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Richard J. Dobson
   

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Here In The Garden - Lyrics

 
1.
  HERE IN THE GARDEN
 
2.
  BLACK CROW
 
3.
THE STAGE AT LEIPERS FORK
 
4.
THE MOON IS FOR LOVERS
 
5.
IT'S ABOUT TIME
 
6.
TEQUILA AND CHAMOMILE TEA
 
7.
BRAVE NEW WORLD OUT THERE
 
8.
TRACTOR SUPPLY
 
9.
I HEAR SINGING
 
10.
ONE TO RUN THE RIVER WITH
 
11.
GTT - GONE TO TEXAS (BONUS TRACK)
 

 

HERE IN THE GARDEN

 

Here in the garden of earthly delights
We turn from the darkness, we reach for the light
We turn from the darkness but one thing we know
A shadow walks with us wherever we go

Try to live like a hero, or duck your head low
There’s always some kind of wolf at the door
Always a place that you don’t want to go
Where a dragon is guarding the treasure

(Chorus)
Don’t mind the shadow, don’t be afraid
Here in the garden there’s light and there’s shade
Light needs the darkness and dark clings to light
It’s the play of light and shadow that brings such delight
Here in the garden

Where the river cleaves the canyon wall
Closing in overhead, hear the rumbling falls
Into the gloom the river takes us down
Into the dark the river takes us down

When we think we’ll never see the light again
Comes a splash of sunshine round the bend
Into the valley opening wide
And the sun shining down in perfection

(Chorus)

 

© 2013 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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BLACK CROW

 

(Chorus)
Black crow sitting in a white oak tree
What you doing way up there looking down on me?
Is there something I don’t know, black crow?

You’ve been around forever, that’s a long, long time
You don’t sing like a mockingbird, but how your feathers shine
How your feathers shine

People think you bring bad news, you’re black as black can be
I like it when you come around, you’ve been good to me
You’ve been good to me

(Chorus)

Everything is changing fast as from the past we’re torn
You watch as someone’s dying, someone’s being born
Someone’s being born

From the dark comes something new, watch and be aware
You remind me every day there’s magic in the air
There’s magic in the air

(Chorus)

 

© 2010 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.; Thomm Jutz, Thomm Songs, SESAC

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THE STAGE AT LEIPERS FORK

 

I come down from the Cumberland, a pistol in my hand
I robbed the stage at Leipers Fork and I killed an innocent man
I killed an innocent man
I drove that mare without remorse, brother did I flee
I rode by night and hid by day in my adversity
In my adversity

Fourteen nights I traveled, and ever looked behind
No one came to follow when I crossed the Arkansas line
But it did not ease my mind

I headed down through no man’s land, I followed the western sun
Where it was nobody’s business where a man came from
Where a man came from
And I took up with a Spanish girl in a Texas town
She did not ask me questions, me and her we settled down
Me and her we settled down

Now there’s babies on the cabin floor, smell of bacon frying
No one ever followed when I left my past behind
But it did not ease my mind

Sometimes I awake at night, the gun jumps in my hand
My mind goes back to Leipers Fork when I killed an innocent man
I killed an innocent man
There are things a man remembers never to forget
Done in reckless days of youth ever to regret
Ever to regret

But me I bought a piece of ground and raised a family
With the gold I stole at Leipers Fork and still it bothers me
Still it bothers me

I come down from the Cumberland, a pistol in my hand
I robbed the stage at Leipers Fork and I killed an innocent man
I killed an innocent man

 

© 2012 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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THE MOON IS FOR LOVERS

 

There’s a moon shining bright tonight my darling
And I like to think it shines for you and me
Like a pearl in the sky her silvery light
Casts a spell and I believe:

(Chorus)
The moon is for lovers with stars in their eyes
She can see clean through to your soul
She can make you go crazy, she can pull the tide
And she’s ever a wonder to behold

We don’t need to ask who hung the moon
Let’s just say it’s hanging up there just for me and you

But if you choose to view the moon as your companion
There are just a few things you should know
She waxes and she wanes, she’s always going to change
She’s got a dark side, and she don’t let it show

(Chorus)

And there’s a moon shining bright tonight my darling.

 

© 2010 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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IT’S ABOUT TIME

 

Waiting for the bell to ring, watching the clock on the wall
Those were times when time itself seemed to slow down to a crawl
By and by that bell would ring and we went flying out the door
But when we weren’t watching those hands spun around much faster than before

(Chorus)
Sixty seconds to the minute, sixty minutes to the hour
One by one they drift away like petals from a flower
Time don’t crawl and time don’t fly
But minute by minute time goes by
No matter how you slice it time goes by

You can’t hurry time along; it’s beyond your control
You can never take it back, you can only let it go
What’s time to a prisoner longing to be free?
And what is time to a dying man counting every breath he breathes?

(Chorus)

It isn’t good, it isn’t bad. Time don’t take no sides
Time don’t wait for anyone; time is only time

(Chorus)

No matter what you think about it time goes by

 

© 2010 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.; and Charley Stefl, Charley Stefl Music, SESAC

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TEQUILA AND CHAMOMILE TEA

 

It’s four in the morning, the minutes flow by
Like sand running down through the glass
An old fashioned measure marking the time
Never meant to last
A shot of tequila and chamomile tea
At my window a fingernail moon
May good luck ride with you wherever you are
I was just thinking of you

Four in the morning, my thoughts drifting by
Like the years the wind blew away
I just thought I heard your old truck in the drive
The mind will play tricks that way
You always said we were destined to be
And I almost believed it was true
Whatever you might be dreaming tonight
I’m often thinking of you

You were the wild one with lights in your eyes
Born with a wandering soul
I was only a stop on your way
A bend in the long winding road
A shot of tequila and chamomile tea
At my window a fingernail moon
I just thought I heard your old truck in the drive
I’m often thinking of you

I just thought I heard your old truck in the drive
That’s just like something you’d do

 

© 2011 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.; and Mark Wise, © 2010 Mark Wise

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BRAVE NEW WORLD OUT THERE

 

I can’t tell you why we’re all born to die
I know where I belong with my notebooks and my songs
Forgive me if I digress
I’ve always loved you in that dress
Now it’s all come down to this
What was I saying? It was a lie I guess
I feel like Rip Van Winkle blinking in the sun
This don’t much resemble the place where I come from
The sky is broke, the light pours through
Don’t go outside, it’s bad for you
That’s what they say, it must be true
What do I know? It must be true
(Chorus)
When I set out on my way seeking truth and beauty
I made some rash decisions; I thought it was my duty
It’s a brave new world out there, not quite the one predicted
We bought into the game and we’ve all become addicted
But you’re looking good tonight
You’re looking good tonight
The world goes round and round, she doesn’t make a sound
To think we’ve come so far, here among the stars
On our ship, the Mother Earth
Sailing through the universe
Here we go for what it’s worth
Where are we going? What have we done to her?

(Chorus)

 

© 2012, Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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 TRACTOR SUPPLY

 

I never thought I’d see the day
Too much good living would get in the way
Too much good living, tell me what I say
Has got me where I am today
It’s plain to see I’ve got nothing to hide
Time has come to swallow my pride
From now on I’ll be riding high
I’m going down to Tractor Supply

(Chorus)
I don’t care if I look old fashioned
Fashion never was my passion
I’m gonna buy me a pair of suspenders
Big old snappy double-enders
Riding high, riding high
I’m going to buy me some double-wide
From now on I’ll be riding high
See you down by the Tractor Supply

I’m shucking off these cowboy boots
Hanging up those old galoots
Buy me something fits real loose
Ask me if I give a hoot
It’s plain to see I’ve been too long waiting
My old wardrobe needs a new updating
The time has come to swallow my pride
I’m going down to Tractor Supply

(Chorus)

 

© 2012 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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I HEAR SINGING

 

I ask myself these questions as I ride out in the mornings
Past the fields of green and golden where the crows all sound like quarreling
And the farmers ride their tractors and calculate their labor
Against what they might be earning if luck runs in their favor

And the sun pours down like grace upon the land
With some kind of revelation close at hand
I hear singing

Long before the Celts and Romans they were farming in this valley
While up and down the river floated wooden ships and galleys
And they called out to each other in some long forgotten language
When I loved a farmer’s daughter though I was below her station

And the sun poured down like grace upon the land
With some kind of revelation close at hand
I heard singing

Sure as the coming harvest we too will soon be passing
With the turning of the seasons to that same forever-lasting
And riding through the country someone might be thinking
How he loved a farmer’s daughter, or maybe he was dreaming

And the sun pours down like grace upon the land
With some kind of revelation close at hand
I hear singing

 

© 2011 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.

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ONE TO RUN THE RIVER WITH

 

(Chorus)
I will run the river with you
If you’ll run the river with me
Those you run the river with
Are few and far between
If you’ll trust your life with me
I’ll trust mine with you
‘Cause you’re one to run the river with
And I will run the river with you

The river carved this canyon for a hundred-million years
I expect it will a hundred-million more
I’ve let its waters quench my thirst
I’ve given it my tears
And I’ve lain down beside its peaceful shores

I don’t know how long it will take
To learn its every crook and bend
But I know a friend when I know a friend

(Chorus)

I’ve journeyed all along up where the water’s clear and cold
And it starts out as a tiny mountain stream
But I have yet to travel to the place I long to be
Where the river empties out into the sea

I don’t know how long it will take
To learn its every crook and bend
But I know a friend when I know a friend

(Break, Chorus)

 

© 2013 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.; and Noel McKay, Noel McKay Music, ASCAP

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GTT—GONE TO TEXAS

 

I made it home in ’65 when the war was through
Home to my sweet Molly and a boy I hardly knew
The raiders drove the stock away, they both escaped from harm
But a whistling Yankee rifle ball had taken my right arm

(Chorus)
There comes a time when every man must do what he must do
I rode to town and sold the farm for a wagon and two mules
Goodbye Mississippi, we won’t be back no more
Carve GTT—Gone to Texas on our cabin door

Molly pack what we have left, we’re leaving here today
The price of reconstruction is more than we can pay
We’re headed out, we’re headed west, we’re leaving while we can
By the time we get to Texas the boy will be a man

(Chorus)

A better chance, a better life beneath the Texas skies
We won’t know what lies ahead until we dare to try

(Chorus)

Goodbye Carroll County, we won’t be back no more
Carve GTT—Gone to Texas on our cabin door

 

© 2010 Richard J. Dobson, Salty Songs, B.M.I.; Thomm Jutz, Thomm Songs, SESAC; Charley Stefl Music, SESAC

 

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