THE ROAD HEAVY

Southern Ontario Rock & Blues

Human Condition

Human Condition
Words & Music - Pat James

Let me know
How you feel
Do you believe what you see
Do you think it's real
It's a lie
Every day
All the things I do
And the things I say

It's a human condition
It’s a lack of control
We'd rather dream about a life we’ll never know

6 AM.
Every day
A million reasons
To live this way
Deep inside
We don't buy it
We just do what we do
Trying to survive

It's a human condition
It’s a lack of control
We'd rather dream about a life we’ll never know

I am the lie.
You say you know but you don't know.

Way Out

Way Out
Words & Music - Pat James

Like a moth pulled to the flame
I have suffered just the same
No control for how I feel
Sometimes it almost don’t seem real

Father help me please
I suffer overwhelmingly
Trying to control desire
Is harder when you fear the fire

When it’s cold outside
The fire is slowly burning out
The room it fills with doubt
You’re like the rain pouring down
Washing over everything
Showing me a way out

Very few know what it’s like
They believe the fire brings the light
They don’t understand the hold
It’s gripping me it’s ripping me
It’s taking me whole

Father help me please
I suffer overwhelmingly
Trying to control desire
Is harder when you fear the fire

When it’s cold outside
The fire is slowly burning out
The room it fills with doubt
You’re like the rain pouring down
Washing over everything
Showing me a way out

Barbwire

Barbwire
Words & Music - Pat James, Jules Cardoso, Ryan Blake, Jeff Cox


Right off the highway there's a no tell that I go to.
Down past the roadhouse where them old boys sing the blues
$65 a night will get you all that you are after
Waiting for the signal dim the lights and pull the shades

Hold on tonight cause tomorrow we say goodbye

40 miles away the city lights are brightly shining.
Dazzling the sinners just before they get their fill
Hoping that he don't know, where you go to when you're lonely
40 miles away there's trouble coming for the kill

Hold on tonight cause tomorrow we say goodbye

Tell me how you feel
Draining everything for me that’s real
My skin rips right through

You’re twisted barbwire

Words Don’t Mean A Thing

Words Don’t Mean A Thing
Words & Music - Pat James

Seven years of wondering what life’s about
Standing here just screaming let me out
Face to face with ineffectuality
I was there for you but you were never there for me

In my heart you were to be the only one
My rising star and my setting sun
Comfortable but never satisfied
You say the words but all I hear is lies

How much will it take you to see what’s at stake here my love
You sing a song to me but all the words keep telling me I’m wrong
Sometimes the words don’t mean a thing

I have given all that you have asked of me
Never questioned your integrity
I played the fool and I know it’s true
Now I see the only fool is you

How much will it take you to see what’s at stake here my love?
You sing a song to me but all the words keep telling me I’m wrong
Sometimes the words don’t mean a thing

Everybody’s always talking’ bout
Where you from
How you been
Where you are going
Searching for some piece of mind
Take your time
Tell me now how will you ever know?

How much will it take you to see what’s at stake here my love?
You sing a song to me but all the words keep telling me I’m wrong
Sometimes the words don’t mean a thing

Wrong Time Wrong Place

Wrong Time Wrong Place
Words & Music - Pat James, Ryan Blake

I talk with a southern drawl
And I walk with a subtle lean
Slicked hair, cold blank stare
Veins full of gasoline


I don’t care what you say
Or much less what you do
I like dive bars and muscle cars
And switchblade tattoos
 

I’ve always wondered since the day I was born
Good god you got it wrong
Must be some mistake
I fear I can’t stay here
Wrong time Wrong place

 

Drinking Jack I smoke a pack
Of Camels from my sleeve
Slide guitars and movies stars
from 1963


I feel older than I should
sometimes it makes me mean
I want to live fast making cash
Cool like Steve McQueen
 

I try begging and i fall to my knees screaming
Good god you got it wrong
Must be some mistake
I fear I can’t stay here
Wrong time Wrong place

Don’t Give A Damn

Don’t Give A Damn
Words & Music - Pat James

I don’t mind if you want to talk a while
I don’t mind if you want to spend the night
It’s cool, we’ll do what we do
Because if you don’t give a damn
I don’t give a damn too

You say to me that I’m the one that you desire
I say goodnight but then you go and stoke the fire
It’s true, I ain’t done with you
But if you don’t give a damn
I don’t give a damn too

I just push the pain to the bottom of my heart
Keep it locked away like a prisoner in the dark
Though it scratches at the walls what can I do
If you don’t give a damn
I don’t give a damn too

Take my hand and lead me anywhere you like
Down the hall against the wall you hold me tight
It’s true, this ain’t love with you
But if you don’t give a damn
I don’t give a damn too

I just push the pain to the bottom of my heart
Keep it locked away like a prisoner in the dark
Though it scratches at the walls what can I do
If you don’t give a damn
I don’t give a damn too

Your Place Or Mine

Your Place Or Mine
Words & Music – Pat James, Ryan Blake

You walked din slowly
Sat next to me
We started talking
You said that we should leave
And then you asked me
What kind of car did I arrive in to the bar tonight
I just keep losing all my faith in love

Your place or mine

We started walking
Out the front door
You tried to tell me
You’ve never don this before
But I don’t buy it
I can tell by the way you kissed my hand and said come on lets go
I just keep losing all my faith in love

Your place or mine

I just keep dreaming
I might find
Something to hold on
One of a kind
But I’m reminded
Of all the times that I’ve been wrong before an I’ve been wronged before
I just keep losing all my faith in love

Your place or mine

Cold Blank Stare

Cold Blank Stare
Words & Music – Pat James, Ryan Blake

Oh I see that man
Oh I see that man
And I wonder
Who he is and what he wants

With that cold blank stare
With that cold blank stare
I realize
It is me he’s looking for

In another life
In another life
I have taken
What does not belong to me

You can run so long
You can run so long
Just remember
You’ll be running out of time

You can’t undue what is done in this life
Some wounds they never heal
You can’t take it back when they catch up with you
It’s the price that you pay
The price that you pay

Oh I see that man
Oh I see that man
And I wonder
Who he is and what he wants

You can run so long
You can run so long
Just remember
You’ll be running out of time

You can’t undue what is done in this life
Some wounds they never heal
You can’t take it back when they catch up with you
It’s the price that you pay
The price that you pay

My Life

My Life
Words & Music – Pat James, Ryan Blake

Someone tell me what is this place I’m in
Grey walls all around me 10 inch thick
Cold dead stares, soulless men walking around
Crying out for mercy, but no one hears a sound

My life is just familiar
My life is just familiar
My life is just familiar
To everyone but me

Crying baby your momma’s got to sleep
Working 60 hours just so you can eat
Same old story, same old town
Same old you and me and the world keeps spinning round

My life is just familiar
My life is just familiar
My life is just familiar
To everyone but me

Devil's Grin

Devil’s Grin
Words & Music – Pat James

Around quarter to 10 last night
Where the story begins
Sat down with a few of the boys
And she walked in
Red hair and skin so fair
And a Devil’s Grin
And I knew right away when she looked my way
That I would do anything
Things get a little crazy
Around quarter to one
We’re on a first name basis
No more questions son

We all come for the same thing
No matter what you say
We can get a little crazy here
Some like it that way
It don’t matter if you’re rich or poor
You can come right in
If you’re ready and willing and able to move
With a bit of sin
Things get a little crazy
Another shot of rye
When the room starts spinning
You won’t need no alibi

All I know is I’ve seen this look before
And I am sure to end up praying on the bathroom floor
Even though I say I won’t do this again
I know that I’ll be standing here with the Devil’s Grin

Woke up this morning
Saw the Devil’s Grin
Looked a little bit closer
Saw it was my reflection
Oh man you’re telling me
That was no dream last night
I came and I saw and I did and I went
And I didn’t put up a fight
Things get a little crazy
A double shot of rye
When the room starts spinning
You won’t need no alibi

All I know is I’ve seen this look before
And I am sure to end up praying on the bathroom floor
Even though I say I won’t do this again
I know that I’ll be standing here with the Devil’s Grin

Bet All My Love

Bet All My Love
Words & Music – Pat James, Ryan Blake

Anastasia sets the rules that we play
Chasing a loss is the name of the game
When I see the cards deal them out
Her tell is when I see her pout
She drives me insane

They say the good always out weighs the bad
But they’ve never been in love the way that I have
Always giving more and taking less just a sucker for a pretty dress
She drives me insane

I bet all my love
I bet all my love on you
I bet all this love that I’m feeling the pain never healing
How could you leave me this way

Every evening she walks through the door
I can’t be certain of what she loves more
Well I know that this is gonna hurt but you look so damn good in that skirt
She drives me insane

I bet all my love
I bet all my love on you
I bet all this love that I’m feeling the pain never healing
How could you leave me this way

Get My Gun

Get My Gun
Words & Music – Pat James, Ryan Blake

Phone rings at 3 am
A cold chill runs right through his skin
Phone rings at 3 am
He knows that something’s wrong

Sweet voice on the other line
Tells him everything will be just fine
Sweet voice on the other line
Says please try to stay calm

Where you running to
Gonna get my gun
Gonna take‘em down
Take’em one by one

Don’t try to hold it in
Tell me baby girls just where you’ve been
Don’t try to hold it in
Those boys they are to blame

Sometimes you cross the line
Sometimes you have to pay
Sometimes you try to run
But that won’t help you much today

Where you running to
Gonna get my gun
Gonna take‘em down
Take’em one by one

Now they’re begging for forgiveness
They say they’re sorry
Oh no no no
I don’t think so
It’s the price you have to pay for the innocence lost

Where you running to
Gonna get my gun
Gonna take‘em down
Take’em one by one

Feels Like Rain

Feels Like Rain
Words – Pat Mete

Let me get back to the faith departed
You see my hands were tied
Coming my way looking for trouble
Everybody run, everybody hide

Now you’re sitting there talking how you’re sorry
It’s time to say goodbye
No stopping what you’ve started
Everybody run, everybody hide

Feels Like Rain