Crossroads

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+ Crossroads

I moved out of the city
To a farm outside of town
At night I can’t hear a sound

It’s just me and my woman
She grows tomatoes in our front yard
Her love, my roots, they’re strong and hard

But for the past few years
I been stuck inside my head
The few hours that I got became the only thing we did in our bed

I let my years grow shorter
And my hair grow long
But when the days outlast the years boy you know you’re doing something wrong

I’m at a crossroads
I’m not supposed to know where to go
At a crossroads
The road ahead is long
And there ain’t no sense in beating the light
At the crossroads of your life, no

I was hustling to do it all
Wanted my name in the blinking lights
All before I turned 21 but a kid can’t outrun time.

If my life was a river
And my success was measured in height
My aspirations for myself were the watermarks left by the flood of 99

I’m at a crossroads
I’m not supposed to know where to go
At a crossroads
The road ahead is long
And there ain’t no sense in beating the light
At the crossroads of your life, no

I made mistakes, I pumped the breaks
I learned a few things
But how a woman’s love can bring you back to earth well that remains unseen

I’m at a crossroads
I’m not supposed to know where to go
At a crossroads
The road ahead is long
And there ain’t no sense in beating the light
At the crossroads of your life, no

+ Marriage Museum

Sepia tone soldier
A picture on a wall
Artifacts from the in-laws
Best put ‘em where they’re saw

Worn, leather smoking chair
His throne now mine
Parts smooth parts torn apart
Like love over time

I hear them whispering behind closed doors
They’re opening now, but I’m not ready for

Welcome to the Marriage Museum
Don’t touch a thing, he ain’t coming back here again
Stuck behind a rope like a guest in my home
A passenger on a ship that can’t go back from where it’s come.
Welcome
Welcome

Just a board and some nails
Are all that remain
Of a house in a tree
In the yard where we played

I hear them whispering behind closed doors
But I’m screaming out, I’m not ready for

Welcome to the Marriage Museum
Don’t touch a thing, he ain’t coming back here again
Stuck behind a rope like a guest in my home
A passenger on a ship that can’t go back from where it’s come.
Welcome
Welcome

A voice on the answering machine
A half forgotten dream
Step right up and ask yourself
If this the dream?

+ Supernova

Brother why you looking at me
Like I love to see you bleed
I only want what’s best
I only want you to succeed

Sister why you looking at me
Like I love to see you grieve
I’m only asking for change
Cause I know you can’t live that way
Cause you’ll die if you live that way

I tried so hard, so you can shine like stars
You’re your own worst demon, volatile, absent of reason
You’re gonna implode
Like a supernova
Like a supernova

Now you both hopped the same train
Non-stop towards a place of no pain
You can drown your sorrows in a bottle of Jack
But they’ll always keep coming back
Yeah they’ll always keep coming back

Well you say I’m the one to blame
And what I said was out of place
Well you’re a grown man, boy, you can do what you what
But don’t deny it just to save some face
Yeah don’t deny it just to save some face

I tried so hard, so you can shine like stars
You’re your own worst demon, volatile, absent of reason
You’re gonna implode,
Like a supernova
Like a supernova

+ You Are Your Own

So tell me Sarah, did you just want to play?
Or did you raise the stakes, to feel something I never gave?

I guess what’s the worst thing, is there are so many worse things.
But this was the one thing, I told you I couldn’t take.

Oh this loving, it takes so much understanding
But all I’m understanding, is that to give you gotta take.

I can’t control you, but sometimes I wish I could
No I can’t control you, but sometimes I wish you would.

You are your own, you are your own
And there is nothing I can do to change you.

Honey I’ll set the table, if you’ll clear the plates
You know this habitation, it takes some delegation, it’s how you make something great.

But if you need more, if the lines are too taught.
Well I’d rather you cut them, than to tow me along.

You are your own, you are your own
And there is nothing I can do to change you.

Maybe baby it’s me who’s been stringing you along
Maybe I’m the one who’s confusing right from wrong
I tried to stop change, but there are better ways, I’m just scared you’re getting gone.
But now I know, that to grow, you gotta move on.

+ Decatur

An open sign, a closed blind
Neon flashing “Miller Time”
It looks like Sally’s here,
I can tell by the car

An ’87 Chevy with two spare tires,
The front bumper’s missing from a strong backfire
On the back a sticker
for a cause she forgot about

Time here matches the flow
Of the Tennessee River running right through her soul
Oh Decatur, you gotta save her, you gotta show her there’s more
To life than Christ and a 4X4

Through the smoke in the bar,
she couldn’t tell I was there
She was too busy drinking, playing Solitaire
The glow from screen wasn’t kind to the lines on her face

You should have seen her back in ’85
she was the Queen of the County, kept me up at night
But promise turns to ash in an urn,
when you stay where the battle flag’s flying high

Time here matches the flow
Of the Tennessee River running right through her soul
Oh Decatur, you gotta save her, you gotta show her there’s more
To life than Christ and a 4X4

With some courage from a can
I thought it’d be wise
I tapped her on the shoulder, told Sally, “Hi”
Then it occurred to me hello is just a coward’s goodbye

Well she gave me a smile, we relived some times
When her brother was clean and gas a few dimes
She gave me a kiss, I tipped my hat
We were both born here, nothing more than that

Time here matches the flow
Of the Tennessee River running right through her soul
Oh Decatur, you gotta save her, you gotta show her there’s more
To life than Christ and a 4X4
There’s more to life
Than Christ and a 4X4

Will Overman Band

+ The Trail Song

If you should write me on the Trail
I hope to god you’re doing well

I unfold your letters in the rain
Cause I know they’ll take away the pain

Find the moon on a crisp clean night
And you’ll stare into your lover’s eyes

Off the big dipper shines the Northern Star
I’ll follow it to where you are

Don’t get a rambling heart on me baby
I’ll sprint to Springer so the sooner you can save me
I’ll wait all summer, I’ll wait through May, got my mind on you, so to God I pray
Let my love, let my sweet love come back to me

I beg the mountains searching for a sign
Please give me back what’s mine

I keep your scarf in a zip-lock bag
Hoping it holds the smell it once had

Don’t get a rambling heart on me baby
I’ll sprint to Springer so the sooner you can save me
I’ll wait all summer, I’ll wait through May, got my mind on you, so to God I pray
Let my love, let my sweet love come back to me

Baby you’re a long time dead
Baby you’re a long time dead
Baby you’re a long time dead
So won’t you live with me while you can?

Don’t get a rambling heart on me baby
I’ll sprint to Springer so the sooner you can save me
I’ll wait all summer, I’ll wait through May, got my mind on you, so to God I pray
Let my love, let my sweet love come back to me

Don’t get a rambling heart on me baby
I’ll sprint to Springer so the sooner you can save me
I’ll wait all summer, I’ll wait through May, got my mind on you, so to God I pray
Let my love, let my sweet love come back to me

Don’t get a rambling heart on me baby
I’ll sprint to Springer so the sooner you can save me
I’ll wait all summer, I’ll wait through May, got my mind on you, so to God I pray
Let my love, let my sweet love come back to me

+ The Gravedigger

I go to work when you drive home
The only stationary kind of life on the road

I work dusk till dawn to miss the blacktop heat
Hoping those starch-collared commuters will keep missing me

I put on my Timberland boots, with solid steel toes
My green jumpsuit my armor, in this battle I never chose

It’s one more mile, one more line I’ve done
Racing through timezones, never beating the sun
I get paid, for these miles and miles
And these ceaseless, empty, weary nights
I’m a glorified gravedigger, just trying to stay alive
But these graves I’m digging, they might be mine

Her love is my work, but my heart it longs
Each call a line in my new songs, they’re getting stale, they’re all about coming home

I see wanting eyes from above, but they never get back
What they give, cause I pray my faith remains intact

Six shots down, just to soften the edge
And a bump of domino to bring the battle back to my head

It’s one more mile, one more line I’ve done
Racing through timezones, never beating the sun
I get paid, for these miles and miles
And these ceaseless, empty, weary nights
I’m a glorified gravedigger, just trying to stay alive
But these graves I’m digging, they might be mine

It’s just the crackle from the radio
A CB song you never ever really get to know, mhm

I said be sweet to me, I don’t want you dirty, just sit on my lap, pretend to love me, swear I’ll pay you good, then I gotta head North to Philly

We broke in ’81, I said I couldn’t stand still
Now I stop at White’s on ’81, cause there you’re closest, pretending I’ve time to kill

It’s one more mile, one more line I’ve done
Racing through timezones, never beating the sun
I get paid, for these miles and miles
And these ceaseless, empty, weary nights
I’m a glorified gravedigger, just trying to stay alive
But these graves I’m digging, they might be mine

It’s one more mile, one more line I’ve done
Racing through timezones, never beating the sun
I get paid, for these miles and miles
And these ceaseless, empty, weary nights
I’m a glorified gravedigger, just trying to stay alive
But these graves I’m digging, they might be mine

+ Son

Sun shining down on me, and I can’t see, because of the shine
My hat’s pointed down to the crowd, and I’m looking out at all I wanna be
With a pencil in my hand and a yearning in my heart, and frivolous emotions
I say wanderings a waste of time to me, I’ve got to run, I’ve got to be free

So I move on down the road with my one best friend, sitting by my side
I’ve had others friends and loved girls too, but they’ve all gone and left me, left me here with you
Which seems to work out just fine, cause there’s no one to hold me back from my life
Well I’m getting tired of driving, so I’ll step aside and let you take the wheel

So will you take me home tonight?
Or and I left to ride this lonesome train?
My decisions have given you the right,
You will decide, where I will go.

Like a lost tortured sea they will roll and fall, only to rise again.
I find it hard sometimes to justify, is this greed or is this right?
Is this real, am I wrong, is life not a song? Is to want something I should not know?
But if real is right, and greed is wrong, then if I walk away am I not gone?

So will you take me home tonight?
Or am I left to ride this lonesome train?
My decisions have given you the right,
You will decide, where I will go.

So will you take me home tonight?
Or and I left to ride this lonesome train?
My decisions have given you the right,
You will decide, where I will go.

So will you take me home tonight?
Or am I left to ride this lonesome train?
My decisions have given you the right,
You will decide, where I will go.

+ Pilot Mountain

Pilot Mountain watches over me
Like a mother watches her kin
Though she stays while I’m moving on
I know I’ll see her again

My fingers move through these roadside grains
Like a hand along a wave
Today we ride in an ocean of mountains
Tomorrow is another place

Got a gut full of Carolina Q
State by state we pay our dues
Is that the sunrise, or a Shell sign? I don’t know.
Give me those back roads, so to save my soul.
We’re rolling on.

Lord find me a river, I need cleaning
Find me a bed the sky grows dim
Counting streetlights as I count my blessings
The rhythm of the road just like a hymn

It goes on and on
It goes on and on

One more night then we’re homeward
One more show then we’re through
Tonight we’re playing for the bartenders.
Sometimes you gotta rock an empty room.

Got a gut full of Carolina Q
State by state we pay our dues.
Is that the sunrise or a Shell sign? I don’t know.
Give me those backroads
Give me those backroads,
Give me those backroads.

+ Ode to Virginia

Down south there’s an old man
Plays on the corner of a street called Main
Down South there’s this old man
Aint no one who knows his name.

He plays a flattop made of plywood
Stomps on a suitcase he carries around
He buys new strings when he can
Living off the money from his last hoedown.

That old man may taste of bourbon and ‘shine
He may smell like mustard gas and rose
But Vonnegut couldn’t write nothing better
Or take you down South like this man’s prose

He’ll sing, “Take me back to Virginia!”
Back before I had a name.
Lay me in a golden field on mountainside
Let the blue sky fill my veins.
Let the James carry me home
And wash away all my sins
Like an old dogwood I’ll die where I began.

Can you taste the dust in his words?
Smell the earth of freshly turned fields?
Can you feel the salt of her virgin shores?
Hear him roar, it ain’t gonna yield.

He’s cruised those lines, he’s ridden those roads, he’s roamed those hills
But road time don’t mean he ain’t got a home.
Well, he fell into the bottle, and out of her lines, and broke his own heart
And since he’s been singing for a place he calls home.

He’ll sing, “Take me back to Virginia!”
Back before I had a name.
Lay me in a golden field on mountainside
Let the blue sky fill my veins.
Let the James carry me home
And wash away all my sins
Like an old dogwood I’ll die where I began.
Like an old dogwood I’ll die,
Like and old dogwood I’ll die,
Like and old dogwood I’ll die where I began.

+ Fix My Girl

Won’t you fix my girl?
She’s dancing in her daisy pants.

Won’t you fix my girl?
She’s trying to mask the pain.

Ice white light shining
On her scared, too young of a face

By your bed I’ll sit tonight
And I’ll keep vigil for days

I don’t want easy
I just want you
Girl let me love you
Please let me through
Don’t let your head fall
As your tears hit the ground
Just know that I love you
And you’ll be safe and sound

White wristband turning
As I strum her my new song

Something to help her
Know the world ain’t gone wrong

And I know that you’re reeling
Well darling so am I

Cause that devil inside of you
I wish to God was instead inside of me

I don’t want easy
I just want you
Girl let me love you
Please let me through
Don’t let your head fall
As your tears hit the ground
Just know that I love you
And you’ll be safe and sound

From the window of your room
There’s a certain kind of view
Left is the hospital with its pokerfaced rooms
On the right is the sky and all we’ve got left to do
And I road a I coulda run but darling I chose you

I didn’t choose easy
No, I chose you.
Girl let me love you
Please let me through
Don’t let your head fall
As your tears hit the ground
Just know that I love you
And you’ll be safe and sound

I don’t want easy
I just want you
Girl let me love you
Please let me through
Don’t let your head fall
As your tears hit the ground
Just know that I love you
And you’ll be safe and sound

+ Assateague Island

Let me take you to Assateague Island
And ride those ponies I know you love.

Look inside those big ole eyes.
And do me a favor and smile.

Go ahead and take the shot
I’m going south this is all we’ve got.

Screw the veggies and add some meat
I’ll eat it on the way home.

You were taking pictures, getting bit by the bugs.
I just watched your figure and read those history books.
You cleared out once you were checkered.
But I acted tough.

It’s like you were sculpted
Out of a bar of ivory soap.

Your legs long
You got me longing, girl you’re my dope.

Too many people on the ocean side
Let’s head on back to my place

No I don’t want to touch. Girl, you’re crazy can’t you see?
I’ve been dying, bout every time your glance graced me.
Open that letter, and read it to me.
We’ll play a lovin’ game.

Yes I want to touch. Girl, you’re crazy can’t you see?
I’ve been dying, bout every time your glance graced me.
Open that letter and read it to me.
Open that letter and read it to me
Open that letter and read it to me
We’ll play a lovin’ game.

+ All the Women

Billy You’re a God Damn Jewel She Said,
You Gotta pick up your wife, show ‘em we’re wed
And Take me to the balls
And make it known I’m proud to be yours.

Mable, mable, get your elbows off the table,
act like a southern gentleman I know you’re able
Say thank you and please
Act like I raised you to be.

Molly, Molly, Good Golly Miss Molly
She’s sassy as a queen but a regular heartache
We were skipping rocks,
Now she’s making me skip back time.

Listen to the ring of your doorbell chime,
She’s a one of a kind, with a beautiful mind
She’s an A-1-10, a little sister
That sure can shine.

All the women
In my life
They’re always right
By my side

All the women
In my life
They’re always right,
By my side

She was a Suffolk queen dying for a better way,
So she left the fields for a party scene,
And fell in love with a man
In an order they call KA

She gave me the world and she taught me to stand
And that life’s what happens when you’re making other plans
This ain’t a wedding we got
No privilege of a practice run

All the women
In my life
They’re always right
By my side

All the women
In my life
They’re always right,
By my side

You’re a hook she said when she thought of me when
She was dancing and singing, and sipping on Gin
She’s my number 1
She’s the only one I call mine

With an Italian name, and an Auburn mane,
Lord, she cuts me down and loves me with no shame,
My Marilyn, McAdams, Hepburn, Daisy
And she dances like Beyoncé

All the women
In my life
They’re always right
By my side

All the women
In my life
They’re always right,
By my side

Don’t you know, don’t you know
Don’t you know, don’t you know

That all the women in my life
They’re always right
By my side.

+ All I Say

Finished off my last pack of Newports
Man she’s been laying into me
She said you’re not who I fell for
You’re becoming who your father used to be
That’s not a man I aim to be.

Got a call from an old friend
While she was talking about her day
I gotta go I said it’s John from UVA
She fell silent and walked away
Why do I do these ugly things?

I, Is all I say.
Love, I let it slip away.
You, I realized too late.
That I loved you, as you were walking away.

Our kitchen becomes a courtroom
When I ask her, “What’s the matter?”
What do you mean? It’s every little thing.
We used to love now I’m just crying in the shower.
There are no tears in the shower.

I, Is all I say.
Love, I let it slip away.
You, I realized too late.
That I loved you, as you were walking away.

Every closing door becomes a slam
When silence fills the air.
And you know that you’re wrong
But your ego says hold strong
So you can be like me

Singing...

I, was all I said.
Love, the fame went to my head.
You, I wish I had known
All that you were, before you were gone.

I, Is all I say.
Love, I let it slip away.
You, I realized too late.
That I loved you, as you were walking away.

+ AHQ

When you’re 20 you’re supposed to be running around
Drinking and laughing, wearing tight things I’d look down
I liked that you knew you were the prettiest little thing
She’s a strong whiskey sour with a bit of Audrey Hepburn, and queen

The nights get more real every fighting day
With thousands of miles girl we’re a country away
Now you’re pale and petite, and you’re sallow and you’re hollow eyed
and I hate myself more than ever, for not being by your side

It took you away from me
From the life we oughta lead
Zapped that glow of energy you had
Now you don’t feel sexy, you’re just sad
But I swear that I am the one,
Whom you’ll wake to when it’s gone
And I’ll say, “Darling, you’re still beautiful,
A mix of Audrey Hepburn and queen.”

Now I stand with my hand pressed against these cold white tiles
Leaning over a bath I wish could just draw itself
My reflection shows of those things I’m thinking
On chemo nights, it’s always the pain you’re taking

It took you away from me
From the life we’re gonna lead
Zapped that glow of energy you had
Now you don’t feel sexy, you’re just sad
But I swear that I’m the one,
Whom you’ll wake to when it’s gone
And I’ll say, “Darling, you’re still beautiful,
A mix of Audrey Hepburn and queen.”

You’re mother holds your hand, but that job is mine
You’re feeling like I don’t know, this hell you got to fight
True I’m not the one pumped, full a poison every night
From Virginia I can pray, and I know one thing’s right

Won’t let it take you away from me,
From the life we oughta lead.
It zapped the glow of energy you had
You don’t feel sexy, you’re just sad
But I swear that I am the one
Whom you’ll wake to when it’s gone.
And I’ll say, darling, you’re still beautiful

It took you away from me
From the life we’re gonna lead
Zapped that glow of energy you had
Now you don’t feel sexy, you’re just sad
But I swear that I am the one,
Whom you’ll wake to when it’s gone
And I’ll say, “Darling, you’re still beautiful,
A mix of Audrey Hepburn and queen.

+ Adventures with Sunny

I met Sunny when I was 16
Christmas day, she was sparkling clean
I looked in her eyes and she made a promise to me
She said, Love me boy and I’ll set you free.
Love me boy and I’ll set you free.”

She had bruises on her legs so I bought her a long dress
And blemish to cover the scars on her chest
I gave her the world, just trying to make her mine
But I knew deep down she’d be hurting for a real long time
Yeah I knew deep down she’d be hurting for a real long time

Sunny, was a damaged good!
But she loved me good.
She took me away from my youth.
And inside her, Oh Lord, I found the truth.

She took me places I’d never dreamed
A boy could go without a pair of wings
I rode her hard but never really seemed to mind
She was kind of girl you had to know how to drive
She was a kind of girl you had to know how to drive

Romance is inherent in life on the road
But she schooled me in her ways of old
Chivalry to her was of utmost importance in life
So forever I’ll be opening doors on the passenger side
Yeah forever I’ll be opening doors on the passenger side

Sunny, was a damaged good!
But she loved me good.
She took me away from my youth.
And inside her, Oh Lord, I found the truth.

Well sometimes I’d leave and then she’d scream
I’d say sunny please darling you’re making a scene
And when I’d come back she’d say hey I ain’t gonna go
So I’d sit right there while she put on her signature show
Yeah I’d sit right there while she put on the Sunny show

Sunny, was a damaged good!
But she loved me good.
She took me away from my youth.
And inside her, Oh Lord, I found the truth.
Sunny, was a damaged good!
But she loved me good.
She took me and showed me all that was true.
But I left her, for something new.


Die Where I Began

+ Whippoorwill

Have to keep licking my pen to keep writing these words about you
Songs as long as the call of the Whippoorwill
The one that calls at night outside your window
In the darkness that’s my stone on your windowsill

Sing like the Whippoorwill
I am calling you will never be alone
Though I’m gone, I’m close
In the darkness hear my song
Though I travel, I am never really gone

The soles of my boots have worn into the ground
My pack is heavy, the weight it pulls me down
But no climb can stop me, no rise, no fall, no pain
I push onward, your face on my heart is stained

Sing like the whippoorwill
I am calling you will never be along
Though I’m gone, I’m close
In the darkness hear my song
Though I travel, I am never really gone

I’m in the wind that cools you down on a summer night when I’m not around
I’m in the feathers that fill your clothes and keep you warm when the leaves fall
down
I’m in the wind that cools you down on a summer night when I’m not around
I’m in the feathers that fill your clothes and keep you warm when the leaves fall
down
Down, down, down

Have to keep licking my pen to keep writing these words about you
Songs as long as the call of the Whippoorwill
The one that calls at night outside your window
In the darkness that’s my stone on your windowsill

Sing like the whippoorwill
I am calling you will never be along
Though I’m gone, I’m close
In the darkness hear my song
Though I travel, I am never really gone

+ Minnesota, I Was Wrong

My judgments have crumbled with the St. Anthony Falls
Truth reinforced by engineers.
You’re the gates to the west and the birthplace of the Misses
I know why Guthrie loved you so.

The loons eerie beckoning is a broken hearted dusk,
A call you know is for just one.
You’re the mist on the lake and the stars above my head,
I know why Dylan loved you so.

Woody Guthrie called you home.
And Dylan wrote you both a song.
Minnesota, I was wrong.
Minnesota, I was wrong.

Silos line your plains and fields roll for days.
Bearing corn and all that I need
My heartland I had never seen but now I can see
That this land was made for you and me
That this land was made for you and me.

Woody Guthrie called you home.
And Dylan wrote you both a song.
Minnesota, I was wrong.
Minnesota, I was wrong.

+ I Miss You

We’ve all heard that all’s fair in love and war
And life ain’t fair for the sick or the poor
There’s many kinds of fair, all right and none wrong
This one’s for a girl, whom I’m writing this song

For the girl that’s been missing, for the girl that’s been gone
My lady done left me but I pushed her along
I’d seen the world now her time had come
But this ain’t my kind of fair now this whole thing seems dumb

I miss you my dear
And all those things both far and near
I miss you my dear
And all those things I’d like to whisper in your ear

Now I’m playing games thinking what if I’d done
One more thing one more glance I coulda won
And what if we had that last hour back
Would we have spent it just like we had?

I’m wondering what you’re doing, what amazing things you see
Can’t wait for the stories to spike my jealousy
And all the friends you’ll make, and the laughs you’ll have
Who couldn’t love a girl as pure as Galahad?

I miss you my dear
And all those things both far and near
I miss you my dear
And all those things I’d like to whisper in your ear

And so I wait, I wait for you
As long as the sky is Carolina Blue
Across this vast world you now roam
But I’ll be waiting in the airport so get on home

I miss you my dear
And all those things both far and near
I miss you my dear
And all those things I’d like to whisper in your ear

I miss you my dear
I miss you my dear
I miss you my dear

+ Falling In and Out

I’m falling in and out of love
With you
I’m falling in and out of love
With you with you

Don’t you cry
I told you I’d be waiting for you.
Don’t you cry.
I told you I’d be waiting for you.

Nearly 4 months gone.
And now I’m back at your door.
My body’s back again.
Yes ma’am, That is the hand of your man.
Why are you not here?
I hold you hand but your soul’s not mine.
Why are you not here?
I hold your hand but your heart’s not mine.

I’m falling in and out of love
With you
I’m falling in and out of love
With you

You won’t like what I have to say.
I know what you want but I just can’t lie.
My head’s all over the place.
You’re better off leaving this clown.
It’s amazing how hard it is to say.
Three words on Sunday, then Monday I’m back.
You might not agree with me.
But falling in and out is what makes love love.

I’m falling in and out of love
With you
I’m falling in and out of love
With you