Lyrics

Serenity Cd Cover
released May 2015

I’m From The Country
(Chris Ising)

My Daddy was a hardworking man with arms of steel and deep callused hands
Spent his life on the railroad line working double shifts to make his dime
Momma worked to make a real good home with only four rooms and no room to grow
Three brothers best of friends cussin’ and fighting until the day’s end
I know where I come from
And I ain’t ashamed y’all

I come from way down south where the cotton grows and we drawl it out
Yes sirs and thank you ma’ams born on manners and we say amen
My momma ain’t done raised no fool but I raised a little hell all through school
I grew up to be a college man but no matter where I land
I’m from the country

No money for the latest clothes got hand me downs four years old
Daddy always put a little away said he’d get me to college come my day
Graduated with a law degree now I’m working on a road they call Wall Street
But this concrete place ain’t home I’m a thousand miles from those old dirt roads
I know where I come from
And I ain’t ashamed y’all

I come from way down south where the cotton grows and we drawl it out
Yes sirs and thank you ma’ams born on manners and we say amen
My momma ain’t done raised no fool but I raised a little hell all through school
I grew up to be a college man but no matter where I land
I’m from the country

I know where I come from
And I ain’t ashamed y’all

I come from way down south where the cotton grows and we drawl it out
Yes sirs and thank you ma’ams born on manners and we say amen
My momma ain’t done raised no fool but I raised a little hell all through school
I grew up to be a college man but no matter where I land
I’m from the country
I’m from the country y’all
I’m from the country


Livin It Up
(Chris Ising, Laurie Fly Williams, Mark Dolin)

Sometimes I wonder where I’d be now
If I didn’t walk in that bar on your side of town
If you didn’t come up run your hand down my arm
Didn’t ask for your number or walk you out to your car

Our first kiss
Or the one after that
Our first date
Or what happened next

I’d still be a single man sayin’ livin’ it up (livin’ it up)
Every night till the morning light
Just living it up (livin’ it up)
But girl you came along
And we wrote our own love song
I wouldn’t trade it for the world
Right now I’m livin’ it up

Sometimes I wonder where we’d be now
If we didn’t have them little rug rats wearin’ us down
Always runnin’ on empty no money to our names
Tryin’ to find that alone time to light our flame

Our first born
Or the one after that
Our third came
The fourth happened next

We’d go all around the world sayin’ livin it up (livin’ it up)
Every night till the morning light
Just livin’ it up (livin’ it up)
But girl you came along
And we wrote our own love song
I wouldn’t trade it for the world
Right now I’m livin’ it up

And when the kids are gone
We’ll still be living our love song

I’ll still be holdin’ you sayin’ livin’ it up (livin’ it up)
Every night till the morning light
Just livin’ it up (livin’ it up)
So glad you came along
And we wrote our own love song
I wouldn’t trade it for the world
Right now I’m livin’ it up
Hey girl we’re livin’ it up


Stronger Than I Think
(Chris Ising, Beverly Hingson)

Drank too many shots of whiskey with the early morning sun
Then never quite set the bottle down I wasn’t hurting anyone
I told the lie a thousand times that I could kick it any day
But with you in my life I know I’ve got what it takes

Now I’m ready to face the demons
That I’ve ran from all these years
Cause I’ve finally found a reason
With you standing here
You give me strength when I need it
Give me hope make me believe
That I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything
Yeah I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything

I’d take my drink with lonely cause I’d let nobody in
But you were like a touch of spring at a long Winter’s end
You melted all the layers to find the heart no one could see
You showed me life’s forgiving when you loved a man like me

Now I’m ready to face the demons
That I’ve ran from all these years
Cause I’ve finally found a reason
With you standing here
You give me strength when I need it
Give me hope make me believe
That I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything
Yeah I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything

Now I’m ready to face the demons
That I’ve ran from all these years
Cause I’ve finally found a reason
With you standing here
You give me strength when I need it
Give me hope make me believe
That I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything
Yeah I’m stronger than I think
And I can do anything
Yeah I can do anything


Hey Hey
(Chris Ising)

Stepped off the bus down in Tennessee
Guitar in hand get to grabbin’ my dream
This hayseed farmin’ boys made it to the town
Buskin on corners and playin’ every dive
Working at the dinner just to survive
This living ain’t easy but I’m paying my dues

Hey Hey now what do you say
You coming to the party gonna watch us play
We’ll keep this place jumpin’ till they shut us down
We’re countrified with southern soul
We’ll even throw in a little Rock n’ Roll
It’s a sure thing guaranteed hell of a time
So drop what you’re doing and catch the show tonight

Back in the alley back behind Tootsies
Walking the same line as Waylon and Willie
There’s magic in these streets I feel it under my souls
Cowboy hat and snakeskin boots
Five pound buckle a few tattoos
I’m livin’ at the bottom
But I’m lookin’ like the top

Hey Hey now what do you say
You coming to the party gonna watch us play
We’ll keep this place jumpin’ till they shut us down
We’re countrified with southern soul
We’ll even throw in a little Rock n’ Roll
It’s a sure thing guaranteed hell of a time
So drop what you’re doing and catch the show tonight

Hey Hey now what do you say
Hey Hey now what do you say
Hey Hey now what do you say
Hey Hey now what do you say

Hey Hey now what do you say
You coming to the party gonna watch us play
We’ll keep this place jumpin’ till they shut us down
We’re countrified with southern soul
We’ll even throw in a little Rock n’ Roll
It’s a sure thing guaranteed hell of a time
So drop what you’re doing and catch the show tonight
I said drop what you’re doing and catch the show tonight
Yeah drop what you’re doing and catch the show tonight


Too Late
(Chris Ising)

I left the lights on tonight
Hoping that you just might
Come walking back through that door
And say baby let’s try once more
The nights are long sleeping alone
And I get so tired waiting by the phone
To hear a ring and hear you say
Hey I’m coming home to stay

But hell ain’t frozen over yet
And I’m stuck here with my regrets
Nothing but time to play it over and over again

I should have seen the writing on the wall
Should have righted all my wrongs
Should have been the man I could have been
Your husband your best friend
I should have given us the time
And read between the lines
Though I didn’t walk away
I wasn’t the one to stay
I was gone so gone so gone so long ago
I just saw it too damn late

All the time we could have spent
In each other’s arms came and went
I let it all slip away
Cause there was always another day
I know I can’t get back the time
And I wasted yours I wasted mine
Baby I apologize
I took for granted our sweet life

I’m lying here in the dark
Thinking of ways to get back in your heart
Nothing but time to play it over and over again

I should have seen the writing on the wall
Should have righted all my wrongs
Should have been the man I could have been
Your husband your best friend
I should have given us the time
And read between the lines
Though I didn’t walk away
I wasn’t the one to stay
I was gone so gone so gone so long ago
I just saw it too damn late

But hell ain’t frozen over yet
And I’m stuck here with my regrets
Nothing but time to play it over and over again

I should have seen the writing on the wall
Should have righted all my wrongs
Should have been the man I could have been
Your husband your best friend
I should have given us the time
And read between the lines
Though I didn’t walk away
I wasn’t the one to stay
I was gone so gone so gone so long ago
I just saw it too damn late


When Life Happens
(Chris Ising)

Granddad turned eighty three
He said ‘Sonny come sit a spell with me’
We’ll have some of Grandma’s homemade pie
And I’ll tell you my 8 secrets to life
So I climbed on that old kitchen stool and said
Granddad I ain’t no fool
I know there’s no secret to an easy life
But tell me if you like

He raised his brow
Smiled at me and said
Boy don’t ever forget now

Choose a job doing what you love
Don’t follow that all mighty buck
Love with passion, Live with pride
And in the end you’re doing alright
Give your all in all you do
Don’t be afraid to face the truth
Stick to your guns but have compassion
And enjoy when life happens

I grew out of those teenage years
And I faced the world with grown up fears
I lost my way off that beaten path once or twice
But always found my way back
Lost Granddad in 06 two years to the day he got sick
I never said it but I knew he knew how much
Those words would guide me through

I raise my brow
Smile at his stone and say
I remember to this day now

Choose a job doing what you love
Don’t follow that all mighty buck
Love with passion, Live with pride
And in the end you’re doing alright
Give your all in all you do
Don’t be afraid to face the truth
Stick to your guns but have compassion
And enjoy when life happens


STAY
(Laurie Williams/Chris Ising/Jeremy Dallas/Mark Dolin)

I know I never said the words and I accept the blame
I had my work I had no time no spark to fan your flame
Somehow it just got colder
Time passed the fire smoldered
Because two words I never said are now my shame
Two little words

Please stay
Let’s talk it out
Don’t go away
Come on and turn around
I know I’m late
But girl that’s my way
Please stay
Please stay

I know I’m not the Romeo I was a long time ago
I know I wasn’t there for you and it began to show
But I was like a blind man I guess I couldn’t see
The hurt and want you needed as you stood in front of me
Two little words

Please stay
Let’s talk it out
Don’t go away
Come on and turn around
I know I’m late
But girl that’s my way
Please stay
Please stay

And now it’s me that’s hurtin’ from lessons of my ways
With only two words left in me
Please stay
Please stay

Please stay
Let’s talk it out
Don’t go away
Come on and turn around
I know I’m late
But girl that’s my way
Let’s talk it out
Don’t go away
Come on and turn around
I know I’m late
But girl that’s my way
Please stay
Please stay


Home
(Chris Ising, Kim Erickson)

Everywhere I look there’s a memory
From that old church lot where we use to meet
To that narrow bridge just up the way
Where we’d cast our lines and waste the day
The kind of place you’re known by name
A friendly wave, Hi how’s your day
Friday nights cruisin Main
Turn around do it over again
Yeah this is my home town

You grow up and move on
Life becomes a different song
Friends come and most go
And there’s one thing that I know
Nothing ever stays the same
You gotta roll with the change
And do the best that you can
And know that God’s got a plan
No matter where I go
This small time wheat field town
Will always be home

The drive-in closed its doors
And the hardware store aint here no more
Got a tattoo shop on Rivers Bay
The old folks tried to keep away
The ice cream parlor were I spent my youth
Is still serving double scoops
And that carving in the oak on Main
You can still read our names
Yeah this is my home town

And do the best that you can
And know that God’s got a plan
No matter where I go
This small time wheat field town
Will always be home

I got the news today Miss Pearman passed away
And Carl Stewart down the road
Just sold the farm
Yeah he’s moving on

You grow up and move on
Life becomes a different song
Friends come and most go
And there’s one thing that I know
Nothing ever stays the same
You gotta roll with the change
And do the best that you can
And know that God’s got a plan
No matter where I go
This small time wheat field town
Will always be home
Yeah it’s my home


Have Another Beer
(Chris Ising, David Wagner)

Some call me trouble some call me friend
I don’t back down and I’m honest to the end
I bust my back six days a week
Workin’ them fields sowing that wheat

The weekends here man I need a break
I’m headin’ down to where they know my name

This is my bar this is my crowd
This is my song so turn it up load
We’ll party till the sun comes ‘round
Have a little drink have a little smoke
Do what your Mama said don’t
Leave your troubles at the door ‘round here
And have another beer

All walks of life come through these doors
Some looking for friends some looking for more
Get a little buzz on get on a good time
Get your boots on the floor leave the bs behind

The girls are smoking’ the beer is on ice
Country music’s blastin’ yeah we’re doing it right

This is my bar this is my crowd
This is my song so turn it up load
We’ll party till the sun comes ‘round
Have a little drink have a little smoke
Do what your Mama said don’t
Leave your troubles at the door ‘round here
And have another beer

Have a little drink have a little smoke
Do what you Mama said don’t
Oh have a little drink have a little smoke
Do what you Mama said don’t

This is my bar this is my crowd
This is my song so turn it up load
We’ll party till the sun comes ‘round
Have a little drink have a little smoke
Do what your Mama said don’t
Leave your troubles at the door ‘round here
Leave your troubles at the door ‘round here
And have another beer


Didn’t Get To Say I Love You
(Chris Ising, Seth wood)

I could take you say you’re leaving
But saying love is the reason
No that aint true
Couldn’t love you more than I do
That old screen door can’t take much more
You hit it hard and cursed my name
Backed out of the drive
With your foot on the floor

I stood out on our front steps
And watched your tail lights fade
You crossed that yellow line
There was something I didn’t say

I regret I didn’t get to say I love you one more time
God how it hurts it couldn’t get worse
You went and left me left me behind
Should’ve never let you go
Should’ve got down on my knees
Should’ve said what needed sayin’
And you’d still be here with me

It’s two a.m. and I can’t sleep
My head is pounding I need a drink
To numb the pain
Take the loneliness away
I’m counting down 10, 9, 8
Until I see your pretty face
In my dreams
It’s all I’ve got these days

I know I should know better
Than touch whiskey to my lips
It aint gonna make it better
Anything is better than this

I regret I didn’t get to say I love you one more time
God how it hurts it couldn’t get worse
You went and left me left me behind
Should’ve never let you go
Should’ve got down on my knees
Should’ve said what needed sayin’
And you’d still be here with me

Now there’s one thing I want most
To say I love you just once more

I regret I didn’t get to say I love you one more time
God how it hurts it couldn’t get worse
You went and left me left me behind
Should’ve never let you go
Should’ve got down on my knees
Should’ve said what needed sayin’
And you’d still be here with me

It’s two a.m. and I can’t sleep
My head is pounding I need a drink
To numb the pain
Take the loneliness away


Till Tuesday
(Chris Ising Lucy LeBlanc)

On Tuesday you said goodbye
I stood at that window and watched you go
Tryin’ to hold back the tears in my eyes
I didn’t know how I could go on

And I found myself alone for the first time

Our house was filled with silence
But my thoughts were deafening
It was killing me how I missed those signs
I kept runnin’ it over and over in my mind
How could I be so wrong for so long
I didn’t see it till Tuesday

I didn’t expect your call today
Do you really want to know how I’m doing
Truth is I miss you every way
It’s almost more than I can take

And when we hang up this phone you’ll be gone again

Our house is filled with silence
But my thoughts are deafening
It’s killing me that I missed those signs
I keep runnin’ it over and over in my mind
How could I be so wrong for so long
I didn’t see it till Tuesday

On Tuesday my world changed
And nothings ever gonna be the same
On Tuesday my world changed

Our house is filled with silence
But my thoughts are deafening
It’s killing me that I missed those signs
I keep runnin’ it over and over in my mind
How could I be so wrong for so long
How could I be so wrong for so long
I didn’t see it till Tuesday
Till Tuesday


Light Me Up Burn Me Down
(Chris Ising, Laurie ‘Fly’ Williams, Mark Dolin)

Sunday I sit in God’s house
And pray because I’ve sinned
I’m saved but come sundown
The Devil’s in my blood again
One drink turns to many
Out comes my ugly side
Till I’m ass up on the floor
Wishin’ I had died

I’ll pick my teeth back up
And go back for a second round

Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down

Bartender called the police
Cause my words gone a little too far
Locked me in those handcuffs
And toss me in the back of their car
One call to my lawyer
Get me the hell on outta here
A hundred bucks bail
And I’m back on the streets of this dirty town

I’ll come stubmlin’ back in
And go back for a second round

Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down

You can preach that my drinkin’s a sin
But every day the bottles where I begin
I wake up fighting this world fighting myself
Lighting me up and burning me down
I know that I’m on the road to hell
I can feel the burn the scorching smell
Only got myself to blame
Lighting me up and burning me down

Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down
Light me up burn me down


And When I’m Dead
(Laurie ‘Fly’ Williams, Chris Ising)

My luck was good and I lived to love
When times were hard or seemed to tough
I’d take a trip back to days long gone
When I was weak and did so much wrong
But death comes calling as if by will
Cause I’m not easy for men to kill
Death’s no foe I’ll great him then
I’ll toast my friends and say amen

And when I’m dead and my feet are cold
And my limbs are stiff cause I’d grown too old
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours
And when I’m dead don’t mark my grave
With a flag of stone that bares my name
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours

My hair is grey and my eyes grow dim
I’m more than ready to go with him
I’m not scared and I ain’t dreadin’
Away we go to Hell or to Heaven

And when I’m dead and my feet are cold
And my limbs are stiff cause I’d grown too old
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours
And when I’m dead don’t mark my grave
With a flag of stone that bares my name
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours

Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh

And when I’m dead and my feet are cold
And my limbs are stiff cause I’d grown too old
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours
And when I’m dead don’t mark my grave
With a flag of stone that bares my name
Just burn me up and plant some flowers
I lived my life in minutes and hours


Half A Blue
(Laurie ‘Fly’ Williams, Chris Ising, Mark Dolin )

A glass of whiskey aging on the hotel bathroom sink
A vintage year a great one brewed last week
A wrinkled shirt that’s clean enough I pick up from the floor
A pair of jeans that God knows where they’ve been and what for

Ggot a half blue waitin’ like a virgin at the door
The only untouched thing in the God forsaken place
And I guard it where it sits in the rear of that top drawer
A quarter inch of sanity in my case
There’s a half blue callin’ my name

Half a blue is better than not havin’ one at all
Yesterday’s new memory not formed in tomorrow
Broke in equal halves until I hear my sirens call
You think it’s yours to heal the pain you borrowed

Got a half blue waitin’ like a virgin at the door
The only untouched thing in the God forsaken place
And I guard it where it sits in the rear of that top drawer
A quarter inch of sanity in my case
There’s a half blue callin’ my name

A ton of blues I carry but a half blue gets me by
In glaring sun and noise of people dyin’
Half blue rights the wrongs of day until the stage hand calls
Another night song about the crap I’m tryin’

Got a half blue waitin’ like a virgin at the door
The only untouched thing in the God forsaken place
I guard it where it sits in the rear of that top drawer
A quarter inch of sanity in my case
There’s a half blue callin’ my name
There’s a half blue callin’