Warren Haynes River’s Gonna Rise

Darkness hides the faces

Of we who hold the power

We don’t need to be rich

We only need to be free

Chains of oppression

Never gonna break

But a day will come when we hold the key

Time will remind us

That the people still have a choice

And we don’t want violence

Until there’s no other choice

But the river’s gonna rise

Wash our struggles away

The sun is gonna shine

Shine down on a brand new day

Bells will be ringing

Flames reaching to the sky

Higher and higher

Fueled by the winds of change

Sweet taste of freedom

Fresh on the tips of our tongues

And the dust of the past is all that shall remain

Echoes of our voices

Ringing all through the town

Will drown out the memories

Of the days when we were bound

The river’s gonna rise

Wash our struggles away

The sun is gonna shine

Shine down on a brand new day

Yeah, we’re gonna rise up singing

Like a bird on the wing

A million hearts beating

To the rhythm that the new day brings

The river’s gonna rise

The river’s gonna rise

The river’s gonna rise

Wash our struggles away

And the sun is sun is gonna shine

Shine down on the brand new day

Shine down on the brand new day

Shine down on the brand new day

Warren Haynes Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday

Everyday will be like a holiday

When my baby comes home

She’s been gone

For such a long time

Since she’s been gone

She’s been on my mind

But I got a letter this morning

Just about noon

She said don’t worry I’ll be home soon and

Everyday will be like a holiday

When my baby comes home

I won’t have to worry

Sitting by the phone

When she gets here I know I’ll never be alone

She called me, said “baby I’ll be there sometime today” and

When she gets here she’ll never go away and

Everyday will be like a holiday

When my baby comes home

Everyday will be like a holiday

When my baby comes home

Everyday will be like a holiday

When my baby comes home

Warren Haynes Solitude

Tim he was a good friend

Yea was a brother of mine

We were imaginary comic book superheroes

Kids wasting time

We were prisoners of our youth

We were growing up strong

‘Till the day he was taken away

For something he did wrong

Tim came ’round just the other day

And boy he had some stories to tell

His mama kept him locked up in a rehab

Although the doctors said he was well

He said yeah I been through the anger

And the hatred towards my mom

And I put all that behind me

Just tell me what was it like to go to your prom

He said thank you mom for fixing

My clouded broken mind

But excuse me if I seem a little rude

While I was missing my childhood,

My brother and my prime

You enjoyed the convenience of my solitude

Well growing up these days just ain’t easy

And the kids they’re doing the best that they can

So mama you better think twice

Before you lock your kid up

And throw away the key

‘Cause soon your little boy is gonna be a man

He said thank you mom for fixing

My clouded broken mind

But excuse me if I seem a little rude

While I was missing my childhood,

My brother and my prime

You enjoyed the convenience of my solitude

Tim left town yesterday

He left me with these words

He said yeah I know this life’s got a lot to give

But my childhood is gone

And I’m not afraid of dying

I’m gonna grab the world by the horns

And learn how to live

He said thank you mom for fixing

My clouded broken mind

But excuse me if I seem a little rude

While I was missing my childhood,

My brother and my prime

You enjoyed the convenience of my solitude

Warren Haynes Hallelujah Boulevard

Everything is shiny and surrounded by light

Endless rows of halos

Like stars in the night

Sidewalks paved with diamonds

Up on hallelujah boulevard

He saw it on the T.V.

And it looked so clean

Like some enchanted island

Like he stepping into a dream

Now he’s hell bent for glory

To get to hallelujah boulevard

And a soapbox preacher with

His busload of faith

Fueled by his religion

Gonna charge through the gate

And he won’t slow down till he

gets to hallelujah boulevard

We don’t need a miracle

We don’t need nothing but ourselves

A boy walks the streets when

He should be in school

Gold chains around his neck

But no golden rule

He says he’ll do what he has to do

To get to hallelujah boulevard

And a homeless junkie knows he’s home at last

Knows he’ll never have to watch

Another rich, white man pass

And he can see those lights a ‘shining

Up on hallelujah boulevard

Is that a sword in your side or just a thorn?

Do we tear ourselves apart

Just to know we’re torn

So we can grow forlorn?

Are we climbing a mountain

That’s not even there?

Building a rocket ship that runs

On hopes and prayers?

Trying to leave this world behind

In search of hallelujah boulevard?

We don’t need a miracle

We don’t need a miracle

We don’t need a miracle

We don’t need nothing but ourselves

Warren Haynes Patchwork Quilt

I never knew you

But then who really did?

If you were at all like me

You managed to keep yourself hid

A patchwork quilt of a life

Memories embroidered

On your soul

So please forgive me

For putting you in my song

But the spirit she moves me

In fact she pushes me along

It’s a patchwork quilt of a life

Can’t stop the river

Just let it roll

We were at Jones Beach

When we got the word

Saddest sound that I ever heard

The bluest note that nobody could play

Ravens sang with us that night on the stage

Tears of sadness, tears of rage

But nobody spoke, we all felt old

And in the way

So walk beside me

Or above me, I don’t know

These days it sure seems

I’m lost where ever I go

God, how could you, I heard someone say

And what do we do with our lives now anyway?

Now that our North Star can no longer be found

But there’s a banjo moon in a tie-dyed sky

Hippies dance and babies cry

Church bells ring as a silver-haired angel look down

And the blood of his music runs through the veins of our guitars

Bright lights, Dark Star

I never knew you

But then who really did

If you were at all like me

You managed to keep yourself hid

Warren Haynes Blue Maiden’s Tale

The sun did rise, yesterday, on that frozen hill

As the crow flies, about twenty miles from Brownsville

As I lay asleep

Comfortably caught in my dream

Visions of you

Wading in a mountain stream

And there’s a story

No one knows if it’s true

About a maiden

Just as pretty as you

It’s a tale of a soldier who

Left that maiden blue

As I walk alone

This path that I chose long ago

Try as I may

I can’t keep my demons below

And every tear that I’ve caused

Comes back twelvefold

And my destiny is to walk through

The rain and the cold

And there’s a story

No one knows if it’s true

About a maiden

Just as pretty as you

It’s a tale of a soldier who

Left that maiden blue

The sun did set, last night,

On Brownsville town

And the darkness that fell

We hope never again shall be found

And I lay awake

Hearing echoes

Of a young maiden’s song

And sleep never came

Just the thoughts of the one I did wrong

The one I did wrong

Warren Haynes Coal Tattoo

Travelling down this coal town road

Listening to my rubber tires whine

Good-bye to buckeye and white sycamore

I’m leaving you behind

I’ve been a coal man all my life

Laying down track in the hole

Got a back like an ironwood,

Warped by the wind,

Blood veins as blue as the coal

Blood veins as blue as the coal

Somebody said “That’s a strange tattoo

You have on the side of your head”

I said “That’s the blueprint left by the coal

A little more and I’d be dead”

Well, I love the rumble and I love the dark

I love the cool of the slate

But this travelling around, looking for a job

Travelling and looking I hate

Travelling and looking I hate

I stood in line for the union

Fought against the company

Stood for the U.M.W.A.

Now who’s gonna stand by me?

I got no job and I got no pay

I just got a weary soul

And this blue tattoo on the side of my face

Left by the number nine coal

Left by the number nine coal

Someday, when I’m dead and gone

To heaven, the land of my dreams

I won’t have to worry on losing my job

To hard times and big machines

And I ain’t gonna pay my money away

On dues and hospital plans

I’m gonna pick coal, where the blue heaven’s roll

And sign with the angel band

Sing with the angel band…

Warren Haynes A Change Is Gonna Come

I was born by the river in a little tent

And just like that river I’ve been running ever since

It’s been a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die

Cos I don’t know what’s out there beyond the sky

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie

And i go down town

Somebody keep telling me don’t hang around

Its been along time coming

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother

And I say brother help me please

But he winds up knockin’ me

Back down on my knees

There were times when I thought I couldn’t last for long

But now I think I’m able to carry on

It’s been a long, a long time coming

But I know a change gone come, oh yes it will

Warren Haynes To Lay Me Down

To lay me down

Once more to lay me down

With my head in sparkling clover

Let the world go by

All lost in dreaming

To lay me down

One last time

To lay me down

To be with you

Once more to be with you

With our bodies close together

Let the world go by

Like clouds a-streaming

To lay me down

Once more

To lay me down

To lay me down

To lay me down

To lay me down

Once more

To lay me down

To lie with you

One more to lie with you

With our dreams entwined together

To lie beside you

My love still sleeping

To tell sweet lies

One last time

And say good night

To lay me down

To lay me down

To lay me down

One last time

To lay me down

To lay me down

One last time

To lay me down

Warren Haynes Fallen Down

Bigelow the gigolo had no where else to go

His sad eyes had seen it all

Scarred and lonely, tough as nails

Open your heart when all else fails

Wear the veil and the trojan horse smile

Looking back on yesteryear

Seems like, maybe, you missed your calling

But hindsight is very clear when loneliness is falling

And you have fallen down, down from the heavens

Stuck out in the desert

Amazing grace – such a lonely place

For heroes like you and me

Fallen down, just like a shooting star

With no fallen angel standing by

To carry you away

Target practice with other people’s lives

Hit a few right between the eyes

But, most of the time, you were wounded by the ricochet

You say “play to win, boys, never play to lose

Long as you’re playing, boy, you’re bullet-proof”

But think about it – you’re bleeding to death anyway

And you have fallen down, down from the heavens

Stuck out in the desert

Amazing grace – such a lonely place

For heroes like you and me

Fallen down, just like a shooting star

With no fallen angel standing by

Angel of mercy, take pity on a fool

That spent a lifetime wondering

What Napoleon would do

If he were in your shoes

Rich, without pleasure – respected without love

Drinking poison from a golden cup

While anger, brother of fear, creeps like a knife into your heart

Looking back on yesteryear

Seems like, maybe, you missed your calling

But hindsight is very clear when loneliness is falling

And destiny’s through (still) calling

And you have fallen down – fallen down

Amazing grace – it’s such a lonely place

Oh yes it is

Fallen down

Fallen down

Fallen down

Fallen down

Fallen down

Fallen down