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This Midnight

Coalition

My, my, you look just like a cigarette

scattered like some embers out on I-95.

My, my, shattered ‘cross the interstate,

always make it home, but still

you’re barely alive. 

And when you get there you don’t feel

at home.

Seems the sun sets fast when you’re

Alone. 


Oh, no, don’t listen to the television,

President is sayin’ we should cover our ears.

Sleep tight, don’t give in to superstition,

rock n’ roll was lyin’, we have nothing to fear. 

But in your dreams you’re still a child, 

a flame. 

And everyone you know, they dream

the same. 


Coalition

Government is nothing to fear.

Coalition

Rock n’ roll’s been lyin’ for years. 

Coalition

Government is nothing to fear.

Coalition

Rock n’ roll’s been lyin’ for years. 

Coalition

Government is nothing to fear.

Coalition

Rock n’ roll’s been lyin’ for years. 

Coalition. 

Coalition. 

Coalition. 


My, my. 

My, my. 

My, my, my, my, my. 

My, my. 

Take it Away

Seven years and the same four chords, and I think it’s time for a change.

Trying hard in the same four bars but still no one knows my name.

I thought about selling my soul, but I think mines too old to take—

The market’s crashing anyway.


Save my soul.

Save my soul.

Take it away.


Ten years since my first kiss and she wound up being gay.

Should’ve known by her baritone but I kept my demons at bay.

Been a decade of long goodbyes and some never-see-you-agains

that never mattered anyway.


Save my soul.

Save my soul.

Take it away.


Ten years looking down the road and I don’t know where I’ll be,

but the way things are going if the sky keeps snowing I’ll probably be buried at sea.

But gypsy woman said I’ll be alright as long as my girl comes for the ride,

so hey, Amanda, take it away.


Save my soul.

Save my soul.

Take it away.

Winter (In an Ocean Town)

They’re closing down the Circus out on 35

between the K-Mart parking lot and motel signs.

Now the waitresses serve coffee at a diner just down the road,

traded roller blades and serving trays for half the pay just down the road.


Ricky’s got the Prom Queen in the front seat of his Chevrolet,

flicking off the headlights as snow hits the street signs across the way,

and she ain’t looked this good since Labor Day,

but they always look their best as they walk away.


And it’s so cold .

It’s so cold

when it’s winter

in an ocean town.

Yeah, it’s winter

in our ocean town. 


Hey there down on Main Street

they’re watching all the boys meet 

in hopes that the girls are already there.

Riding all their cruisers,

the beggars and the choosers,

they window-shop reflections then slick back their hair. 

And for now they’ll sit and wait

in their silent glory days.


And it’s so cold.

It’s so cold

when it’s winter

in an ocean town.  

Yeah, it’s winter

in our ocean town.


Ricky drives alone now.

Only car out on the road now. 

Hears a song on the radio-

That 2a.m., 

rock n’ roll,

snow fallin’ down,

sending you home,

and for just one minute,

it don’t seem so cold.

But it’s so cold.

When it’s winter

in our ocean town.

Yeah it’s winter 

In our ocean town. 

Human

I got this condition called human where I’m just trying to survive,

and everybody’s got the same damn thing and we ain’t seeing eye to eye.


You first saw her in the bathroom doing cocaine off her phone,

and you decided you would try your best to get her drunk and take her home. 

Well you don’t love her, you’re just lonely.

You don’t even know her name,

and come the morning you’ll be walking home with

another tally for your game.


Hey, mister can’t you see

what this life is doin’ to me?

Frustration, casualties,

life without legacy. 


She keeps whiskey on her nightstand just in case her mouth gets dry,

and she’s been calling you for nights on end to forget about some other guy.

Well you don’t love her, you’re just lonely.

You don’t even know her name,

And the come the morning you’ll be walking home with 

Another tally for your game.


Hey, mister can’t you see

what this life is doin’ to me?

Frustration, casualties,

life without legacy. 


I got this condition called human

Where I’m just tryin’ to survive. 

This Midnight

I had no expectation for the morning.

In truth, I never thought I’d get this far,

‘cause there were nights that turned to thoughts

men shouldn’t have at all,

and here I am again back at the bar.


I met a girl one February evening

who swore to God there was no God at all,

but Sunday came, 

and she was prayin’ for God knows what she’d done.

I guess she was just talkin’ to the wall. 

I guess she was just talkin’ to the wall. 


And baby,

maybe we can make this midnight last.

Come the morning,

all our stories will be in the past,

so let’s make this midnight last. 


Come spring she had a toothbrush in my bathroom,

and I a one-way ticket out to Spain. 

And every night I’d slip and say,

“I love you,” while she slept,

and she would tell the wall the very same. 


She never talked at all about her nightmares,

but I could tell that she had more than I.

And every time she’d wake, 

I would ask if she’s alright,

and she would rest her head on mine to cry. 

Yeah she would rest her head on mine to cry. 

You can rest your head on mine to cry.


And baby,

maybe we can make this midnight last. 

Come the morning,

all our stories will be in the past.

And maybe in a year we’ll be together

in the sunlight holding fast.

But tonight girl,

let’s just try to make this midnight last. 

Oh my darlin’,

let’s just try to make this midnight last. 

Let’s make this midnight last. 

The Door

The highway at night is a lonely road.

4th of July, windows down, breeze cold. 

Pauly and I, we met up at the shore.

Hood of a Dodge, cigarettes, cold Coors. 

He said, “You remember all the days

we had forever till forever changed?

I ain’t ever leavin’, but you gotta go.”

He hopped off the metal to ground below. 


But here I am, the same as I was before:

just a man lookin’ for the door. 


I traveled east looking for the world,

but all that I found was a guitar and a girl.

She said, “Baby, please. You don’t need to leave.”

But I ain’t got a mind

that’ll change easily. 


And here I am, the same as I was before:

just a man, lookin’ for the door.


Now all these roads,

the thousand souls,

the Springsteen songs that keep me sane. 

They converge,

a mess of words,

in the hell that is my brain.


I am the devil--

a sailor on a train. 


And here I am, the same as I was before:

just a man, lookin’ for the door. 

I’m lookin’ for the door…

Lookin’ for the door…

The Man from the North Country

She’s lying in bed, far from alone,

humming a song that he doesn’t know.

But I heard her singing the words some time ago,

like some kind of wandering soul with no radio. 

And I don’t know why I can’t leave her alone. It’s so hard to try

with two hands and a phone. 


So hold me fast and hold me close,

don’t let the wind push you far from your home

and if you’re--

if you’re ever traveling in the North Country Fair,

remember me as the one who lived there. 


Now I’m on a train on my way from New York, 

and I can’t help but feel like I’ve been here before

‘cause I’ve got my head in the clouds and feet out the door-- 

my whole goddam life figured out and still I’m unsure. 

And I’ve had these dreams of lying dead on the floor. 

I don’t want to live like that man anymore. 


So hold me fast and hold me close,

Don’t let the wind push you far from your home

And if you’re-- 

If you’re ever traveling in the North Country Fair,

I said if you’re--

if you’re ever traveling in the North Country Fair,

remember me as the one who lived there. 


I walk down the road all on my own,

humming a song he doesn’t know. 

Everything and You

Everyone, everyone,

everyone thinks they’ll have it all.

But how can all have it all

if what they want means nothing at all?

Fancy cars and designer jeans,

acid washed just to make it seem

like he’s worked a goddamn day in his life. 

But if all we need is three chords and the truth,

then we’ve got everything.


And you were riding on the subway home

when you saw a man who called the subway home

begging for change

and you sat right down and joined in.

But he if all he needs is three chords and the truth,

then he’s got everything and you.


Maybe someday there’ll be a time

when we judge a man by the light he shines,

‘cause God knows we all could use some light.

In these dark times, I know I could use some light. 

But if all we need is three chords and the truth,

then we’ve got everything.

And if all you need is three chords and the truth,

Then you’ve got everything.

And if all I need is three chords and the truth,

Then I’ve got everything and you. 

I’ve got everything and you.

Cover Songs

(Songs listed are memorized; Many more can be sight-read)

Sister Golden Hair - America

Stand By Me - Ben E. King

People Are Crazy - Billy Currington

Only the Good Die Young - Billy Joel

Piano Man - Billy Joel

You May Be Right - Billy Joel

Dammit - Blink 182

Wagon Wheel - Bob Dylan

Moonshiner - Bob Dylan

Redemption Song - Bob Marley

Night Moves - Bob Seger

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

1985 - Bowling For Soup

Goodnight Irene - Brian Fallon

Songs for Teenagers - Brian Fallon

Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen

Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen

Growin' Up - Bruce Springsteen

I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen

Jersey Girl - Bruce Springsteen

My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen

Rosalita - Bruce Springsteen

Spirit in the Night - Bruce Springsteen

The River - Bruce Springsteen

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen

Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen

Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams

The South has Spoiled Me - Chamberlain

Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry

The Girl - City & Colour

Mr. Jones - Counting Crows

Round Here - Counting Crows

Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hollow Sounds - Dan Adriano

You Don't Have to Call me Darlin' (Darlin) - David Allen Coe

Run Around Sue - Dion

The Boys of Summer - Don Henley

American Pie - Don McClean

Lyin' Eyes - Eagles

Take it Easy - Eagles

Already Gone - Eagles

Hotel California - Eagles

Desperado - Eagles

Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles

Can't Help Fallin' in Love - Elvis Presley

Sinners Like Me - Eric Church

Springsteen - Eric Church

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

Ballad of Me and My Friends - Frank Turner

Love, Ire and Song - Frank Turner

45 - Gaslight Anthem

1930 - Gaslight Anthem

59 Sound - Gaslight Anthem

American Slang - Gaslight Anthem

Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts - Gaslight Anthem

National Anthem - Gaslight Anthem

Red At Night - Gaslight Anthem

We're Getting a Divorce - Gaslight Anthem

Slide- Goo Goo Dolls

Time of Your Life - Green Day

Lost in my Mind - Head & Heart

Let Her Cry - Hootie & the Blowfish

It's Time - Imagine Dragons

Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

The Parting Glass - Irish

Fields of Athenry - Irish

Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye' - Irish

Leavin' of Liverpool - Irish

Whiskey in the Jar - Irish

Wild Rover - Irish

Bog Down in the Valley-oh - Irish

Molly Malone - Irish

Black Velvet Band - Irish

I'll Tell Me Ma - Irish

Danny Boy - Irish

Rare Ould Times - Irish

Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson

Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur

Hold Back the River - James Bay

In Color - Jamey Johnson

A Pirate Looks at Forty - Jimmy Buffett

Come Monday - Jimmy Buffett

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett

Pacing the Cage - Jimmy Buffett

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp

Pink Houses - John Mellencamp

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

You and Tequila - Kenny Chesney

Danny's Song - Kenny Loggins

Mr. Brightside - Killers

Help Me Make it Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

Ho Hey - Lumineers

Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Kynard

Simple Man - Lynard Skynard

Can't You See - Marshall Tucker

3AM - Matchbox 20

Bright Lights - Matchbox 20

Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons

Hey Ya - Outkast

Me & Julio - Paul Simon

Amie - Pure Prairie League

Jolene - Ray LaMontagne

Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers

You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones

Come Pick Me Up - Ryan Adams

All Star - Smash Mouth

Galway Girl - Steve Earle

The Joker - Steve Miller Band

Santeria - Sublime

What I Got - Sublime

Build Me Up Buttercup - Temptations

The Muse - Wood Brothers

Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy

Jumper - Third Eye Blind

I Love This Bar - Toby Keith

Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty

Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

American Girl - Tom Petty

Wildflowers - Tom Petty

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison

Domino - Van Morrison

Wild Night - Van Morrison

Gloria - Van Morrison

Moondance - Van Morrison

Riptide - Vance Joy

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys - Willie Nelson

Come Out Ye' Black and Tans - Wolfe Tones

Streets of New York - Wolfe Tones

Renegades - X Ambassadors

Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band

Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band

Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band

Loving You Easy - Zac Brown Band

Keep Me in Mind - Zac Brown Band