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13 Steps

by Barking Owls

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Whatever 03:09
Now I'm fallin' in and out of love, I know it's only just because it's just never ever what You'd think it'd be, it's fallacy, I'll give it till the count of three and then I'm giving up Now I don't even want you back, I'm keeping score but losing track I think you're still in the lead But I don't care, I'll leave it there, don't you come runnin' back to here 'cause now I'm comin' clean I finally got it all together And I've put away my nevers And even if I didn't feel better [which I do] I'd still be right... [I'd say to you] I'd still be like... whatever Now I don't know what's down this road, could make a U but I suppose I'll just keep truckin' on Now it's ups and downs, and little towns, I think I might be turned around or could it be I just been found? Now for better or for worse, it's a blessing and a curse this is what you left me with Now here stands a man, from what began, you wouldn't recognize him and I just don't give a rip CHORUS Whatever you need to tell yourself Whatever lies you believe Whatever don't need any o' my help Whatever just made you leave CHORUS
Love Sick 03:10
This ain't just some 24 hour bug It's a full on, knock down, drag out flu Don't think an MD, could even save me I'm sick in love in with you I'm under this - whether you love me or not I'm laid up broke down and blue I'm feverish - in a cold sweat burnin' hot I'm love sick over you The only fix is self medication And I'd hardly call that cure So I take placebos of guitars and banjos And girls with smiles like yours CHORUS I'm burning up, got a terrible fever She's turning up, and turning me down I'd follow up, but it's a risky procedure I'd foul it up, anyway.... cause I'm all strung out CHORUS You're happiest - wherever I'm not I'm torn down, broke and blue I'm under this - I wish that you'd catch what I got I'm love sick over you
13 Steps 03:50
It's a good thing dead men walk And from the way they talk 13 steps will work It's a sentenced cure And when the state is sure They'll plant me in the dirt 13 steps from the fix 13 steps to escape these bricks My unlucky trip Led me up to this 13 steps from the fix They charged the both of us But it's her they trust She said it was my gun She hid all the hints Then wiped away her prints They say I'm they guilty one CHORUS I'm clinking as I step It's left then right then left Then there's nothing left to grip Nothing but the count Soon I'll be in the ground It should be over quick CHORUS 13 steps from the fix 9 more to escape these bricks Now I'm down to only 6 3 more will end this 1 more step from the fix
Now I don't believe That you wanna leave Cause something keeps holding you here Though there's a distance I see When your eyes look at me Still they keep on drawing me near I'll keep waiting for you For as long as I have to I'll keep waiting for you I.... will wait... I will wait... for you Now I know you're not scared Maybe not quite prepared We've been building up to this for ages And I don't pretend That I understand But that won't stop me turnin' these pages CHORUS With nothing but love above you Now nothing just won't feel right And nothing would take gettin' used to Holding onto every night Now the waiting is easy Believe you me, see When I know I'm waiting for this Till you came along Were no words to this song Now my melody's tuned to your kiss CHORUS
I guess I got a little thing for you But I don't mean a thing to you, it's true I'd like to tell you what I'd like to do with you Get you all up to speed On why you should be with me We'll see if we can be all that I hoped we'd be I don't even know myself What I'm doing here with you when you're with someone else I guess I really should fill you in On what I'm thinkin'... but here's the thing There's a little thing I'd like to do If you're down, it's up to you If you do then tell me well we might just see this through If you're feelin' what I say Could ya send a little my way When a little is all you got, a little means a lot, makes it OK CHORUS Got this whole thing planned with you If only I meant a damn to you But from where I stand, man I think I don't stand a chance with you It would mean a lot to me If you could send a little relief, Reprieve, believe, but please don't leave, come see about me CHORUS
Nothin' but dust Grows round this place We do what we must Now this is what it takes 1 for the money 2 for the door Count of 3 if you're ready That's what banks are 4 A bag for the greenbacks A gun full o' lead A new dot on this map And the same 4 steps CHORUS Don't ya pull that trigger Unless the take's enough Cause it only figures When you add it up CHORUS
My head... won’t stop hurting While you’re busy flirting From Toledo down to Mexico My heart... sure is stinging While you’re busy flinging Just thought I’d ask if I could know Are you done with me then Or should I pretend that we're really not over yet Are you done with me then Are we on the mend or should I just call it quits Thought I’d see if you still need me or will this be the end Are you done with me then It seems... you’re way to busy Or always throwing a tizzy When you finally do answer the phone You might... just be that pretty To do me wrong and dis' me But I think I’d rather go it alone CHORUS I guess I was just blinded But your friends said you'd already let me go And I suppose I wouldn't mind it But why am I always the last to know? CHORUS
Now I'm state side, ring side, high side, inside Riding on a high tide, waiting for my ride Wide-eyed, no lies, can't hide the blindside Untied, no bride, writing me a love guide I call you Miss Guided You can call me Mr. E Now we're divided By a hers and history Now I'm full stride, all pride, tear drops, all dried You cried, I sighed, you slept beside I applied, you replied, bona fide denied How snide, tongue-tied, in his sheets you slide CHORUS Right side up, and left side down To top it off, I'm bottom bound Now I can't abide, what you supplied, allied then defied Night drive, bow tie, bone dry, fly by Retried, denied, dead heads, tie died B-side, two ply, not quite, nice try CHORUS
Gearbox 03:35
Tally up, knuckle tough I'll take five if you've got some Been black and blue, a time or two But that's half the fun I've added gears, and shapes of spears To bring the brass to bear Head don't think, don't let your ears blink We're rounded out to square Tension spring, pendulum swing Wind it up, synchronize your clocks Patent pend, just check my grin I've been working on... my gearbox Smoking screen, feeds the machine The satin and the leather and steel Zeppelin blimps, faculty glimpse For necessity invented the wheel No stutter see, planned and plotted nicely Precision visioned in every move Crafted tight, strung out like a kite Pistons pumpin' thumpin' out this here groove CHORUS Monocle poked in my face, top hat shoved in its place Take my spot in the assembly line Mind the cuffs and the lapels, wipe the grease spot tattletells You'll get the parts you need one at a time CHORUS
I saw the two of us, in an old photograph Smiles on our faces said we'd never grow old Remember when I could make you laugh Now this is all some kind of joke Please stop me if you've heard this one before Girl meets boy and boy meets hope Funny at first, but I'm not laughing anymore Now this is all some kind of joke Now I'm the punchline of your life's story I'm the fall guy, so you can dump on me I'm the one line I don't think is so funny Now that the joke's on me OK, I admit it I don't get this one Maybe I wasn't following too close Or maybe I'm over thinking things again Now this is all some kind of joke CHORUS I'm on the outside of an inside joke Don't recognize the couple in this photograph Guy walks into a bar and walks into hope Don't make me laugh I saw the two of us, waste of a good photo You built me up but now I'm broke I was too chicken to cross that road Now this is all some kind of joke CHORUS
Love's tempting me, but I won't fall for it this time No I don't believe, though I admit I've towed the line It always seems, this time will work out now But then she leaves, just like she's done a hundred times before Don't you be fooled, I know you think you're happy now You'd best play it cool, now don't you ever let on how You feel, that's when it starts downhill You think it's real, just say "I won't" when she says "I will" It's all part of the same conversation I keep on having in my head I'm dead set, then beset by reservations It's white hot, then blue on blue, and all I see is red You'd think I'd learn, but it's taken a lifetime Ya know I've been burned, I've seen no light but I'm not blind And so it goes, don't make the same mistakes And no one knows, what doesn't bend will surely break CHORUS Love's tempting me, thought you and me were I and I Now I finally see, that it's all just one big lie I'll just up and leave, I'd just make a mess of this Hard to believe, that there was once a time I did CHORUS
I told you I love you, you know that's the truth If'n you don't believe me, I'll offer the proof Not by walking miles, or mountains in strife But I promise I'll prove it, the rest of my life Let down your hair and I'll let down my guard She said, "this is love, it's supposed to be hard" Now imagine a place, like this just simple and warm It's like trying to count, raindrops in a storm Sorry I hurt your feelings, you know I've got some too Sometimes we don't remember, the both of us do When time hasn't mended, the both of us yet When you can't forgive yourself, you just have to forget I'll let down my guard, if you'll let down your hair She said, "this is love, promise me you'll play fair" I said this goes beyond promises, or wishes or pacts Now I'll love you forever, and that's just a fact I said I'll love you forever, and that's just a fact
Met you after the show Only goes to show that you don't know How it's gonna play Now I been hit by a train Full bore, not sure, I don't recall my name Or feeling quite this way And this only gets better And we don't have to try And this only gets better Now that we got the time to take our time I'm tangled up in my words If we get what we deserve that'd be a first I think we might just could It's gettin' harder to land Get gone, get along, gotta get what you can While the gettin's good CHORUS Don't you cross this here line Unless you're all on board Don't go wastin' my time I'll give you what for It's gettin' harder to play like I don't mind And I find, I walk that line, every time CHORUS


released July 11, 2014


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Barking Owls Twin Falls, Idaho

A new choice for honest listeners who want to get what they pay for. The band’s blend of folk, pop, rock, alt-country, and bluegrass elements yields a catchy and thoughtful, yet accessible, brand of hand-made music that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre—Americana at its finest. ... more

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