Margo Price Heart Of America

My sweet mother gets up so early in the morning

She turns on the stove and she makes a pot of coffee

My daddy fills his tractor up with diesel to plant the corn

And that’s how it was on the day that I was born

Well the days they went by and the bins filled up with grain

My mother’s brother died on a motorcycle in the rain

The town got too big for its britches and the government it came

And now it will never be the same

No one moves away with no money

They just do what they can

To live in the heart of America

Getting by on their own two hands

You can pray to anybody’s Jesus

And be a hardworking man

But at the end of the day, if the rain it don’t rain

We just do what we can

Some time back in eighty-six

When big banks took the throne

They asked about every local farmer try to dry his own corn

But the men in the suits had a bigger plan

Than to let it be our own

When the crops came in that spring, they were blown

And Neil and Willie tried so hard

And battles they have gone

But that was still long after the bigger war had been won

No one was there to save the wheat and the cattle at my home

They took every field my family owned

No one moves away with no money

They just do what they can

To live in the heart of America

Getting by on their own two hands

You can pray to anybody’s Jesus

And be a hardworking man

But at the end of the day, if the rain it don’t rain

If the bank it don’t break

We just do what we can

You just do what you can

Margo Price Pay Gap

Honey, I work so hard for my money

And I leave my babies at home

Breaking my back trying to bring home a check

And working my fingers to the bone

At the end of the day it feels like a game

One I was born to lose

This institution a dead revolution

Is giving young women abuse

Pay gap, pay gap

Why don’t you do the math?

Pay gap, pay gap

Ripping my dollars in half

It’s not that I’m asking for more than I’m owed

And I don’t think I’m better than you

You say that we live in the land of the free

Well, sometimes that bell don’t ring true

It’s been that way, with no equal pay

And I want to know when it will be fixed

Women do work and get treated like slaves since 1776

Pay gap, pay gap

Don’t give me that feminism crap

Pay gap, pay gap

Ripping my dollars in half

No matter your religion, no matter your race

No matter your orientation

No matter your creed and no matter your taste

No matter your denomination

We are all the same in the eyes of God

But in the eyes of rich white men

No more than a maid to be owned like a dog

A second-class citizen

Pay gap, pay gap

Why don’t you do the math?

Pay gap, pay gap

Ripping my dollars in half

Margo Price Do Right By Me

I never won at scratch offs but my daddy always bought em

My great-aunt spent her life in Virginia pulling cotton

I don’t have no microwave or a flat screen TV

If you don’t do right by yourself, you do right by me

Do right by me

Long as the winters are sometimes your mind breaks up

Bars are full by the afternoon and everybody’s drunk

Sometimes I look down the road for a sight I’ll never see

If you don’t do right by yourself, you do right by me

Do right by me

Do right by me

Don’t sell me down the river or put me out in misery

Do right by me, do right by me

I knew I had to get away so I left that one horse town

Ain’t much for a girl to do except get knocked up and settle down

The only dream some people have is to win the lottery

If you don’t do right by yourself, do right by me

Some people climb a ladder till the end up at the bottom

Spending up all their precious time on money, fame, and stardom

All I ever wanted is my own song to sing

If you don’t do right by yourself, do right by me

Do right by me

Do right by me

Don’t sell me down the river or put me out in misery

Do right by me

For all that means

Do right by me

Do right

Margo Price Hands Of Time

When I rolled out of town on the unpaved road

I was fifty-seven dollars from being broke

Kissed my mama and my sisters and I said goodbye

And with my suitcase packed I wiped the tears from my eyes

Times they were tough growing up at home

My daddy lost the farm when I was two years old

Took a job at the prison working second shift

And that’s the last time I let them take what should be his

Cause all I want to do is make a little cash

Cause I worked all the bad jobs busting my ass

I want to buy back the farm

And bring my mama home some wine

And turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

When I hit the city I joined the band

Started singing in the bars and running with the men

But the men they brought me problems

And the drinking caused me grief

I thought I’d found a friend but I only found a thief

Soon I settled down with a married man

We had a couple babies, started living off the land

But my firstborn died and I cried out to God

Is there anybody out there looking down on me at all?

Cause all I want to do is make something last

But I can’t see the future, I can’t change the past

I want to buy back the farm

And bring my mama home some wine

Turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

Still I keep a’running fast as I can

Trying to make something honest with my own two hands

And I ain’t got the breath to say another bad word

So if I ever said it wrong won’t you forget what you heard

Cause all I want to do is make my own path

Cause I know what I am, I know what I have

I want to buy back the farm

And bring my mama home some wine

Turn back the clock on the cruel hands of time

Cruel hands of time

Cruel hands of time

Cruel hands of time

Margo Price Nowhere Fast

Well I’ve been traveling so long that I can’t go back

Cause I’m too far in

I’ve got my ticket and my bags are packed

And I miss my child

Lord, I miss my friends

But even they quit calling me on the phone

Asking me how I’ve been

Maybe I’m to blame for the shape that I’m in

Maybe I’m insane

But I’m leaving you again

Living in the present

Trying to forget the past

I’m going nowhere fast

When the new wears off and you’re on the floor

And you can’t find your self-respect

But you sure can find the door

All those late-night drives

And those roadside dives

And you can’t get a decent meal

Or enough sleep behind your eyes

Maybe I’m to blame for the shape that I’m in

Maybe I’m insane but I’m leaving you again

Living in the present

Trying to forget the past

I’m going nowhere fast

Yes I’m going nowhere fast

Nowhere fast

Nowhere fast

Nowhere fast

Margo Price Loner

Being born is a curse

Dying young is worse

Finding love is the meaning of life

And in the land of the freedom, invisible chains

You get what you pay for

Sometimes you pay twice

And you go through the motions

Confused and alone

And wonder why truth ain’t easy to see

And they put you through school

And tell you you’re grown

And put you to work to buy shit you don’t need

What’s the matter with being a loner

Even a nobody’s somebody, too

Even the bums on the street are just dreamers

A face in the crowd no different than you

Ooh no different than you

Ooh no different than you

And if you don’t fit the mold they call you a failure

You travel too much and they’ll say that you’re lost

And you can take your pick

You either came from an ape

Or the dad of a magic man up on a cross

And loneliness follows

It’s always there with you

Through marriages, mortgages, sickness, and health

And you can fight your whole life to be who you are

Then decide if you’d rather be somebody else

What’s the matter with being a loner

Even a nobody’s somebody, too

Even the bums on the street are just dreamers

A face in the crowd no different than you

Ooh no different than you

Ooh no different than you

Ooh no different than you

Margo Price All American Made

I woke up from a movie I immediately forgot

I got a heartache on the bottom and a headache on the top

The part of me that hurts the worst is the one I just can’t spot

And it’s all American made

Through everywhere I go, somebody puts me in the dirt

And everything I say, somebody says they said it first

But I don’t need ten million, baby just give me one that works

It’s all American made

I have been all over but I can’t help feeling stuck

Something in my blood line or something in my gut

Says go to California in a rusted pickup truck

It’s all American made

1987 and I didn’t know it then

Reagan was selling weapons to the leaders of Iran

And it won’t be the first time and baby, it won’t be the end

They were all American made

But I was just a child unaware of the effects

Raised on sports and Jesus and all the usual suspects

So tell me, Mr. Petty, what do you think will happen next

It’s all American made

And I wonder if the president gets much sleep at night

And if the folks on welfare are making it alright

I’m dreaming of that highway that stretches out of sight

And it’s all American made

It’s all American made

It’s all, it’s all American made

Margo Price Learning To Lose

[Margo Price:]

On the day before the day before the new year

The snow is falling on my prairie home

I’m so far away from where I started

But no closer to where I belong

[Willie Nelson:]

How many trails have I gone down for no reason

Just to learn that I can’t leave myself behind

And the only devil I’ve ever seen was in the mirror

And the only enemy I know is in my mind

[Both:]

Won’t you tell me how long must I pay off these dues

Won’t you tell me, is winning learning to lose

You said it, oh but say it’s not true

Is winning really learning to lose

[Margo Price/Both:]

Everywhere that I turn the cards stack against me

And I wonder, was it bad luck or just design

[Willie Nelson/Both:]

And all the things I’ve had to do without have been a blessing

But sometime a blessing is a curse in disguise

[Both:]

Won’t you tell me how long must I pay off these dues

Won’t you tell me, is winning learning to lose

You said it, oh but say that it’s not true

Is winning really learning to lose

Is winning really learning to lose

Margo Price This Town Gets Around

In this town everybody’s trying

To get a piece of everybody else

It gets hard to tell a real friend from a fake one

So many promises, favors, and lies

Most of the town wears a good disguise

And even I too, have been known to wear one

As the saying goes, it’s not who you know

But it’s who you blow that’ll get you in the show

And if that’s not the case I hear you pay ’em

But I don’t come easy and I’m flat broke

So I guess it’s me who gets the joke

Maybe I’d be smarter if I played dumb

I can’t count all the times I’ve been had

Now I know much better than to let that make me mad

I don’t let none of that get me down

From what I’ve found this town gets around

Now the very first manager I had

He was old enough he could have been my dad

He took me out for drinks and talked a big talk

He said, “darling sign on the dotted line”

You know, “kiss my cheek and drink this wine

But if you walk on me, then you can just walk.”

I can’t count all the times I’ve been had

Now I know much better than to let that make me mad

I don’t let none of that get me down

From what I’ve found this town gets around

When I first came here the streets were paved with gold

And you can walk that road, I’ve been told

But I won’t put out or be controlled

I don’t write the shit that gets bought and sold

Ask any man

He might know

Who used to live on Music Row

But that was then, and this is now

He told me this town gets around

From what I’ve found this town gets around

Margo Price Don’t Say It

Don’t call the preacher when your car won’t start

Don’t call the doctor with a broken heart

Don’t count your money til it hits the bank

Don’t say you love me when you treat me this way

Don’t pull the shades when the lights burn down

Don’t shake the cage and let the tigers out

Don’t clear your throat when you’ve got nothing to say

Don’t say you love me when you treat me this way

Don’t say you love me then act like you’re above me

It’s funny how you can be with someone and still feel lonely

Don’t blame mee for what you did to yourself

Don’t fall in love if you’re in it for your health

If you drink all night you’ll be thirsty all day

Don’t say you love me when you treat me this way

No, don’t say you love me then act like you’re above me

It’s funny how you can be with someone and still feel lonely

I’ve been wondering what the hell’s going on

Who gave you the right to do me so wrong

I don’t care about your rules cause I don’t want to play

Don’t say you love me when you treat me this way

Don’t count your money til it hits the bank

Don’t clear your throat when you’ve got nothing to say

If you drink all night you’ll be thirsty all day

Don’t say you love me when you treat me this way

No, don’t say you love me when you treat me this way