Nathaniel Rateliff Brakeman

I was a brakeman

The sharpest of all them

Hoping to be there in it good

I was a bum rush

And pardon the self lust

It wasn’t always understood

I was comb man

I comb every short line

I wanted to damage just a few

Hoping in time it won’t be swift enough

And they’ll carry us away

And they’ll carry us away

I was a cold one

Colder than ever

You feel the chill I left on you

Now back on the brake lines

Steeper than I climbed

Well if there’s one will it be you?

Take your ride, and take your fall

And laying your trap for me

Take this wig above my head

It did what it had to do

It runs back to straight and true

And leaving no more..

Nathaniel Rateliff Mellow Out

Someone came in rushing dragging feet and nails and I could pretend

Wanting more of nothing feel it wearing on me

Just keep it hid

Mellow out and find a better way you’re feeling it shut down

Take it easy baby maybe find some time to just calm down

Keep on telling me

Laid a scarring on me I was thinking maybe I got it in

I could hand it to you it doesn’t matter if you’re not in the biz

Way to pressure till it’s looking like it finally broke down

Let’s bury it together and maybe find some time to just sit down

Keep on telling me

Mellow out and find a better way you’re feeling it shut down

Take it easy baby maybe find some time to just calm down

Keep on telling me

Nathaniel Rateliff You Should’ve Seen The Other Guy

We get out of this fight

You gonna help me wrap my hands

Stitching up my eyes

You know blood can blind

And them was big old boys

Had fists like cinder and stone

I dodge a blade on the dime

And they was out to cut my throat

It’s a lot, It’s a mark they’re gonna press down on you

It’s a haze on my head, must’ve been hit too hard, off guard

I think I’m gonna be it tonight

If there’s one way out

It’s to swing my way through the crowd

Is there a blanket of pain

That I can wrap up in

You’ve got a hold of me now

Hey that’s a helluva grip

And I admit I was tanked

And you could say I was pissing gin

It’s hard to see even if I close my eyes

It’s fifteen degrees I’m gonna sleep outside

Cos I got no way to feel and no way to ride

I’m busted laid up and dry

Nathaniel Rateliff Nothing To Show For

One single out of ten

Seen better odds in them

But it’s not that bad

Well me

I was digging with my crutch

I stand in my own rut

That I wrote down

While you

You just sit and stare

It’s not pealing it’s a tear

And it’s distance and it’s where

It’s getting under my skin

But a wave

Could carry you away

Or leave you somewhere else

Or leave you in the flames

So let the dirges ring

I’ll be there to burn with you

We’re all broke down

We’re all well hid

We’re all just kids

Despite our age

Look

You see this broken hand

Oh it’s just another limb

Well not to me

And you

Don’t listen you just talk

Well leave me in the dark

I don’t wanna know

Now a wave

Could carry you away

Or leave you somewhere else

Or leave you in the flames

So let the dirges ring

I’ll be there to burn with you

They don’t call my name anymore

They don’t wrap themselves in a song in the night

They don’t call us all that we are

After all, we got nothing to show for

After all, we got nothing to show for

After all, we got nothing to show for

Nathaniel Rateliff Tearing At The Seams

Wait did you think that I would break underneath the pressure and the

Now the heart if not to feel

Is a wandering waste in the driest land

Now form the heights of this hills there’s a funny thing that no one else can see

There’s a liar, a liar on the stage with a young child’s eyes

And it happens all wrong and only half of its seen from here

Where has all the time gone

In separate ways it runs long

A hundred miles built upon us

It’s tearing at the seams of all that’s been

Tearing at the seams of all that’s been

Wait is this a game or am I walking into a snare

Now these lies will spread until we are choking on the innocent

They have half of us tied and half of us in chains

We’re all covering our eyes and covering our mouths just the same

Where’s all the time gone

In separate ways it runs long

A hundred miles built upon us

It’s tearing at the seams of all that’s been

Tearing at the seams of all that’s been

Tearing at the seams of all that’s been

They’re gonna have to drag us away

They’re gonna have to drag us

Nathaniel Rateliff Shake

Shake baby

I feel it when you

Shake baby

I really want to

Shake baby

Come on and just

Shake baby

Never gonna stop

Feel it when it’s hot

Get on your knees and come to me now

I hope you really like to swing wild

Why don’t we step just see now

Curl your lips gonna be while

Take off that dress don’t make a scene now

Stick out your hip and squeeze me a while

Curl your back start to swing now

And let me think it’s what you mean

Shake baby

I feel it when you

Shake baby

I really want to

Shake baby

Come on and just

Shake baby

Never gonna stop

Feel it when it’s hot

Get on your knees and come to me now

I hope you really like to swing wild

Why don’t we step just see now

Curl your lips gonna be while

Take off that dress don’t make a scene now

Stick out your hip and squeeze me a while

Curl your back start to swing now

And let me think it’s what you mean now

Shake baby

I feel it when you

Shake baby

Come on and just

Shake baby

I really want to

Shake baby

Come on and let’s

Shake baby

I love it when you

Shake baby

Come on and just

Shake baby

I love it when you

Shake baby

Never gonna stop

Feel it when it’s hot

Never gonna stop

Feel it when it’s hot

Nathaniel Rateliff Hey Mama

Hey mama, why it’s me

Say you better wait child

Said you’ve been a long time running

Saving a long time money

Hey mama, answer me

Baby boy you better sit down

Can’t listen when the suns out

My only son, this’ll be so hard to hear

C’mon mama, what do you mean

I know you’ve been knocked down

I know it ain’t all been easy

Nothing ever good really is

Why you gotta wait so long

Why you gotta wait so long

But she said son let me reason with you

You think you carry such a weight

I know I never beat you boy

Better start acting like this here’s a race

You ain’t gone far enough to say

At least I tried

You ain’t worked hard enough to say

Well I’ve done mine

You ain’t run far enough to say

My legs have failed

You ain’t gone far enough

You ain’t worked hard enough

You ain’t run far enough to say

It ain’t gonna get any better

You picked a bad time

You picked a bad time to listen to me

You picked a bad time

You picked a bad time to listen to me

You picked a bad time

You picked a bad time to listen to me

You picked a bad time

You picked a bad time to listen to me

You ain’t gone far enough to say

At least I tried

You ain’t worked hard enough to say

Well I’ve done mine

You ain’t run far enough to say

My legs have failed

You ain’t gone far enough

You ain’t worked hard enough

You ain’t run far enough to say

It ain’t gonna get any better

Nathaniel Rateliff Look It Here

Look it here baby I’m coming out

On my knees begging please yeah

Look it here baby I’m calling out

Crying now here me plead yeah

Look it here baby I’m lucky now

When I weep let me be

Look it her baby it’s all I got

One more time here me out yeah

I got a love so hard I can’t stand it

And with a heart so weak and abandoned

You’ll have to bury this man

And if that’s what it takes for a love that must be proved

Look it here baby I’m coming out

On my knees begging please yeah

Look it here baby I’m coming out

On my knees begging please yeah

Look it here baby there’s no one else

Come on now here me out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Look it here baby I’m coming out

Nathaniel Rateliff How To Win

Wait.

We’re going to win

It’s about time we did

And I can’t decide at all if we’re good

And sure, I’ve been

You got a face that’s hard to forget.

Aw,

I’m gonna get back to you

And oh, I know

It’s hard to notice every small movement and slipping through the cracks.

And, well, it’s what no one ever sees,

but it’s got hard-working knees.

Well, calm me down.

I gets so rough.

I’m wallowing for months at a time.

I got no presence.

Here, I’ve got warm loneliness.

The heart just won’t quit.

Nathaniel Rateliff We Neve Win

He’s a manic boy

Looks a lot like me

Looks a lot like me

And he shares the blame

With a younger face

It’s hard and rushed to see

And it’s hard for us to see

But I can tell

Is it cold enough

Does it chatter your teeth

And the wind won’t set you free

And it never has

Like an old time revival

Shake your hands, and shake your hips

Put up all my armour

Let me stand bear, with just two fists