Songs From Jesse's House

by Braden Gates

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released June 13, 2016

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Track Name: Tire Swing
kids in the park, swinging from a tire
singing, 'liar liar pants on fire'
and other school yard jingles
kids in the playground, falling down a slide
yelling, 'cross my heart and hope to die'
and other nonsense lingo

where'd the time go?
how'd my life turn?
I'm so out of touch with a children's world
oh to be young, to be free

sister at the altar, gave her hand away
feels like it was yesterday that it was
us in the school yard
sister in her finest dress, falling into love
and I wonder if I'm strong enough
to open up my heart

where'd the time go?
how'd my life turn?
I'm so out of touch with my sister's world
oh to be young, to be free

dean's on the highway, chasing a dream
crossing the country at 20 years old
playing rock and roll
it's not for the faint of heart, it's not some holiday
it takes guts and it takes heart
to live out on the road

where'd the time go?
how'd my life turn?
I'm so out of touch with a dreamer's world
oh to be young, to be free
Track Name: My Three Favourite Words
my three favourite words to use are 'I don't know'
'Hey Braden, what are you doing tonight?'
'I don't know'
'What are you doing with your life, boy?'
'I don't know'
step up to bat boy, can you make that ball fly
step up to the plate, can you make that baseball fly
I don't know but I'll give it a try

you shave your head, your hair grows back
make a mistake and learn to laugh
cut your teeth and take your time
and it's okay to change your mind
there's a mark on the wall but we can paint over that
the cat's been gone but she always comes back
and the river runs until the river runs dry
and it's okay to change your mind

her three favourite words to use were, 'I love you'
'I love you Braden, what do you think about that?'
'I don't know'
'What do you mean you don't know, what's wrong with you?'
'I don't know'
the highway lasts forever and tomorrow is a long time
the highway lasts forever and tomorrow is a long time
I don't know where I am going but I'm going to fly

you shave your head, your hair grows back
make a mistake and learn to laugh
cut your teeth and take your time
and it's okay to change your mind
there's a mark on the wall but we can paint over that
the cat's been gone but she always comes back
and the river runs until the river runs dry
and it's okay to change your mind
Track Name: Long Way Home
smell of lilacs in the air
it's a blue sky morning
it's been a long night of rain
I'm taking the long way back home again
the long way home

gravel turns to dust beneath the wheel
along that riverside
it's been a long time gone
i'm taking the long way back home again
the long way home

lee found a good man and settled down
the tree line reaches further towards the sky
and everything hits me now
crossing over that sturgeon county line
on my way back home

leave my spot at the kitchen table
keep your head held high
it's a long life of pain
and I'm taking the long way back home again
the long way home

lee found a good man and settled down
the tree line reaches further towards the sky
and everything hits me now
crossing over that sturgeon county line
on my way back home
Track Name: Late Night TV
late night TV, I'm tired and blue
every show reminds me of you
I think of all the times i've tried to figure this all out
by banging my head against the wall
and baby it's true, I've had my doubts
but I'm too scared to call

I think I know the answer
I think I know the answer
I used to think I was invincible
like I could do anything without paying a price
now I see it all in such a different light
where are you tonight?

back of the bar, cheap beer and wine
everyone's got a story if you have the time
there's a lady in the back laughing like she's lost her sense of humour
and I won some money on a darts game
there was a time when I'd spend it all on you
and I'd call you but I'm too afraid

I think I know the answer
I think I know the answer
I used to think I was invincible
like I could do anything without paying a price
now I see it all in such a different light
where are you tonight?
Track Name: Impaired Driving Blues no. 1
another senseless death at the hands of a bottle
drunk hand reaching for the end of a throttle
somebody's woman, somebody's mama
ain't coming home now

blood on highway 15 tonight
blood on the hand of a drunk man crying
somebody's woman, somebody's mama
ain't coming home now

you can lock him away, you can put him down
ain't nothing you can do to bring her back around
somebody's woman, somebody's mama
ain't coming home now

what do you feel when you feel pain
children kneeling down to pray
what do you see when you see rain
somebody's mama ain't coming home again
Track Name: Despite All That, Sarah
I think it's time to say goodbye to the author of my past
as I sit in present tense, this intensity cannot last
I want to bear witness to the labours of my love
go and tell the mistress that we have had enough

love never comes black or white
it may be hard to pull through
but despite all that, Sarah, I miss you
despite all that, Sarah

when the church bells ring in just a few hours I'll have still not gone to bed
something about a saturday night that keeps me from my rest
I want to hold on to all of those things I cannot see
and I have found no reason to keep me from that belief

love never comes black or white
it may be hard to pull through
but despite all that, Sarah, I miss you
despite all that, Sarah