Riding Roughshod

by T.G. Olson

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1.
Riding roughshod on our hearts They are all trampled under the hoof Cloven like our country Split like the Great Rift Valley I am not you You are not me A million screaming it in the streets From the hilltops to the deadbeats And the pushers to junkies When the soldiers all come home With a war raging on in their minds You don't love them like back when They laid their life for a lie on the line Riding roughshod on our rights They are all trampled under the hoof Sowing seeds of division The weedy lot keeps on growing Well watered with poison High status ill begotten Inherited from the sins of the past that we never learned from Keep feeding Now this beast is always hungry Eating greedy while the poor are dying I am not you You are not me A million bleeding out in the streets For a story Daddy told them Beat into every single one of them That's your legacy Insanity Gotta break it for the sake of humanity Just a story Mama told you When you were scared of the dark as a baby Just a little baby Now this beast is always hungry Eating greedy while the poor are dying Riding roughshod on our souls They scatter like dust into the wind Big trouble gonna find you when you're always looking Riding roughshod on our hearts They are all trampled under the hoof Cloven like our country Split like the Great Rift Valley Now this beast is always hungry Eating greedy while the poor are dying
2.
In times of plenty Still you won't share and revel in other's despair Feeling so pious on Sunday morning coming down Feed all the fools to lions Going willing A right of passage Feeling so pious A martyr in your own mind Feel free to take from the offering Wouldn't have it any other way Feeling so pious on Sunday morning coming down The streets were empty The diner was quiet for a moment Forgotten and unforgiven When you need something don't come calling No one is answering It's disconnected Faith in question on a Sunday morning coming down Thinking on a Woman who gave me shelter Didn't ask for nothing but a little labor And a little patience Fill the porch with wood for the Winter The forest is empty The snow was falling It was so peaceful Could of stayed forever right in this moment Now the house is empty The hearth is freezing Ain't been a fire there in many a season And the ashes we'll be a sweeping out on a Sunday morning Coming down
3.
Chaser 03:46
Take it on faith or pick it apart Whatever soothes what's ailing you Fell hard on your heart from the start I got nothing but love for you Take some space hope you don't drift too far At what point is no return? Walking through the low, low places Wasted on the dark Walking through the low, low places Searching for a spark Wandering through the high, high mesas The red rock is burning Take it on faith like religion Pick it apart like bones in the desert You got to make a living To build a boat for your dying Sailing right into a hurricane of your namesake Serendipity Oh you kill me Yeah you kill me Resurrecting It's all spinning Walking through the low, low places Wasted on the dark Looking down from the high, high mesa The rivers are running red Do you ever worry? Will me make it? After all that's been said and done
4.
Do the best you can under the circumstance Try not fret on what comes next You got this kid Cold as ice Do you want to take your own bad advice? You got this kid Don't want none It ain't your fault You were the chosen one Oh that's why you got them cautious eyes Now I know why you got them cautious eyes You got this kid On down the line A little child star in your eyes Doing the best you can cus Mama ran She had the nerve Hell she always has wanted a drifting life Wanted a drifting life Hell she always has Now I know why you got them cautious eyes You don't got to hide I'll be standing by your side You got this kid On down line A little child star in your eyes Doing the best you can cus Mama ran She had the nerve Hell she always has wanted that drifting life
5.
Another sleepless night thinking back on life Always twisting and turning What's found was lost at such a cost No one will ever know it What's found was lost at such a cost You had to be there Had to live it They want to keep it hidden You know there this is going They want to keep us fighting Laying down on the alter A feeling I can't shake when I see your face Looking back at me smiling A frozen moment in time and space Bless this photographic memory Longing for one of those dreams When you just wash all over me Gonna make this right Gonna march on down to the Capitol building Exercise inalienable rights Probably still get arrested Pay to play or get locked away Can you show your privilege? They want to keep you hiding Thinking that you are nothing Do you have any idea who you are fighting?
6.
Pickup Truck 04:13
Take it slow If you need me call Abated breath of alcohol and humbleness Maybe the truth for once One last kiss A last call dance Never knew our world would come to this A crying shame for months on end Stretching into years We can't go back to them early days and damn our hearts Kids in the back of a pickup truck Back when our parents didn't give a fuck We got cut but we stitched it up Got the stories and the scars to back it up Listen to the tracks When the train it comes lay your pennies down One by one She could derail so we better run Like Casey Jones in that old time song Galaxies spiraling In and out of the deepest sleep Oh what a dream So real to me It's all that's left of your energy Take it slow when you need me call Abated breath of the sweetest smoke We're getting lost up in the clouds It's all that's left No coming down Dogs in the back of a pickup truck Wondering if their owner even gives a fuck Jumping out on a rolling stop Cutting and running if that's all you got Kids in the back of a pickup truck Back when our parents didn't give a fuck We got cut but we stitched it up Got the stories and the scars to back it up Listen to the tracks When the train it comes lay your pennies down One by one She could derail so we better run Like Casey Jones in that old time song Kids in the back of a pickup truck Back when our parents didn't give a fuck
7.
Backslider 04:06
On the South fork on No Name Creek Waiting under a shady Cottonwood Tree We're finally alone I can hear your breath and slowing pulse This could be my fate Just had to pick up that stone Looking for somewhere to throw Guess it's only natural Finally alone I can hear your breath and slowing pulse This could be our fate Won't backslide away if sin is forgiven Standing face to face with the sweetest grace Don't use my fear as a weapon Won't backslide away into darker days A light is a shining Can't say just when time amends The hurt that we're causing How many no shows at the gates of salvation? Finally alone I can hear your breath and quickening pulese This could be our fate Won't backslide away There's nothing we're hiding Standing face to face with the sweetest grace A simple caring gesture I hope we can start amends The hurt that it's causing
8.
Bless the singer of the torch song You keep us holding on when everything is going wrong You sing that song If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing that broken plow? If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing the gospel plow? Bless the singer of the torch song Out on their own It's a shakedown nation Feast or famine If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing that broken plow? If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing the gospel plow? Bless the singer of the torch song Out on the road Bearing the weight of the world's problems If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing that broken plow? If you had the shot would you take it now? Or go back to pushing the gospel plow? Bless the singer of the torch song All on their own Bearing the weight of the world's problems Shield your eyes from the awful sight
9.
Trespasser 04:50
No trespassing on private property A fence and thousand miles of nothing in front of me They gave this land away back in another day She's still sitting empty collecting taxes on a family name Traveling up and down the coast Through the desert A Spanish Rose The North Star back to my home Where did you go? I wanna know Racing a Southbound ghost The ground is froze Nothing grows Winter's hard Molasses slow 33 below zero Drops of rain in a bitter cup One by one slow filling up If you're dying of thirst it's never enough Drops of rain in a bitter cup Nothing Everything I'm hearing on the radio Every channel like another world How many days 'til judgement? Traveling up and down the coast Through the desert A Spanish Rose The North Star back to my home Where did you go? I wanna know I wanna know where did you go? Are you hiding out? Lying low? We need you now it's critical The past is done Come on home Where did you go my Prairie Rose? Traveling up and down the coast Through the desert might never go You never know The North Star back to my home It was nothing like I used to know I used to know Hola Adios

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Created and sacrificed to the digital ether by T.G. Olson ~ Fall 2018

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