Steel Bridge Songs Vol​.​10

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27 new bridge songs on 2 discs in a double pocket disc wallet.. 2014 was a productive year in the Construction Zone!

Chris Aaron (1970-2014) was all kinds of bridges. He was the kind that could carry you across tough waters. He was also that anchor that holds the strings, transferring their vibrations to the body, making it resonate. He was the love itself, the greatest bridge of all. Hugely involved in Steel Bridge Songfest from the very beginning, he was central to every event, writing, playing, engineering, whatever he could do to make it great. No one suspected that Steel Bridge 2014 would be his last. This 2014 collection is dedicated in loving memory to our dear friend, Chris. We love you, brotherman! <3

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released June 13, 2015

Recorded June 8-15, 2014 by Steve Hamilton, Chris Aaron, Teve Mith, Dan O Stoffels and Barrett Tasky in Sturgeon Bay, WI at The Holiday Music Motel / Tambourine Collaboratory. Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers and the artists themselves. Administrative assistance by melaniejane, our Air Traffic Controller, with help from Teresa Young; Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music (Milwaukee, WI). For more credits and info about Steel Bridge Songfest, The Holiday Music Motel and Steel Bridge Radio (where you can hear these songs streaming 24/7), please visit our websites: HolidayMusicMotel.com, SteelBridgeSongfest.org, SteelBridgeRadio.com

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Track Name: Stand Your Ground
You build your walls to protect yourself from hurt,
Live off the grid with what you did, and dig your trench in dirt.

Stand your ground,
Stand your ground,
Telling the world love let you down,
Stand your ground.

You got your right to protect, you lock your door at night,
You know you won't run when they come, and you're prepared to fight.

Stand your ground,
Stand your ground,
Telling the world love let you down,
Stand your ground.

When the waters broke along the ridge,
I heard gunshots on the bridge,
Now, you won't tell me where you've been,
Notify the next of kin.

You saw the threat, no regret, you made your case airtight,
It tore a hole in your heart when you shot on sight.

Stand your ground,
Stand your ground,
Telling the world God let you down,
Stand your ground.

Stand your ground,
Stand your ground,
Telling the world love let you down,
Stand your ground,
You stand your ground.
Track Name: Let It Alone
Weight of the world is crashing down
This kind of love just stains my crown
I can’t go up and down………like I used to

You can’t expect me to smile
When the circus comes to town
Paint a smile upon this frown

Let it alone

I’m not your fool no more, no more

Shoveling shit ‘til we break down
Don’t expect me to smile
When the circus comes to town

I am not your fool no more…no more…no more
And the music fades away
Break my back from night to day

But the side show’s still around
Track Name: Two Empty Graves
They built me with hope
For the Ohio River
I stood silver and tall
Only one fatal flaw
Over thirty-nine years
They neglected my frame
I took more than my weight
Now a curse takes the blame

The day was a day
That was like any other
They punched out their timecards
And started their cars
Their minds pointed home
To the lives they had worked for
Their laundry and dinners
And halls filled with songs

I was engineered
With the tiniest flaw

I took forty-six down
With a tenth inch of steel
To their watery grave
They took all of me with them
Forty-six nightmares
And dreams are now shattered
Forty-six songs that will never be sung
Forty-six children lost
Forty-six mothers
Forty-six lovers and
Two empty graves

Forty-six nightmares
And dreams are now shattered
Forty-six songs that will never be sung
Track Name: Til That Day Comes
Find me a river that ain’t got a bridge
Find me a woman who don’t give no lip
Find me a preacher without a tongue
Find me a lover who ain’t got no one

Find me a road that ain’t got no dirt
Find me a man who won’t lead to hurt
Find me a badge that won’t bend the law
Find me a liar you can trust above all

‘Til that day comes
‘Til that day comes
‘Til that day comes Lord
I’ll keep on keepin’ on

Find me a suitcase that ain’t been nowhere
Find me a child who’s never been scared
Find me a sparrow without a song
Find me a world where we all get along

Find me a tree without any roots
Find me a cowgirl without any boots
Find me a soul that does all it can
Find me a bridge that always will stand

‘Til that day comes
‘Til that day comes
‘Til that day comes Lord

‘Til that day comes
‘Til that day comes
‘Til that sweet day comes Lord
I’ll keep on keepin’ on
I’ll keep on keepin’ on
I’ll keep on keepin’ on
Track Name: One World
From outer space, we’re all the same
One world, night and day
Blue and green, a jet stream
One world, so serene

Picture this, the vast unknown
Far beyond what you’ve been shown
Way out there you’re all alone

Imagine all the things you see
The Milky Way a galaxy
Earth below, no boundaries
So free, so free, so free

From outer space, we’re all the same
One world, night and day
Blue and green, a jet stream
One world, so serene

Ozone into atmosphere
Land and sea and sky appear
Horizons mark a new frontier

Zero in and touch the ground
A bridge connects us to the sound
Feel the love that’s all around
Around, around, around

From outer space, we’re all the same
One world, night and day
Blue and green, a jet stream
One world, so serene

From outer space, we’re all the same
One world, night and day
Blue and green, a jet stream
One world, so serene

One world
One world

My kind is your kind is their kind is our kind
Track Name: Blue Collar Man
Early morning coffee and eggs
It’s the first day back to the grind
Filled a pail with chicken legs
And took the first job I could find

Cold steel and sweltering heat
The boss wants this job done
The deadline he said we need to meet
Is July of thirty-one

I’ve always been a blue collar man
Fearless as they COME
But there’s something about this plan
Made me turn my tail and RUN

High voltage cables
Contents under pressure
Half the guys were wasted
And falling in the water

Had to find another way
To feed my family
Had to find a safer place
To plant my family tree

I’ve always been a blue collar man
Fearless as they COME
But there’s something about this plan
Made me turn my tail and RUN
Made me turn my tail and RUN
Made me TURN my TAIL and RUN
Track Name: Pick a Side
We’re gonna be in trouble when the boat comes
We’ll have to decide
If we go your way, or we go my way
Or each pick a side

We’re gonna be in trouble when the boat comes
If I can’t change your mind
You are a vision of indecision
Reflected in the tide

When the waves come crashing
I’ll stand steady waiting
And when the drawbridge starts to rise
I have to go

We’re gonna be in trouble when the boat comes
I have to draw the line
To be forgiven is not a given
You made it black and white

When the waves come crashing
I’ll stand steady waiting
And when the drawbridge starts to rise
I have to go

Go on forget about it
I will not apologize
Don’t be mistaken ‘bout it
There are no tears in my eyes

I love you baby
I love you so
I love you maybe
It’s time to go
Track Name: Burning Bridges
There’s a war, there’s a fire
That you put in my heart
There’s a price for desire
That I’ve paid from the start

You’re always one step away
From breaking, breaking me down

I keep burning all our bridges down, down
I keep burning all our bridges down to nothing
But ashes falling down like snow

Now I’m walking, leaving footprints, in the ashes on the ground
Just to meet you, in the middle, hoping you will come
And the wreckage, all around me, is too much to bear
I’m hoping to find you there
Track Name: Don't Tear Me Down
Don’t tear me down
I’m trying to make a go at living in this new town
Don’t let the lights go out
I’m trying to make a habit of hanging around

Out in the open, under the light
Away from the crowds, away from the fights
Trying to find what’s left, trying to get right
With a friend of mine

Don’t tear me down
I’m trying to make a go at living in this new town
Don’t let the lights go out
I’m trying to make a habit of hanging around

Jumping off the shoulders of giants, here I come
Back down to earth, before it’s gone
Follow the shadow ‘til I find the sun
Then I’ll be home

Don’t tear me down
I’m trying to make a go at living in this new town
Don’t let the lights go out
I’m trying to make a habit of hanging around

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Chorus
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Track Name: Tomorrow, A Lullaby
Things gonna be alright
Things gonna be alright
Things gonna be alright
When the sun comes up tomorrow

You can cross that bridge
You can cross that bridge
You can cross that bridge
When the sun comes up tomorrow

I’m gonna hold you tight
I’m gonna hold you tight
I’m gonna hold you tight
‘Til the sun comes up tomorrow

Don’t, don’t you worry
Don’t, don’t you cry
There’s no need to hurry
The sun will always rise
Track Name: I Won't Say
Now there’s a place-uh
I got ta get-ta ow huh
Haven’t crowed it yet
But here’s a thing nah
I start to sweat ta
When they try to make me uhh
Try to make me say

I won’t say…
Can’t make me say…
I won’t say… ooh

Uh uh uh come on nah

Silver span Talk to the hand
How about trestle? Won’t wrestle no trestle
Golden Gate Won’t take that bait
Overpass? Kiss my ass

One in London falling down
One collapsed in Puget Sound
But there’s a word that won’t be found
In his vocab-u-laryyy

I won’t say… he won’t say
Can’t make me say… can’t make him say
I won’t say… he will not say

On the narrows what’s that called
Made of steel what’s that called
River crossing what’s that called
Rolling bascule what the hell
Take me to the…
Take me onto the…
Take me to the… MIDDLE EIGHT
Good Lordy

Lover’s locks in Paris France
Toss the key to seal romance
But under no circumstance
Will he agree to say
I won’t say huh full stop! Tick a lock
Gonna kiss myself OAAWWWW

Silver span Talk to the hand
How about trestle? Won’t wrestle no trestle
Golden Gate won’t take that bait
Overpass Kiss my ass

Sur le pont d’Avignon, l’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le pont d’Avignon, l’on y danse tout en rond
Oh my, so pretty, but no!
No way. Not even en français

I won’t say… Rhymes with fridge
Can’t make me say… Rhymes with smidge
I won’t say… Rhymes with ridge
I will not say… Beverage
I won’t say… Rhymes with zidge
No… Sacrilege
Hell no… Cartilage
Patronage

Why won’t he say bridge?
NO! She said bridge!
Wait. I said bridge.
Oh, I said it again.
Oh man, damn.
Track Name: Promised Land
Broken down and desperate
If there’s a drug, I ain’t found it yet
They told me about a place
Where music is the medicine
You can leave your everything
Just step away

Chorus:
Never thought I’d understand
‘Til I crossed that bridge
To the promised land
They said I can’t, I say I can
I’ve made it to the journey’s end
When I crossed that bridge to the promised land

Making a living just ain’t no life
When did all my troubles become my wife
Corner office man
Holding me back without a chance
City life with no romance
Just step away

Chorus

Chorus x2
Track Name: Little Soldiers Made of Steel
Well I’ve been thinking of you babe
How your love don’t come easy
I’ve been hoping that you’ll stay
And do you have a reason

Chorus:
Little soldiers made of steel
You can never break them
Fighting blind for something real
Little soldiers made of

Still hopin’ for the time
That I can ease your troubles
I see you lost inside your mind
It has you seeing double

Chorus

Where have you gone
Where have you gone
Oh sweet one I hope I find you

Still there’s something I should say
Before it turns to mourning
And as you turn to walk away
Without a hint of warning

Chorus

Little soldiers made of
Little soldiers made of steel
Track Name: Taking Me Home
I’ve been down but I’m staying strong
Taking me home
Taking me home
The bridge is high and the bridge is long
Taking me home
Taking me home
Down on my luck, up on my feet
Taking me home
Taking me home
Taking the punches, taking the heat
Taking me home
Taking me home

Reaching, across the water
Riding, with one another
Can’t see, what is coming next

Made of stone, made of steel
Taking me home
Taking me home
Feel her moaning under my wheels
Taking me home
Taking me home
Getting close to the other side
Taking me home
Taking me home
Staring straight into the sunrise
Taking me home
Taking me home

Reaching, across the water
Riding, with one another
Can’t see, what is coming next

Up so high I can barely see
All that water staring back at me
Runnin’ deep, runnin’ out of time
Gotta keep a promise to a friend of mine

Reaching, across the water
Riding, with one another
Can’t see, what is coming next

Reaching, across the water
Riding, with one another
Can’t see, what is coming next

Taking me home
Track Name: Bridget
Bridget’s got her long black hair
Her 3-inch fingernails
Clutching her fake Chanel

Bridget’s got her Chihuahua
She is the superstar
Of every club and bar

Bitches hatin’ Bridget

Bridget doesn’t really work
But she sure can twerk
Men and boys go bizerk

Bridget always looks her best
She wears a tight black dress
To hug her new fake breasts

Bitches hatin’ Bridget

I’m classy
I’m sassy
I’m fabulous

I’m feisty
So spicy
You wish that you were me

Bridget, is so fresh, all the bitches hate her,
But I think she is the best, in that tight ass dress,
What a hot mess, I’m totally impressed,
With all of that drama, keeping it interesting,
Down at the club, she be getting free drinks and stuff,
Just for shaking her butt, all of the dudes give her love,
For the way she turns the party up, another round at the bar,
Because it’s going down we be going hard, out on the town,
Bridget Bridget let me get them digits now

Bridget’s got her hoop earrings
To match her fake gold bling
Makeup on everything

Bridget is misunderstood
Deep down she’s really good
She came up from the hood

Bitches hatin’ Bridget
Track Name: She's Down
She’s a wide tire kind of round
And when she moves she makes a grinding sound
Everybody knows her in this town
They all love it when she goes down

She goes down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down
Down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down

All day long she goes up and down
Water below, sky above her crown
You got to deal with her shit to get across town
Until she’s ready she ain’t coming down

Down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down
Down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down

Song of a bridge, daughter of the sea
She can hold you up or she can set you free
She won’t take your money she might blow your top
Before you know it that bridge is gonna drop

Down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down
Down, down, down, down
Let the bridge down

Let it down, let it go down
Let it down, let it come down
Track Name: Puente de Acero
Puente de acero
Contra la fuente de dinero
Continua el peleo
En la hora del sincero

El pendejo enemigo
Hasta luego
Por ahora

Lovely bridge of steel
With the power of the righteous
Has the money in the corner
And the hammer on the temple

Goodbye my enemy
So long so far

Win the world
Llega el latino
Fuera del camino

Win the world
Ear to the ground
Listening for the sound

Cross the bridge
Bridge of steel

Puente de acero
Contra la fuente de dinero
Has the money in the corner
And the hammer on the temple
El pendejo enemigo
So long so far
Track Name: With a Kiss
When the lights go down
And the stars are bright
And the moonlit bay’s reflected in your eyes
If you take my hand
I will pull you close
I will say the things that matter to you most

Before the light has broken
And heavy words are spoken
Say you know the way to happiness
Say it with a kiss
Say it with a kiss, now

I watched you stare
Towards the clear blue bay
And I wondered what it’d take for you to stay
When the bridge goes up
And the ferry’s late
We can dance along the shore while we wait

When the summer’s over
Before the days turn colder
Promise me your love won’t let me down
Say it with a kiss
Say it with a kiss, now

Time goes on
And life gets hard
Let’s not wait any longer
Make it last forever
Say it with a kiss
Say it with a kiss, now
Track Name: Ghost of Past Regrets
There’s a woman on the bridge in her bathrobe
Tears streaming down her cheeks
She just threw away her cell phone
She can never call me
She’s run away from her beautiful home, broken hearts, and unpaid debts
Leavin’ her kids and man alone
With the ghosts of past regrets

Gambled it away at the bottom of a bottle
Car’s gonna be repossessed
She could never be a perfect role model
But she always gave her best
And was left with the rest

Everyone’s talking, no one’s stopping
We can’t stop watching as she hits the edge
She starts falling, we hear her calling
“I’m sorry my babies, but I can’t be there”

Everyone says that bridge is haunted
When the fog rolls in
You can see her in her bathrobe
This can never happen again
Her children cry for their mother
Throwing flowers off the bridge
They’re still learning how to love her
And trying to forgive

Gambled it away at the bottom of a bottle
Car’s gonna be repossessed
She could never be a perfect role model
But she always gave her best
And was left with the rest

Everyone’s talking, no one’s stopping
We can’t stop watching as she hits the edge
She starts falling, we hear her calling
“I’m sorry my babies, I can’t be there
I’m sorry
I can’t be there
I’m sorry my babies”
Track Name: Strangers
Strangers meet for the very first time
The space between us a rushing riddle
And though I may not know their eyes
I’ll wait for my love to meet me in the middle (x6)
Wait for my love

We don’t know yet, but we can’t wait
It’s one of those things you know when you see it
You can’t double guess, you can’t tempt fate
Love keeps rhythm and rhyme a secret
But I’ll wait for my love to meet me in the middle (x6)
Wait for my love
Oh…oh…oh…oh…oh…oh

Love is such a precious prize
Hold it close if you ever catch it
May take a while but don’t you cry
Love reveals itself to the patient
Wait for your love to meet you in the middle (x6)
Oh…oh…oh…oh…oh…oh

Past and present passes by
The future winks a weary eye
But I don’t care I won’t even try
I’ll stand there in the open air
Until the day I meet her stare
A stranger that I’ll recognize
A gaze I’ll share
A puzzle piece that fits so tight
The missing color painted bright
The verse finally rhyming with the rhythm and the timing
The light that all the shadows fear
The cracks receding from a mirror
The bridge at last erected
The sides at last connected
Oh…oh
Track Name: Can't Hold On
One hand on the bottle, one hand on the rail
Crossing this river with the devil on my tail
It’s cold and deep and black as sin
It’s rising up around me and I can’t swim

You slip like water and you slide like sand (I can’t hold on no more)
You keep on falling from the palm on my hand (I can’t hold on no more)
A thousand lonely days for every star in the sky (I can’t hold on no more)
It never gets better no matter how I try (I can’t hold on no more)

Can’t hold on – keep on trying
Can’t hold on – it’s like I’m dying
Can’t hold on very much longer
Can’t hold on, I wish I was stronger

Once you said you would love me true (I can’t hold on no more)
I’ve grown so tired of waiting on you (I can’t hold on no more)
So I’ll take this whiskey and fill my cup (I can’t hold on no more)
And drown myself in your empty promise of love (I can’t hold on no more)

Can’t hold on
Can’t hold on
Can’t hold on
Track Name: A Song to Remember
I still remember that time ago when days were young
Don’t you remember that river we crossed and songs we sung
We fought the wrecking ball
One voice in harmony
Now who are we
This is my song
To the friends I lost along the way

Now you’ve come and gone
And now I’m here alone
Gone days of glory and I’m still holding on
And now there is no one
To remember
To remember

Those years and tears we shared, now just a dream
Two arms to hold you there in the space between
I held for you
You fall for me
Now where are we
This is my song
To the friends I lost along the way

Now you’ve come and gone
And now I’m here alone
Gone days of glory and I’m still holding on
And now there is no one

I wish there was a way
To get back yesterday
When I could still reach out for you
If only I had known
How frail was flesh and bone
I would have fought to save you too

And now you’ve come and gone
And now I’m here alone
Gone days of glory and I’m still holding on
And now there is no one
Track Name: Rise Rise Rise
See her face
In slender moonlight
Her eyes in silver skies
She rise up in the morning
Hangs down her hair at night
Shine, lord, she shine
Shining all night long
Shine on for her manchild
Shine her sweet sad song

A blind man, he once asked me
Tell me do the stars still shine bright
Well yes, they’d shine so sweetly
If it were not for these damned city lights

Shine, yes sir they shine
Shine oh all night long
Shine they fire ascendin’
Shine their sweet sad song

Rise rise rise and shine
(Even when you’re feeling down)
Rise rise rise and shine
(Get yourself off the ground)
Rise rise rise and shine
(Even when you’re feeling down
Rise (rise) (RISE)

Midnight, she lies serenely
Across this starlit bay
If he could see her, like I see her
Even that old blind man would say
Shine …. Oh lord … she
Shiiiine
Track Name: Water Under the Bridge
I know that there are people who are not worth wasting my time on
But do you know that sometimes I see a little of that when I look at you

I know that there are people who are not worth wasting my time on
But do you know that sometimes I see a little of that when I look at you