Patterson Barrett
11/08/2009
Patterson Barrett

Lyrics

I count the years in jingle bells and gentle silent nights my memory magnifies the love and disregards the fights tis the season it's the thought that counts and counting thoughts I find more than a few are of you another christmas you're not here it's the hardest time of year I know you won't be coming back still it's hard to face the fact the kids are getting older and it's harder to surprise but you can still see some christmas magic if you look deep into their eyes and there are time I feel it too and there are times I realize you're not coming home another christmas you're not here it's the hardest time of year I know I won't see you again if not now, then when it happened once, a miracle around this time of year it's way too much to ask for another one I fear so I look around see I'm surrounded by love and know I'm blessed needs or even wants to list just one I'd be hard pressed still I can't help missing one merry gentleman God rests tonight another christmas you're not here it's the hardest time of year I know you won't be coming back still it's hard to face the fact another christmas you're not here

Patterson Barrett
11/08/2009
Patterson Barrett

Lyrics

late at night one christmas eve not a soul still awake except for me as I headed to bed a sound caught my ear a sound from above now who's that I hear I grinned as I went to investigate I found santa all right but wait I heard a thumpin' beat I looked up from the street he was starting to move he was getting his groove on who's that stomping up on the roof santa claus is on the loose he finished up work a little early this year and stopped off to enjoy a little christmas cheer who's that stomping up on the roof santa claus is on the loose working all year just to get it right and it all comes down to just one night when it's all over and his work is through I guess he'd like to unwind now wouldn't you he sure is making a lot of noise now that he's off the clock, he's just one of the boys who's that stomping up on the roof santa claus is on the loose santa dancing alone, well that just won't do I caught a glimpse of mama up there dancing too not wanting to be left out I ran right up the stairs climbed out onto the roof into the December air when he saw me coming he said what took you so long just then a call came ringing in on my cell phone uh, I better get this… who's that stomping up on the roof santa claus is on the loose he sure is making a lot of noise now that he's off the clock, he's just one of the boys who's that stomping up on the roof it's santa claus and I've got the proof you see this photograph in my hand who's that stomping up on the roof santa claus is on the loose santa claus is on the loose santa claus is on the loose

Patterson Barrett
Patterson Barrett

Lyrics

Come back to me
Darlin’ can’t you see
On my own, I’m in jeopardy
I guess living alone’s just not for me
I’m a better man
When you hold my hand
Don’t make me face the world all alone
Please, please baby, won’t you come back home
 
It was a bad situation
Fueled by inebriation
I stayed out too late with someone else’s date
And now you’re nowhere to be found
 
I didn’t think things through;
What my life would be like without you
I should have done the math, ran out of cash too fast
And now I can’t find a ride home
 
Now I’m not asking you to stand by me forever
Just help me stand until I get myself together
 
What can I do or say
To get you back here today?
I’m sorry you got burned, consider my lesson learned
And now we’ll start doing things your way
 

Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Story

Features long-time friend Buddy Miller on guitar and vocals

Lyrics

This old heart’s been stuck in idle Way past a little too long What it needs to get it racing again Is to find another song It’s time to sing another song Coming up a hill and it’s a long one My vision’s not too clear We’ve got to find a way to keep this thing going And get this show in gear Take the stage and show no fear Pressure’s building, things are coming to a head The melodies are flying but the radio is dead This old road might be a little bit rough But I’m not through singing yet Come on along let’s go for a ride And see how good it gets We’re going to see how good it can get
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Lyrics

How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart Learning to see is the hardest part I know that you’re here somewhere But I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare How can walking ‘round blind Put you back in my heart again One time, one chance, one heart in your hands One day, it all comes crashing down Where were you when she needed you Surely there was something you could do Now I’ve cried all my tears and my crying is through And I can’t see the light anymore How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart Learning to see is the hardest part I know that you’re here somewhere But I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare How can walking ‘round blind Put you back in my heart again One day, one man, alone and confused, here I stand One question occupies my mind Her blood on her own hands How can this be a part of any master plan Now you’re asking me to believe again Well I don’t know if I can How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart Learning to see is the hardest part I know that you’re here somewhere But I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare How can walking ‘round blind Put you back in my heart again Some day, somehow, we’ll talk, but not now My heart is cold, my words just frozen pain Maybe death takes a turn today But I just have to turn away And a thousand tears won’t wash away This shadow on my soul How can walking ‘round blind put you back in my heart Learning to see is the hardest part I know that you’re here somewhere But I can’t feel a thing no matter how I stare How can walking ‘round blind Put you back in my heart again
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Story

features long-time friends and one-time bandmates Buddy and Julie Miller

Lyrics

Concrete And Steel Last night I had a dream, you let me hold you in my arms And in the darkness there, I could smell your hair As I held you close to me, though I know it could never be And the love I felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love was real It felt so good back then, and I felt that way again That moment in time again was mine When we lived in harmony, and we knew it was meant to be And the love we felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love was real And nothing that’s happened can change any of that Not the silly spats or the bitter combat And so in my dreams I’ve forgotten all that was wrong for you and me but now I see… And in my dream you asked what did I do, and I said I’ll take care of you And for a while last night everything was right As I held you in my arms, everything was right Something happened when we kissed, and something still exists We’ve parted ways, but a part still stays and lives forever in my head As I lie here in my bed And the love we felt was real, as concrete and steel, that love is real And the love I feel is real, as concrete and steel, my love is real Patterson Barrett/criminal tunes
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00
written by Bill Browder

Story

A wonderfully infectious song written by Denim bandmate

Lyrics

You say I’m a lucky guy, I guess that’s true You think I can touch the sky, if you only knew I can’t have you, I face it every day I can’t have you, I’ve got to find a way I can’t have you; no will, no way No, I can’t have you You sure look good to me, I guess you know If fish sprout wings and love is free, then I will go I can’t have you, I face it every day I can’t have you, I’ve got to find a way I can’t have you; no will, no way No, I can’t have you
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Lyrics

Did you ever wake up not knowing where you were Where the places and faces around you were just a blur? Well I’ve been walking around on the concrete in my head My future cemented in place with every step I tread I really thought I had it all down pat Thought I knew just where my life was at Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky I spring out of bed knowing all this was meant to be Next minute I’m crying why does everything happen to me? Just one phone call can bring my whole world to an end But your voice in my ear puts me back on the track again I really thought I had it all down pat Thought I knew just where my life was at Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky Each day when the sun goes down, I know I’ll see the light The hues of blues fade into night By the end of the day I grow tired of the race I put the world at my back and the wind in my face I look up at the sky and I nearly cry I see a thousand colors, not one can be described I really thought I had it all down pat Thought I knew just where my life was at Now everything is changing faster than the colors of a sunset sky
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Lyrics

She stares wide awake at the broken window Where the warm night air drifts in And she can still hear it shatter as he put his fist through it When she told him she didn't want to see him again And she attempts to sleep on a matress that’s stained Because emotion and blood couldn't be contained She won't be getting too sleep tonight She won't be getting any much sleep tonight It's a constant battle, she doesn't know how to fight it She won't be getting any sleep tonight She tries once again to tell him it's over But she's not quite convinced herself And he continues to call just to see what she's up to But she dosen't really feel she's obligated to tell When she finally admits that she's been sharing her bed An image of them starts to burn in his head He won't be getting too sleep tonight He won't be getting any much sleep tonight It's a constant battle, he doesn't know how to fight it He won't be getting any sleep tonight Now it's 3am and its' finally quiet But she's not feeling drowsy at all He came over this evening and they started out talking But he just ended up throwing stuff at the wall And when she told him to leave and he wouldn't obey She had to call the cops to come and haul him away She won't be getting too sleep tonight She won't be getting any much sleep tonight It's a constant battle, she doesn't know how to fight it She won't be getting any sleep tonight
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Story

written for my daughter, Dana

Lyrics

She’s so small, she’s so soft And my love for her grows stronger every day She’s so smart, she’s so funny And I marvel at the things she says I’ve been loving you for such a long time I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago When I look into your eyes I see the world that’s waiting there for you Filled with joy, laced with pain I’ll do everything and more to see you through I’ve been loving you for such a long time I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago Now I can’t always be there with you Some steps we have to take all on our own But look in your heart, dear; I’m living in there I’m going to move right in and make myself at home I’ve been loving you for such a long time I’ve run out of ways to tell you how I feel long ago
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00
by Gurf Morlix and Rod Picott

Story

As a disclaimer for Tommy Taylor, I should mention that I played snare and various percussion on this version of a neat song from my friend Gurf Morlix and Rod Picott

Lyrics

I don’t believe in fairy tales, I put no faith in fate I thought destiny would pass me right on by I might have spent a whole lifetime waiting on love But then you looked across the room and you crossed my eyes I couldn’t pull away from you, I was caught up in your spell Time it froze and we just flew away While soaring like two angels it all came clear to me I’d be with you until my dying day I took that leap of faith without a thought about landing Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that running start What goes up comes down so quickly to the ground I jumped so hard, I fell and broke my heart You snapped me like a tiny twig, you tore me limb from limb You shook me and you put me in a spin My day went night, my left went right, my whole world stopped turning I went tumbling like a dead leaf in the wind I took that leap of faith without a thought about landing Maybe I shouldn’t have taken that running start What goes up comes down so quickly to the ground I jumped so hard, I fell and broke my heart
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00
by Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson

Story

This sadly prophetic song first appeared on The Band's "Stage Fright" album, 16 years before Richard Manuel took his own life in 1986

Lyrics

For the life we chose in the evening we rose Just long enough to be lovers again If for nothing more, the world was too sore to live in Sad old ships, a morning eclipse I’ve spent my whole life missing Then I turned from the sun and saw everyone searching The hoot owl and his song will bring you along Where else on earth would you want to go? We can leave all this hate before it’s too late Why would we want to come back at all? Cobwebs on my pillow, I’m found in the willow I’ve spent my whole life sleeping To be called by noon is to be called to soon today Now the storm is passed, there’s peace at last I’ll spend my whole life sleeping Now there’s not a sound, no one to be found anywhere The shepherd and his sheep will wind you to sleep Where else on earth would you want to go? To a land of wonder when we go under Why would you want to come back at all?
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Lyrics

I had a dream so normal and sedate Nothing occurring in my mind Sparked controversy or debate It was easy to accept it all as fact But then the structure of that world began to crack It was a dream about you, and how it used to be And you were there just like you’d always been before They say that dreams can come true But mine usually don’t So I don’t want to dream about you anymore I never dreamed that this could ever be But then I realized that that must be the key If I dream it, it will never come to pass And now I think I understand it all at last I used to dream about you, and how it used to be And in my dreams, you’d come walkin’ through that door They say that dreams can come true But mine usually don’t So I don’t want to dream about you anymore Now when I dream, I hope that none of it is good ‘Cause it only serves to increase the likelihood That what I long for cannot be reality And that you could never be in love with me I used to dream about you, and how it used to be And in my dreams, you’d come walkin’ through that door They say that dreams can come true But mine usually don’t So I don’t want to dream about you anymore
Patterson Barrett
0000-00-00

Story

Features harmony vocals from my high school sweetheart and another in the long list of musical friends who have been way more successful than me, the talented Deborah Holland

Lyrics

Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing Trying hard to find some meaning in another world Out walking the sun shining warm on my face I follow the path and I feel like I know this place But lying in bed with the stars in my eye Free from my body my thoughts start to fly Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing Trying hard to find some meaning in another world I’m standing with feet planted on solid ground I feel what I know and I smile when I hear the sound But sometimes my eyes give me reason to pause Could the person I saw really be who I thought she was Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing Trying hard to find some meaning in another world Time makes it’s circles, never the same Trying to stop it’s like trying to hold a flame Burning and turning from fire to air The smoke’s drifted off but the spark is still there Somewhere far away, in another dream she’s waiting Another kind of light’s there shining in her eyes In another dream, I’m lying with her now and singing Trying hard to find some meaning in another world