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Painted Sky

by Schweitzer

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Two Ways 03:33
My knees get to knockin’ when you walk in the room That shouldn’t happen after all we’ve been through Just look how that skirt, floats ‘round you’re a… and listen to that West Texas drawl You’ve gotta take some bad with the good And honey you’re good and you’re bad and I want it all You want it your way, I want it mine But there’s an our way down the middle of that line It’s a question of balance, walkin’ that fence And we can help each other not to fall You know that with the pleasure you get a little pain And I may be a little pain but the pleasure makes it worth it all He said, she said…love ain’t no good that way You can’t two step while I’m trying to shuffle If we dance together, we can swing this place Cause love only goes two ways Two ways, that’s foreplay, now we say, that’s just fine The good days, and the bad days, love only goes two ways Yours and mine Look at it this way, or look at it that Upside down or sideways as a matter of fact I’ve seen it with you in it, and I’ve seen it with you out This ain’t no judgment call You know you get some wrong with the right And honey I believe we were right and that ain’t wrong at all He said, she said… love ain’t no good that way You can’t two step while I’m trying to shuffle If we dance together, we can swing this place Cause love only goes two ways Two ways, that’s foreplay, now we say, that’s just fine The good days, and the bad days, love only goes two ways Yours and mine
2.
Working at a bar they call the Corner Pocket Wiping up behind the drunks and the billiard wizards Tips are earned with smiles and jokes, an extra shot and idle talk Just settin’ ‘em up for the weekend warriors and the social suicides But you sit at a corner table every other night And seem to understand the struggle between me and my pride Then you’re gone and all I’ve got is what you leave behind Just coffee cups and candy wrappers Standin’ out back, takin’ a break, thinkin’ of you My finger tips are wrinkled from the beer in the bar rags Falling starlight streaks the darkness to graze another moonless sky And I’ve only got so many wishes wished upon a desert night And you sit in a quiet corner and only order twice First you ask for coffee and a refill when I have the time And soon you get a candy bar, the check, and tip me with a smile And coffee cups and candy wrappers Crickets fill the night outside the Corner Pocket A warm wind rushes by me and my eyes start to water Keys, they jingle loudly in the quiet as the city sleeps I sigh into the seat, behind the wheel, and shut the door And resign myself to a lonely house and the late, late show But you sit at a corner table every other night And seem to understand the struggle between me and my pride Then you’re gone and all I’ve got is what you leave behind coffee cups and candy wrappers coffee cups and candy wrappers Just coffee cups and candy wrappers
3.
The Drive 03:42
Headed north that fall out of Abilene Forty hard ridin’ boys and young Billy Green With a thousand head rustled up from Mexico Mr. Bridger ridin’ point and Cookie in tow And Billy sang Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay Montana’s ‘bout a hundred million miles away Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo Lord I hope we hit the territories ‘fore the snow Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yay Ki Yo Come an early frost set to Lexington Cookie’s coffee liked to kill us but it kept us warm The Platte was so swollen, took a day to cross Most the herd made it, but little Billy was lost Singin’ Ki Yi Yippi Ki yay Lord we’re sendin’ little Billy home today Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo What a fine fine way for a cowboy to go Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yay Ki Yo Made it to Billings without a day to spare Mr. Bridger tellin’ tales of what was waitin’ there An honest game of poker, a forever blue sky And all the whiskey and women that short pay can buy Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay Tellin’ all the pretty girls we’re comin’ back someday Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo Darlin’, I can only stay ‘til there ain’t no snow Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay Yes, Abilene’s a hundred million miles away Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo But a cowboy’s gotta roam Like a river flows Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yi Yay Ki Yo Yippi Ki Yo Yippi Ki Yi Yay Ki Yo
4.
My gun belt’s cut the blood off and my legs are numb and sore My pony has been limping, but there’s just a few miles more I’ve got to get a fresh horse or I’ll ride her ‘til she dies I could never handle this endless desert if it weren’t for painted skies I hear firewood crackling, the beans are finally hot The coyotes are yapping, and the whiskey hits the spot I’ve got bruises in my knee joints, and cramps up in my thighs I could never handle all this riding, cowboys, if it weren’t for painted skies Hey, Boss, look what you’ve made Look at all the colors in the clouds If that’s where you put your feet Boss, I couldn’t look you in the eyes I’ll just get some sleep and dream about a horse that never tires And I could never take this hard living, Boss, if it weren’t for painted skies I used to be a lawman, I used to wear the star I’ll still take the pay if there’s trouble where we are But I hung up my guns, at least I had to try I could never handle all this killing, cowboys, if it weren’t for painted skies It only takes a look to make a madman draw his gun And I have put men down, but I feel sorry when it’s done They always plead for life after the murders and the lies I could never handle these hangings, cowboys, if it weren’t for painted skies Hey, Boss, look what you’ve made Look at all the colors in the clouds If that’s where you put your feet Boss, I couldn’t look you in the eyes I’ll just get some sleep and dream about a about a fire that never dies And I could never take this hard living, Boss, if it weren’t for painted skies
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The steering wheel was hard to hold just an hour or so ago My hands start to sweat when I think of you But now they’re dry as ashes knowing they’ll touch you nevermore It’s hard to take that halo from above you Now I held certain strong beliefs about the way you felt And I don’t know what to do with the admission in your eyes I could kill your lover but he’s only half at fault I could never hurt you and don’t know what else to do So I’ll just take the saline solution… and cry It’s a long long way from where I’m at to where I plan to be And what I do when I get there’s still a mystery to me But distance doesn’t matter I’ll spend nights pacing the floor Wondering when you think of me what is the image that you see Now I held certain strong beliefs about the way you felt And I don’t know what to do with the admission in your eyes I could kill your lover but he’s only half at fault I could never hurt you and don’t know what else to do So I’ll just take the saline solution… and cry But I know what went wrong Too human to deny desire, not enough to be strong And what makes this so sad If we weren’t still in love we wouldn’t be so awfully mad Well I’ve pressed my case so hard by now my knuckles have turned white The wheel feels like the bones of some old snake And I’ve been in my head so long the sky is near too bright The urge to stop and call you’s like an earthquake Now I held certain strong beliefs about the way you felt And I don’t know what to do with the admission in your eyes I could kill your lover but he’s only half at fault I could never hurt you and don’t know what else to do So I’ll just take the saline solution… and cry Now I held certain strong beliefs about the way you felt And I don’t know what to do with the admission in your eyes I could kill your lover but he’s only half at fault I could never hurt you and don’t know what else to do So I’ll just take the saline solution… and cry I’ll cry... Mmm, I’ll cry
6.
I remember walkin' hand in hand on South Padre Island We took my truck and a cooler to the beach to spend the day I can still see her hair in tiny circles drippin' Gulf Coast sunshine God help my heart if I don't remember her that way So give her my best if you see her and tell her I still feel the same and I'm comin' to terms, 'stead of comin' all apart But tell her yes, I'm still alone, and might just stay that way How can I love another with her living in my heart? How can I love another with her living in my heart? I dream about the moonlight in her eyes this side of Austin Stuck on 35 without a spare and no help for miles I was kickin' and screamin' like I thought it was the truck's fault we were stranded She was holding back the laughter but couldn't hide the smile So give her my best if you see her and tell her I still feel the same I'm not comin' all apart... But tell her yes, I'm still alone... How can I love another with her living in my heart? How can I love another with her living in my heart? She up and bought a home on the Dallas side of Waco I know she could never afford to do that by herself And I can still see her hair in tiny circles drippin' Gulf Coast sunshine God help my heart cause my heart can't help itself So give her my best if you see her and tell her I still feel the same and I'm comin' to terms, 'stead of comin' all apart But tell her yes, I'm still alone, and might just stay that way How can I love another with her living in my heart? How can I love another with her living in my heart?
7.
You see Jimmy over there's in a world of hurt See that pack of smokes in the sleeve of his shirt Well a month ago, Jimmy told Susie he'd quit Now he's been comin' here night after night While Susie's been workin' he's lightin' them lights And tonight's the night Susie caught him doin' it Just wait a minute till things get settled down I can give you an explanation that's true and sound I don't know what you've been told But I can tell you now it's a crock of ...gold And I'll tell you why soon as things get settled down I gotta help Bob, he's in a helluva mess His wife was expectin' a raise, I guess She went out and bought a fancy dress cut to fit Well I heard Bob say "You didn't hear me good I said I got some praise, not a raise, but I should" And in the fight that followed that fancy dress got ripped Just wait a minute till things get settled down I can give you an explanation that's true and sound I don't know what you have heard But listen good to me, it's beyond absurd And I'll tell you why soon as things get settled down Now, where'd you hear that, it's a damnable lie I just come here just to get pie in my eye And there ain't no girl named Silky, that's the gospel truth Well Jimmy can tell you and Bob knows it too I sit at the bar and get quietly stewed And play Cricket or Pool, and besides her name is Ruth... oh shit Just wait a minute till things get settled down I can give you an explanation that's true and sound Now I don't know how that got in your head But what you hear isn't always what's said and I'll set you right soon as things get settled down Just wait a minute till things get settled down I can give you an explanation that's true and sound I got excuses and reasons to waste But I'm puttin' out fires all over the place And I’ll get back to you soon as things get settled down
8.
It wasn’t in her looks It wasn’t in her smile It wasn’t in the cut of her clothes It ain’t like she unleashed all her womanly wiles Like I’d even fall for that, god knows I can’t explain it,It ain’t natural I can’t even run and hide Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied I tried to look away Pretend I didn’t notice It’s not as simple as that She caught me lookin’ all sly like in the reflection Pretendin’ to examine a bottle of Jack I can’t explain it,It ain’t natural I can’t even run and hide Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied I checked my watch Looked at the door Deciding which option was best Feeling the panic Shaken and stirred And Trey Gray pounding a beat in my chest I was out of the gate and kickin’ up track Leaving nothing but a vacuum behind I was runnin’ like a racehorse runnin’ for the roses But that was only in my mind I can’t explain it,It ain’t natural I can’t even run and hide Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied Cause I’m wrapped around her finger, caught in her trap Penned up like a show horse, roped and tied
9.
The Lie 03:30
You look so peaceful sleepin' there Like the halo of an angel on your pillow lays your hair I never thought I'd say the things I'm gonna say to you I hope that somewhere in your heart you don't believe it's true I don't love you, never did You were just too wonderful for me to commit We were a mistake I knew you'd fix later on No I don't love you so you shouldn't feel bad movin' on There was an accident tonight And I begged the ghost that came to take me just to say goodbye You can't hear me now but you'll remember what I say And you won't understand but I hope it's better this way I don’t love you… never did I turned around and flew across the stars to my new home And I saw my Savior sitting on the edge of his throne He said, "I forgive you, I know why you lied" So I'll spend the rest of her life just sittin' by his side, singing... Lord I loved her, always did She was just too wonderful, I thought she was your gift Promise she'll remember me, when she comes home and that I love her, so she shouldn't feel bad movin' on
10.
Complacency 03:02
I went off to work an hour early just this morning And I got home so late I thought that you’d be packed for goin’ I was hopin’ you’d be angry, pacin’ up and down But you were sleepin’, smiling’, dreamin’, don’t I feel the clown Cause when I got to work, well I just sat there in my car And after work I’s sittin’ by myself in some old bar Thinkin’ how I’d feel if you were me and I was you I’d be mad as hell, but you were busy sawin’ wood You done ceased to care… you don’t give a damn ‘bout what I do, with who or why or where I even am So darlin’ you just sit there on your laurels, wait and see If you don’t lose me solely due to your complacency Yesterday I brought some roses home and you said “thanks” And where’s the milk and eggs and did I put gas in the tank? Cause you were off to see your mother, if that’s all right… Yeah, that’s okay, I know you haven’t seen her since last night Damn good thing we never got around to having kids I know they’d be devastated, seein’ us like this Cause you were once not long ago the center of my life Now I’m on the outside lookin’ in and think’ twice I hope I’m still around when you realize I’m the one Who cared and kept on carin’ when the care in you had gone You done ceased to care… you don’t give a damn ‘bout what I do, with who or why or where I even am So darlin’ you just sit there on your laurels, wait and see If you don’t lose me solely due to your complacency So darlin’ you just sit there on your laurels, wait and see If you don’t lose me solely due to your complacency Cause you don’t seem to care, and you don’t give a damn
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I've been hearing stories, yes the word is on the street When I'm out on the road, you're ridin' in the rumble seat with every pair of snake skin boots through your revolving door I told you once, I told you twice, I ain't telling you no more Cause I'm, all over broken, worn inside and out So mad I'm smokin', and too hoarse to shout This time I ain't jokin', my forgivin' days are through cause I'm, all over broken, and head to toe fed up with you You always say it don't mean nothin' but it means somethin' to me when you're takin' home for dinner every fish that's in the sea I can't even go out with my friends and have a beer cause every time I leave the house all my friends come here And I'm, all over broken, worn inside and out So mad I'm smokin', and too hoarse to shout This time I ain't jokin', my forgivin' days are through cause I'm, all over broken, and head to toe fed up with you You swear it's all so innocent...I can't believe the things I'm told I believe you ain't been innocent since you were six years old And now I believe... That I'm... all over broken, worn inside and out So mad I'm smokin', and too hoarse to shout This time I ain't jokin', my forgivin' days are through cause I'm, all over broken, and head to toe fed up with you All over broken, all over broken in two...
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Dear Love 03:33
Dear Love, I had to drop a line to say Dear Love, I wish it wasn’t this way I tried holding on but now I know that was wrong Dear Love, though part of me still wishes I could stay I have to take my heart away We’ve been hangin’ on to special moments our bodies can’t deny We must be doing something wrong somewhere I know we’ve tried all there is to try My heart keeps sayin’ it’s a big, big ocean You won’t be lonely for too long P.S. Dear Love, though you may not believe it, I’m gonna miss us Dear Love, though part of me still wishes I could stay I have to take my heart away It isn’t right or wrong or good or bad it’s just the way it is We believed that Cupid’s aim was true not we’re learning he can miss It’s not enough for you to say you love me I need to see it in your life P.S. Dear Love, though you were never lookin’, I was reachin’ out Dear Love, I had to drop a line to say Dear Love, I wish it wasn’t this way I tried holding on but now I know that was wrong Dear Love, though part of me still wishes I could stay I have to take my heart away Oooo, I have to take my heart away
13.
Sudden Stop 03:28
She says yes, and I get excited I'm like a kid, I can't hide it then I get all worked up for not bein' alone It goes good, it gets better All of a sudden I get that letter And I can't even get her to answer the phone Pardon me for bendin' your ear Let me make this perfectly clear It's not the "up" that gets me worried What goes up 'sgotta come down again It's not the fallin' I'm afraid of It's that... sudden stop at the end She's got the goods, and you got the needs She's the supply that demands you to please She's like a treat and you know that you're gonna give in She melts in the heat and you gotta lick it Sticky and sweet like a drug, you can't kick it And then you find out she was just using you to get him Pardon me for bein' so straight I admit, I took the bait but... It's not the "up" that gets me worried What goes up 'sgotta come down again It's not the fallin' I'm afraid of It's that... sudden stop at the end I'm not bitter but don't get me started I'm not to blame for the things that my heart did Broken and beaten, neglected the way that it was It's a game of roulette, as soon as you're in it You can reach out and still reach your limit And if they don't have an excuse then it's "just because" She melts in the heat and you gotta lick it Sticky and sweet like a drug, you can't kick it And then you find out she was just using you to get him Pardon me for bendin' your ear Let me make this perfectly clear It's not the "up" that gets me worried What goes up 'sgotta come down again It's not the fallin' I'm afraid of It's that... sudden stop at the end

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This album is a collection of songs I've written (and a couple with my late partner Rus Stedman) that are influenced, or at least informed by my southern roots. I wouldn't say it's "pure" country or western, because I'm not, but then... who is?

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released October 26, 2014

Produced by Peter R.J. Deyell and Richard Schweitzer. All songs by Richard Schweitzer, except "The Drive" and "All Over Broken" by Rus Stedman and Richard Schweitzer. All songs recorded by Richard Schweitzer.

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Schweitzer Los Angeles, California

My brother started writing songs and that was the spark that started me on my own songwriting course that would last the rest of my life. I chose to use my surname, "Schweitzer," for practical reasons, realizing long ago that pronouncing "Richard Schweitzer" was difficult. "Schweitzer Projects" under the "tindog music & stuff" umbrella is producing songs in the Pop / Pop rock or folk categories ... more

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