Character Witness (2019)

Freight Train Ride

Lost my love, weeks went by, stumbling through the great unknown

Never fit in, tempted by the sin, of setting out on my own

Sold my stuff, put the rest in a bag, left with the wind in my face

All my cash an old road map, a country to embrace

Thumb in the air, caught the attention of a trucker out of San Antone

We talked baseball and all of the time he spent, spent alone

Hippie girl, Colorado hot spring, taught me the tricks of the trade

By mid-day, well on our way, made out in the shade

She said don’t fall for me, I won’t let you down, there’s no room for lonely tonight

It’s you and me the hours and the trees and the sky

Freight Train Ride, don’t pass me by

Freight, Train Ride, oh Lord, don’t pass me by

I ran out of money outside of Memphis I hitch-hiked onto Beale

Met a cook named Dion who reached out his hand, kindly gave me a meal

Made it to the yard, train moving slow, I climbed on tossed up my bag

Settled in for the ride, much to my surprise, was a local sleeping in rags

He said don’t feel sorry, I earned what I am, and I’m alright with the Lord

Woe to the rich, you’ve had consolation, Luke 6:24

Freight Train Ride, don’t pass me by

Freight, Train Ride, oh Lord, don’t pass me by

And it’s warm, then it’s cold, all these choices, voices I can’t ignore

There’s still good left in the world, it’s just scattered by the tornado swirl

Freight Train Ride, don’t pass me by

Freight Train Ride, please Lord, don’t pass me by

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Brooklyn

Old Malcolm Howard is closing up shop, another slow day fixing old clocks

Longboarders running beneath balconies, an evening with Brooklyn, she’s waiting on me

There’s nothing wrong with her a glass of wine won’t fix

Streetlights look better on black and white film with fiction thrown in the mix

I would burn the books that grieve you, long before I’d ever leave you

All pigtailed girls dream of someday soon, be easy on my spirit, Brooklyn, won’t you?

Fire escape mornings, cup of tea with saltpeter

Watching all the normal people putting cards in the meters

Desire for hire, hanging out on the wire, they’re all trying to get ahead

Brooklyn’s wrapped up in her paper mache, too busy to turn her head

She told me she had to risk everything, come out on the other side

Knowing full well she survived

I would burn the books that grieve you, long before I’d ever leave you

All pigtailed girls dream of someday soon, be easy on my spirit, Brooklyn, won’t you?

Be easy on my spirit, Brooklyn, won’t you?

Be easy on my spirit, Brooklyn, won’t you?

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Hometowns

There’s a rock n roll show at the harbor tonight, I have cash for two, a bottle of booze

A bag of dope for a little hope, tied up by the tire swing rope if you wanna get high

I have 48 hours of freedom ‘til I punch in at the factory gate

What should we do, baby, I have the blues, I’d cure ‘em with whatever it takes

Cuz young men enter, old men leave, with not a lot in between, so let’s ride

You see I won’t lie, it gets read hard in my head

I try and focus on the moment, end up thinking ‘bout things instead

My relief comes when the day is done and find I’m still alive

Baby I have you to lean on, I will survive

Hometowns are kinda funny, dominated by pride and belief

Those who stay tend to reach the day, taken by the coming grief

Of never leaving town always hanging around always running with the boys

Until they run out of noise

You see I won’t lie, it gets real hard in my head

I try and focus on the moment, end up thinking ‘bout them instead

My relief comes when the day is done and find I’m still alive

Baby I have you to lean on, I will survive

So, so long, here’s to the people we’re leaving behind

So long, we’ll take whatever path we chance to find

I can’t read the future, one thing I know is true

They’ll be heartache and pain along the way, trials that we gotta push through

So tell me if you’re ready, if you wanna begin, ‘cuz baby I’m all in

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Bridge of Sighs

I keep having this dream, I’m standing under a bridge, see you passing by, looking out the window of a train

I wonder can you see me, trying to wave you down, hoping you’ll get off ahead, but I hope in vain

Every time you blow on by, leave me stranded under my bridge of sighs

Something jars my memory and I’m around the bend, flying down old creek road singing every song we heard

Coming through that Ford’s radio, you telling me where you’d go, if we didn’t have to go home, I remember every word

There was nothing we couldn’t do, you and I, side by side under our bridge of sighs

House after house, so serene, lined up like a prison block on Clozapine

You said you can’t stay, we’re not kids like we were before

You can’t hang around, stored away like clothes in a dresser drawer anymore

On this side of paradise nothing ever seems to change, always feels like you’re still here

You’re in the walls and hanging from the curtains

I put on the cassette you liked and we’re right back singing along

And I can’t tell if you’re real or if you’re just the bourbon

I only wish I could’ve said goodbye, well I’m saying it now under our bridge of sighs

I’ll be waiting, I’ll be waiting, under our bridge of sighs

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Darkness

Yes there’s a darkness you won’t believe, oh a darkness, a darkness indeed

I get paid to stock shelves all day, I try not to overthink

When my day is done, I’m home on the run to sit down and anti-social drink

I like a cigarette like I’m back in the ‘90s, it’s something I enjoy when I’m alone

Back then it was kosher, now it’s just a habit I’ll light up when only God and I know

Yes there’s a darkness you won’t believe, woah a darkness, a darkness indeed

They say take the straight path like we’ve all done before, the destination’s waiting for me

Every whore as a goal, something to work toward, like every kid has a dream

I’m thinking about a girl in a general store but I know she don’t think of me

Let’s hold the firecracker just a bit longer, I wanna see what will happen

Then we’ll throw ‘em in the sky, say our goodbyes, return to our humble abode

Yes there’s a darkness you won’t believe, woah a darkness, a darkness indeed

They say take the straight path like we’ve all done before, the destination’s waiting for me

Yes there’s a darkness you won’t believe, woah a darkness, a darkness indeed

Take the straight path like we’ve all done before, the destination’s waiting for me

I said the destination’s waiting for me

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Dead End Nowhere

Incense burning on the nightstand, wind howlin’ like a madman

Sleep won’t come there’s nothing to do but sit up at night with the cold hard truth

Two more hours I’ll be on the clock stacking boxes off a loading dock

Rain or shine that paycheck’s mine to do whatever I want with time

I’ve been trying my hand at romance, working on a pageant queen

She’s a hard case, won’t even look at my face but she’s as pretty as she is mean

Home was something special when I was a kid, Daddy with his papers sippin’ his gin

Momma by the fire workin’ crochet now her hands are old and her hair is grey

Take a look around you’ll have no doubt, ain’t much left to brag about

Walk through town when the church bells chime, storefront windows with ‘For Sale’ signs

Momma’s having a hard time breathing, Doctor says there’s only so much time

We sit and watch TV in the evenings, Lord only knows what goes through her mind

I might never make it to Egypt, probably won’t make it out of town

But on the day Momma dies, I’ll have the mind to burn the whole place down

Days turn to weeks, turn to months, turn to years, a few more whiskeys, a few more beers

Counting down the shifts ‘til my golden years, with dirty fingers I wipe away these tears

Handful of coins piled on the counter, still not sure of what I’ve learned

The things I want don’t cost a thing but a penny saved is a penny earned

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

Before the Fall

It’s hard for her to say what it is she’s hearing, it sure ain’t the rush of the 95

It ain’t the river water and it ain’t monumental stone, it ain’t the last ray of sunlight disappearing

She’s not sure how it happened or if it even matters or if there’s a part of her that cares

She’s left pickin’ up pieces now that future plans are shattered but to blame herself she wouldn’t dare

She stuck it out long enough to figure it out this time around

She’s tired of going steady with just another ego in this town

Instead of waiting for spring or the chill that winter brings

She’s gonna change everything before the fall

She’ll have to change the pictures in the frames scattered over the apartment

She knows she has a life to rearrange though it feels so stranger

She could make a trip home back to familiar shores but she can’t take judgemental souls

Best to stay alone, see how it goes, just for awhile until the summer’s over

She stuck it out long enough to figure it out this time around

She’s tired of going steady with just another ego in this town

Instead of waiting for spring or the chill that winter brings

She’s gonna change everything before the fall

She stuck it out long enough to figure it out this time around

She’s tired of going steady with just another ego in this town

Instead of waiting for spring or the chill that winter brings

She’s gonna change everything before the fall

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

I’ll Build a House

I’ll build a house wherever you like, three stories high, porch all around

I’ll build a house wherever you like, however you like

It’s amazing what two hands can do, big picture window, backyard with a view

Watch the sunset off water’s edge, disappear off the edge

Tell me your vision, I’ll do my best

Put your dreams in motion, put my skills to the test

The rain will surely come down

But it won’t seep in as long as I’m around

I’ll swing this hammer, despite all the pain, it pays the bills, it gives me a name

Not real flashy but my work gets done, save it all for the one

Tell me your vision, I’ll do my best

Put your dreams in motion, put my skills to the test

The rain will surely come down

But it won’t seep in as long as I’m around

If there’s too much space and you feel alone, the lovers you have can’t carry the load

Should the weather turn cold, I’ll come with the wind

I’ll be warm, I’ll pull you in

Tell me your vision, I’ll do my best

Put your dreams in motion, put my skills to the test

The rain will surely come down

But it won’t seep in as long as I’m around

Oh there’ll be no worry as long as I’m around

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

End of the World

Here we are by chance, put a record on, would you care to dance?

The end of the world’s in view, there’s no place I’d rather be than here with you

Baby. I’m so scared, don’t leave me, take my hand so I know you’re there

What’s your sister’s name? Tell me about your life and I’ll do the same

It’s not too late

If we lived forever, I’d make you laugh, take you wherever

You’re my favorite thing, next to you I don’t care what the future brings

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)

New Details, Old Scenes

New details, old scenes, we’re like a movie, you’re the Royal Queen

I’m just a bus boy stuck in the game, another stranger longing to know your name

Then you said, “Come over here by me. Come over here by me.”

Good morning darling, time to wake up, here’s some coffee in your favorite cup

I know it’s early, I know you worked late, let’s share this sunrise, whatever else can wait

Come over here by me, come over here by me

Up ‘til now it’s been like prison, trapped with my thoughts, locked up with my doubts

When you came I started living, somehow you forced all my bad dreams out

Darling with this ring I ask for your hand, to walk beside you all across this land

I don’t know how I wound up your man, you’ve been a gift to me, I’m thankful I am

Come over here by me, baby please, come over here by me

Come over here by me, come over here by me

© Maticic Publishing (2016) (ASCAP)