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Hot Rize | Pete Wernick | Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
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Hot Rize

Pete Wernick

Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers

Jeff White

Unrecorded Pete Wernick Lyrics

HOT RIZE:

JUST LIKE YOU, Pete Wernick
On Hot Rize "Untold Stories" and "So Long of a Journey"

Hector Brown lives on a farm
He's been a farmer all his life
But he had to slow down when his heart broke down
And went under a surgeon's knife
And the four kids that he raised
All live so far from home
And since his wife died last December
Hector's all alone

(1st refrain:)
And if you don't think an old man
Could be alone and blue
Let me tell you, my friend
He's just like you.

Ethel Klein lives in the city
Her landlord lives out of town
And when the cold wind blows it chills her
And the backache gets her down
So she reads by day and sleeps by night
And never goes nowhere
And scarcely anybody
Even knows she's there

(2nd refrain:)
And if you don't think that woman
Could be alone and blue
Let me tell you, my friend
She's just like you.

I know it's not too long ago
You were only twenty-one
But time moves only one way
You won't always be young
And if you don't think when you get old
You could be alone and blue
Let me tell you my friend
You've got some thinking to do.

(3rd refrain:)
And if you don't think an old man
Could be alone and blue
Let me tell you, my friend
He's just like you.

PETE WERNICK:

AN OLD BOX OF MEMORIES, Pete Wernick
On Pete Wernick, "On A Roll"

It's an old box I put away
with memories of other days
Up in the attic it will stay
Till they haul it all away.
Oooh, no sad farewells
I'll just keep it on the shelf
An old box, but don't you see
It still means a lot to me.

(Cho:)
An old hat I used to wear
A pretty lock of baby's hair
Birthday cards and magazines
My grampa's wedding ring.
I don't know exactly why
But losing them would make me cry
Just an old box of memories
They really mean a lot to me.

There's someone I used to know
How many years ago
Photographs and a radio
We used to listen low
Oh here's that silly poem
The old front porch at home
Memories from other days
I can't bear to throw away.

(Last time:)
An old hat I used to wear
A pretty lock of baby's hair
Birthday cards and magazines
My grampa's wedding ring.
It's an old box I put away
with memories of some younger days
Up in the attic it will stay
Till they haul us all away.
Oooh, no sad farewells
I'll just keep it on the shelf
An old box, but don't you see
It really means a lot to me.

BROKEN VOW, Pete Wernick
On Pete Wernick, "On a Roll"

I don't know why I let you treat me like you do
When you know it isn't fair
Were those just lies you told me not so long ago?
Is it true you don't even care?

(Cho:) Broken vow, don't you remember what you said?
Broken vow, I hear it in my head
Broken vow, I bet you thik you'll come back now
But it's too late for your broken vow

Imagine my surprise to see you on the street
When you said you'd be at home
Don't bother introducing me to your new friend
Just tell me, babe, what's going on?

It makes me crazy just to picture you with him
I'll get you back for this somehow.
But I can't stay here thinking how you've done me wrong
I've got to start my new life now.

RUTHIE, Pete Wernick
On "On a Roll"

I just met a special girl, makes me want to tell the world,
Run through the streets singing "Ruthie"
She's so pretty and she's smart, I think I lost my heart
Can't help thinking of my Ruthie
Walk through the streets singing Ruthie.

Her mama took a shine to me, treats me like family
Think she wants me to marry her Ruthie
But my good family says she's not good for me
They don't know about my Ruthie
Don't know the treasure of my Ruthie.

Twenty years have come and gone, a daughter and a son
I'm still singing 'bout my Ruthie
I rise with the morning sun, it's nighttime when I get home
To the loving arms of my Ruthie
I do it all for you Ruthie.

Now I am old and gray, Ruthie has gone away, want to
Walk through the streets crying "Ruthie"
Got me no loving wife, I've got to make a life
Without the love of my Ruthie
I'll be with you someday Ruthie.

Walk through the streets humming Ruthie
Love of my life, my sweet Ruthie

RED KNUCKLES AND THE TRAILBLAZERS:

THE GIRL OF MY DREAMS, Pete Wernick
On Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers, "Shades of the Past"

How would you like to be my girl
And walk with me and talk with me.
I'll take you by your pretty hand
And give my heart to you.

(Cho:)
Yes it's true that you are the girl of my dreams
As I sleep at night I hold you tight.
And though our love is never to be
I'll love you as long as I dream.

I dream of long past happy days
With every year they're further away
But scenes long remembered can come back again
When I see you each night in my dreams.

JEFF WHITE:

COLD COLD HEART, Pete Wernick
On Jeff White, "The White Album"

(Cho.:) Cold cold heart, cold cold heart
Cold cold heart, stay away from my door
Hoo hoo hoo, hoo hoo hoo-oo
Hoo hoo hoo-oo, hoo-oo hoo-oo

Verses:

(1) The first time with you was like heaven ___
But then you put me down below.
(Cho.)

(2) Second time around I knew I loved you ___
And that was convenient for you. ___

(this chorus:) Cold cold heart, cold cold heart
Cold cold heart, I'm through with you.
Hoo hoo hoo, (etc.)

You're coming around, you know I'm lonesome ___
But I know now I'm better off alone.

FIDDLE SINGING IN THE TREES, Pete Wernick
On Jeff White, "The Broken Road"

(cho:)
There's a sound that calls me from my memory
It's a sound that I've heard coming through the trees
When I hear that sound, my blood starts to freeze
The fiddle... singing in the trees

(verse:)
The moonlight that night was a strange shade of white
The fiddle played a lonesome sound .........
The drinking, the shouting, a short streak of light
Two bodies cold on the ground .........

The fiddler he ran to the top of the hill
A fire was burning in his eye .........
And the sound that came out of those dreary high woods
Will haunt me till the day I die. .........

(cho)
Now the one who is guilty sits all alone
And counts the days he's been free .........
But also he knows that the truth never dies
And he knows what the verdict will be .........

And out in the night comes that same mournful sound
......... Or is it only a dream .........
Is it only the wind whistling in the trees
Or is it a last muffled scream. .........

(cho)

I'M LEAVIN' TOWN, Pete Wernick
On Jeff White, "The White Album"

Lights on the highway, out into the night
Voices in my head are going round ___
I just turned left at the corner where I always make a right
I'm leaving this town, leavin' tonight

Cho: Leaving town, out bound ____
This highway is setting me free ____
Done wrong, ____ I'm gone ____
____ Don't even think about me ____

It's dark up ahead, I don't know where I'm bound
But anything's better for me ____
Than a two timin' woman and gossip all around
And driving up and down on a dead end street

Hot burning tears, stinging my eyes
My heart is full of regret ____
I took it too long, then I finally got wise
One day I'll forgive but I'll never forget

UNRECORDED PETE WERNICK LYRICS:

A DAY IN 89 (YOU NEVER KNOW), Pete Wernick
Not recorded

There's a movie that I've seen a lot
I've even seen it in my dreams
About a day out of my life
I remember all the scenes

Just a day in 89
My wife and child were at my side
Going east on a vacation
Lining up to take a ride

Two hundred ninety six went through the gate
Leaving earth with few goodbyes
It's such a sunny pretty July day
Up here in the friendly sky

Short subject playing on TV
Lunch was good, the end is nigh
I hope you made the best of your short life
You never know when you could die

There goes the bang, the engine's gone
Captain says we're gonna try
To get her down to ground safe and sound
With no controls he's gonna fly

Me and my family sitting there
I hope it's gonna be all right
My little boy sleeping next to me
I hope it's gonna be all right

I can't believe what's going on
This aint no roller coaster ride
Now we're out here in the tall green corn
You never know when you could die

You've seen the coverage on TV
The crew and captain saved a lot of lives
But when the fire and the smoke had cleared
One hundred twelve good people died

A lot of people ask about that day
Has it changed my life in any way
Well I can tell you but it'd take too long
It wouldn't fit in just a song

The most important thing that I can say
Is when I think of those who died
They never said some things they had to say
They never heard a last goodbye

Even if you didn't almost die
You should feel lucky just to be alive
Tell your dear ones that you love them so
That's the main thing that I know.

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