The Long Ride Home

by Altamesa

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1.
on the long ride home take me to where I can no longer roam not down the painted street where the hidden love inside me grieves not where my heart would fly only for my soul to die but where desire ends where the pain of a lifetime mends the last time I saw the light of the morning hanging over the horizon's edge was the last time I'd felt you fade but as the sun swept to dusk returning to the night from which it came you returned again, a shade on the long ride home take me to where I can no longer roam not down the painted street where the hidden love inside me grieves not where my heart would fly only for my soul to die but where desire ends where the pain of a lifetime mends and as you swept over me like nightfall hanging over the heavens above I could only look on and wonder how is it you call me home to hell, love, like a man possessed and won? how do you speak to me like the thunder? and if you should come one night returning where I've long since passed and gone stay a while, you won't find me until the midday sun is burning and your shadow pales and fades like the last hope that binds me on the long ride home take me to where I can no longer roam not down the painted street where the hidden love inside me grieves not where my heart would fly only for my soul to die but where desire ends where the pain of a lifetime mends
2.
03:25
maybe you don't know what your sorrow's all about you never could tell, but I guess that's why you picked me out but this time I don't know 'cause all I know's nothing to do with you lately for all I know you may still love me or you may hate me it's hard to say how you're gonna grow well it's hard to say when I ain't seen you in so long but you keep on running babe I'll just keep drawing your portrait all wrong 'til there's nothing left of you but the words to this song and all the others too had to move on babe that wasn't any choice I made I would've treated you so badly honey if I would've stayed couldn't do that to the one that loved me yeah since then just falling back in love with memories of you they fuck me up but at least I'm always seeing someone new and hell, maybe you're thinking of me too well it's hard to say when I ain't seen you in so long but you keep on running babe I'll just keep drawing your portrait all wrong 'til there's nothing left of you but the words to this song and all the others too
3.
for such a long time I said I'll wait on fate to bring me back where I'm longing to return I never quite knew where that would be or what I'd see but I believed it was something you could earn since those days I've let that dream quietly fade away like the toll of a bell but I try again to console myself and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell stumbling drunk in the aftermath of the last hope that you had everything changes and nothing looks the same and it seems like the world's gone mad so one day the question comes whispering, can you cut through the fog of your vice? now you're walking that reckoning road bound in fire and paved in ice well I was raised by temptation and damned by salvation made to look hopeless and proud everything in its place barely leaving a trace and you another face in the crowd little girl lost in the tides, washed up, wandering through the haze of her dreams she could have anything she want but what she's got, always caught in between I never quite knew what she meant when she said she'd always been around but even the closest of heart's never truly know where the other is bound well I was raised by temptation and damned by salvation made to look hopeless and proud everything in its place barely leaving a trace and you another face in the crowd
4.
silhouettes in the window shadows in the dark of course nothing's clearer for all the time apart too many ways to make sense you just won't sit still keep me frozen in suspense caged in the grace of your will but nothing comes easy that's worth a damn and I figure you know who I am fake as long as you want to try and hold on to the dream til its nightmare haunts you and there's nothing left to redeem and wait around for the right time and hope for the best and look around for the right line to lay your love to rest but nothing comes easy that's worth a damn and I figure you know who I am and we could have been nothing if you never came back we could have been nothing if you never came back
5.
we're caught up on time or maybe it's time's caught up on us either way the rain has come and it's bringing the rust like a dream slowly drifting away in the dawn of the unknown day you'll want to pretend that what's going down can't really be the truth but you know she's already given you all the proof that you need to know you're finally alone still in love and your bird has flown the moment's gone so why hold on see I've got this memory in the night it won't let me be I'll catch you later on could be wrong, right now I just don't care what it takes to keep this battered heart beating on and survive to see another love til you finally say enough is enough the moment's gone so why hold on see I've got this memory in the night it won't let me be the moment's gone so why hold on see it's everything to me to see what you could be
6.
your time in the sun caught you coming down off your run you thought you had time to kill, but now it's burned up and done watching the summer turning slowly to fall you forgot just what it was made it all so easy to waste away while you slowed to a crawl caught on the fast track blasting back like on wings watching the clock in shock as the pendulum swings ever slowly closer to your chest with nothing to do but bleed out the rest you stumbled upon the one you would confess to in the dark coming out the house I saw you coming for me sent me into a dream still ain't woken from it laced in, woven into every day that's wasted, trying to find another way back to you, oh, but I don't know what to do your time in the sun sunk fast into the evening glow with nothing but memories, hard luck, and the lines to show so carry me high and bury me low I know it's all the same to you to let it go 'cause you came out of nowhere and now you've gone back to where you came from in the dark coming out the house I saw you coming for me sent me into a dream still ain't woken from it laced in, woven into every day that's wasted, trying to find another way back to you, oh, but I don't know what to do
7.
04:03
I'll wait a long time long as you keep me guessing it's the summer time and all the summer time girls are dressing to kill so I'm headed out nighttimes only to remember all the love for you still burning in its embers every time, every time and what about you, what do you do? whatever it is seems like it's working for you but I wouldn't know all I've got's a bad idea jack and coke whiskey's sour pack of smokes and I pass the hours between me and you and watching the scene pass by all the same dreaming of one last try to light the flame from the ash, from the ash and what about you, what do you do? whatever it is seems like it's working for you but I wouldn't know all I've got's a bad idea all I've got's a bad idea
8.
wait to turn you loose watch the flicker of the fuse burn out and blow the whole charade down in shambles no choice but to ramble on til the feeling finally fades 'cause after all, morning comes no telling who it's coming from all the matters is you'll forget that old sun soon as she sets I'll take you to sunrise with all the love that whiskey buys if you don't want to hold on too long you'll be the only one til that mean old sun lights me up another song in the grey, glass-eyed dawn in the grey, glass-eyed dawn 'cause after all, morning comes no telling who it's coming from all the matters is you'll forget that old sun soon as she sets
9.
04:02
what had I seen? you caught my eye like a hook on a train I couldn't see you for the devil you were what was I to do but come to you and learn the hard way? and if I knew would I have stayed? the road up ahead was only as blind as the warmth of your bed the loss of my mind for good feeling instead what was I to do but stay with you in ecstasy til the bitter end of destiny? 'cause after all, I got what I came for the wreckage behind it don't speak a word of the losses that bind it sings like a bird high and free sad and proud from the ash tree
10.
in the end in the end we're all alone but for now but for now let's make a home so come along come along now don't be shy 'cause things are looking up yeah things are looking up beyond the sky beyond the dawn beyond the dawn lies time grown old and beyond the dusk beyond the dusk lies time untold and between the two between the two's where you'll find me 'cause all I know all I know is all I can see so I'm listening for the sound of your golden chimes 'cause I know you'll come around in your own sweet time take a dream take a dream out of your mind try to see try to see what you can find and burn it down burn it down, tear it apart and spread the ash spread the ash over your heart so I'm listening for the sound of your golden chimes 'cause I know you'll come around in your own sweet time

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The debut album by Altamesa.

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released April 2, 2016

All songs written by Evan Charles
Produced by Jonas Wilson and Evan Charles
Engineered and Mixed by Jonas Wilson
Mastered by Stephen Ceresia

Recorded at Skeleton Farms Studio in Leander, TX

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Altamesa Austin, Texas

Altamesa is a Cosmic American and Rock & Roll band from Austin, Texas that mixes the production values of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Big Star with the songwriting sensibilities of Neil Young and the Flying Burrito Brothers. They will release the full-length Idol Frontier record in the fall of 2018. ... more

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