The Crooked Road

by Blood & Dust

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Melody, heart, and story meet on "The Crooked Road." These are songs inspired but the hard and beautiful parts of life.

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released 01 June 2014

Doug Tiemann- Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Piano
Brandon Venable- Bass
Jason Slota- Drums, percussion

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Robert Raymond at Faultline Studios

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Blood & Dust Oakland, California

Blood & Dust is a singer-songwriter in Oakland, California. His music comes from his inspiration in the things he sees in everyday life. He has been writing music for several years and is active in the Bay Area Music Scene.

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Track Name: Back to You
I've run this ship right to the shore
This dry land don't do nothing but break my bones
I keep on searchin' for a sign
But nothing comes along to ease my weary mind.

Then I hear you call my name,
Ain't it just the same old thing
I keep searching for sweeter truths
But it always, don't it always come back to You?

I've known the treasures of Kings
But that don't keep me from searching for better things
I like to walk the razor's edge
Just to see if I'm, just to see if I'm alive or dead.

Then I hear you call my name,
Ain't it just the same old thing
I keep searching for sweeter truths
But it always, don't it always come back to You?

I've got visions in dreams in my mind
They keep telling me truth but it feels like a lie
And it leads me back to You
Every moment alone is wasted time
Looking for a little piece to ease my mind
And it leads me back to You, back to You.
Track Name: Come On
I, I see that look on your face
You've got something to say but ain't goin' to say it today
You cross your heart, you pray to God,
and hope that heaven is what you got
But heaven ain't a place for a boy like you,
even the devil needs a man to sink his teeth into.
So, lay on down on that bed of flames and pray for tomorrow

Come on, come on keep it coming all night
I think another drink is gonna make it alright
But I won't know till I see the light so come on.

She, she's only seventeen
she gave her childhood up to boy who turned her mean
He said goodbye when the time seemed right
Now her tears are the only thing she got at night
But those tears are the things that gonna make her numb
She ain't the kind girl you wanna turn you back on.
He gonna lose his life at a young girl's hand so pray for tomorrow

Come on, come on keep it coming all night
I think another drink is gonna make it alright
But I won't know till I see the light so come on.

Time keeps coming, time don't stop
You either roll with the punches or take the shots
People keep on actin' and playin' the fool
So they don't have to think about the things they do
Life ain't pretty but it ain't a game
We need to slow down

People singing- Come on, come on keep it coming all night
I think another drink is gonna make it alright
But I won't know till I see the light so come on.

Oh it's such a cryin' shame
Every time I look around and see this mess we're in
this world could really be a better place-
If the love we spoke would be the love we make
I ain't gonna give up on this dream of mine
I wish my brothers and my sisters would just get in line
Nothing ever seems to change the way we think so pray

Come on, come on keep it coming all night
I think another drink is gonna make it alright
But I won't know till I see the light so come on.
Track Name: It's a Shame
I've made my burdens,
I've built my own fears
I've hid in the darkness
lived off my tears.

Told lies for safety
Sold friends for cash
It don't mean nothing
'Cause none of it lasts

I talk too much
But I never say enough
It's always the same
Yeah it's always a shame
Oh it's always a shame

You keep your love quiet
with your hands by your side
But I hear you screaming
with that look in your eye

There ain't a lesson
That you need to learn
But if it's teachin'
Then it's always your turn

You talk too much
But You never say enough
It's always the same
Yeah it's always a shame
Oh it's always a shame

You and I know
Ain't nothin' gonna change
But we can always dream
There's too much to lose on every end
There ain't middle we can meet in

We talk too much
But We never say enough
It's always the same
Yeah it's always a shame
Oh it's always a shame
Track Name: Old Guitar
Give me your love and an old guitar
I don't want money, don't need to look far
to find everything I need in an old guitar
and you and me.

I've got six old strings stretched across this neck
They're all rusty but they keep singin' back
I've got you to wear my ring
Oh lord you've got me feeling like a king.

Give me your love and an old guitar
I don't want money, don't need to look far
to find everything I need in an old guitar
and you and me.

You're always worried about your figure
While this old girl, her curves, they never change
But I love the way you look
I'm so glad that you don't stay the same.

Give me your love and an old guitar
I don't want money, don't need to look far
to find everything I need in an old guitar
and you and me.

Sometimes you get angry when I hold her
But darlin' their ain't no need
She's the one helping me sing to you
She's just a friend, You're the only one for me.

Give me your love and an old guitar
I don't want money, don't need to look far
to find everything I need in an old guitar
and you and me.
In an old guitar, and you and me.
Track Name: These Two Hands
This whole life keeps on rising like a flame before my eyes.
Every move I make drives a nail deeper into this wooden box.
I found out on my own there ain't nothing in this world that's comin' free
The path I've had to walk takes a toll and it's taken every part of me.

These two hands don't need no law
They just need something big enough to hold
These old bones don't tell no lies
They've been broken for freedom and now it's time to rise.

Thirty years is all it takes to kill the heart of man
Thirty more and he goes back to the dust where he began
Well I'm somewhere in between but I refuse to live like I'm already dead
I don't need no chains so take that heavy yoke of guilt off my back

Cause I know
These two hands don't need no law
They just need something big enough to hold
These old bones don't tell no lies
They've been broken for freedom and now it's time to rise.
Track Name: My Name
I've been running so long that my feet are barely keeping up with me
I've felt the sting of a life that's lived in fear
I've wondered far too long who I should be.

But nothing ever goes as planned
Sometimes the mirror shows a different man
But the road that's paved in pain has given me my name
I'll never have to ask for it again. No I'll never have to ask for it again

I've seen beauty on this road
Still I can feel this curse living in my bones
I built a city with the strength of my right hand
With a kiss I've brought it down again

But nothing ever goes as planned
Sometimes the mirror shows a different man
But the road that's paved in pain has given me my name
I'll never have to ask for it again. No I'll never have to ask for it again

If I could change one thing well, I don't know if I would
Cause this road has made me who I am and I'm a better man

So when I get the urge to run I just tell my feet "my running days are done"
The price was paid and it bought me who I am
And I'll never have to ask for it again, No I'll never have to ask for it again.

But nothing ever goes as planned
Sometimes the mirror shows a better man
But the road that's paved in pain has given me my name
I'll never have to ask for it again. No I'll never have to ask for it again
Track Name: Blood & Dust
Every time you speak you never say what you mean
I see you bite your tongue but you never come clean
I can see it in your eyes and I know what you think
You better call it out, you better make me believe

Don't it seem just a little to strange if all this life is just fun and games
There's got to be something more
There's got to be something worth dying for.
The truth flies in your face but lies are sweeter to the taste
Don't hold too tight to the things your trust, you'll find your answer
In the Blood & Dust

I see you looking for a cure for that hole in your chest
You can stitch it up but you'll never find rest
Like a heart without a beat or body with no soul
You're just a boy made out of wood trying to make yourself whole.

Don't it seem just a little to strange if all this life is just fun and games
There's got to be something more
There's got to be something worth dying for.
The truth flies in your face but lies are sweeter to the taste
Don't hold too tight to the things your trust, you'll find your answer
In the Blood & Dust

Go on and think what you want to think
Go ahead and do what you want to do
I ain't going to tell you who to be
Just thought you ought to know the truth

Don't it seem just a little to strange if all this life is just fun and games
There's got to be something more
There's got to be something worth dying for.
The truth flies in your face but lies are sweeter to the taste
Don't hold too tight to the things your trust, you'll find your answer
In the Blood & Dust
Track Name: Reann's Song
I don't want to let you go
But I don't want to let you down
If I told the truth would you stick around?

Everything goes wrong every now and then
I hope you choose to stay when it don't make sense

I know I won't always save the day
I know I won't always have the right words to say
But you know I'm telling the truth when I say to you-

I'll try till the day I die
To love you like you need me to

I'm tired of playing games
I don't want to run away
Darling take my hand and teach me what to say

I know I won't always save the day
I know I won't always have the right words to say
But you know I'm telling the truth when I say to you-

I'll try till the day I die
To love you like you need me to

I don't want to go back to the way things used to be
There is so much more to love than the things we choose to see

I'll try till the day I die
To love you like you need me to
Like you need me to, Like you need me to, Like you need me to