National Hotel

by Brett Shady

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released November 11, 2014

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Track Name: Someone's Southern Song
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
Track Name: Hard To Leave
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
Track Name: I Will Never Run
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
Track Name: The Last Line
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
Track Name: Stay Together (We All Want You To)
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
Track Name: Intermission: The Love We See
All the love we see was born from tragedy
Track Name: It's Not Gonna Be Alright
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
Track Name: Wonderful
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
Track Name: Wandering Kind
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?
Track Name: Come Say Hello
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