
Into the purple sky

Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, huh, huh
Into the purple sky
Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, huh, huh
Into the purple sky
Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, huh, huh
Into the purple sky
Uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, huh, huh
Into the purple sky

Care (Feat. Martina McBride and T.I.)

Care (Feat. Martina McBride and T.I.)

Day by day my life gets colder
My ice grows thin, as I get older
Peace in pieces, bloody and bruised
I feel so helpless and confused

Cuz I hear screamin’ on the left, yellin’ on the right
I’m sittin’ in the middle, tryin’ to live my life

Cuz I can’t stop the war
Shelter homeless, feed the poor
Can’t walk on water
I can’t save your sons and daughters
I can’t change the world and make things fair
The least that I can do, the least that I can do, the least that I can do is care

I pray and pray for life’s salvation
Faith is tried and true in tribulation
Love is lost and lonely, check the news
And with these open arms I’ll wait for you

Cuz I hear screamin on the left, yellin’ on the right
I’m sittin’ in the middle tryin’ to live my life

Cuz I can’t stop the war
Shelter homeless, feed the poor
I can’t walk on water
I can’t save your sons and daughters
I can’t change the world and make things fair
The least that I can do, the least that I can do, the least that I can do is care

For the life of me, I can’t see how the devil keeps enticing me
All you see is a felon, I know God can see what’s right in me
How I can be labeled as a villain in the first place
When the worst case scenerio is my birth place
I’m just tryin’ to keep from fallin’ victim to the murder rate
Take my life lesson convincing the adolescents
There’s a God up in heaven, sendin’ down blessins and your future ain’t brighter than your present
Quit stressin’

They’re screamin’ on the left, yellin’ on the right
While I’m sittin’ in the middle, tryin’ to live my life

Cuz I cant stop the war
Shelter homeless, feed the poor
Can’t walk on water
I can’t save your sons and daughters
I can’t change the world and make things fair
The least that I can do, the least that I can do, the least that I can do is care

Slow My Roll

Slow My Roll

There’s a new day on the horizon
There’s a rising in the air
Somewhere somebody’s tryin’ to tell me they care
So I’m a lift my head to a new day
Plant my feet on the ground
Look at life in a new way and what’s goin’ down

Cuz today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Try and change my ways, forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, what they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down
And slow my roll

Mixin’ loneliness and whiskey
Heartache and cocaine
Livin’ life like a gypsy, lost and ashamed
So I’m a look to the Lord as my witness
Rest my hat on a shelf
Trade these boots for forgiveness and find myself

Cuz today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Try to change my ways forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, cuz they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down

And I can’t believe 16 has long since past
Cuz I’m tired of runnin’, and never looking back
And I won’t survive if I live this life this fast, no, no

And today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Change my ways, forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, what they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down
And slow my roll

Slow my roll, slow my roll