Meteor

by Melissa Ruth

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1.
West 02:47
The West ain’t Texas The West ain’t Tenessee The West ain’t Kansas Or Oklahoma or Sioux City We’ve got mountains to climb Before we reach the sea The West ain’t no Pontiac It ain’t an Airstream The West ain’t no Cadillac It ain’t a flatbed, it ain’t an 18 We’ve got wild horses to ride Before we runnin free The West ain’t no fiddle and bow It ain’t an SG The West ain’t your daddy’s dobro It ain’t a shiny lapsteel You’ve got skins and tongues to learn Before you’re singin for me
2.
Run 900 miles til I see your face 300 shows, not a moment’s grace Downtown, low down, and high I would like to see the Mississippi ‘fore I die Run West Coast you’re an old ghost to me It’s where we fell the old family tree Timber towns are gone now, forests have run dry I would like to see the Mississippi ‘fore I die Run Chasing songs down empty streets Does it make me strong or does it make me weak? Pullin up roots, chokin the lines, valleys so deep and waters so wide I would like to see the Mississippi ‘fore I die I’m on a long haul heartbreak Run
3.
Meteor 04:35
Fallen stars, Drunks in bars, Old guitars, broke-down cars, Meteors Flash of light, Bloody fight, Overdrive, hitchhiker Meteor Burnin fast, burnin hot This won’t last, you won’t stop I can’t see the stars in the sky I can’t hear the cars passing by I am bound like drink to your breath I am found where your fingers meet the frets Meteor Meteor
4.
I got my coat, I got my hat, I’m all paid on the tab There ain’t nothing left to do but go on I pick myself up out the chair, don’t nobody stare It’s ok, I’m good, and I’m gone It’s been too many nights of I can’t recall The name on the pillow, the writing on the wall The blood on the strings Is on everything So it’s the last time I’m saying goodbye again I turn my collar to the wind, she’s blowing again Only this time I can’t pretend I don’t feel her I turn my key in the lock, the house is cold and dark The moon is high, the cupboard’s dry, and it’s just me It’s been too many nights of I can’t recall, The name on the pillow, the writing on the wall The blood on the strings Is on everything So it’s the last time I’m saying goodbye again. It’s goodbye to the smoke Goodbye to the dope Goodbye to my lonesome friends I’ll miss the laughs And all the good times we had But it’s the last time I’m saying goodbye again Take off my makeup, take off my clothes, there’s nothing left here but ghosts There’s nothing left here to do but forgive them. I’d like to try to find some peace before I die So I’m praying for another day living Because it’s been too many nights of I can’t recall, The name on the pillow, or the writing on the wall And the blood on the strings Is on everything So it’s the last time I’m saying goodbye It’s the last time I’m saying goodbye.
5.
Broken Heart 03:44
Take me out dancing Somewhere on the bayou Down in Louisiana Soft and slow If anyone should ask you, You don’t know Turn off the highway Turn on the radio “I shot a man in Reno” “That’s just the way love goes” If anyone should ask you, You don’t know You don’t know You don’t know If anyone should ask you, You don’t know Transcontinental Steel and tar All the way from Santa Fe Under the stars If anyone should ask me, It was a broken heart Ratatatata….
6.
Sugar Pill 05:47
My heart’s a traitor, my hand is a thief My head’s a stranger, my body is weak Medicine is sweet, medicine is pure And damn if that medicine don’t feel like the cure Sugar pill, sugar pill You know how to get me by Sugar pill, sugar pill I ain’t gotta moan, I ain’t gotta cry My bed is vacant, my house is on fire My name is forsaken for the sake of desire Medicine is sweet, medicine is pure And damn if that medicine don’t feel like the cure Sugar pill, sugar pill You know how to get me by Sugar pill, sugar pill I ain’t gotta moan, I ain’t gotta cry Sugar pill, sugar pill You know how to get me high Sugar pill you sure feel real I ain’t gonna let you go, You’re my Alamo
7.
Free your mind, give it time, listen Get inspired, feel the fire, listen There’s a hole in your head, there’s a hole in your heart Let it go, my friend let it blow apart Free your mind Free your love, know the dove, listen Speak her name, feel the flame, listen There’s a hole in your head, there’s a hole in your heart Let it go, my friend let it blow apart Free your love There’s a hole in your head, there’s a hole in your heart Let it go, my friend let it blow apart Free your life
8.
Hey Mr. Bartender Please don’t let me down I got one hand in my pocket And I got one foot in the ground Please don’t make me settle up Just pour that whiskey down Hey Mr. Policeman Please don’t let me down I got both hands where you can see em And I got one foot in the ground Please don’t point that gun at me Just run me out of town Hey Mr. Banker Please don’t let me down I got my shoulder to the wheel And I got one foot in the ground Please don’t take my home from me Just let this ship aground Hey Mr. President Please don’t let me down I got my eye on my mobile phone And one foot in the ground Please don’t start another war Just wear your crooked crown Please don’t start another war Just wear your crooked crown So hey Mr. Bartender Please don’t let me down I got one hand in my pocket And I got one foot in the ground Please don’t make me settle up Just pour that whiskey down
9.
Take It All 05:56
Take it all Take the house take the car Take the books take the guitar Take it all You take it all You take the prize you take the cake You take my breath away You take it all You took it all You took my hand you took my lips You took my heart you took my hips You took it all So take it all Take the house take the car Take the books take the guitar Take it all Take it all
10.
The Knot 04:49
There’s a ring on the table that’s shiny and cold Where you left your whiskey and coke There’s a dress in the closet that’s satin and white From your daughter’s quinceanera last Saturday night We don’t need no justice of the peace to know what’s right We just take our heartstrings and tie the knot real tight There’s a card on the icebox that says: Save the Date From your late sister Rosa from back in ‘98 There’s a cake in the freezer that’s gettin real stale From the night we went a-dancin after I sprung you from jail We don’t need no justice of the peace to know what’s right We just take our heartstrings and tie the knot real tight We don’t need no justice of the peace to know what’s true And that is that you love me And I love you
11.
Ain’t the day hard? Busy people, fast cars Don’t home seem so very far away? Ain’t the day hard? Ain’t the night long? Empty bottles and sad songs Ain’t nothing, ain’t nobody where they belong Ain’t the night long? But you are not alone You ain’t singing to no stone Your life’s a spinning wheel And your love’s a golden seal And you are not alone When faith and dream Ain’t yours it seems And your beating heart’s up on your sleeve For the wide world to see You are not alone You ain’t singing to no stone Your life’s a spinning wheel And your love’s a golden seal And you are not alone

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released March 1, 2019

Melissa Ruth- Vox, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Keys, Concertina, Handclaps
Johnny Leal- Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Handclaps
Rick DeVol- Bass
Simon Lucas- Drums

All songs written and arranged by Melissa Ruth

Meteor was Produced by Melissa Ruth

All songs recorded, mixed, and mastered by Don Ross at Don Ross Productions
Album Design by Sarah Gensert
Photos by Flint & Flame Photography

All songs [Copyright] 2019 Melissa Ruth
All songs [Publishing Right] 2019 Melissa Ruth
Who Said Music ASCAP

Thank You
To the Likely Stories: Simon, Rick & Johnny
To my family
To my buds
To Leah
To Don
To Sarah
To my students
To my teachers
To the West
To Johnny

To you

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Doo-Wop Twang:The space of blues, the teeth of country, and the grit of rock n roll.

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