Rosanne Cash Why Don’t You Quit Leaving Me Alone

It’s pink and white all over and historical as Hell

F. Scott and Zelda stayed here and you and me as well

At least that’s how the story goes, the porters like to tell

A cold hard rain comes falling down

It wasn’t like this last time around

There’s no calm center to this storm

oh baby, why don’t you quit leaving me alone

There’s nothing on the TV, no message on the phone

Nothing but an awful lot of nothing going on

And every radio station plays the same forsaken song

You’d think I would’ve had the sense to leave this place alone

Well some dreams die with dignity

They fade out clean and quietly

Some won’t let you let them go

ah baby, why don’t you quit leaving me alone

Same old corner bedroom, seven stories up

That overlooks the window, that overlooks the gulf

The same old sleazy porter with the after hours stuff

I think I’ll kick the walls around and beat myself up

Well some dreams die with dignity

They fade out clean and quietly

Some won’t let you let them go

ah baby, why don’t you quit leaving me…

A cold hard rain comes pouring down

It wasn’t like this last time around

There’s no calm center to this storm

ah baby, why don’t you quit leaving me alone

Rosanne Cash Change Partners

In the middle of my life

When my fate was sealed and tied

The heavens rain down fire

The earth and moon conspire

To open up my eyes

Make me face my lies

I crawl through an abyss

I struggle and resist

Somehow I break free

Someone becomes me

And when I stand upright

I’m filled with a new light

I’m given one more chance

So I change partners

In this new dance

The moon stays on a course

No mortal will force

The courage to go deep

Is gathered while we sleep

I’m purified by fire

Renewed by my desire

Nothings left to chance

So I change partners

In this new dance

I change partners

In this new dance

I’ll change partners

Rosanne Cash My Old Man

The old man is laughing tonight

He’s young beyond his fears

But then the smile drops from his eyes

And we all wind up in tears

The old man’s crying tonight

‘Cause it all happened so fast

He’s frightened by the future

Embarrassed by the past

So let him be who he wants to be

‘Cause he ain’t ever gonna be young again

And let him see who he needs to see

‘Cause he never had too many friends

And ask him how he remembers me

‘Cause I want to know where I stand

How I love my old man

The old man’s restless tonight

Just trying to kill his pain

He believes what he says he believes

But that don’t make him a saint

The old man’s lonesome tonight

And he just wants to go home

All those fools who stand in his way

Why can’t they leave him alone

So let him be who he wants to be

‘Cause he ain’t ever gonna be young again

And let him see who he needs to see

‘Cause he never had too many friends

And ask how he remembers me

‘Cause I want to know where I stand

How I love my old man

Rosanne Cash 500 Miles

If you miss the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone

You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

A hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles

You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

Lord I’m one, Lord I’m two, Lord I’m three, Lord I’m four

Lord I’m 500 miles from my home

500 miles, 500 miles, 500 miles, 500 miles

Lord I’m five hundred miles from my home

Not a shirt on my back, not a penny to my name

Lord I can’t go a-home this a-way

This a-away, this a-way, this a-way, this a-way

Lord I can’t go a-home this a-way

If you miss the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone

You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles

Rosanne Cash Money Road

I was dreaming of the Tallahatchie Bridge

A thousand miles from where we live

But the long line at the pearly gate

The keepers of our fate

None of them will congregate

Out on Money Road

A lonesome boy in a foreign land

(Out on Money Road)

And a voice we’ll never understand

(Out on Money Road)

One lies in the Zion yard

And one sleeps on the river bar

Neither one got very far

Out on Money Road

Out on Money Road

I was dreaming about the deepest blue

But what you seek is seeking you

You can cross the bridge and carve your name

But the river stays the same

We left but never went away

Out on Money Road

Out on Money Road

Out on Money Road

Out on Money Road

Rosanne Cash The Summer I Read Collette

That was the summer that followed the spring

The sad anniversary of a thousand old things

I was letting them go

The words of Collette and a strange new perfume

The drenching my senses and filling the room

The heat from my body is the light in our eyes

Word is surrender and then we can fly

We were letting it go

We are blinded to the beauty in our own lives

The hours taken are all that we’ll get

For five or six hours in the month of July

The summer I read Collette

The time were align and we learnt how to crawl

The bones were prison and memory of old

A word from the past I feel nothing at all

And now I’m letting it go

It’s more than survival the lesson I have learnt

When I found salvation quite a surprise

That was the summer that followed the spring

A new way of feeling a million and one things

We are blinded to the beauty in our own lives

The hours taken are all that we’ll get

For five or six hours in the month of July

The summer I read Collette

I found Paris a hundred years late

Calling it sleeping in…..

My ear to the stone I can hear her sing…..

I sold my silver to get myself there

To a room with a candle up three flights of stairs

That was the summer I let it all go

Filling my body with my heart and soul

We are blinded to the beauty in our own lives

I was taking all I can get

For five or six hours in the month of July

The summer I read Collette

Rosanne Cash Child Of Steel

I’d give a lifetime baby

To see you smile

If you could give your troubles over

For just a little while

And look at the truth

It’s right here staring at you

Oh, angels bow when you walk by

And the rest of us here have always known why

Cause the soul takes it’s blows and it does not re-veal

And the heart opens slow and it takes time to heal

But you can let go, It’ll all turn to gold

My sweet child of steel

And I watch you walk through fire

When clear water runs near

I watch your heart break open wide

A heart I hold so dear

But look at the truth

It could burn a hole right through you

Oh, angels bow and cover their eyes

And the rest of us here could just break down and cry

Cause the soul takes it’s blows and it does not re-veal

And the heart opens slow and it takes time to heal

But you can let go, It’ll all turn to gold

My sweet child of steel

Cause the soul takes it’s blows and it does not re-veal

And the heart opens slow and it takes time to heal

But you can let go, It’ll all turn to gold

My sweet child of steel

Rosanne Cash Hold On

If you want to keep a woman like me, you got to hold on

If you want to see how good it can be, baby, hold on

All my friends think that I’m a fool

I tell you something, honey, they’re not that cool

If you want to keep a woman like me, you got to hold on

If you want to know how far we can go, you got to hold on

If you take it slow then I got something to show you, baby, hold on

All those girls with their empty heads

Can’t fill ’em up with the lies they’ve been fed

If you want to know how far I can go, you got to hold on

She’ll give you reasons for her kind

You might believe it, but I’m not that blind

If you think you need a woman like me, you got to hold on

If you want to find what I’ve got on my mind, baby, hold on

All this small talk that keeps us apart

Is only hiding how we feel in our hearts

If you think you need a woman like me, you got to hold on

If you want to keep a woman like me, then, baby, hold on

You got to hold on (hold on)

Hold on, baby (hold on)

(Hold on)

You got to hold on (hold on)

(Hold on)

Rosanne Cash Sweet Memories

My world is like a river,

As dark as it is deep;

Night after night the past slips in

And gathers all my sleep.

My days are just an endless stream

Of emptiness to me,

Filled only by the fleeting

Moments of her memory.

Sweet memories, sweet memories

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-mm.

She slipped into the silence

Of my dreams last night;

Wandering from room to room,

She’s turning on each light.

Her laughter spills like water from

The river, to the sea,

And I’m swept away from sadness,

Clinging to her memory.

Sweet memories, sweet memories

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-mm.

Sweet memories, sweet memories-

M-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-mm.

Rosanne Cash The Good Intent

I sailed in on the good intent

With all intentions clear

A man without a mystery

A vision brought me here

The ocean gave me room to roam

But the shore is calling out

So I will marry, built a home

And see what that’s about

Children came by the dozens then

Drifting south like rain

I worked the soil, I used the gun

The waves have to turned to grain

I tried to love this Arkansas

With black and bleeding hands

But I will not survive this life

But I’ll become a man

My brother sold my mother’s house

I never shed a tear

I could watch the world in smoke

There’s nothin’ for me here

I’ve seen behind the darkened vail

That’s all I want to know

So I’ll sail off on the good intent

To my true happy home

Yes, I sail off on the good intent

Never more to roam