Stones

by Cletis Carr

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released May 2, 2012

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Cletis Carr Nashville, Tennessee

Singer-songwriter Cletis Carr knows a good yarn. Especially when paired with a good melody and some gritty slide guitar.

A careful student of the human condition, Carr's story-songs play out like mini-movies. Tales of joy, heartbreak, redemption, ordinary madness and everyday heroes are framed in a rich tapestry of acoustic steel-string guitar, dobro and lap slide.
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Track Name: From An Honest Place
I’ll tell you a secret if you want to hear
I’ll share all my wishes, my sorrows, my fears
cause baring one’s soul ain’t no disgrace
know that it comes from an honest place

I laugh at the things that make others cry
only to hide the darkness inside
when you look at this clown and the smile on his face
know that it comes from an honest place

my days are battles, my years are wars
I’ve burned all the bridges and came back for more
when I say that my whole life’s been a waste
know that it comes from an honest place

down flow the rivers thru mountains and fields to the sea
up thru the ashes of burned out hopes and dreams

when I feel my soul’s being taken away
I know in my heart that I’m aching to stay
when I tell you I’d love you, any time, any way
know that it comes from an honest place
and if I died tonight, in your embrace
know that it came from an honest place
I’ll tell you a secret if you want to hear
I’ll share all my wishes, my sorrows, my fears
cause baring one’s soul ain’t no disgrace
know that it comes from an honest place

I laugh at the things that make others cry
only to hide the darkness inside
when you look at this clown and the smile on his face
know that it comes from an honest place

my days are battles, my years are wars
I’ve burned all the bridges and came back for more
when I say that my whole life’s been a waste
know that it comes from an honest place

down flow the rivers thru mountains and fields to the sea
up thru the ashes of burned out hopes and dreams

when I feel my soul’s being taken away
I know in my heart that I’m aching to stay
when I tell you I’d love you, any time, any way
know that it comes from an honest place
and if I died tonight, in your embrace
know that it came from an honest place
Track Name: Where I've Been
I never seen heaven but I sure know hell
there’s some little trigger inside of me
I don’t do alone very well
where I’ve been, I didn’t want to be

we all make mistakes in life
believing in the fantasy
standing on the edge of a knife
where I’ve been, I didn’t want to be
where I’ve been, I didn’t want to be

I got over you
I got over me
and I faced the truth
where I’ve been, I didn’t want to be

time will tell if I return again
old habits are hard to leave
somewhere out there, a true friend
where I’ll go is where I’ll want to be

I got over you
I got over me
and I faced the truth
where I’ve been, I didn’t want to be
Track Name: Stones
let’s take a walk out in the garden
feel the stones beneath your shoes
aint no getting around the truth
there’s a technicolour sunset
but all you see is gray
clouds hang in your way

could it be you believe there’s seeds left to sow
with no one else to blame for being left alone
could it be you lost a diamond
while you collected stones

all we ever have are chances
every key unlocks a door
every wave finds a shore
so take your glass and smash it
on the stones beneath your feet
turn you back on what you seek

could it be you believe there’s seeds left to sow
with no one else to blame for being left alone
could it be you lost a diamond while you collected stones

in another life, everything’s alright, yeah
in another world, throwing swine at pearls, yeah, yeah

could it be you believe there’s dreams in the stones
and no one left to say you’ll dream them alone
could it be you lost a diamond
while you collected stones
Track Name: Please Don't Lose Me
forgive me girl for what I say
if things were different we could fly away
it's so hard to walk the line
one step closer just give me time

please excuse me please don't lose me
cause I'm lost without you

my daddy told me when I was a kid
do what I said, boy and not what I did
he died too soon for me to shake his hand
and thank him for making me a better man

please excuse me please don't lose me
cause I'm lost without you

the air's so thin way up here
looking down on all I fear
forgive me girl for what I say
the wings of an angel is no place to pray

so excuse me please don't lose me
cause I'm lost without you
Track Name: What I Don't Know
I do not blame the river
for where it might not flow
I do not blame the kinds of pain
that life might let me know
I do not blame the cages
that others put me in
cause one man’s cage is an open page
and that’s where my life begins
but what I don’t know – would fill a book

I worry about our children
I worry about our youth
our future lines may be out of time
if they don’t know the truth
I worry about you, my friend
I worry about us all
if we don’t stand together
divided we will fall
but what I don’t know – would fill a library

but what I don’t know – would fill the universe

I do not have the answers
the question’s far too vague
not having planned the cards in our hand might just keep us safe
but what I don’t know – I don’t know