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Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

 

I can see the stars in your eyes

Smell the perfume in your hair

But it’s only a fading feeling

Of how much you used to care

 

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

 

I know that I’d never be

The man you’d want me to

But that doesn’t mean

That I don’t still love you

 

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

 

My road has been so long

And my hands are too rough

To hold on to one so tender

And embrace your loving touch

 

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

 

It’s not your fault I’m this way

I can’t start over again

And I know because we were lovers

We can never just be friends

 

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

It’s a thousand miles to Omaha

But your mem’ry is right here with me

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10
(Trad.)

Lyrics

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later, God'll cut you down

Sooner or later gotta cut you down

 

Go tell that long tongued liar

Go and tell that midnight rider

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

 

Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news

My head's been wet with the midnight dew

I've been down on bended knee

Talkin' to the man from Galilee

He spoke to me with a voice so sweet

I thought I heard the shuffle of angels' feet

He called my name and my heart stood still

When he said, "John, go do my will."

 

Go tell that long tongued liar

Go and tell that midnight rider

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

 

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later, God'll cut you down

Sooner or later gotta cut you down

 

Well you may throw your rock

And hide your hand

Workin' in the dark against your fellow man

But as sure as God made black and white

What's done in the dark will be brought to the light

 

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later, God'll cut you down

Sooner or later gotta cut you down

 

Go tell that long tongued liar

Go and tell that midnight rider

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10
Neil Diamond

Lyrics

I was lost, until you found me

You're the reason for my today

Was tempest tossed, now I sleep soundly

Thanks to you, I'll gladly say

 

That if your gold mine comes up empty

I'll be there to work the claim

If you're captain of a shipwreck

I'll be firstmate to your shame

 

Trust in me, to share your burden

Stand by you, where I belong

When life brings the day uncertain

I will soothe you with my song

 

And if your gold mine comes up empty

I'll be there to work the claim

If you're captain of a shipwreck

I'll be firstmate to your shame

 

Fear no flood in stormy weather

Fear no fire if winds arise

Flesh and blood, I'm yours forever

And forever, it never dies

 

And if your gold mine comes up empty

I'll be there to work the claim

If you're captain of a shipwreck

I'll be firstmate to your shame

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

I can hear the echo of her teardrops

Fallin’ somewhere in the crooked rain

By and by, I only can remember

The way she used to call my name

 

Yes a long and crazy road we’re a-travelin’

To get back to where we once were

By and by, I only can remember

Where the path would split next to her

 

I can see her smilin’ in the sunshine

Laughin’ about the way the world turns

By and by, I only can remember

Lessons that I never learn

 

There’s mercy somewhere in the moonlight

Shinin’ down for everyone to see

By and by, I only can remember

The way she used to look at me

 

If there were only some way I could tell her

Some way to show her what I know

By and by, maybe she’d remember

What we had such a long time ago

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

He’s forty years old and worked hard every day of his life

Bought a house and raised two kids; gave everything he had to his ex-wife

Thinkin’ that it’s time to do something for himself, he takes a drive

Another mile goin’ down, that highway of life

 

On the corner there’s a car lot, he’s passed going to work everyday

And he dreamed about a sports car, but most the time he just looked away

Seein’ his reflection in the chrome and fuel-injection, the dealer says, “the keys are right inside”

And he got in and revved the engine, the first time on that highway of life

 

The highway bends and turns, and the engine it still burns

The wind whippin’ by your ears until it hurts

Sometimes you go fast and slow, sometimes you don’t know where to go

Sometimes you got to put yourself first

And there’s a million miles, on that highway of life

 

He pulls up to a stoplight, next to a pretty girl with long blond hair

She’s prob’ly younger than his daughter, but she smiles as if to say “I don’t care”

He glances left and then looks right, waves good-bye enjoyin’ the ride

Another mile goin’ down, that highway of life

 

The highway bends and turns, and the engine it still burns

The wind whippin’ by your ears until it hurts

Sometimes you go fast and slow, sometimes you don’t know where to go

Sometimes you got to put yourself first

And there’s a million miles, but you’ve got to drive

And take your time enjoyin’ the ride, on that highway of life

Take your time, on that highway of life

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

Leaves are changin’ in the trees

The evenin’ sun is sinkin’ low

Warm weather doesn’t come so easy

And any day now it might snow

I can’t feel the chill in the breeze

Time just eases right on by

I never thought there’d be a time I’d see

The year that I had Autumn in July

 

I never thought much of her first husband

She never liked my fiancé

For sixteen years she’s all I ever wanted

So how could we be standin’ here today

The judge waves his hand and it’s all over

I don’t know if I could even cry

The rain would hide my tears anyhow

The year that I had Autumn in July

 

I wish that you could know how I feel

I guess we’ll have to wait ‘til winter comes

On a cold November, Pennsylvania mornin’

I’ll kiss you before we start to run

 

And in the end I see a passin’ smile

From someone I barely even know

She tells me everthing’ll be alright

“I promise you that I’ll outlast the cold”

I don’t know how to make it through

If you could just wait for me to try

I hung on by a thread to be with you

The year that I had Autumn in July

 

I wish that you could know how I feel

Maybe you can see it in my eyes

I lost a friend but found a true love then

The year that I had Autumn in July

Doc Hodges
2010-12-11
Bob Dylan

Story

Doc Hodges performing Bob Dylan's "Tell Ol' Bill" on the CD, "Positively Pikes Peak - The Pikes Peak Region Sings Bob Dylan. Order the CD at http://www.positivelypikespeak.com

Lyrics

 

The river whispers in my ear
I've hardly a penny to my name
The heavens have never seemed so near
And, all of my body glows with flame

The tempest struggles in the air
And to myself alone I sing
It could sink me then and there
I can hear the echoes ring

I try to find one smilin' face
To drive the shadows from my head
I'm stranded in this nameless place
Lyin' restless in a heavy bed

Tell me straight out if you will
Why must you torture me within?
Why must you come down off of your high hill?
Throw my fate to the clouds and wind

Far away in a silent land
Secret thoughts are hard to bear
Remember me, you'll understand
Emotions we can never share

You trampled on me as you passed
Left the coldest kiss upon my brow
All of my doubts and fears have gone at last
I've nothing more to tell you now

I walk by tranquil lakes and streams
As each new season's dawn awaits
I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
The enemy is at the gate

Beneath the thunder blasted trees
The words are ringin' off your tongue
The ground is hard in times like these
The stars are cold, the night is young

The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
Iron clouds go floating by
Snowflakes fallin' in my hair
Beneath the gray and stony sky

The evenin' sun is sinkin' low
The woods are dark, the town is too
They'll drag you down, they run the show
Ain't no telling what they'll do

Tell ol' Bill when he comes home
That anything is worth a try
Tell him that I'm not alone
And, that the hour has come to do or die

All the world I would defy
Let me make it plain as day
I look at you now and I sigh
How could it be any other way?

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

It ain’t been a long time

Hardly just a little while

And I’m not tryin’ to get over you

Not even tryin’ to smile

No my indifference doesn’t change

As the days go rollin’ by

I’m just tired of being lonely

While you’re still my wife

 

It ain’t easy anymore

But it sure used to be

And it never had to be so hard

If you’d stayed with me

And I know you’re sorry now

But you weren’t sorry then

I’m just tired of being lonely

Wish I could have you back again

 

I can’t say I love you like I used to

I still might, but I don’t know what to do

 

It ain’t the ribbons anymore

Don’t tie up your hair

I’ll never know if you love me

Or if you even care

I’ll still be reelin’ from the way

Our lives have to be

I’m just tired of being lonely

Won’t you stay with me

 

I’m just tired of being lonely

Won’t you stay with me

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

If I ain’t drinkin’, I’m thinkin’ of you

If I ain’t had a hard one, there’s nothin’ else I can do

‘Cause I’d be rememberin’ the whole night through

Oh, if I ain’t drinkin’, I’m thinkin’ of you

 

If I ain’t lonely, I’m with someone new

‘Cause when I’ve had a hard one, there’s nothin’ else I can do

She’ll never know what you put me through

But if I ain’t lonely, I’m with someone new

 

If you’re workin’ on a hard time

It must be worth somethin’

But everything we lost

Is gone for good

 

If I ain’t livin’, I’m dyin’ for you

This life is a hard one, and it’s all I can do

All this time ‘til my time is through

But if I ain’t livin’, I’m dyin’ for you

 

Yeah, life don’t seem worth livin’

After what you put me through

Now if I ain’t drinkin’, I’m thinkin’ of you

Oh, if I ain’t drinkin’, I’m thinkin’ of you

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

 

My father washed windows in his prosperous years

Built an average comp’ny in Alaska

I didn’t know him ‘til I’s five

Didn’t know he was alive

Or what kept the world between us

 

Mother’s second husband put my back against the wall

Blamed it all on drugs and booze

One night he’d done enough

Got a little too rough

Mama found me cryin’ black and blue

 

And she said, “Son get your brother

All your clothes and your bear

I’ve had enough, it’s time we got the hell out of here

We don’t have much to go on

I’m not sure what to do

But you hold on to me

I’ve got you”

 

I lost my first love when I was fourteen

Mother’s little sister was the same

I never knew that kind of pain

Why can't anyone explain

Why do they all say it’s just a shame

 

And she said, “Son bow your head

Kneel and say a prayer

I’ve had enough, it’s time we got the hell out of here

We don’t have much to go on

But the Lord knows what to do

You hold on to me

I’ve got you”

 

My boy just lost a tooth, baby sister just turned three

I know the proudest grandma in the world

Wife and I have struggled

I never knew this kind of trouble

Mama says, “Don’t worry she’s your girl”

 

She said, “Think about your children

And all the time you shared

And if you had enough, it’s time you got the hell out of there

I know it’s not much to go on

But I know you’ll make it through

Just hold on and remember

I’ve got you”

 

Mother’s just retired after twenty-seven years

Workin’ on the line and raisin’ kids

We built a lot of mem’ries

Shared a lot of vict’ries

And I’ll try to do just like she did

 

And I’ll tell my son and daughter

“There’s no reason to be scared

And if times get rough, I’ll get you both the hell out of here

I know it’s not much to go on

But I know what to do

You hold on to me

I’ve got you”

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

I wish I had a girl to go away with me to New York City

Ride along beside me in the front seat of my old ‘65

We’d talk and laugh about things that didn’t matter

Hit that Big Apple

Like two rock stars singin’, “You won’t take me back alive”

 

In a town in Mississippi, there’s a girl I remember everyday

Cornersville and Denver, Detroit, the story's all the same

The roads of life don’t bring us together

Maybe it’s better

Friends that can’t be lovers will never call my name

 

And I’ve died for lifetime without you

And I’ve crossed the divide on my own

And I never thought I’d be standin’ on the road alone

 

On a small Nebraska river there’s a town where I fin’ly rest

I don’t know the stranger, details just get in the way

Tomorrow I’ll head back to Colorado

Remember the sorrow

But for now I’m in love, if only for today

For now I’m in love, if only for today

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

Baby we’ve been friends for a good long time

And lovin’ you that way never crossed my mind

But I saw you with your new love today

And I wondered how I let you get away

 

Well I’ve run the race of time with you

Held on to you for an hour or two

Been there when the day was through and more

And now I find I’m walkin’ the floor

 

You held me when times were tough

Behind blue eyes you saw enough

And I never felt nothin’ like this love before

 

And I wondered how I let you get away

When I saw you with your new love today

Oh, I should be the guy

Standin’ by your side

Oh, I wonder how I let you get away

 

And I wondered how I let you get away

When I saw you with your new love today

If I could do it all again

I would be more than your friend

Oh, I wonder how I let you get away

 

And I wondered how I let you get away

When I saw you with your new love today

Oh, I should be the guy

Standin’ by your side

Oh, I wonder how I let you get away

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10

Lyrics

Lights are hangin’ o'er the table

The orchids are in bloom

Yesterday we were lovers

Today’s a different tune

I’m sad and blue

Sad and blue

 

Sunrise breaks the mornin’

Long before May or June

We talk for hours about nothin’

Know I’ll be there soon

I’m sad and blue

Sad and blue

 

Every time we passed before

I knew you were the one

And now our time away

Reminds me more and more

 

I’ll hold you in my arms again

Your eyes will be renewed

The skies’ll pass clear on us then

But when I’m without you

I’m sad and blue

Sad and blue

Sad and blue

Doc Hodges
2011-05-10
Mel McDaniel

Lyrics

I got back in town a day before I planned to

And I smiled and said, “I’ll sure surprise my wife

I don’t think I’ll call, I’ll just go on home”

I didn’t know the cold hard facts of life

 

I passed a little wine store on the corner

And I pictured pink champagne by candlelight

Stopped the car right then, got out and hurried in

My mind not on the cold hard facts of life

 

A stranger stood there laughin’ at the counter

He said, “I’ll have two bottles of your best

Her husband’s out of town and there’s a party”

He winked as if to say, “You know the rest”

 

I left the store two steps behind the stranger

From there to my house his car stayed in sight

It wasn’t ‘til he turned into my drive that I learned

I was witnessin’ the cold hard facts of life

 

I drove around the block ‘til I was dizzy

Each time the noise came louder from within

And then I saw our bottle there beside me

I drank a fifth of courage and walked in

 

Man, you should’ve seen their frantic faces

As she screamed and cried, “Please put away that knife”

I guess I’ll go to Hell, or rot here in this cell

But who taught who the cold hard facts of life

Let You Get Away

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