Strangebyrds

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released January 1, 2010

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Track Name: Open Spaces
OPEN SPACES / Ray Smith
Got a Little song about open spaces
long flat planes high mountain places
Got one out the back
It's about this wide
That's where I go to fix my insides
-CH-
Open spaces that's for me
when trouble comes a knockin
That's where I'll be
A little bit of sweat, a little bit of love
It's like a gift from above

I moved seventeen times before I got here
Pedal to the metal year after year
Now I'm a little bit stuck here but it's OK
I got a hot little woman and she's here to stay
Track Name: Susanna
It's five o'clock on a Friday and I can see that she is home
standing on the back porch and talkin on the phone
She's taken off her hat, her hair's just starting to show
She's a hell of a fighter and she's my hero and I say
-CH-
Oh Susanna, girl you've done it again.

It's the second time walkin with the devil, she's runnin a faster mile
burnin up all the bad guy's with chemo and a smile
and I never mention it, hell she don't even know
She's my next door neighbor and she's my hero
-CH-
-BR-
Sometimes we worry bout things so small
lose sight of the magic of it all
Sometimes life's so sweet and fragile and it's your turn
to take it on
solo
Maybe I'll buy a six pack and drink it in her back yard
seems like a good thing to do when life is hitting you hard
And we'll toast to her hair and garden they're both just starting to grow
and we'll toast to Susanna cause she's our hero and we'll all sing
-CH-
Oh Susanna, girl you've done it again
Oh Susanna, girl you've done it again
Cause she's my hero, she don't even know
She's my hero, she don't know
Susanna
Track Name: Strangebyrds
Strangebyrds / Ray Smith
Strangebyrds, that's you and me
never quite fittin into society
We tried and we tried got married to the lie
tryin to build somethin from nothin
the thing that you find when you build on a lie
yeah it just starts crumblin
-CH-
Strangebyrd you are my world you're the one that sees me
and I know with you I'm home wherever that my be


Strangebyrd come with me, we'll fly around the back door
perch on the stage and sing
well there's a whole lot of trouble in the world today
everybodies just tryin to get away
We'll try to make em laugh we'll try to make em sing
gonna do the only thing we can do
-CH-
Track Name: When I Rive
When I Rive / Ray Smith
Is anybody gonna be there when rive
Is anybody gonna be there when I rive
If anybodies gonna be there he'll be
lookin up at me with an angry stare
-CH-
Is anybody gonna be there when I rive

Now I've been told that I should go to hell
a couple of girls said I would burn very well
I don't mind goin to hell with all my friends there
it could be pretty swell
-CH-
solo
What would happen if I went the other way
Oh lord if I went the other way
If I went the other way the gates would be locked
there'd be nothin I could say
-CH-
Track Name: Little Bird
I wish that you were a bird
And you could fly away
You could fly through the bars
Over the heads of the prison guards

I wish that you were a swallow
fly into the night
Fly to Colorado
fly towards the light

Little Bird
Little Bird

Rough winds will come and they will go
You must hold onto what you know
What you know

Soon you will be free from
the steely cage you're in
You will try your wings
and you will fly again

Little Bird
Little Bird

I know, I know,
I know
Track Name: Bad Train
Bad Train / Ray Smith
There's somethin comin feels like a train
churnin my guts messin with my brain
don't look like soon it's gonna stop
when you lose the bottom what happens to the top
-CH-
It's like a Bad Train comin, It's like a Bad Train comin on
whoo hoo comin on whoo hoo
A lotta people out there tryin to reinvent
It's hard to change your life when the money's all spent
A second on the house and a new car too
tell me now daddy what you gonna do
-CH-
-BR-
The message that I send, You gotta have some hope my friend
Keep pushin for the stars
Track Name: Hard Times
My grandpa was a hardworking man
The year was 1932
He lost the farm and everything he had
A hundred acres of good farm land

Living in hard times
Fallen on hard times

He moved the family to the east side of town
Trouble in the streets, gangs all around
My daddy learned how to run and how to fight
Food was scarce and money was tight

Living in hard times
Fallen on hard times

We used to laugh when he told his stories of
cardboard in his shoes
We'd kick each other under the table but
inside we knew it was true

It's hard for me to look at my sons
And know that things don't really change
All the troubles of our past come back
Yeah, just rearranged

Living in hard times
Fallen on hard times
Living in hard times
Fallen on hard times
Track Name: Black and White Image
Black and White Image / Ray Smith
Walkin and a pickin I figure things out
I saw myself with you and without
It's a black and white image in the rain

I thought of our friend who lost his love it's like
God take your heart and give it a shove
It's a black and white image in the rain
-CH-
You never know how much time you've got
ya gotta live it right now and live alot yeah yeah

My own mother decided to die sittin right there she
looked us in the eye and she said it's my time to go
My dad moved on to give another try the war came in
and took his life
It's a black and white image in the rain
-CH-
Walkin and a pickin I figure things out
I saw myself with you and without
It's a black and white image in the rain

So grab hold your lover and hold him tight
go home crazy and make love tonight
color that image in your brain the black and white image in the rain
Track Name: Trouble
I ain't getting younger
I'm running from old
Broken hearts, done things
God only knows
But there is just one thing
That will never change
Trouble
It's my middle name.

I like to run fast
And I can play dirty
You mess with me and it
Won't be pretty
But there is just one thing
That will never change
Trouble
It's my middle name

Go to church on a Sunday
Pray for me too
When it comes to trouble baby
There aint nothing you can do
Oh Trouble
It's my middle name
Yeah Trouble
It's my middle name
Track Name: Whose World is it anyway
Whose World is it / Ray Smith
Whose world is it anyway? how do we blame for this
and who has the right to say, black gold is worth the risk
-CH-
I just feel deep inside this can't be the way
All that hope for all the change and they look away

Whose world is it anyway? when it's all about control
and those who have the right to say
don't seem to possess a soul
-CH-
Whose world is it anyway?
Track Name: Strangers Face
A strangers face
was the first thing that I saw
when I woke this morning

Grey hotel,
bad feeling in my heart
said you'd best take warning

CH
Running down the stairs
Slamming out the door
I got a twenty in my pocket
I don't need you any more
I've been on the streets
Since I was just 15
And you know what I mean

Mama she cries
every time that I call home
so I talk sweet and low

I tell her lies
about the things I do
so she won't have to know

CH
BR
Some boys tell me I'm still pretty
Young ones seem so lost and lonely
Then they tell me find the lord
That don't work for me no more

CH

A strangers face
was the first thing that I saw
when I woke this morning
Track Name: Watching the World go by
Watching the world go by / Ray Smith
Hey Baby did you happen to see who was killed today on TV
no man I did not know I was busy tryin to make things go
Life is crazy with no down time, late night radio and cheep red wine
If time was somethin that I could buy I'd spend all my money but instead
-CH-
I'm wachin the world go by Wachin the world go by

A rebel child when she ran away breakin hearts and givin no sway
knocked up in Woodstock alone in that town
a fine singer she was New York bound
Came time she had to choose, the little baby or the Rock nRoll shoes
everyday she achs from the lie
-CH-
-BR-
When life says go you better not wait
you're sleepin in the bed you make
Track Name: Back Home To Me
Back Home To Me / Ray Smith
-CH-
When you gonna get back home to me
When you gonna get back home to me
When you gonna get back home to me
When you gonna get back

Baby when you're gone I can't see your eyes
The sun don't seem to rize
Baby when you're gone day turns into night
night turns into somethin that aint right
whoa without you by my side
-CH-
solo
Baby say you will meet me in your dreams
we can share the same scene
Baby all night long I'll sing you like a song
and I know you're gonna sing along
whoa without you by my side
-CH-
Track Name: Power Over Me
You only have the power over me that I give you
You only have the power over me that I give you
You just gotta know, you will never own my soul
You only have the power over me that I give you

And I will never walk that line that you've drawn
I will never walk that line that you've drawn
And if I walk the line you've drawn in the morning I'll be gone
I will never walk that line that you've drawn

We only have this moment now that we're given
We only have this moment now that we're given
You can worry about sin and religion
But we only have this moment now that we're living

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