Steve Simpson

 
 

Better Late CD 2006

Steve Simpson
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She slips out the back door as quiet as she can, Careful not to let the screen door slam. She’s holding little Cecil to her chest, His daddy should sleep it off for a good while yet. She’s gotta get down to the Quick Stop, ‘Cause when he wakes if she ain’t got, His Camels and his Rolling Rock, He’ll come at them again. She walks home down the dirt road and she hears, The rush of the mountain stream of her happy years. She listens for a moment, then climbs down the path, She sits Cecil and the groceries in the soft green grass. She sits down on the flat rock, She takes off her shoes and socks, And sees her face with all the marks, And splashes it away. Chorus And a sparrow flies overhead, And she remembers the verse her mama read, No sparrow so small ever leaves the Father’s eye, And you are more precious than all the sparrows in the sky. She tosses an oak leaf into the stream, It cascades toward the ocean she’s never seen, It gets captured by the branches of a fallen tree, She runs out, stone to stone, and sets it free. She prays it to the creek bend, She gets Cecil and kisses him, And cries back to the road and then, Turns away from home. Chorus Six towns and four shelters and seven weeks, She stands in the ocean and Cecil sleeps. A key in her pocket, a job at the grille, The sun warms a pretty face that’s almost healed. A tickle calls her gently, She looks down and there she sees, The remnant of an oak leaf, That floats against her leg. Chorus Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: bass guitar River Guerguerian: percussion Dave Johnson: mandolin, violin, viola, cello Lea Kuhlmann, Shana Blake and Reeve Coobs: harmony vocals
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Going through my daddy’s things today, I felt so utterly alone. I found the hat he wore in younger days, Brushed it off and put it on. Then past and present became one, The father passed into the son, For in the mirror I could see, My daddy looking back at me. He was younger than I am today, But somehow so much more a man. He loved my mother in his quiet way, He spoke his heart with callused hands. If he had doubts I never knew, He was the rock that I clung to, Now I’m adrift upon the sea, For it’s daddy’s hat but it’s still me. Chorus Daddy’s hat, speaks of strength and honor, Daddy’s hat, still smells of Brillcreem and Old Spice, Daddy’s hat, he always tipped it to the ladies, Removed it for the flag that he fought for, And I felt safe and warm when it was hanging by the door. He loved his daddy like his daddy did, The only tears I’d ever see. I’ll pass my daddy’s love to my own kids, It’s the only legacy they’ll need. I see his step when my son walks, I hear his voice when my son talks, And I feel his joy when my girl smiles, But I think I’ll keep his heart awhile. Chorus Going through my daddy’s things today, I felt so utterly alone. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: piano, bass guitar, guitar River Guerguerian: percussion Lynn Morgan Rosser: harmony vocals
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When the skies turned blue, And the blooms were peeking through, Into my life she flew, And said, “I’ve come back to you.” Wild and free, And so beautiful to see, How could she ever be. Meant for only me. Chorus Hummingbird, don’t go, You’ll take my heart, my soul, This love is all I know, Hummingbird, hummingbird, don’t go. Once she did light, As the day turned into night, But I held her wings too tight, And hummingbird took flight. But this time I’ll do my best, Not to move too close too fast, I’ll stay behind the colored glass, ‘Til the urge to fly has passed. Chorus When the skies turned grey, I knew she couldn’t stay, When I looked for her one day, Hummingbird had flown away. Hummingbird, don’t go, You’ll take my heart, my soul, This love is all I know, Hummingbird, hummingbird. Hummingbird, I know, You never want to go, The sky just calls you so, Hummingbird, hummingbird, you know, I’ll be here when the spring winds blow. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: bass guitar, guitar, harmonium, Wurlitzer piano, piano River Guerguerian: percussion David Holtzclaw: harmony vocals
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I went to the science museum, Took my sweetheart Marilu along. And as we walked through the giant eyeball, We saw an exhibit on the human genome. It said the genes of all people, Are 99.9% the same, And the other tiny little fraction, Keeps Michael Jackson from being John Wayne. Then I said I like all your genes, Marilu, But I love that itty bitty bit that makes you just you. See, I like the way you've only got two eyes, But I love the way they dart about when you're being shy, And I like how you've got toes on both your feet, But I love the way you wiggle 'em when you're fast asleep. I guess what I'm trying to say to you, Hon, Is I like your 99.9, but I love your 0.1. Well, Marilu and I got married, We shared some wedding cake and chromosomes, And a honeymoon plus nine months later, We took our little gene experiment home. We held hands and watched him sleeping, Then we saw through misty eyes, The toes on one foot just a'wiggling, And I said that must be his mama’s side. Then I said I like all your genes, Marilu, But I love that itty bitty bit that makes you just you. See, I like the way your nose has holes to breathe, But I love the way it crinkles up when you smile at me, And I like the way your heart beats all the time, But I love the way it skips a beat when your eyes meet mine. I guess what I'm trying to say to you, Hon, Is I like your 99.9, but I love your 0.1. Yeah, I like your 99.9, but I just love your 0.1. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: bass guitar Dave Johnson: dobro, mandolin
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While making room in the basement, I found those little pink shoes, And when I touched the loose laces, She appeared, getting ready for school. Tying these shoes like I showed her, Trying to do it herself. But she kept pulling the bows through, And cried, “Daddy, please, I need your help.” Chorus Loose ends, the things you help your loved ones through, Loose ends, no one can tie them up but you. Just when you think you’ve tied them all, they come undone again. And then one day, you long for loose ends. My brother never got started, He never figured life out. But he was so tenderhearted, And never saw that demon pounce. Late night calls to go get him, How I grumbled and whined. But I would crawl up to heaven, To bring Ronnie home just one more time. Chorus I better finish this basement, My son is moving back in, But someday he’ll do the tying, And I’ll be his loose end. Chorus ‘Cause life is love and tying up loose ends. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: bass guitar, guitar Herschel Lee Brown and Meredith Laney: harmony vocals
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Blue dress in the window, You stared at wistfully, Then you smiled and took me in, And bought new shoes for me. I struck out, and lost the big game, I looked down and walked away, You squeezed me tight and kissed my head, And I knew I’d be OK. In the middle of the night, When I’m feeling like no one cares, I tell myself I’m not alone, ‘Cause my mama’s always there. I could search this wide world over, My whole life through, But no one will ever love me like you. Mama, no one will ever love me like you. Green beans and banana pudding, Tasty bridges to the past, Your baby’s home, you fixed his favorite meal, Of course, you served yourself last. Each line in your sweet face, Is a smile for my victories, Each silver hair so beautiful, Is a tear you shed for me. And in the middle of the night, When I’m feeling like no one cares, I tell myself I’m not alone, ‘Cause my mama’s always there. Though your eyes can hide the hurting, The love still shines right through, And no one will ever love me like you. Mama, no one will ever love me like you. You see the good in me, No matter what I do, And no one will ever love me like you. Mama, no one will ever love me like you. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: piano, bass guitar River Guerguerian: percussion
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On the day that you were born I lost control, You took the biggest part of my heart and soul. And now when your heart fills with pain, mine overflows, We’re connected at the heart no matter where you go. Chorus There’s a part of me that hurts, And there’s nothing I can do, There’s no medicine that works, ‘Cause that part of me is you. I remember when you’d fall and bang your knee, I’d rub the hurt away and dry your cheek. But now the hurt is deep inside where I can’t touch, If I could move it into me, I wouldn’t hurt so much. Chorus If my hand gets burned, I can soothe it with a cream, And when my head is aching, a pill can give relief, but... Chorus Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: bass guitar Dave Johnson: pedal steel, violin, cello
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I’m a drifter by nature, but I was raised in Caroline, Where life is slow and simple and folks are warm and kind. And now when I get lonesome and need the comfort of a friend, I can feel the soft persuasion of that gentle southern wind. Chorus Southern wind, blowing me home, Southern wind, though I may roam, I know you’re always there to guide me home again, Southern wind, when I’m feeling low, Southern wind, you start to blow. And I just set my sail and fill it, With that steady southern wind. I get restless, and I wander, always searching for a dream, But now my arms grow weary, and I can hardly fight the stream. In the leaves I hear a whisper, gently calling me again, Well, if you’re heading south to Dixie, take me with you southern wind. Chorus Steve: vocals and guitar Eliot Wadopian: upright bass Dave Johnson: dobro, fiddle Leah Howard, Shana Blake, Lea Kuhlmann: harmony vocals
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I heard the rooster cry, “Sunshine’s wasting”, And I reached out to pat you awake. When my hand touched thin air, I remembered you weren’t there. I guess I’m just set in my ways. Walking home from the fields, I saw our chimney, I said I guess she’s not cooking today. Then I broke my stride, when I realized. I guess I’m just set in my ways. I still reach for your hand when I pray, I guess I’m just set in my ways. Settled down by the fire in the evening, I got my guitar and started to play, I still stopped at the part, where your singing should start. I guess I’m just set in my ways. I still reach for your hand when I pray, I guess I’m just set in my ways. Heard the rooster cry, “Sunshine’s wasting”, And I reached out to pat you awake. When my hand touched thin air, I remembered you weren’t there. I guess I’m just set in my ways. Steve: vocals, guitar, harmony vocals Eliot Wadopian: upright bass Dave Johnson: dobro, fiddle
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Well, I guess it’s true, old habits are hard to break, ‘Cause even though we’re through, and I’m out on my own, Each evening I still find, as I drive by the Oak Street sign, I almost turn down her street and head for home. Chorus And I turned down her street by mistake today. I guess this old car is still used to going that way. And before I realized, I pulled into her drive, I hope she didn’t see me drive away. Our place still looks the same, five weathered footprints still in the drive, Looks like our front porch swing, needs fixing again, And my old faithful hound ran to the car as I turned around, I said, “I can’t stay, boy, wish I could, goodbye my friend.” Chorus Steve: vocals, guitar Eliot Wadopian: upright bass Dave Johnson: mandolin, pedal steel Herschel Lee Brown: harmony vocals
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We met one summer day, some might say, by chance, You caught me sneaking my second second glance. And now we’re snuggled tight on this autumn night counting the stars, For what we’ve got, I wonder what the probabilities are. Chorus What are the odds stardust would make people, And they’d combine through generations to make you. What are the odds on this big world you’d pass where I stood, But when it’s God who does the dealing, the odds are pretty good. You say statistically, two of three will fail, And I can’t argue that, I know it all too well. But that means one of three was meant to be, and we’re on that list, But if that bet still makes you fret, just answer me this. Chorus Out of a million billion galaxies, A single star shines eternally, Just for me, And you are that one. What are the odds stardust would make people, And they’d combine through generations to make you. What are the odds on this big world you’d pass where I stood, But when it’s God who does the dealing, From a deck stacked to His ceiling, If two hearts give him that feeling, The odds are really good. Steve: vocals and guitar Chris Rosser: piano, bass guitar, guitar River Guerguerian: percussion Herschel Lee Brown: harmony vocals
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Another day, another dime, Now you’re the one thing on my mind. Traffic is slow, I’ve got sushi to go and your Favorite bottle of wine. Your voice is music as we eat, I feel the day slip to my feet. We leave our cares in a pile on the stairs and we Fly to heaven on a sheet. Chorus Then I float down the river, a breeze on my face, Your head on my shoulder, I drift away, And in the morning I’ll wake up to a world that’s fresh and new, ‘Cause tonight I’ll sleep with you. Outside the world is whirling ‘round, Bright lights and cars and city sounds. But here inside in our own world we hide and we’re Hoping never to be found. We’re wrapped together like two vines, I feel your heart melt into mine. And with each beat I feel you flow through me and I Lose my place in space and time. Chorus Your body’s bathed in the moonlight, That lonesome chime might be midnight. Chorus Steve: vocals, guitar, harmony vocals Chris Rosser: piano, electric piano, guitar River Guerguerian: percussion Eliot Wadopian: upright bass Meredith Laney: harmony vocals
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I was treading waves up to my nose, Frantically seeking with my toes, Gasping and drinking, Tiring and sinking, Then my foot found something solid. High on a rocky mountainside, I felt my feet begin to slide, Grasping and clawing, Praying and falling, Then my hand found something solid. Chorus When I was drowning in the sea, When I was falling helplessly, When life was letting go of me, I found you. My heart was starving and weak, Just dream pops and wish puffs to eat, Searching and waiting, Wasting and fading, Then my heart found something solid. Chorus I was treading waves up to my nose, Frantically seeking with my toes, Gasping and drinking, Tiring and sinking, Then my foot found something solid. Then my hand found something solid. Then my heart found something solid...... You! Steve: vocals and guitar Eliot Wadopian: upright bass Dave Johnson: dobro, mandolin, banjo Lea Kuhlmann, Shana Blake and Reeve Coobs: harmony vocals
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When I was just a little boy running through this house, The years ahead seemed infinite like the marbles in my pouch, I dumped them on the floor, didn’t care where they rolled, ‘Cause I’d never use all of them, I’d never grow old. As the years fell through the hour glass, The ones yet to fall, Turned from sand to little pearls, As their number grew small. When I declared myself a man and moved out of this house, The years stretched out in front of me as I turned my beetle south, And in my head I drew a map of where my life would go, And each year was a critical, short connecting road. As the years fell through the hour glass, The ones yet to fall, Turned from pearls to bits of gold, As their number grew small. And now we’re back here visiting so you can meet the folks, See I found what I went looking for all those years ago, We’re sitting in my bedroom, when something draws my eye, There wedged behind the nightstand leg a single marble shines. Now the years left in the hour glass, The ones yet to fall, Have turned from gold to diamonds, And their number is small. Yeah the years left in the hour glass, Now there’s just a few, I take them from the hour glass, And give them all to you. These precious years I hold to, I give them all to you. I give them all to you. Babe, I give them all to you. Steve: vocals, guitar, harmony vocals Chris Rosser: guitar, fretless bass David Holtzclaw: harmony vocals