Doug McCurry

Doug McCurry
Doug McCurry

Story

From the release "Romance Like It Was".

Lyrics

There’s a girl at the borderline
The line between truth and lies
She’s traveled 500 miles or more
To stand before the river’s tide
The water’s cold but there’s salvation
And a chance to be free
And no laws will be broken
When the swelling is relieved
 
They gather along the river at night
Singing hopes and dreams till the morning light
Hundreds along the river tonight
Hear them sing across the river till the early light
 
HEY OH
 
There’s a girl at the riverbank
Holy Bible in her hand
Take the rod and part the waters
Take them to the Promised Land
On the north bank it looks so easy
From the south it looks so hard
The crowd is growing by the river
For the changing of the guard
Doug McCurry
2010-08-17
Doug McCurry

Lyrics

Hey mister can I catch I ride? /  I wanna go with you tonight
I know I'm not on your list / but that'll be quite all right / I promise that I won't be a bother
I won't even make a sound / it's not important where I've been / but only where I'm bound
I can sit in the back of the bus / or sit in the aisle / anywhere is fine / I'll be still for every mile
You can put me on top / high off the ground / I'll call out  the name of every town
Mama said:  tuck in your shirt and sit up tall / sit up front where you belong
You're just as good as all the rest / never settle for second best   
I'll wash the bus /  I'll scrub the tires / I'll clean the windows / you'll see for miles
I'll do whatever you want /  and I won't make a fuss / if you just let me join this exodus
Mama said:  tuck in your shirt and sit up tall / sit up front where you belong
You're just as good as all the rest / you deserve the very best  
You say hitchhike / but I say ride / you say deadbeat / but I have pride
You say I won't / but I say I can / you say beat it / but I say think again
In fact I have a better idea / why don't you just step aside / I'll drive

Doug McCurry
2010-08-17
Doug McCurry

Lyrics

Driving ninety five / it's two AM / Eighteen degrees
And the wind is blowing the snow around / it’s like a bad dream / somebody catch me
I think I’m gonna fall / I need a wake up call / I’m gonna knock down that wall    
A great big wake up call / seven zero five / it’s all quiet inside / seven zero seven
The walls are shaking to the rhythm inside / I’m on the outside / I’m wanna go in and turn on the light
Like Rip Van Wink / a Woody Allen flick / a big fat cocoon / I’m frozen in the middle of wintertime
Where is the springtime? / can’t feel the heat / can’t feel it all

Doug McCurry
2010-08-17
Doug McCurry

Lyrics

Of all that I have I ought to have more
As hard as I work I wonder what for / paid for everything – don’t have anything
Mama said I was gonna go far / ain’t going nowhere/ Until I get me a ride that’ll take me far
21st century car / Shiny chrome and leather inside / look at me and watch me ride
Join the human race - take my rightful place / move to the right I wanna get by
Can’t get through until I take what’s rightfully mine / 21st century car
As much as I give I gotta give more / cash in my pocket till I leave the store
Buy me everything – don’t leave anything / what comes in must go out
Till more comes in I guess I’ll live / but I’ll live without / 21st century car
Dreams at night when I sleep / haunt me in daylight when I think
Thoughts of all that’s been – and what could have been
In my brain my thoughts are clear / It’s one half rage and one half fear / I’m a shooting star
21st century car / think just how lucky you are /  watch TV, up all night / all I see just ain’t right
Where’s my dignity – there’s no sanity / change the channel, change my ways
Making a list of all the things that should go or stay / 21st century car / there’s a sign along the road
Look both ways before you go / Danger, danger, there is – danger, danger, danger
Watch my speed lest I crash / what’s it for except some dreams / and some cold hard cash
21st century car / one foot out, one foot in / need more courage to begin
Stand up straight and tall – up against the wall / how many pennies in a jar
How much change will it take till I’m in that car / then i can be where you are / 21st century car

Doug McCurry
2010-08-17
Doug McCurry

Lyrics

It was in the fall / when we ran away / leaving everyone behind
Calling no one / writing no one / leaving no trace / what did they know?
What did they care? /  go start the car /  deep in our love / deep in our fears / there's no going back
Standing alone in the October rain / cold and determined / angry and hurting
I feel the sorrow / I feel the rain / but I can't deny the blood in my veins
Baby on the way / you worked odd jobs / I worked at night / the years went on by
The miles rolled on / and the distance it grew / what would they think? / what would they say?
If they could see you now / pick up the phone / hang up the phone / so many years
Stood at the door / scared and confused / I was sixteen again
Rang the bell once / rang the bell twice / no one was home
Death ain't what's bad / instead it's the rot that comes from inside
Nothing but pain / nothing but hurt / unreconciled

Doug McCurry & The Verticals
02/03/2015