Love And Worries

by Michael Tracy

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released January 13, 2016

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Track Name: Condition Of My Day
Martha sells cheap cigarettes
And cold beer each day
Its what she spends her money on
When she clocks off at three...she said
I was just like you
On the right side of the street
I never knew what happened
Did you see?
Lord tell me

That's the condition
That's the condition of my day
Is this how I'm living?
Is this how I make my way?
Despite the sunlight, vampires come out and play they're games
That's the condition
That's the condition of my day

Jackson come back from the war
He spent two years in the sand
After all he'd been through
He still couldn't make a plan...he said
I've got bills to pay
I've got mouths to feed
Won't go on welfare
Got an on-line degree
Lord help me
CHORUS

Washington and Wall Street
They're doing fine
Its still the blind leading the blind
Lord help us
CHORUS
Track Name: Stand Behind Me
Before I saw you love was just a word
Its in my heart now night and day
I am always here to hold you and I'll never get tired
I'll never be too far away
Now I need to see you smile when I close my eyes
I can hear the thunder coming
Coming on tonight

Don't you be afraid just stand behind me
I will be your shelter in the storm
And if you're feeling lost just stand behind me
That way you will never be alone

My sweet child you'll forever be
Even now that you've all grown up
I will never take for granted all your trust in me
Can only hope I'm strong enough
Now I need to see your smile when I close my eyes
I can hear the thunder coming...
Coming on tonight

So don't you be afraid just stand behind me
I will be your shelter in the storm
And if you're feeling lost just stand behind me
That way you will never be alone
Track Name: Hopeful
Run to the hills if you want to
Wish I could go, I wish I could go
But I stared back at the cave I came from
Saw shadows, shadows of the soul
I remain hopeful
I remain, tho' tears they fall like rain
I remain hopeful

Let's go on back tell the others
That the wall, that wall is made of stone
And tho' hemlock may await us
I say let's go, come on man let's go
I remain hopeful
I remain, tho' years they pass in vain
I remain hopeful

Run to the hills if you want to
Wish I could go, I wish I could go
I remain hopeful
I remain, tho' tears they fall like rain
I remain hopeful
Track Name: Tell 'Em That Too
Go on and tell your momma about the things I said
Tell her all about me, fill her worried head
But I'm gonna love you
Go on and tell her that too

I ain't so bad, I ain't so good that's true
And our daddy says I ain't got a pot to spit into
But I'm gonna love you
Go on and tell him that too
Yea I'm gonna love you

I may be as stubborn as a mule on a rope
My love runs high for you
That's all I know....so
Go on and tell 'em
Tell 'em that too
It won't change cause its all the truth
No matter, I don't care what they say
Go on and tell 'em
Tell 'em that too
Its all good when I'm next to you
So take my hand, come what may

I'll tell the world how you make my fire start
I'm gonna show them that I have a crazy heart
Yea I'm gonna tell them
I'm gonna tell 'em that too
I'm gonna love you
CHORUS

Now don't you worry about anything
You know that I can work it out
I won't stop til you have everything
So you can put away your doubts...oh
CHORUS
Track Name: Ain't Dead Yet
A gentle groove with a golden hue
Fantasies of tragedy
No chains upon me, no dreams beyond me
The road seemed long but my legs were strong

CHORUS:
Spent a long time, long time running
If I must die...baby gonna die tired
It's been a long time, long time coming
Gonna keep moving on
Gonna sing my song
Cause I ain't dead yet

Tried keeping up with my neighbor
In a game I never meant to win
The fact I lost was a favor
I'm gonna shed my skin, gonna shed my sin
CHORUS

I hate the cold and the grave below
Seems so cold to me
Gather light to warm my nights
In eternity...beneath the fallen leaves
CHORUS
Track Name: My Faith, My Country
Chorus:
My faith & my country
Oh they tell me I'm a free man
My faith & my country
Oh they tell me I'm a free man

To say beggars will be choosers is not the same
As the meek shall inherit the earth
And if the winners shall be losers
Well that's not your say
Quit playin' like you come from divine birth
CHORUS
So many martyrs & purple hearts
They laid it on the line so I could speak my mind
Now you come around with your new age thoughts
I took a look & saw blind leading blind
I'll tell you one more time...
CHORUS
Track Name: Just One Time
The world may soothe, but
Love will move you back & forth thru time
From the heart...got to
Do my part; find a rhythm that carries a rhyme.
CHORUS
This vessel is on the water
Amid the rings of fire
Gonna sail across this river
Just one time.

Had some fun, got to run
thru the pine & the green corn fields
I'm not done, I still let my spirit run
Now that I know that this is all for real
CHORUS

The world may soothe, but
Love will move you back & forth thru time
From the heart...got to
Do my part; find a rhythm that carries a rhyme.
CHORUS
What could you offer for my soul
All that you have, I already hold
This vessel is on the water
Amid the rings of fire
Gonna sail across this river
Just one time.

Had some fun, got to run
thru the pine & the green corn fields
I'm not done, I still let my spirit run
Now that I know that this is all for real
CHORUS

BRIDGE:
What could you offer for my soul
All that you have, I already hold

Right some wrong, won't be long
Til the tide turns to land....and then
I'll go shore, leave these anchors & oars
Lie in the sand & let the sun soak in
CHORUS

Right some wrong, won't be long
Til the tide turns to land....and then
I'll go shore, leave these anchors & oars
Lie in the sand & let the sun soak in
CHORUS
Track Name: Raven
Are you ready?
Ready to walk thru that door
Are you ready?
To look up at that raven, tell him nevermore
Nevermore are you gonna keep me
Keep me in these four walls
Heaven knows you can't beat me
I've got two feet and I'm gonna walk

Are you ready?
To first fall then seek
Down where the fever of hell
Flushes the cheek
Out the window the moon mocks
Stone cold face of a clock
Your shades of suffering won't beat me
I've got two feet and I'm gonna walk

Bridge:
The demons they pull
The angels push on thru the night
Step out forward
Might not always get it right
But I can't stay here
I'm so tired of the fight
Your death won't drag me down

Are you ready?
Ready to walk thru that door
Are you ready?
Look up at that raven, tell him nevermore
Nevermore are you gonna keep me
Keep me in these four walls
Heaven knows you can't beat me
I've got two feet and I'm gonna walk

Your shades of suffering won't beat me
I've got two feet and I'm gonna walk
Track Name: Fashion And Fame
Oh..set out with fiery eyes
Would not compromise your position
Then...the days they passed you by
So you crossed that line with yourself

CHORUS:

Now you got a west coast mansion
Pad in Manhattan
Parties on Malibu
Drink with politicians
Blind to their ambitions
I see the forest, trees, and you
Run with the devil
Call yourself a rebel
A true artist without truth
How much did you pay
For fashion....fashion and fame

Tonight...fly over stars and stripes
Places you once describes as inspiration
Why...you chose a cliche life
Now you run and hide from yourself

CHORUS
Track Name: Sing Together
So...you got a broken wing
You got a song to sing
So let that fly

Throw...throw out the latest thing
Baby grab that golden ring
Reach for the sky

Throw your hands up high, wave to the heavens
Let your voices cry, let's sing together one time

Go...go out in a blaze
Go live those glory days
Before you die

Show...show up and seize the day
Make room to laugh and play
And you'll be fine

Throw your hands up high, wave to the heavens
Let your voices cry, let's sing together one time
Oh....Oh....Oh...Oh...

So...you got a broken wing
You got a song to sing
So let that fly....
Let's sing together
Let's sing together
Let's sing together
Let it fly
Track Name: Carolina
Carolina was a wounded teen
The world pushed back, she got mean
Her daddy tried his best in his condition.
Her momma died & he turned to drink
Dishes piled up in the kitchen sink
She turned sixteen and ran; she could hear that old man calling

CHORUS:
Carolina...why must you leave so soon
Carolina...I'll be a better man, forgive me if you can, and come back to me girl

Few years past, she got by
Boys hypnotized by those bedroom eyes
They asked her name she'd smile and say
Carolina
She found one, thought she could love
He loved her but not as much
As the monkey on his back, when she walked she heard him calling
CHORUS

Little ways you've got to go
From Chapel Hill to China Grove
When her daddy got the call he came running.
There she lay in the county morgue
All beat up from the night before
He pulled her to his chest, whispered in her ear, tears falling....those tears were falling.
CHORUS
Track Name: Old Paperback Novels
The call
The wild
Wolves howl, lost sheep they cry
I stand up straight inside I'm shaking like a child
And I don't know why
I've tried so hard to keep control of my name
If I lose it all, who's to blame?

CHORUS
Well let me tell you that...
It crossed my mind that a sticky situation might come right through my door
I don't take kind to the constant aggravation, I've got to take it slow
So I'll kill some time reading old paperback novels
About those heroes from long ago

The push
The pull
Striking balance is nature's way
Not gonna fight it gonna play within the rules and face the day
I've got one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake
I can't afford on mistake

CHORUS