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by Red Eye Junction

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released February 20, 2015


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Red Eye Junction San Luis Obispo

Red Eye Junction walks the line with a powerful blend of classic twang and modern edge. With more than 350 shows under their belts, a European tour and four acclaimed albums, their latest album, "Meat and Bones" was released Spring 2018.

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Track Name: Outlaw Heroes
Outlaw Hero’s
R. Cain 2007

(A)My hero’s have (G) always been (A) Outlaws
(A)Ever since the (G) time I was a (A) child
(A)They taught me about (G) living when my (D) father up and left (A) me
(A)I found strength and (G) solace in their (A) songs

Johnny told me how to walk that line
Don’t take your guns to town and you’ll be fine
Don’t get off that train of love for the home of the blues
For if you do you’ll cry, cry, cry

Waylon said that this might be the last time
That it’s not suppose to be that way
That a slow moving outlaw has no place left to go
But it really doesn’t matter anymore

Hank warned of that mansion on the hill
How a cheating heart will tell on you
If you’re window shopping while you’re out there Honky Tonkin’
You’ll end up on that Lost Highway

Extra Verse:
Merle tells me that my momma tried
George showed me how to drink a beer
Willie said ita all right to roll a big ol’ fatty
John Denver taught me nothing at all
Track Name: Wyoming
(R. Cain, C. Hoffman 2007)

(D) If that city life starts to drag you down
(G) And you’re drawn by the pull of a (C) quiet ol’ town
(D) Wyoming

(D) It’s just my old lady and my old dog
(G) We’ll leave the light on for you (C) when you come along
(D) Wyoming

(A) Between the Rocky Mountains and the Teton Range
(G) If you’re looking for a chance just to get away
(D) Wyoming
(A) Out where the sagebrush meets the sky
(G) It’s a long ways out but it’s worth the drive to
(D) Wyoming

(D) We’ll take a couple days and drop a line in the Snake
(G) We don’t take no account of the (C) time it takes

(D) Stay up late and we’ll talk ‘till dawn
(G) Play some country music (C) on the radio
(D) Wyoming

(D) My little old house is always open to you
(G) So be sure to stop by when (C) you’re passing through
Track Name: Yesterdays Tears
Yesterday’s Tears
(R.Cain 2007)

(E) Yesterdays tears don’t count (G) today
(E) Came to my senses, I can see the (G) way
(E) You’ve wasted my time, driven me (G) insane.
(A) And yesterdays tears,(G,E) won’t work today

Seems everyday, it’s the same old thing
Where’s our love gone, where’s my diamond ring?
Well you made it all clear, you’re getting in my way
And yesterdays tears don’t work today.

(A) Ain’t a man alive who can put up with this fighting, panic, craziness, and (E) lies,
Lord knows I’ve tried
(A) Keeping me up half the night, with this psycho horror show you call your (E) life.
I’m losing my mind!

(E) Yesterdays tears don’t count (G) today
Try to get on track, spread your wings and fly
But there’s not enough money, ain’t got no time
And yesterdays tears don’t count today
Track Name: Trouble
(R. Cain 2007)

(E) My Momma didn’t name me trouble
(A) But it sure did find my life
(C) And fit my (E) style

(E) I’ve always had a taste for danger
(A) I my talk to the Devil
(C) But I don’t take his (E) advice

(A) I maybe down, I maybe out
I maybe something your momma warned (E) about
(A) I maybe crude, I maybe rude
I maybe someone, just for (E) you

I may flirt with the dice and ponies
And when pay day comes around
I’ll post my bail

I’ve always had a taste for whiskey
I may swim in the bottle
I don’t plan to drown
Track Name: Gone Again
Gone Again
R. Cain 2008

(D) You only come (G) see you when you’re (A7) lonely
(G) And I'm lucky if its (A7) for a night or (D) two
(D) The phone will ring (G) but I don’t want to (A7) answer
(G) For fear of hearing (A7) you say that we’re (D) through

(G) I always (A7) fear the (D) dawn
(G) When I (A7) hold you in my (D) arms
(G) For I know (A7) when I wake (D) up
you’ll be (G) gone, long (A7) gone, gone again (D)

(D) I met your folks though (G) you said you were (A7) nervous
(G) About your path in life that you (A7) haven’t lived at (D) all
(D) We started young but (G) I don’t think that (A7) matters
(G) My love for you has been (A7) solid all (D) along


(D) Moving on is (G) something we’ve (A7) considered
(G) But this small town’s kind of (A7) short on lonely (D) hearts
(D) I’m not saying that the (G)…best of (A7) reasons
(G) When I’m writing up a (A7) list that’s where I (D) start
Track Name: These Five Strings
These Five Strings
(R. Cain 2008) Capo 1

(D) These five strings, those white (C) lines, and this old (D) bottle
Put a lot of miles (C) between your heart and (D) mine
Taking those (C) wrong turns on the (A) back roads leading (G) nowhere
It only (C) serves to (A) drive me far (D) away

These five strings those white lines and this old bottle
Hold me tighter than those rusty prison chains
It’s hard to be a man while I’m weight down by these shackles
I know you tried but you can’t set me free

(Em) When you wake up tomorrow (D)
Take our picture off the wall
Give away my clothes and records
(C) Forget my name and (A) pray that I stay (D) gone

These five strings those white lines and this old bottle
Help pass the time and kill those memories
Of the lies I told, your nights alone and my heavy way of living
May the next in line not be a bit like me

Track Name: First Light of Dawn
The sheriff, a family and the man in the gallows
Stand waiting for the first light of dawn
The sheriff found him there
Near the border South of Tucson
He tracked him out a thousand miles across the range
He'd held a ticket for the morning train to Nogales
Had he caught it he'd a surely got away
A wife kissed her husband as he headed out that morning
She couldn't know that it would be her last good bye
She'll raise her son the best she can manage
Sell the business with the blood stains on the wall
When money’s owed it can mean a lot of pressure
He saw shadow in the back room of the store
He raised his gun but he hadn't meant to fire
A moments panic and a man fell to the floor
Track Name: Brightest Star
It's felt a long time coming
But the weekends finally here, let’s take some time
Dinner in the back yard, some California wine
Sounds just right
Kick off those old work shoes
And let's forget the time
When he sun goes down
You'll be the brightest star tonight
I got the kids off with the neighbors.
It’s time, for you and I to have some fun
They're going to be there ‘til morning,
Now put your hand in mine and let’s get wild
I don't think you could be more beautiful tonight
In my eyes
This time we have's a diamond, and just as hard to find, So let it shine
Take off that old work dress, and let’s ignite the fire
When he sun goes down
You'll be the brightest star tonight
Track Name: The Roses
I feel alright 'til the night comes
Lessons of the heart I never seem to learn
This emptiness I've come to know
Is a truth I battle 'til the dawn
I can't say the writing wasn't on the wall
With my back against it I didn't see at all
I'm the one to blame for the awful shape I'm in
I've thrown away the roses again
I played your love like a game
Its no surprise I couldn't win
Your love's a dangerous game
One I couldn’t hope to win
I've thrown away the roses again
Track Name: Southwood Road
(Reid Cain 2011)
Intro [Em-D]
[D] They buried him down near [G] Southwood road last [D] week
Near the old oak tree that [G] hangs over Southwood [D] Creek
now [C] don't go crying for Mrs. [Em] Jackson's loss
She [C] put him under [Em] neath that cross
for [C] all the hard times, the [G] black eyes, and a broken [D] heart
[G] he weren't the devil but he [A7] sure did play the [D] part [D7]

They had a nice little place on the edge of town
said they were planning to raise some kids and settle down
but things were getting bad behind closed doors
and what finally made her snap no one really knows
some say the hard times, the black eyes and a broken heart
[G] he weren't the devil but he [A7] sure did play the [D] part


[D] They buried him down near [G] Southwood road last [D] week
Near the old oak tree that [G] hangs over Southwood [D] Creek
if you want to hear more of Mrs. Jackson's tale
you can go find her there at the old county jail
doing hard time free of black eyes and a broken heart
[G] he weren't the devil but he [A7] sure did play the [D] part
Track Name: The Old Days
(R. Cain 2010)
capo 2

[A] That spring it started [D] hot as I re [A] call
I got laid off down [D] at the hardware [A] store
said folks don't come by [D] like the good old days
They just hit the box store [G] off the new highway

And I [C] know they [D] say
It's the [C] modern [D] way
And [C] things have gone to [D] far to turn back [A] now
That [G] year deso [D] lation came to [A] town

The summer never cooled and the lakes all dried
and the crops all starved in perfect little lines
And the farmers they all started looking lean
but the grass in L.A. sure stayed nice and green

Now the state it had her put in just last year
with that highway you don't have to come round here
just drive on through what once were planted fields
then hit the box store I hear they got some deals
Track Name: Wolves
(Reid Cain 2012)
Capo 1
[Am] This old heart, is [G] beaten but not [Am] broken
These old scars, they show I don't back down
it's my time, to stand up and be counted
it's my chance, to turn it all around
[F] Now the wolves are [C] circling in the [G] darkness
closing in just outside the flames
they smell blood but in their eyes I see weakness
[F] For they know this old [G] dog won't back [Am] down

Am- C

This old mind, got books of words unspoken
These old eyes, have seen a lot of strife
it's my time, to get up and start living
it's my chance, to get it turned around

Now the man, who writes the blacklist knows about me
he's heard tales, and I'm sad to say they're true
but it's my time, to stand up and be counted
it's my chance, to turn it all around

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