high & lonesome Album Lyrics

The Girl Without Country
by David Kraai

She had a smile like a horseshoe on The Fourth of July
Hair the hue of corn and braided like hay
Her dimples were so they'd make a Granny Smith blush
Her life was without something and she didn't know what

But wherever she went she didn't feel at home
Her family couldn't tell just what was wrong
She'd sit up in her room making up plans
Thinking of ways to make it all come around

The girl without country
The girl without country
The girl without country
The girl without country

One summer day the cotton was blooming while the sun bore down
The sweet tea was brewing while she dreamed aloud

But somewhere far off an AM radio played
That honky-tonk beat from yesterday
Well, in her mind she could hear the notes
Of Gospel's sweet salvation

The girl without country
The girl without country
The girl without country
The girl without country

Now, she left that farmhouse about two years ago
Bought a ticket, hopped on a bus to Nashville
Still sometimes at night her kin Aunt Hannah and Dan
Turn on The Opry and hear her playing a country sound

A pedal steel hummin' with a warm shuffle beat
Folks young and old a-tip a-tappin' their feet
Her voice like a nightingale all full of glee
She says to the crowd, "I am so glad that I found country.
That I found some country."

The girl without country
The girl without country
The girl without a little good old fashioned country
The girl without country


How Do
by David Kraai

"How do?" said the cowboy as he rode on the range
"How do?" said the filly as the sun shone on her braids
"How do?" said the birds to the early morning dew
"How do?" was our introduction too

"How do?" said the rancher to his aching back
"How do?" said the husband who just couldn't last
"How do?" said the family to their next of kin
"How do?" was our introduction to sin

"How do you do?"
I said, "How do?"
"How do you do?" is what I'm asking you

"How do?" said the buffalo to his ailing brother the plain
"How do?" said the girl without a name
"How do?" said the wind as it whispered in an ear
"How do?" was a girl all hopes and no tears

"How do?" said the whiskey as it burned going down
"How do?" said the lost, broken crown
"How do?" said your conscience right after the fact
"How do?" was all that was left after that

"How do you do?"
I said, "How do?"
"How do you do?" is what I'm asking you


Rings Cannot Hold Them In
by David Kraai

She is the wind
And he's a Monet
They both are intangible
Like mountains or days
You can tell the years
By the crosses within
But they have searched for each other and
Rings cannot hold them in

She is the water
And he is a hope
They've traveled through time
Across rivers and moats
You can drop down a stone
And see what begins
Earthquakes might shake you but
Rings cannot hold them in

She is the fire
And he is a song
They feed off each other
And keep going strong
You can try to erase things
Like memories, paper or sin
But they've been drawn with each other and
Rings cannot hold them in

Pleasure is guilty
Of always bringing sorrow
Another morning or evening
Will any of us see tomorrow?
Darkness comes so early
Broken bonds make a life seem long
Just because you live with someone
Doesn't mean it isn't wrong

She is the earth
And he is a dream
They don't know where they're going
Or even where they've been
You can bet against love
You might even win
But they will always fit together and
Rings cannot hold them in


Had Been
by David Kraai

With one cry it walked from love
Things that had meant home were taken
A promise had been broken
One a real love should have known

It's body was broken, not like it had been
It's face was sour, not sweet again
It's hair wasn't as bright as it used to had been
This wasn't who it had been
Not who it had been
This was not who it had been

Questions were made and numbers named
Really which was which in the end
The streets were different now they held no friends
This town had lost its luster again because...

It's body was broken, not like it had been
It's face was hard, not soft again
It's hair was dirtier than it used to had been
This wasn't who it had been
Not who it had been
This was not who it had been

Not who it had been
This was not who it had been
Not who it had been
This was not who it had been


You Can't Trust
by David Kraai

He might tell you that he loves you
He might even say that, "You're the one."
But, the truth is, he will leave you stranded
A dollar short and on the run

He might tell you that he missed you, sincerely
He might even say that, "Friday we'll go out."
But, the truth is, Friday just ain't comin'
'cause he's out forgetting you're about

You can't trust a man with a woman
You can't trust a man an hour a day
You can't trust a man with a woman
You shouldn't lend your heart to ones like that
No, you shouldn't lend your heart to ones like that

She might tell you that you are her sweet thing
She might even say that you're her only man
But, permission to speak a little frankly,
She's a cheatin' every time you take a stand

She might look at you so hot and bothered
She might even have what you might call a heart on fire
But, if you'll stop to look a little closer,
It's only hate disguised as desire

You can't trust a woman with a man
You can't trust a woman a second a day
You can't trust a woman with a man
You shouldn't lend your heart to things like that
No, you shouldn't lend your heart to things like that

They will break you, oh yes, they will break you
They will leave you hurt, alone and on the lam
Satan would be a better option
Than to get mixed up with ideas like that

You can't trust a man with a woman
††††† Can't trust a woman with a man
You can't trust a man an hour a day
††††† Can't trust a woman 'bout a second a
You can't trust a man with a woman
††††† Can't trust a woman with a man
You shouldn't lend your heart to ones like that
††††† No, you shouldn't lend your heart to things like that
No, you shouldn't lend your heart to things like that


Dead Again
by David Kraai

I didn't have anything to say, I just wanted you to look at me
Your bright lights have left us hopeless and the pain it will not go away
Poison tea has burned my palate to your kiss
And my drunken meanings, they are your worst wish
The black cloud has swelled up deep inside of you
And, baby, I need to know, "Will it come to this?
Are we back to this?" because...

We are almost dead again
We are nearly dead again
We are almost dead again
We are nearly dead again
Again, again

It was left out to be spoiled, like on that old road
So, now we try to see clearly between the sunlight and where all the darkness goes
I have lost my key and you have lost your water
So you can't get inside and I have no flowers
Our bodies are dying, perhaps holding on for life
So, look up baby and try to see the light
I think there might be just a little light, even if...

We are almost dead again
We are nearly dead again
We are almost dead again
We are nearly dead again
Again, again


Givingthanks Song
by David Kraai

For friends and family
For dogs and cats
For flared blue jeans
And warm winter hats

For peace and quiet
For being home, alone
For the American dream
And getting stoned

For gifts and blessings
For hopes and fears
For all these things
And imported beers

That food's on the table
That songs are in the air
That my mind made it through
And that I'm still here

For these things I am humble
For these things I am thankful
For these things I am humble


Leading Ladies & Final Bows
by David Kraai

Leading ladies are for California where
Everything shines like gold
Around here we work through the weather 'cause
December will freeze your soul
In fact, to heed someone's opinion
Needing some solid, sound advice
Go South if you like warmth, North if you like ice

Ladies will leave you hungry
And then feed you 'til you burst
Dalmations are always spotted
In pubs to quench their fiery thirst
Every portrait has a moment that is completely fake
Selling perfection to travellers in on their holidaze

And Leading ladies & final bows
Cheshire cats & honky-tonks
Lonely nights & sharp, sharp knives
Don't mix, they don't mix anyhow

Final bows were meant for you darling
In compassion you set the tone
Nobody like a liar
At least when
Looking to cast stones

Bows shall be taken in the order they were received
Only afterwards will you be allowed to leave
We do not need an omen, don't need a sign
Sunday is best left to the lord or to unwind

And Leading ladies & final bows
Cheshire cats & honky-tonks
Lonely nights & sharp, sharp knives
Don't mix, they don't mix anyhow

Leading ladies & a final bow
A Cheshire cats & yer honky-tonkin'
Yer lonely nights & two, two sharp, sharp knives
They don't mix, no, they don't mix anyhow


Cornflower
by David Kraai

Cornflower
Cornflower
Cornflower

Cornflower is made of gold and grace
With eyes that shine in the day
Quiet and sleek, dark and deep
Words only give her away

Cornflower smiles will suck you in
Her kisses you'll never name
With autumn skin like the September sun
And piano keys in her veins

Cornflower
Cornflower
You're my cornflower
And I'm gonna hold you until I die

Cornflower has been to the islands and back
Drunk wine with natives and scribes
She composes in the morning, a drink by her side
And smiles at me when she hides

Cornflower is sweet but the question lurks deep,
"What will the changing seasons bring?"
For she is a breeze that comes and goes
And cornflowers wilt in the spring

Cornflower
Cornflower
You're my cornflower
And I'm gonna hold you until I die

Cornflower
Cornflower
You're my cornflower
And I'm gonna hold you until I die


Tin Roof Star
by David Kraai

Goodbye you outlaw star
I donít know exactly where you are
I have searched across this ghost town
I know you didnít mean to be unfound

Goodbye you long lost star
You know exactly just where you are
Sometimes youíre cold and sometimes you stick too tight
But I still loved you with all of my might

Goodbye you precious star
You will never be very far
From jeans and deserts and our musical songs
The road we've travelled together will keep winding on

Goodbye you tin roof star
Please think of me from wherever you are
I will keep yours if will you kindly keep mine
So that our two stars can meet again in time

Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye


Angels In Her Eyes, Devil In Her Grin
by David Kraai

Once upon a time, not so long ago
I had happiness like some folks will never know
But, in time, happiness changed her mind
And left me here to sing this lonesome rhyme

Oh yes
My heart she took
I guess I should have stopped
To take a look
Sheís got the angels in her eyes
But the devil was in her grin

We went to the desert a-singin' country songs
Ended up drinking tequila and kissing all night long
But, in time, a bottle is bound to break
And now Iím left with nothing but a big ole heartache

Oh yes
My heart she took
I guess I should have stopped
To take a look
Sheís got the angels in her eyes
But the devil was in her grin

There's no big plans left for her and me
No talk of little ones to fight with or to set free
But you can bet that she will have them soon
With some other joker while Iím left baying at the moon

Oh yes
My heart she took
I guess I should have stopped
To take a look
Sheís got the angels in her eyes
But the devil was in her grin



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