The Family Farm

by Forrest Jourdan

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1.
If I'm losing I'm still laughin' I've had my heart fall through my shoes Seen the rain fall through pretty blue skies I've seen the blues fall on some pretty good guys I've seen lightnin' in the sunlight Thunder in the cold Beauty in the young ones Beauty in the old I bought the farm on some pretty good friends of mine Some of left town, baby And some have stuck around That's a pretty good life so keep it comin' back around 'Cuz if I'm losin' I'm still laughin' Been down roads that go nowhere I've watched the wind blow circles in the sky I watched a young girl dry tears From a baby's eyes Anger in a good heart Laughter when it was sad Children when they're happy Children when they're mad I left the scene of some fairly minor crimes I gave my heart to some And some I left behind Well that's a pretty good life So keep it comin' back around Hey momma Say hello It's good to see your blue eyes shinin' Ooh baby It's when you're letting go Keeps your heart from feelin' blind, yea If I'm losing I'm still laughin' I've had my heart fall through my shoes Seen the rain fall through pretty blue skies I've seen the blues fall on some pretty good guys I've seen lightnin' in the sunlight Thunder in the cold Beauty in the young ones Beauty in the old I bought the farm on some pretty good friends of mine Some of left town, baby And some have stuck around That's a pretty good life so keep it comin' back around 'Cuz if I'm losin' I'm still laughin' I've had my heart fall through my shoes
2.
Don't build me a house With no windows to the world Don't tie me to a post In this old town Don' t block the road out With your good intentions Don't try to settle me down You laugh and say I'm chasin' rainbows You say I'll never catch the sun You turn your back on this Facility of motion Ask I'd be your favorite son Don't build me a house With no windows to the world Don't tie me to a post In this old town Don' t block the road out With your good intentions Don't try to settle me down I'm just a vagabond traveler A gypsy on some lost highway You'll find me out on some wide open spaces And I hope to see you there some day Don't build me a house With no windows to the world Don't tie me to a post In this old town Don' t block the road out With your good intentions Don't try to settle me down I see the wind, it's blowin' towards the East coast I jump a cloud to some foreign land So wave goodbye with sweet salutations Wish me well if you can Don't build me a house With no windows to the world Don't tie me to a post In this old town Don' t block the road out With your good intentions Don't try to settle me down
3.
Ochelata 03:56
Ochelata What have you been up to, since I've been gone Are you still singin' All those same ol' sad, sad songs About somebody losin', somebody walkin' away And Ochelata, why can't you see, that it's Blue skies and white clouds Mary goes 'round It's a whiskey, and it's a broken heart That's what makes this world what it is Yes, and what it is Is what you want it to be All I ever wanted was you and me Look out your window and that's where I'll be Blue skies and the white clouds... Ochelata Do you remember all those Hot summer nights? When we would lie there in the tall grass prairies Chasin' butterflies, and fireflies And the moon as it flies on by Why ask why? Cuz it's blue skies and white clouds Mary goes 'round It's a whiskey, and it's a broken heart That's what makes this world what it is Yes, and what it is Is what you want it to be All I ever wanted was you and me Look out your window and that's where I'll be Blue skies and the white clouds Tall grass, prairie land Ochelata I think about you now and then Sure would be nice to see you Ochelata What have you been up to?
4.
Let Her Fly 04:14
She's not the kind To hang around forever She doesn't believe that love will stick around She's the shadow in your room When you wake up on your own She's the wind that's blowin' through All the windows of your heart You can watch her dance around But you're gonna have to let her go She has the gift to make you feel Like she never said goodbye But she never lied Got to learn how (to) Let her fly He's not the kind To talk about forever He doesn't believe she won't always be around He sees the world in black and white And he's searchin' for some color But she's holdin' a rainbow in her hand You can watch her dance around But you're gonna have to let her go She has the gift to make you feel Like she never said goodbye But she never lied Got to learn how (to) Let her fly You can watch her dance around But you're gonna have to let her go She has the gift to make you feel Like she never said goodbye But she never lied Got to learn how (to) Let her fly She's not the kind To hang around forever He doesn't believe she won't always be around He sees the world in black and white And he's searchin' for some color She's holdin' a rainbow in her hand
5.
I was drivin' from Austin to El Paso Through Ozona, Sonora, Balmorhea When I stopped in Ft. Stockton Well, my boots, they were a knockin' The dust off those desert highways I set down to have long, tall cool one To have a drink, straight up from the well When she pulled up a bar stool She said, Welcome to the Grey Mule The finest in West Texas saloons She wore an old white bandana She wore her eyes made in blue She rode'em high in the saddle, buddy And she had spurs on the backs of her boots Well the women in West Texas They're like storms in the desert They're far and few between I know I don't want her But I got to thinkin' I need her Now you see where my drinkin' got me She said Howdy She sho' nuff was a Texan She was Lonestar, red white and blue She could shoot'em down as fast as you could poor'em, buddy She was tough as the souls on your boots I said, Hey there Mr. Bartender I'd like to buy her a beer He said, Are you sure you wanna? Mr. I think I oughta Drink this, it'll help when she's near. She wasn't pretty, but she sure enough was handsome She was as tall as those Texas oil wells When I told her that I loved her She introduced me to her brother He was my best man, and on weekends we raised hell! Well the women in West Texas They're like storms in the desert They're far and few between I know I don't want her But I got to thinkin' I need her Now you see where my drinkin' got me She wears an old white bandana She wears her eyes made in blue She rides me high in the saddle, buddy And she has spurs on the backs of her boots
6.
Daddy got a rockin' chair Gonna rock in it all day long Daddy got a rockin' chair Gonna rock in it all day long Rock in the mornin' And he rock in the afternoon Like a man on a mission He's rockin' to the moon That ol' rocker has seen better days Once a mighty oak Now a dusty ol' grey That ol' rocker been down on the farm With a broken back Shaky in the arms When the rails start shakin' And the parts start to moan I hear'em out there rockin' Rock on, Daddy, rock on Daddy got a rockin' chair Gonna rock in it all day long Daddy got a rockin' chair Gonna rock in it all day long Rock in the mornin' And he rock in the afternoon Like a man on a mission He's rockin' to the moon That ol' rocker Spent some time out in the sun With a finish, it's all cracked and a shine, it's all but gone That ol' rocker Came down from the trees He was built for comfort, wasn't built for speed But when the rails start shakin' Parts start to moan You can hear'em out there rockin' Rock on, Daddy, rock on But when the rails start shakin' Parts start to moan You can hear'em out there rockin' Rock on, Daddy, rock on
7.
Baby got boots Baby got sequins Girl got some earrings That look like Texas Girl got some curve Well they said she won't let ya But if you're drivin' down that road I bet that curve'll get ya boy I said, Hey baby don't you need a ride? She said, I'm not that kind Put some fuel in my pocket, boy I just might decide to hang around Big lips, big hair Baby stopped the show Think I see my highway star Them rockets are ready to go Shiny bright little satellite She got that Texas swing If I had the nerve to talk to her I probly wouldn't say a thing, but I said, Hey baby don't you need a ride? She said, I'm not that kind Put some fuel in my pocket, boy I just might decide to hang around Baby got boots Baby got sequins Girl got some earrings That look like Texas Girl got some curve Well they said she won't let ya But if you're drivin' down that road I bet that curve'll get ya boy I said, Hey baby don't you need a ride? She said, I'm not that kind Put some fuel in my pocket, boy I just might decide to hang around I know what you're lookin for I know what you need I know what you're lookin for You ain't gettin' it from me Cuz I've been walkin' down this road Mindin' my own Why don't you drive on by And leave this girl alone
8.
Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Quite like me She likes to cry when the wind blows She's always happy when it rains She never talks bad about me She's just not that way Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Quite like me She's chasin' dreams on her Saturdays She's cookin' up a storm every Sunday I know a few things about that girl I just won't say Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Nobody knows my baby Quite like me
9.
Girl Honey, where you been? I've been tryin' to get a hold of you, baby Since I don't know when Went to the party where they said you would be I didn't find you, girl, but your girlfriend found me We sat on the couch We talked about you And all she could say to me was, Honey, do you know what to do? Girl Honey, where have you been? I've been tryin' to get a hold of you, baby Since I don't know when I called your momma, and then I called the law I called the old lady who's been livin' down the hall I called your brother, and I talked to your daddy too Don't seem like nobody knows just what you been up to Girl Honey, where have you been? I've been tryin' to get a hold of you, baby Since I don't know when Well I ran through the alley, ran through the town I ran through the neighbor's yard Lookin' all over for you baby, but I have not seen and I have not heard I've been talkin' to your mother, talkin' to your daddy too Don't seem like nobody knows just what you been up to Girl Honey, where have you been? I've been tryin' to get a hold of you, baby Since I don't know when
10.
Stupid 04:12
I've been a winner Two or three times in my life I know the dangers Of pickin' the wrong kind of wife I've been a loser Had her in the palm of my hand Started talkin' all outta my head About places and things I've never been That's when I opened my mouth And the stupid came rollin' Right outta my head See, I'm a pretty smart guy But I've done some crazy sorta things Like that night when you and me, buddy Down there in New Orleans But I could keep that secret 99 percent of the time But I got to drinkin' with your ol' lady And her best friend at the time That's when I opened my mouth And the stupid came rollin' Right outta my head Well you'd think by now I'd learn to shutup Think I'd have experience Well, you'd think I'd stop talkin' Turn around and start walkin' And save what's left of my self respect... Well you'd think by now I'd learn to shutup Think I'd have experience Well, you'd think I'd stop talkin' Turn around and start walkin' And save what's left of my self respect... I've been a winner Two or three times in my life I know the dangers Of pickin' the wrong kind of wife I've been a loser Had her in the palm of my hand Started talkin' all outta my head About places and things I've never been That's when I opened my mouth And the stupid came rollin' Right outta my head
11.
Little doggie Little doggie Where have you been? Looked out in my backyard Broke out of your pen Little doggie Little doggie Won't you come home? I miss your little feets Runnin' cross my floor I miss your little feets Runnin' cross my floor Little doggie Little doggie Where have you been? Looked out in my backyard You jumped out of your pen Little doggie Little doggie Where did you go? Did you run on up to heaven And are you runnin' with the Lord? Did you run on up to heaven And are you runnin' with the Lord?
12.
I saw a flower And it was flyin' through the sky I reached out my hand That flower landed right there by my side There I saw an angel And she was ridin' there in my car She said, Where you goin' buddy? And are you goin' far? Lookie there! Look right over there! What do my eyes see? Little children, they're just runnin' around Playin' hide and go in the street Great God Almighty! Where have we been? Lost our vision, protecting our sin Great God Almighty! Where do we go? Those who've lost love, love never let go I saw an old man Standing on the edge of the road He was strong in spirit But his heart left a long time ago He was holdin' tight a vessel And he held it high in his hands Here's my milk and honey And I'm heading to the promised land! Lookie there! Look right over there! Tell me, What do my eyes see? Little children, they're just runnin' around Playin' hide and go in the street Great God Almighty! Where have we been? Lost our vision, protecting our sin Great God Almighty! Where do we go? Those who've lost love, love never let go Well, I dunno Guess I just don't care Look at the love baby When it's sittin' right here just about everywhere I dunno Guess I just can't see Look at the love, baby, when it's sittin' right there by me I saw a flower And it was flyin' through the sky I reached out my hand That flower landed right there by my side

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released July 1, 2005

Produced by: Forrest Jourdan
Engineers: Forrest Jourdan and John Lynch
Asst Engineer: Rob Tomlinson
Mixed by Forrest Jourdan at Back House Studios
Mastered by Rob Tomlinson at Back House Studios
Recorded at Back House Studios and Hide Out Studios, Austin TX

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