Ten Steps

by Brad Lyons

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released 10 July 2012

Produced by: Brad Lyons and Brian Murphy
Engineered by: Brian Murphy
Mixed by: Landon Robertson

All songs written by Brad Lyons except:
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" Brad Lyons, Clint Wells
"Good Country People" Brad Lyons, Clint Wells

Brad Lyons: Vocals, Guitar, Piano (on "Your Song"), Ukelele, Glockenspiel, Drums (on "Five"), Percussion
Brian Murphy: Piano, Keys
Clint Wells: Electric Guitar
Ben Mars: Bass, Upright Bass
Mac Kramer: Drums, Percussion
Amber Tatum: Vocals
Josh Vasa: Background vox (on "War")
Tony Lucido: Bass (on "Five")
Ben Phillips: Drums (on "Texas Hotel")

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Track Name: Texas Hotel
Please, don't beat your head against the wall
Don't you know I feel it too
These miles between, don't mean a thing

There's a light from the TV
Shadows, shaped like you
They're dancing on the wall, so soft and quiet
A lonely waltz

So sleep, don't weep
I've heard you say three small words
They're ringing in my ears, and always will
On and on...
Track Name: War
Star crossed lovers with their hand in the bag
Two more waiting just to steal it back
One won't take it, if it won't give back
The other can't leave, 'cause it's just too sad

How will you know which way to go

Don't go running with my heart...

Everybody's running, but they don't look back
To the arms of another so they won't be left alone

Nobody knows which way to go

Don't go running with my heart...

Darlin', I was out the door
I guess I should know better than to try a little more

Don't go running with my heart
Track Name: Burn Out
She wrote me from up in Canada,
to tell me her fire'd gone out
She found another, or maybe two
She needed to dance the way she wanted to

Sometimes life's not what you want it to be
Love burns out too easily
I'm scared to death of other people like me,
that want to love, but they can't believe

There's a doorway that leads to her room
Where she stole my heart, and I belonged to her
But, I still smell her in every hotel room
I never got to dance the way I wanted to

Sometimes life's not what you want it to be
Love burns out too easily
I'm scared to death of other people like me,
that want to love, but they can't believe
They want to love, but the can't believe
I want to love, but I can't believe
Track Name: Good Country People
That girl was born with a knife in her back
A star, whose light never shone
She'd always been sick, and never been kissed
She was as hard as she was alone

Lo and behold, a knock at the door
A travelin' friend, that she'd never known
He whispered of love, and spoke words of God
He put a song, called Joy, in her heart

Lord, I've longed for a hand to hold my heart
Oh, my soul, never thought it would tear me apart

Under the blue, beneath your eyes,
Lies the scent of whiskey and death
I'll kiss you again, to keep far the end
And draw out the last of your breath


Lord, I've longed for a hand to hold my heart
Oh, my soul, never thought it would tear me apart
Never thought it would tear me apart
Track Name: Five
Love. That's how the story goes
It fools you like last year's love
Every time, you buy it and fall in line
You shout out with no reply
Every time

I wanna start, the starting again, right now

Love, don't bow out and leave us lost
Lay quiet and calm this fire
We've got time, to fight it and fall in line
Not all this for one more sigh
We've got time

I wanna start, the starting again, right now
Track Name: How to Fight
I should know better than this
Better than to cage that bird with the door unlatched
I know her song, it's simple and quiet
A melody to ease your wear under stained glass skies

But I don't know how to fight one more war

By and by, I hope that you show,
And lead it down a long, rock path to that field below
Where we used to want
Where we would lament
Over every nighttime spent without lover's arms

But I don't know how to fight one more war

I should know better than this
Better than to cage that bird with the door unlatched
Track Name: When I Burn
I've been knocking around this town like I'm on fire,
but I don't scream when I burn, dear
It's one foot in front of the next, like a drunk on a wire,
I won't fall, pass the wine, dear

I'm really dying in here, like a fool...

Hope ran off of the ledge, shocked out, like a bulb burnt out,
hide my eyes from the sparks, dear
From the wrong side of the blast, it's silent, it's calm here, my love
My last fall will cure my mind, dear

I'm really dying in here, like a fool...
Track Name: A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Not a soul in the world of God,
not a soul that you can trust
They buried me alive in a lonely hole,
but I know not what I've done
You can pray, you can beg for life,
or say my name and die like swine

A good man is hard to find...
So hard to find

I wanna know.
I wanna set this life on fire

In my heart a tree will bend,
from the weight of all my sin
Birds of black and crackled caws,
a summer dirge to lead you home, for good

A good man is hard to find...
So hard to find

I wanna know.
I wanna set this life on fire
Track Name: The Enduring Chill
Death come, and rattle these bones,
until all this light is gone
A slow burn, replaced with a chill,
enduring and still, a calm

A watermark, a savior
A bird from on high

Fight, fight, with the last of your will,
to choke and distill the call
Lay down, your eyes, oh so pale
Your mind, oh so frail, and cold

The shadows are stirring
The new from on high

Death come, and rattle these bones,
until all this light is gone
Track Name: Your Song
I didn't know exactly what you were saying,
as you walked out the door
You're the last light I have here in New Orleans,
give me back my breath, what'd you say?

Whatever it was, it hung so heavy
Whatever it was, it hung so near

There's an old, old man who stands on the corner,
shouting out, "Eleanor, Eleanor..."
I think I know exactly what he is saying,
when every night, all that's left is in her name

Whatever it is, it hangs so heavy
Whatever it is, it hangs so near

I don't wanna give up on us
I don't wanna give up on love
I don't wanna give up
I'm sorry...