National Hotel

by Brett Shady

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1.
Years ago When I left home I left a girl I lived alone And the purpose of my life Was an easy one I found a way To open gates Found peaceful towns In sadder states Saw greener greens And deeper skies Escaped the crashing overhead To neon signs And we smoked our cigarettes In a brand new town Middle of the night, it was cold and alight And the room above was swaying And someone’s lonely southern song was playing Came to get down in a Mississippi town And we found where we’re staying We were finally more free Than we’d ever be Then I found the eyes of some lovely girl with some lovely smile Then stared back ahead to the band for a while And it might have just been the moment, My drunken mind or the bright moon above And although I knew she’d be gone, I knew it was love Middle of the night It was cold and alight And the room above was swaying And someone’s lonely southern song was playing Came to get down in a Mississippi town And we found where we’re staying We were finally more free Than we’d ever be Someone’s southern song Someone’s southern song Someone’s southern song Someone’s southern song
2.
It’s hard to be In harmony I don’t want to stay here But you make it hard to leave I still can’t quite see Where this other life leads People tend to want a lot To hide from all their needs And I think this was planned Just to see where I would stand It’s hard for me to fight When you’re holding one of my hands Oh lord I’m doing things that I know You don’t want to see And I’m sorry, but you know You gotta leave it up to me Oh lord, oh lord Find me Oh lord I thought these nights were behind me Oh lord I’m doing things that I know You don’t want to see But you love me, so I’m told It’s hard to see And it’s so hard to know I don’t want to stay here But I’ve got nowhere to go
3.
I don’t need another heartache I don’t need another mistake I need love From you, girl I don’t need to see the world end I don’t need another girlfriend I need a life With you, girl I don’t care who said what to who I don’t care who has what to prove I’m sick to death of the secrets and faithfulness tests I won’t follow the childish selfishness pulling the weak into wanting to be like the rest I don’t need to go out wandering I don’t need to live my youth again I want love From you, girl Doo doo doo doo doo doo I don’t care the path that they chose I don’t care who’s open or closed I don’t care whose timer is ending or what they’re pretending to justify being the person they swore on their life they would never become I don’t care, I will never run I don’t need another heartache I don’t need another mistake I need a love
4.
Yeah, but it’s all around you now You know, despite what you say You never knew where to start Don’t be so cruel to your heart In between every right and wrong Is where the world carries on I know I tore it apart Don’t be so cruel to your heart Oh love, we have to let it be The last line meant so much more to me Yeah, but it’s all behind me now And so much clearer to see Now that we’re out of the dark Don’t be so cruel to your heart Oh love, we have to let it be The last line meant so much more to me A heart that’s true Depends on you To survive it must move to another Now, I know I left you with the question of I know I left you there with a box of our rotten love I just had to get away Now old love’s not what it used to be And last night meant so much more to me A heart that’s true Depends on you You have something to prove
5.
Inside the weakest moments You tend to give up hope And look to someone else to find you The game is cruel and simple Can’t even fake it I would rather just keep walking Never looking back It’s the only thing that I hold onto when I’m Holding on to what I’m living for You had the best intentions And that’s enough for me It’s always better to keep on moving on In a world where everyone is blind I’ll be happy when you finally find Home And we all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together ‘Cause there’s nobody better Nobody like her We all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together ‘Cause there’s nobody better Nobody like him Just think about what you’ll be without Think about what you’ll be without Just think about what you’ll be without And remember What she gave up to be with you We all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together We all want you to stay together ‘Cause there’s nobody better Nobody like her
6.
All the love we see was born from tragedy
7.
Girl, don’t make this harder Than it needs to be We’ve been apart so long And it feels so old to me My oh my, the years go by And we hardly look the same I know your eyes There’s no point hiding the shame Shame, shame, shame, shame Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright ‘Cause we see, but we don’t heed the red light Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright For you and me Girl, play it smart Know what you’ve been to me Tear this empty house apart And go where you need to be Well, well, well, that old hotel Never gained a tale from us Walls would speak their voices weak Under one more layer of dust Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright ‘Cause we see but we don’t heed the red light Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright For you and me Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright ‘Cause we see but we don’t heed the red light Baby, baby, it’s not gonna be alright For you and me For you and me
8.
Wonderful 03:46
You’re wonderful I won’t pretend that I don’t feel the pull But I’ve spent too many nights Beneath a moon that wasn’t full You’re marvelous But it may be just a little much Concentrated memories Might one day decide to crush my heart It’s been beating for so long My dear There are words you need to hear But they’re not from me Not where I want to be No, I’m fine with it all, finally But you’re wonderful I find Over the miles that I’ve gone My heart Can only really beat for one And it can’t be you No, none of this is true We can’t make it through But you’re wonderful
9.
This isn’t home anymore Spend all night watching the door Feeling each second pound by You are the wandering kind Wandering kind You’ve really got me this time I wonder how long it’ll be Before you wander from me I can’t recall If there was love there at all The darkness is killing the day And turning the silver to gray Thundering skies above me Watery eyes I see through Wandering kind, what hell have I wandered into? I can’t recall If there was love there at all I’m begging to hear it from you I swear I can take it Thundering skies above me Watery eyes I see through Wandering kind, come home, I’ll be waiting for you Thundering skies above me Watery eyes I see through Wandering kind, what hell have I wandered into?
10.
You don’t believe it and I can’t explain Why some colors don’t come back after so hard a rain And yes, it was beautiful, the picture we made But we hung it so long ago and that’s where it stayed Another, another, enough is enough I’ve never been one who could bargain or bluff And you weren’t wrong to fight like you did And I’ll always be sorry the ways that I hid We each lost direction, we each lost a friend And yes, there were times when I couldn’t see an end And yes, there were moments I’d like to rewind Believe me, we didn’t waste a second of time Won’t you come say hello When the rain turns to snow Won’t you come say hello When the rain turns to snow When the rain turns to snow

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released November 11, 2014

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