All I’m Asking

upcoming show  -   Jeremy Vogt Album Release Party w/ special guest Chad Mills
DAYS HOURS MINUTE SECOND
 

Intro

Wrap myself around this tender groove

Ya’ see I didn’t come here with anything to prove

All I got is this instrument in my hand

Just a low-key hype-free version of a one man band

 

Askin’ from you only one thing, nothing more

Just leave your cares and your worries when you walk thru that door

Now I don’t make promises to save your soul

But I will play some down-home feel-good rock-n-roll

 

At the end of the night as I finish the end of my show

When my fingers reach the point where they just can’t play no more

If it happens you like what you see, please see me again

And I’ll keep playin’ music forever to you my friends….

 
Lyrics

1. Intro
Chad Mills  

The American

IT’S BEEN A YEAR NOW, GETTING CLOSE TO TWO

WHEN LIFE IN THE COUNTRY, CHANGED FOR ME & YOU

THE GREATEST TRAGEDY, WE COULD EVER FEAR

NEVER DREAMED SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN HERE

 

STILL WE RALLIED TO THE CRY, OF OUR FALLEN KIN

A RENEWED SENSE OF FREEDOM, QUICKLY SET IN

BUT MANY DAYS HAVE PAST, CLEARED THAT HALLOWED GROUND

I JUST PRAY OUR CRY OF FREEDOM HASN’T QUIETED DOWN

 

GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AND MAY SHE HOLD TRUE

LADY LIBERTY, THE RED WHITE AND BLUE

LET US NOT FORGET FOR WHICH WE STAND

BE PROUD TO CALL YOURSELF AMERICAN

 

LAST INDEPENDENCE DAY, ON A DRIVE BACK HOME

AN IMAGE THAT MADE ME PROUD, TO CALL THIS MY HOME

UP ON AN OVERPASS, OVER SIXTY-FIVE

STOOD THERE LIKE A STATUE, ERECTED WITH PRIDE

 

IN HIS FACE WAS PURPOSE, AS HE PAINTED THAT SCENE

GREATER THAN ANY POLISHED PLAQUE, OR MONUMENT I’D SEEN

HE HELD THOSE STARS AND STRIPES, ON A POLE SO HIGH

MEN LIKE HIM WON’T, LET THIS COUNTRY DIE

 

GOD BLESS THAT STRANGER, AS HE HELD TRUE

HIS FLAG UNFURLED, FOR ME AND YOU

LET US NOT FORGET, FOR WHICH HE STANDS

HE’S PROUD TO CALL HIMSELF AMERICAN

LET US ALL BE PROUD, TO BE CALLED AMERICAN

 
Lyrics

2. The American
Chad Mills  

Young Enough For That

Taken my share of chances, in my time

Did my best to do it clean, just not always dry

Surrounded myself in circles, my head in the middle

Scattered hearts….’round the outside

 

All my life I strayed from the poison

Wondered why would I ever wanna’ be one

Now I know the answers…at least I know the questions

And I think to myself

 

Am I still young enough for that?

Can I pull it off with all the years that have passed

I’m sorry that I even have to ask

 

I watch all these children, as they play

Try to pick through how I found…today

Was it a conscious movement? Did I sift right through it?

How did I, how did I…..end up this way?

 

Well we grow old and we grown tired

We get so serious that we just stop tryin’

Lessons we can learn from youth

Rather be free than….and uncouth

 

Am I still young enough for that?

Can I pull it off with all the years that have passed

I’m sorry that I even have to ask

 
Lyrics

3. Young Enough For That
Chad Mills  

Change

A middle aged man Wife and 2 kids

Labored and provided, yeah, That’s what he did

 

One Friday afternoon came Wintry and cold

Corporate dropped a bomb Money was tight, and work was slow

 

Hours later On-the-way-home stop

Asked the bartender, please Fill it to the top

 

Drive home that night Drunk in the rain

He lost control, ya’ know ‘N everything changed

 

Steadfast this life, Don’t let malicious Hold down your drive

‘Cause when it’s over baby, That’s when ya’ begin

All that you can take along, It’s all within

 

Twenty-some lady A recent bride

Filled up with commitment, Kept her schedule tight

 

Brand new social circles, Brand new life

Somewhere along the way, Became an ‘every-once-in-a-while’ wife

 

Lost track of the reasons, Lost sight of the vow

Looked so far ahead, She couldn’t even see right now

But after 3 weeks OF Bein’ late

Started to get sick in the mornin’ AND everything changed

 

Steadfast this life, Don’t let malicious Hold down your drive

‘Cause when it’s over baby, That’s when ya’ begin

All that you can take along, It’s all within

 

Ever since he could remember, HE Dreamed a’ bein’ rich

Green his motivation, A stubborn son-of-a-bitch

 

Read all the books ya’ know, Studied the trends

Scoffed at the poor that beg, Started losin’ friends

 

He needed that lifestyle, so he Worked to the bone

Got what he wanted, BUT HE Got it alone

 

A freak day at the market ‘N he lost everything

Realized he had no one to turn to AND everything changed

 

Steadfast this life, Don’t let malicious Hold down your drive

‘Cause when it’s over baby, That’s when ya’ begin

All that you can take along, It’s all within

 

 
Lyrics

4. Change
Chad Mills  

Life On The Run

16 miles from Old White River

Tremblin’ eyes and tainted slate

Washboard echoes with the cold, cold shiver

18 years of bottled-up hate

 

Travelin’ fast outside of Dixie

Cigarette hangs below squinted eyes

The next few minutes in his mind he’s mixin’

Never even bid his baby good-bye

 

He’s bound, gagged and tied to life on the run

That ramblin, reelin’ roughneck son of a gun

 

Bloody trail left on his heels

I reckon he slain ‘bout a dozen or more

The more that fell the less he’d feel

Drivin in the shadows of the river shore

 

I still hear his rumblin engine

I still hear that grovely voice

All the cries from folk that crossed him

I’d turn it off if I had the choice

 

He’s bound, gagged and tied to life on the run

A ramblin, reelin’ roughneck son of a gun

 

Quiet one mornin’ he up and left us

Rumors say he’s travelin’ on

Went from the sands of Southern Texas

To his restin’ place of the firey sun

 

He’s bound, gagged and tied to life on the run

A ramblin, reelin’ roughneck son of a gun

I SAID He’s bound, gagged and tied to the Unholiest One

That ramblin, reelin’ roughneck son of a gun

 

 
Lyrics

5. Life On The Run
Chad Mills  

Expecting

Seems like yesterday, typical commute

Park my car in the driveway, look up and see you

You stood there smiling, like an angel I knew

You’d been waitin’ all day to tell me the news

When I heard those words, well I laughed right out loud

Then I held you while we cried

My mind was racin’, my heart was poundin’

Words could not express, what I felt inside

 

So this is your song, and this is my prayer

I will sing it to you, until you get here

And I promise, to always try

To give you what you need in this life

I love and, can’t wait to meet you

You, my unborn child

 

A little unexpected, and yet so blessed

This gift we know was Heaven sent

And I’ve heard stories, this great experience

I know now, what they all meant

 

Right now it’s a waitin’ game, but patient I’ll be

For a moment like this, I’d wait eternity

So BABY please WON’T YA JUST rest easy

Soon we will be….a family

 

So this is your song, and this is my prayer

I will sing it to you, until you get here

And I promise, to always try

To give you what you need in this life

I love and, can’t wait to meet you

You, my unborn child

 

 

 
Lyrics

6. Expecting
Chad Mills  

One

“Hold on to the innocence,” she said to me

Don’t you forget where ya’ came from…..please

A blessing’s come down, dropped straight down from Heaven

Wrapped up in ya’ fingers, don’t let it slip away….no never

 

She speaks so soft that I…..almost believe

But that leap is a little, far for me

 

Perched on my box n’ head hangin’ out

my heart on my sleeve

As you’re lookin’ in my window,

can ya’ tell me…do you believe?

‘Cause if I really think about it

I could come undone

There’s a world out there full of voices………..I’m just one

 

I tremor sometimes……ahh inside

Can I color it insecurity, or paint it pride?

If I stood up, if I screamed out….do ya’ think ya’d hear?

Or will I just go ‘round in circles, in circle

for another year?

 

There’s a pushin’ on my skin, bouncin’ about

Voice from within sayin’ “let it out!!”

 

Perched on my box n’ head hangin’ out

my heart on my sleeve

As you’re lookin’ in my window,

can ya’ tell me…do you believe?

‘Cause if I really think about it

I could come undone

There’s a world out there full of voices………..I’m just one

 

 

 
Lyrics

7. One
Chad Mills  

A Beautiful Thing

It won’t long ‘till a special day

Will be upon us, heavy it weighs

But light in the moment it comes

And opens its eyes

 

What a ride it’s been in these short months

Beyond our understanding, how could we not want

A miracle like this to breathe into

Our lives

 

And watchin’ you in a background space

It’s like a superhero, with my wife’s face

 

Thank you for carryin’ this life that we made

For being so strong when you were afraid

Keepin’ your spirit while your body changed each day

I never seen you as beautiful as you are today

‘Cause a mother to be is a beautiful thing

Like the sun in the mornin’, and the comin’ of spring to me

The soft words you speak, the care you take

Everything you are is a perfect way

Just thought I’d let’cha’ know, what I feel today

 

My doubts have drifted away in a breeze, blowin’

Away from here and the safety you keep

‘Cause I know when the time is here

You’ll come through

 

And I know that I bear no physical pain

What you go through, I could never explain

So I’ll do my best to be right there

For you

 

I know that I won’t live enough days

To speak enough thank you’s, to give enough praise

 

Thank you for carryin’ this life that we made

For being so strong when you were afraid

Keepin’ your spirit while your body changed each day

I never seen you as beautiful as you are today

‘Cause a mother to be is a beautiful thing

Like the sun in the mornin’, and the comin’ of spring to me

The soft words you speak, the care you take

Everything you are is a perfect way

Just thought I’d let’cha’ know, what I feel today

 
Lyrics

8. A Beautiful Thing
Chad Mills  

Lay Down My Guns

Raisin’ cain complain ‘bout a quarter past, a half hour a’ me

Tinglin’ from all the booze I put away

all the blues I been jugglin’

Gaze around ‘till I think that I have found, conformity

Then I laugh to myself, ain’t that irony?

 

Body language decelerates, as the lights come up

Little buzz in my head tells me I’m a little fucked up

Seven steps later no favors from Big Boy Butch

Guess ‘cause I takin’ my time, my walkout started w/ a push

 

Ya’ know this time I think I

Ya’ know this time I think I’m gonna’

Ya’ know this time I think I’m gonna’

lay down my guns an’ just…

Gonna’ lay ‘em down an’ just…

 

Rush hour drivin’ to somewhere fast, an’ gas ain’t cheap

Knowin’ that I get there much sooner gives me a sigh of relief

Keep one eye on digital, and one for good stops

Took me a cycle or two, to realize I just got cut off

 

You can bet at my next opportunity, gave ol’ girl a stare

Hit the gas as I passed n’ left her, seemingly sitting there

Brush it off quick as I cruise along, stereo sound

Object in my mirror shows a wave, four fingers down

 

Ya’ know this time I think I

Ya’ know this time I think I’m gonna’

Ya’ know this time I think I’m gonna’

lay down my guns an’ just…

Gonna’ lay ‘em down an’ just…

 

In this world of, have ya’ heard of….fighting with song

In may seem crazy, but it might amaze ya…..

we can all get along

So next time, you find….you’re losin’ control

Want you to think about, how ya’ gonna’ let it ouT

deep, deep in your soul

Just lay ‘em down….just lay ‘em down…and JUST…

 
Lyrics

9. Lay Down My Guns
Chad Mills  

To This Ocean

SUN IN ON THE HORIZON

AWAKENING INSIDE YA’

TIME TO GO

 

FLATLINE CALL WON’T LEAVE

FLEETING MEMORY

TAKES YA’ SLOW

 

ON A SALTED SEA YOU CAME

VULNERABLE, UNRESTRAINED

YOU TOOK ME IN

 

IT WAS SUDDEN IT WAS SWEET

LEFT THE GROUND BENEATH OUR FEET

AND RODE THE WIND

 

AND NOW THE DAYS HAVE TURNED TO YEARS

EVAPORATED TEARS

MAKE IT HARD TO SEE

 

SO TO THIS OCEAN I’VE RETURNED

TO SEE IF THE TIDES WILL TURN

FOR ME

 

THEN MAYBE I COULD RUN

TO THAT LINE THAT MEETS THE SUN

AND MELT AWAY

 

SO RELEASE THIS LAST DEFENSE

CHANGE THE YEARS THAT I’VE SPENT

BACK TO THAT DAY

 

PAINFULLY SERENE

QUESTIONING ROUTINE

WILL I EVER END

 

SO I WALK BACK DOWN THE SHORE

ONE SCORE TWO COUPLES MORE

I’LL SEE YOU AGAIN

 

 
Lyrics

10. To This Ocean
Chad Mills  

Tucker

TUCKER WAS A BOY, A WELL KNOWN BOY

KEPT MOSTLY TO HIMSELF

TUCKER HAILED DOWN FROM A HOLE IN THE GROUND

MUMBLIN’ SOMETHIN’ ‘BOUT HELL

TUCKER GREW UP TO FIND HIMSELF

IN A WORLD HE PAINTED RED

SPLATTERED WITH GREEN FROM THE GHOSTS HE’D SEEN

AND THE VOICES IN HIS HEAD

 

TUCKER COULDN’T GET WHEN THEY’D POINT & PICK

‘TILL HIS EYES AND HIS CHEEKS WOULD FLUSH

HIS PARENTS THEY CLAIM LOOKIN’ BACK TO THAT DAY

THAT PICKIN’ WAS TOO MUCH

TUCKER WOULD VENT IN A VAIN ATTEMPT

TO KEEP ON EVEN KEEL

BUT THE CHEMICAL STREAM WAS MUCH TO MEAN

IT WAS SOMETHIN’ THEY HAD TO FEEL

 

Fighting under that spell, slipknot and pennies in a wishing well

Coulda’ been saved, coulda’ been time spent

But Coulda’ been’s kinda how the story went

 

TUKCER STOOD TALL WHEN FACED WITH THE CALL

THE QUESTION OF HIS WORTH

HIS HEAD WOULD BLEED A PLANTED SEED

THAT WOULD SILENCE THEM IN THE EARTH

TUCKER’S TIGHT FLESH JUST COULDN’T MESS

WITH THE BOILIN’ OF HIS BLOOD

‘CAUSE THE WOUNDS RAN DEEP FROM SECRETS HE’D KEEP

BURIED IN THE MUD

 

TUCKER WAS A MAN TRIED HARD TO STAND

IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

BUT IN THE SHADOWS HE’D HIDE BLOOD BOTTLES AND PRIDE

TO FIT THE MOLD OF THEE

TUCKER GAVE WAY ON A COLD FALL DAY

TO THE CHANGIN’ OF THE SUN

THE LAST THEY HEARD WAS THE FLUTTER OF BIRDS

AND THE HOLLER OF A GUN

 

Fighting under that spell, slipknot and pennies in a wishing well

Coulda’ been saved, coulda’ been time spent

But Coulda’ been’s kinda how the story went

 

 
Lyrics

11. Tucker
Chad Mills  

The Walk

I pull the key

Lock & close the door

Sun is shinin’….people are buzzin

On a shallow concrete shore

 

I am man of contact

Focus on the passer-by

I try to pick ‘em….try to place it

Unspoken words in their eyes

 

Movin’ down the walk with my groovy step

Senses guide my way

Cannot wait to…..tell you about

What I saw today

 

I reach the corner….gaze around

At four different worlds

I could grab a brew or a hero or a rat or some $5 coffee

Song in my head is all I heard  (Ain’t that absurd?)

 

Down the road, my eyes are fixed

Individual group of kids

They could be smokin’ a pipe or sayin’ a prayer

What if I joined ‘em, what if I did?

 

Movin’ down the walk with my groovy step

Senses guide my way

Cannot wait to…..tell you about

What I saw today

 

I saw a man walk a dog, or was the dog walkin’ him

I car that was bumpin’ and my old friend Jim

I saw a woman by herself and a couple holdin’ hands

There was yesterday’s paper in the garbage can

I saw somebody sayin’ no to a man beggin’ for change

I saw two different clouds or maybe they was the same

I saw a car backin’ up in a…….dead end

I saw an officer of the law and wonder if he my friend

I saw a store that was closin’ and a space for lease

I saw somebody get the finger I saw somebody get the ‘peace’

I saw the time as it was goin’ and then I wonder where it went

I think I like comin’ here I think I’ll do it again

 

Movin’ down the walk with my groovy step

Senses guide my way

Cannot wait to…..tell you about

What I saw today

 

 
Lyrics

12. The Walk
Chad Mills  

A Life of Loving

Honey I remember the time, when I first knew

Wanted to spend the rest of my days,

and all of my nights with you

Now I just can’t wait, to begin this new life

I’ll be the proudest man around, to call you my wife

 

As they open up those double doors

And I take my first look at you

Hopeless to contain this smile as emotion runs through

You walk down the aisle, with a smile like a song

And my heart is singing along

Though a little bit nervous, and a little bit scared

I know this much is true

I’ve waited a lifetime, for a life of loving you

 

Lookin’ back on all the years

It’s hard to say where they’ve gone

Through all the smiles and all the tears

we’ve wound here in a love song

Now I have this chance, to be with you ‘till the end

To live a slow dance with my lady, my lover, my friend

 

As they open up those double doors

And I take my first look at you

Hopeless to contain this smile as emotion runs through

You walk down the aisle, with a smile like a song

And my heart is singing along

Though a little bit nervous, and a little bit scared

I know this much is true

I’ve waited a lifetime, for a life of loving you

 

Oh look at us now,    Can you believe it’s true?G

That this’ll be the last time,   they think of us as two….

 

As they open up those double doors

And I take my first look at you

Hopeless to contain this smile as emotion runs through

You walk down the aisle, with a smile like a song

And my heart is singing along

Though a little bit nervous, and a little bit scared

I know this much is true

I’ve waited a lifetime, for a life of loving you

 

 
Lyrics

13. A Life Of Loving You
Chad Mills  

Social Beer

Well I got a little story that I’m gonna’ tell

‘Bout a beverage I think is swell

It’s something you should have every day of the year

It’s cold it’s cool it’s social beer

 

Social beer, it’s social beer

The only thing in my life that I hold dear

Social beer, it’s social beer

Love to drink…that social beer

 

Well I finished up school yeah I got a degree

Now I hate what I do from seven to three

But ya’ won’t see me cry won’t shed no tear

Just drown my sorrows in social beer

 

Social beer, it’s social beer

The only thing in my life that I hold dear

Social beer, it’s social beer

Love to drink…that social beer

 

Then I found myself a lady, yeah I got hitched

I once was a man now I’m her bitch

When times are tough we maintain our cheer

We toast to better times with social beer

 

Social beer, it’s social beer

The only thing in my life that I hold dear

Social beer, it’s social beer

Love to drink…that social beer

 

 

 

 

 
Lyrics

14. Social Beer
Chad Mills  

Yeah Yeah Yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

 

Definitely, Certainly, Positively, Assuredly,

Unquestionably, Undeniably, Indubitably, Surely,

Completely, Confidently…I would like some pizza.

 

 

 
Lyrics

15. Yeah-Yeah Song
Chad Mills  

 

 
 
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