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Steel Bridge Songs Vol​.​5

by SteelBridgeSongfest

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1.
Dig Me Out 04:07
Keep me safe in a song All those days I was strong Will the sun be out When you tear me down I’m sinking deep beneath without a sound You could drive for miles it would never change Landscape flutters back and forth from green to gray Oh it’s all more of the same The only difference is the name All my friends are careless men And I fall into disrepair I can hear them moving near Like someone’s banging round upstairs If someday they dig me out Wonder what I was about Well save your prayers For someone who cares You owe it yourself to keep me here All my friends are careless men I fall into disrepair I can hear them moving near Like someone’s banging round upstairs So keep me safe in a song All those days I was strong Will the sun be out When you tear me down I’m sinking deep beneath without a sound Sinking deep beneath without a sound
2.
No one’s gonna go home tonight The bridge is broke, the bridge is broke I’ll buy you another drink tonight The bridge is broke, the bridge is broke We’re gonna be here ‘til the morning light The bridge is broke, the bridge is broke The veterans rest on the bottom tonight The bridge is broke, the bridge is broke Water save me from Death’s Door The river runs through in the corridor What waits there on the other side Raise up the bridge, I’m gonna ride Ship smashed into the bridge of steel The bridge of steel, the bridge of steel The captain lost control of the steerin’ wheel The steering wheel, the steering wheel Bridge hang down from the river shore The river shore, the river shore The ship sink down to the river floor The river floor, the river floor Water save me from Death’s Door The river runs through in the corridor What waits there on the other side Raise up the bridge, I’m gonna ride Rise from the bottom of the riverbed The riverbed, the riverbed See Big John all glowin’ red Glowin’ red, glowin’ red Smell the fire as he starts to blow Starts to blow, starts to blow Threads all vine as he starts to sew Starts to sew, starts to sew Water save me from Death’s Door The river runs through in the corridor What waits there on the other side Raise up the bridge, I’m gonna ride Everybody’s gonna go home tonight Home tonight, home tonight I’ll buy you another drink tonight Drink tonight, drink tonight You’re gonna be home by the morning light The morning light, the morning light The veteran’s bridge on the river tonight The river tonight, the river tonight Water save me from Death’s Door The river runs through in the corridor What waits there on the other side Raise up the bridge, I’m gonna ride The river save me from Death’s Door Water runs through in the corridor What waits there on the other side Raise up the bridge, I’m gonna ride
3.
The dirty cooks Twitch in the kitchen Noddin’ off and burnin’ the dishes They all got the same condition A leader comes out in the yard And the trailer parks between the fires And no one will ever suspect a thing Like a secret in a safe thrown off a bridge into a lake without a harbor I sank your troubles deep and let ‘em sleep under the waves on the water I fell asleep Watchin’ the clock spin Heavy hands With clumsy precision Out of breath All night And we didn’t have much of a warnin’ All you saw were the cop cars swarmin’ All around the old block Like a secret in a safe thrown off a bridge into a lake without a harbor To sink your troubles deep and let ‘em sleep under the waves on the water
4.
Fall Between 04:58
I think about it now And I’m a million miles away I’m not that easy to tear down But then again, I may be I’m standing on my own two feet And then the bridge just disappears With nothing holding me I fall between The people underneath Ohhhh whoa How long ‘Til you are done Ohhhh whoa When will the light Shine on You You You You And every time I’m here I shut myself inside this room My thoughts pour in About these things I’ve never done I’m standing on my own two feet And then the bridge just disappears With nothing holding me I fall between The people underneath Ohhhh whoa How long ‘Til you are done Ohhhh whoa whoa How long Until you are done Ohhhh whoa When will the light Shine on You You You You You You
5.
She’s 30 tons of concrete fun She take a ride with anyone Open wide when the pleasure come Every hour on the hour She’s a rock and rolla They try to radio control her She’s a rock and rolla Take you out of this world And put you in another one She’s still goin’ ta get her money All because of that hot young honey You’re gonna have to take her along Every time you ride her She plays this song She’s a rock and rolla They try to radio control her She’s a rock and rolla Take you out of this world And put you in another one She’s alright She’s alright She’s alright But just for one night? She’s a rock and rolla They try to radio control her She’s a rock and rolla Let’s try to radio control her She’s a rock and rolla Let’s try to radio control her She’s a rock and rolla Take you out of this world And put you in another one
6.
Span of Time 02:33
How many tons of concrete How many tons of steel How many tons of people Have rolled across on wheels How dare you call her just a bridge When she’s really a span of time Memories passed down generations Now they’re yours and mine Michigan, Michigan Michigan Street More than just a bridge You’re a span of time I know that in your life Things just come and go There’s one thing I can tell you About I know for sure For seventy-five years Stood between her rocky shores Some help and the grace of god She’ll stand for seventy-five more Michigan, Michigan Michigan Street More than just a bridge You’re a span of time Michigan, Michigan Michigan Street More than just a bridge You’re a span of time
7.
With shaky hands and sweaty palms My head is spinnin’ round Put the body in the trunk Hightail it out of town Tried to hide ‘im in the silo But that would’ve tipped my hand Should’ve come clean from the start But who’d understand Would’ve spent the rest of my life In a prison cell I’m not a killer born Though I may be damned to hell What will my poor mama say If they raise the bridge over the bay The Coyote Roadhouse On Kangaroo Lake The identification I gave them was fake A vacant old barn The body it was found Chopped up by a chainsaw Scattered around I ain’t givin’ in I ain’t lookin’ back I’ve managed this time To slip through the cracks What will my poor mama say If they raise the bridge over the bay The pickup truck I stole Couldn’t top 45 Pedal to the floor For the Door County line Headin’ into Sturgeon Her harbor in my sights Before me was the rising bridge Behind me blue lights What will my poor mama say They’ve raised the bridge over the bay What will my poor mama say They’ve raised the bridge over the bay
8.
Left To Rust 02:59
The nights are growin’ colder now the days begin to dim So dark the shadows are they pull me in Fumblin’ for a light switch hear the shudders in the wind The only sign of daylight is the smell of somethin’ burnin’, somethin’ burnin’ Walk on pins and needles now my hairs all stand on end The flames they are so warm they have become my only friend Every word I let escape just hangs there in midair I set my eye upon your ghost and fix it with a stare, fix it with a stare I grit my teeth and bite my lip all my memories only gather dust This burnin’ bush ain’t sanctified and everything that I’ve got left I’ve left to rust Children sing forgiveness but I’ve never been that young I’ve got the taste of ash and iron on my tongue A bare light bulb it swings above a mattress on the flo’ There ain’t no angels sermons set the static dial on the radio, on the radio I grit my teeth and bite my lip all my memories only gather dust This burnin’ bush ain’t sanctified and everything that I’ve got left I’ve left to rust
9.
Why don’t you just let it be Free to wash underneath our feet As we pass by from side to side Tryin’ to decide which route I want to drive To get to the other side So I can see my sisters and brothers It’s a necessity to me to cross these waters This bridge has got so much to offer Oh, oh, oh It’s water under that bridge Lift it up, set it down Gotta find a way outta town Oh, oh, oh Just water under that bridge Gotta lift it up, set it down Float my boat outta town Put your mind on somethin’ to achieve I don’t see exactly how you see So although I see our thoughts differentiabilities I know they still process possibilities Definitely stresses Causin’ a mess that grows infinitely inside of our chest Pause to breathe And let it get some rest Let it get some rest Oh, oh, oh There’s water under that bridge Gotta lift it up, set it down Gotta find a way outta town Oh, oh, oh There’s water under that bridge Gotta set it down, lift it up Float my boat outta town I don’t need to see This bridge of steel Rust away Oooohoo I don’t wanna see All those memories Wash away Oh, oh, oh It’s water under that bridge Gotta lift it up, set it down Gotta find a way outta town Oh, oh, oh Just water under that bridge Gotta set it down, lift it up Float my boat outta town Oh, oh, oh There’s water under that bridge Gotta set it down, lift it up Find a way outta town Oh, oh, oh There’s water under that bridge Gotta lift it up, set it down Float my boat outta town
10.
If they ever tore it down You know I’d have to go around ‘Cause I gotta get back to you baby, baby somehow If they ever tore it down You know I’d really miss the sound And the man in the middle who makes it go up and down I’d have to teach my car to swim I’d have to work out in the gym I’d have to buy some big pontoon I’d have to write another tune If they ever tore it down You know I’d have to go around ‘Cause I gotta get back to you baby, baby somehow If they ever tore it down You know I’d really miss the sound And the man in the middle who makes it go up and down Ever tore it down You know I’d have to go around ‘Cause I gotta get back to you baby, baby somehow And if they ever tore it down You know I’d really miss the sound And the man in the middle who makes it go up and down Man in the middle who makes it go up The man in the middle who makes it go up and down And the man in the middle who makes it go up
11.
And when will you be mine? When will you cast off the line? And sail with me into the brine Who decides Where their or heart resides Who decides And when will you be mine? I say as cast out the line The hook sinks into the brine Who looks To see if head or heart ends up on the hooks Who looks Over the shadows and stones Around and around we go And then you will see What will be, will be When over the water we go Over the shadows and stones Around and around we go And then you will see What will be, will be When over the water we go
12.
I like this bridge, I don’t know why Perhaps it’s ‘cause it’s one of a kind They say people wanna tear it down But I like this bridge and I like this town Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada I like this bridge, I really do They say’s it’s old, that’s pretty cool I think I’m gonna catch some fish I like this town and I like this bridge Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada Danadanada danadanadanada danadanada danadanadanada I like this bridge, I really do HEY!
13.
As I walked out one morning on a bright and sunny day Heard this terrible racket, it was coming from the bay Walked down by the water and I saw this terrible sight The old bridge was shaking, it was fighting for its life Fighting for its life, boys fighting for its life The old bridge was shaking, she was fighting for its life Gather up the citizens and bring them all around If we don’t help her now boys, she’ll be coming down Many the ships that have gone through her gates Some were going to Cleveland, some to heaven’s gate Gather up the people, bring them close around If we don’t help her now, boys, she’ll be coming down

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The Sturgeon Bay Bridge has long been an object of controversy in Door County, Wisconsin, where folks either love or hate it. Time after time, the 80-year-old monstrosity has had to prove its worth to avoid the wrecking ball. Steel Bridge Songfest started celebrating its existence in 2005, and has rapidly become a new Door County tradition. Now more people seem to be loving that old bridge.


The Construction Zone is a week of collaborative songwriting that coincides with the festival. Writing takes place in motel rooms, coffee shops, down by the waterside, all over town. Writers are asked to write songs using the bridge as inspiration. "The Bridge-with-a-capital-B has long been a potent metaphor in popular song," says CZ founder pat mAcdonald. "The steel drawbridge is a great symbol of strength and of joining together, the melding of diverse cultures, divergent views, the old and the new, the words and the music, the tangible and the intangible..."
Now with its rehab well underway, our bridge faces a more secure future. Thanks to the Wisconsin DOT and all who helped in the struggle to save her, especially to those who continue in the preservation effort!
Recorded June 11-14, 2009 by Steve Hamilton, Billy Triplett, and Dan O Stoffels at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Produced by pat mAcdonald, the engineers, and the artists themselves.
Studio assistance: Kevin Horvath, Paola Villa.
Mastered by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Graphic design by Greg Welsh.
Thanks to all our sponsors, fans, friends, families, and supporters, bridge-huggers one and all!
Proceeds and royalties for this collection go to Citizens For Our Bridge, a non-profit dedicated to preservation and the arts.

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