Outskirts of Town

Released in 1993

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  1. The Boys and Me

    Me and the boys that I knew in school
    Are thirty years old and, stubborn as a herd of mules
    We get all cleaned up on a Saturday night
    We say yes to the girls when they ask if they look alright
    Load up the cars and ride around
    Roll down the windows and we go to town

    Chorus
    And we talk too slow, drive too fast
    We're high on life and low on gas
    Tryin' to make the way things are
    The way things used to be
    The boys and me

    The phone rings it's the call of the wild
    And the clothes we wear have finally come back in style
    We got some tall tales that we love to tell
    They may not be true
    But we sure do remember them well
    We work hard to have a little fun
    Roll up our sleeves and get the job done son

    Chorus repeats twice

  2. Farmer Tan

    There are tears in the eyes of the scarecrow
    His head is sinking' low
    He tends his fields with the best of them
    Thinkin' love can make it grow
    But when the landlord says it's over 
    And the harvest has turned cold
    There ain't enough to pay the man
    After the crops have been sold 

    Chorus
    Tell me what do we see when we look in the mirror
    He don't see no money but he sees something clearer
    There's a man doin' all that he can in the midst of no concern
    He ain't in the sun tryin' to get his arms brown
    He's tryin' to pull a livin' out of that old hard ground
    These days a man and his dreams can get a little burned
    Workin' on a farmer tan
    Workin' on a farmer tan

    The fruits of his labor, have dried up on the vine
    He don't want for finer things, he's wanting to get by
    There are fertile fields of compassion
    We have yet to turn
    We educate and we nominate but will we ever learn 

    Chorus repeats twice

  3. Outskirts of Town

    Past the fields of his dreams, all the cars drove
    Ninety to nothin' towards town
    He'd wave and he'd watch and he'd wonder
    Then the dust would all settle back down
    Well, ain't nothin' out there but an old drive-in screen
    Where Elizabeth Taylor was queen
    And like the rest, she quit comin' around
    To the outskirts of town

    They say there's so much out there for you
    Maybe he never will know
    The buses, they load up the dreamers
    But leavin' was too far to go
    Washed in the blood and surrounded
    By the land and the love he had known
    Now he'll plant his dreams in the ground
    On the outskirts of town

    On the outskirts of town, he's livin' a dream
    Where they weather their storms
    Praying down on their knees
    And they hold to each other
    'Cause they know what they found
    On the outskirts of town 

    He looks past the fields at the sunrise
    Watchin' the stars as they fade
    He sits on the hood of his pick-up
    Thinkin' that he's got it made
    Because the prettiest girl that he's ever seen 
    Lives up the road just a piece
    And they're talkin' about settling down
    On the outskirts of town 

    On the outskirts of town, he's livin' a dream
    Where they weather their storms
    Praying down on their knees
    And they hold to each other
    'Cause they know what they found
    On the outskirts of town 

    On the outskirts of town
    On the outskirts of town

  4. Thank God For You

    Well, I've been called a self-made man
    Girl, don't you believe it's true
    I know exactly how lucky I am
    When I'm gettin' this close to you
    It's high time I'm giving some praise
    To those that got me where I am today

    I got to thank mama for the cookin'
    Daddy for the whuppin'
    The Devil for the trouble that I get into
    I got to give credit when credit is due
    I thank the bank for the money
    Thank God for you

    A strong heart and a willing hand
    That's the secret to my success
    A good woman, I try to be a good man
    A good job, Lord, I know I've been blessed
    I'm just a part of a greater plan
    It doesn't matter which part I am

    I got to thank mama for the teachin'
    Daddy for the preachin'
    The Devil for the trouble that I get into
    I got to give credit when credit is due
    I thank the bank for the money
    And God for you

  5. Listenin' For You

    Hey baby, in the middle of the night
    There's a little light that still shines through
    So remember, if you start to cryin'
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

    You go out of your way, I go out of my way too
    So you can count on me, I know I count on you
    Girl, you know love don't always run away
    Take the chance and just whisper my name

    Hey baby, in the middle of the night
    There's a little light that still shines through
    So remember, if you start to cryin'
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

    Hey baby, in the middle of the night
    There's a little light that still shines through
    So remember, if you start to cryin'
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

    This old heart has been through every twist and turn
    Don't you know by now this bridge don't have to burn
    Take the step and you ain't gonna be alone
    Girl, hold on to this heart of mine you own

    Hey baby, in the middle of the night
    There's a little light that still shines through
    So remember, if you start to cryin'
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

    Hey baby, in the middle of the night
    There's a little light that still shines through
    So remember, if you start to cryin'
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

    Hey baby
    Just remember
    I will be listenin' for you
    I will be listenin' for you

  6. Eyes of Love

    The Rockafellers we know we ain't
    And this old house needs a coat of paint
    Got a Chevy Impala vintage '73
    Some days she can't outrun you or me
    Well I know it ain't everything I promised you
    But you tell me it's a matter of a point of view

    Chorus
    Thru the eyes of love
    We see things in a different light
    Thru the eyes of love
    It looks like things are gonna be alright

    We've got a simple life
    We don't go to extremes
    But we're livin' on love way above our means
    Maybe some day our ship'll come in
    Baby till then it's sink or swim
    It's those little things that you do and say
    Got a good ole boy in a real good way

    Chorus repeats twice

     

  7. Hard To Say

    A dark cloud hangin' out over my head
    I woke up this morning to an empty bed
    Why she left me is hard to say
    Well, is this fate or just a bad day

    Is this bad luck or just bad timin'?
    Or is it the lies I told it's hard to say
    Can you get back, what's gone they say so
    If you get down on your knees and believe and pray
    But some prayers are hard to pray

    Well, some things it's hard to say
    Thumb up in the air and I'm a hitchin' a ride
    Plenty cars passin' but I'm on the wrong side
    If I cross over will they go my way?
    Is this fate or just a bad day?

    Is this bad luck or just bad timin'?
    Or is it the lies I told it's hard to say
    Can you get back, what's gone they say so
    If you get down on your knees and believe and pray
    But some prayers are hard to pray

    Well, some things it's hard to say
    Thumb up in the air and I'm a hitchin' a ride
    Plenty cars passin' but I'm on the wrong side
    If I cross over will they go my way?
    Is this fate or just a bad day?

    Is this bad luck or just bad timin'?
    Or is it the lies I told it's hard to say
    Can you get back, what's gone they say so
    If you get down on your knees and believe and pray
    But some prayers are hard to pray

    Well, some things it's hard to say
    Thumb up in the air and I'm a hitchin' a ride
    Plenty cars passin' but I'm on the wrong side
    If I cross over will they go my way?
    Is this fate or just a bad day?

     

  8. Drive Away

    Pack your bags, it's time to go
    The clock down town runs way to slow
    Daddy say's, "I'll have to wait"
    But all we got to do is drive away

    Drive away you and me
    We'll blow this town and we'll find our dream
    "Where we'll stop?" It's hard to say
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away

    With me the lead and you the star
    We're way out front in a faster car
    Like two dots fading on a silver screen
    The credits rolling as we leave

    Drive away you and me
    We'll blow this town and we'll find our dream
    "Where we'll stop?" It's hard to say
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away

    Call ahead and tell 'em that we're comin'
    We'll keep the motor runnin' from now on

    Drive away you and me
    We'll blow this town and we'll find our dream
    "Where we'll stop?" It's hard to say
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away
    We'll leave a trail smokin' when we drive away

     

  9. Heartbreak Highway

    Well, I put on my overcoat and shined my walkin' shoes
    I've got the sense to get out of the rain
    You've got the best of me and I know, I can't win
    Well, I've come to recognize that old familiar pain

    Well, I've been too long on a heartbreak highway
    On the wings of love there's a heavy load
    But if it can't fly, I'll take the train dear
    I've done enough cryin' on the shoulder
    Of a heartbreak highway

    You've thrown away the king of hearts leavin' you the queen
    If you play other hearts there in your hand
    I won't be the victim of this catch me if you can
    It's hard to keep on dancin' girl if you can't hear the band

    Well, I've been too long on a heartbreak highway
    On the wings of love there's a heavy load
    But if it can't fly, I'll take the train dear
    I've done enough cryin' on the shoulder
    Of a heartbreak highway

    Well, I've been too long on a heartbreak highway
    On the wings of love there's a heavy load
    But if it can't fly, I'll take the train dear
    I've done enough cryin' on the shoulder
    Of a heartbreak highway, of a heartbreak highway

     

  10. Love To Be Wanted

    Well, I get suspicious, girl and I guess I shouldn't be
    Your dressin' up to kill is killin' me
    When you start turnin' heads, it turns me inside out
    Well, I ain't a jealous man but I got a doubt
    And I gotta find out

    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?
    When you let your hair down and push comes to shove
    Is all that I have always enough?
    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?

    You're just so pretty, girl, you can't help the way you look
    And you know, when it comes to fools, I wrote the book
    I don't mean to point my finger, I don't mean to accuse
    But I'm so in love and you're so much to lose
    I gotta know the truth

    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?
    When you let your hair down and push comes to shove
    Is all that I have always enough?
    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?

    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?
    When you let your hair down and push comes to shove
    Is all that I have always enough?
    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?

    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?
    Do you love to be wanted or want to be loved?

     

  11. Hold On

    Hey there remember me
    The baby on your knee
    The one you said never cried
    It's me I'm back again
    Things broke that need to mend
    Am I to late for old lullabies

    And you sang hold on - hold on
    There are strong ties in this place
    Hold on - hold on
    They won't let you slip away
    Mornings I once knew
    Rise with the new day too
    There's things that time can't take away
    And that keeps me comin' 'round
    So glad to stand home ground
    And feel it calling out my name

    Saying hold on - hold on
    There are strong ties in this place
    Hold on - hold on
    They won't let you slip away

    And you said hold on - hold on
    There are strong ties in this place
    Hold on - hold on
    They won't let you slip away

     

  12. The Boys And Me (Dance Remix)

    Me and the boys that I knew in school
    Are thirty years old, stubborn as a herd of mules
    We get all cleaned up on a Saturday night
    We say yes to the girls when they ask if they look alright

    Load up the cars and ride around
    Roll down the windows and we go to town

    And we talk too slow, drive too fast
    We're high on life and we're low on gas
    Tryin' to make the way things are
    The way things used to be, the boys and me

    The phone rings, it's the call of the wild
    And the clothes we wear have finally come back in style
    We got some tall tales that we love to tell
    They may not be true but we sure do remember them well

    We work hard to have a little fun
    Roll up our sleeves and get the job done, son

    And we talk too slow, drive too fast
    We're high on life and we're low on gas
    Tryin' to make the way things are
    The way things used to be, the boys and me

    And we talk too slow, drive too fast
    We're high on life and we're low on gas
    Tryin' to make the way things are
    The way things used to be, the boys and me
    The boys and me, the boys