Footprints

upcoming show  -   Jeremy Vogt Album Release Party w/ special guest Chad Mills
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Summer

Keep catchin’ myself whispering in the wind

Sometimes I think it’s easier to just pretend

There’s times I don’t wanna’ face the light of the day

If I hold tight to your hand, would it be alright if we run away hey hey

Can we run away…..let’s run away

 

It’s the changin’ of the season, it’s the changin’ of my soul

But old man winter don’t sting as much as the thought of lettin’ ya’ go

Sometimes I feel I’m runnin’ just so I won’t be alone

Like a child who is lost and can’t find his way home yeah

Oh that child….find your way home

 

Summer you’re takin’ me you’re tearin’ me down

You’re hammerin’ at my core my God you spit on my crown

It’s hard to breathe I can’t sleep I can’ ask you to stay

I don’t wanna’ face this summer when you take her away

 

Maybe it’s ‘cause the days are short, but my time races on

And useless is my protest ‘cause it won’t be long

But I gotta’ be strong, yeah, can’t let her see me cry

Still a part of me will be leavin’ when she finally says goodbye yeah

Say good bye…won’t ya’ say good bye

 

Summer you’re takin’ me you’re tearin’ me down

You’re hammerin’ at my core my God you spit on my crown

It’s hard to breathe I can’t sleep I can’ ask you to stay

I don’t wanna’ face this summer when you take her away

 

Now I don’t wanna’ take for granted all the years that we shared

And I gotta’ trust this feelin’ that you’ll always be there

But you got a life to begin, you got a passion to pursue

Take some of my love for your each tomorrow and may your dreams come true

 

Summer you’re takin’ me you’re tearin’ me down

You’re hammerin’ at my core my God you spit on my crown

It’s hard to breathe I can’t sleep I can’ ask you to stay

I don’t wanna’ face this summer when you take her away

 

 
Lyrics

1. Summer
Chad Mills  

Feed My Soul

Empty I’m so empty I need

Somethin’ to lift me from this place

Darkness burned the light of day-to-day

I’m bleeding for this

Energy drain..

Cannot live on life alone

Take in all of this I’ll find

A better day from what I’ve known

 

Solid I stand but broken I rest

Growin’ weak this beat in my chest

Gravity pulls as my guardian sleeps

No one to break this pain I keep

I need someone to fill this hole

I need someone to feed this soul

Abstinence has taken its toll

Is there someone to feed my soul

 

I gave it left it with you

You left me famished without food

Black-hearted beast, sinister affair

Burned down my castle in the air

Broken and nude hollow breath

Solitude on this barren stretch

Footprints of pain the only trace

All these years must I erase

All these years must I erase

 

Solid I stand but broken I rest

Growin’ weak this beat in my chest

Gravity pulls as my guardian sleeps

No one to break this pain I keep

I need someone to fill this hole

I need someone to feed this soul

Abstinence has taken its toll

Is there someone to feed my soul

 
Lyrics

2. Feed My Soul
Chad Mills  

Open Road

On a southbound highway outta’ town with four crumpled dollar bills

My mind is racing furious, my time is still

I just two days to make it, I got just to days to get  it back to you

 

Now I been prayin’ that ya’ ain’t reached the point of no return

I can’t except that this was a lesson, a lesson to be learned

‘Cause you mean that much to me, and that’s the only thing I really need to know

 

Well I been drivin’ down this highway, I keep drivin’ you away

I gotta’ find the end the place the time, when I can ask you to say

I’m standin’ here, shameless and broken…on this open road

 

I’ve no idea where your mind is, or if your heart is near

This long stretch of silence, it’s surfacing a fear

Yes a fear that I have lost you, and that’s only thing I didn’t wanna’ do

 

I just look down at your smile, in a picture in my hand

I realize life without you is more than I can stand

And I hate myself for letting you down, I never shoulda’ let you go

 

Well I been drivin’ down this highway, I keep drivin’ you away

I gotta’ find the end the place the time, when I can ask you to say

I’m standin’ here, shameless and broken…on this open road

 

I finally arrived at your house and I parked out on that street

My stomach is uneasy and I can’t feel my feet

Of the hours I been travelin’, the farthest is yet to come

 

Now I cannot give you a reason why I didn’t knock on that door

I just couldn’t face the notion you don’t wanna’ see me anymore

So I drove on back southbound, and wondered what it is I have done

 

Well I been drivin’ down this highway, I keep drivin’ you away

I gotta’ find the end the place the time, when I can ask you to say

I’m standin’ here, shameless and broken…on this open road

 

 
Lyrics

3. Open Road
Chad Mills  

Good Thing

Alone in my room, I toss & and I turn

Think about the days gone by, did I live?  did I learn

Did I even get my feet wet, though I coulda’ been burned

What did I take with me?

 

Now I know, yes I know, not everyone feels this way

But you cannot feel the passion, if ya’ never know pain

There’s so much to be taken, and so much to gain

That’ll make my soul free

 

Don’t wanna’ let the sun set, without a kiss from the moon

Don’t wanna’ have regrets ‘cause I gave out too soon

Don’t wanna’ have doubts on my mind, when I lay down at night

Don’t wanna’ let this good thing, good thing, this good thing slip by

 

My current may meander, my path may not be straight

Some people may condemn me for the choices I make

But that’s a freedom I’ve been granted and one they can’t take

I rock, ‘n roll with it

 

I know a mistake won’t stop me from another attempt

Gonna’ take life by the reigns won’t stop ‘till I’m content

Then you won’t find me just wonderin’ where all the time went

‘Cause I made the most of it

 

Don’t wanna’ let the sun set, without a kiss from the moon

Don’t wanna’ have regrets ‘cause I gave out too soon

Don’t wanna’ have doubts on my mind, when I lay down at night

Don’t wanna’ let this good thing, good thing, this good thing slip by

 

I can see this world spinnin’ round me

I know where I’ve been, and where I can go

When all of my demons surround me

I just look ‘em in the eyes and they knooooooww

 

I know it’s hard to hard to keep my head up in the water where I swim

And sometimes I need to dry off, before I, jump back in

But a lifetime ain’t to long now, to take it all in

I’ll never be saturated yeah, yeah, yeah

 

Don’t wanna’ let the sun set, without a kiss from the moon

Don’t wanna’ have regrets ‘cause I gave out too soon

Don’t wanna’ have doubts on my mind, when I lay down at night

Don’t wanna’ let this good thing, good thing, this good thing slip by

 

 
Lyrics

4. Good Thing
Chad Mills  

That Ol Wind

At the west end a’ town, married to the tracks

In a musty old, dusty old, boarded up shack

A man of old age, sips on his Jack

And he says he ain’t never, ain’t never, ain’t never goin’ back

Just a couple miles east, the rails they lead

To a high class town, full of booze, lust and greed

For 26 years, its safety he’d keep

Till that dark stormy night he was was too late for the killin’ spree

 

He stood o’er the bodies, bleedin’ in the rain

And he choked as he noticed, that among the slain

Was a young man he knew, who planned to exchange

Vows with his daughter, his life…would never be the same

 

As he rocks in his chair, he thinks of his kin

He curses himself, and all of his sins

With tears in his eyes…..a feelin’ on his skin

A familiar breeze blowin’….it’s callin’ him home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ him home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ him home again

 

A thousand miles away, in a city that won’t sleep

Is a mystery lady, a secret she keeps

When she comes home from workin, she lays down & weeps

Cause her body feels empty, & the emptiness is runnin’ deep

 

She reflects to a time, when everything was bright

Had a daddy that she loved…with all of her might

And a young man she’d marry when the timin’ was right

Then fate stepped in and took ‘em…..both on that stormy night

 

Her lover’s been buried, and daddy’s in a shell

She struggles with the choices, a body she could sell

But at the price she would pay, a cold living Hell

And there’s another to consider, and this…she knows too well

 

With a hand on her tummy, she thinks of her kin

She curses herself, and all of her sins

With tears in her eyes…..a feelin’ on her skin

A familiar breeze blowin’….it’s callin’ her home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ him home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ him home again

 

Several years later, the old man he waits

For the 3 o’clock train, to find the daughter he raised

He watches all the people, in the afternoon haze

‘Till his eyes catch a lady, with a smile on her face

A breathtaking scene, a moment without speech

He feels like a child again, lost in a dream

He gathers his strength, and struggles to his feet

She says, “Daddy there’s someone, I’d like for you to meet”

 

He looks down and smiles at the boy at her side

Choked up with emotion, filled up with pride

She says, “This is your Grandpa,” and looks in his eyes….

“I’m proud he’s my daddy….he led a good life”

 

A moment they longed for, reunion of kin

They felt blessed for what they had, forgot about their sins

And with tears in their eyes, they spoke of a wind

That they couldn’t ignore feelin’…..it was callin’ ‘em home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ ‘em home again

Ooooohhh…….that ol’ wind……..it’s callin’ ‘em home again

 
Lyrics

5. That Ol' Wind
Chad Mills  

Goin Back In My Mind

TWENTY SOME YEARS AGO ON CRITTENDEN AVENUE

A WIDE-EYED CHILD FIRST GAZED UPON A SCENE BRAND NEW

SWEET GUM TREE IN THE FRONT YARD ON A WARM APRIL RAIN

OR WAS IT SNOW, COULD ANYONE KNOW? IT ALWAYS SEEMED TO CHANGE

 

SPRINGIN’ FROM THIS OLD NEIGHBORHOOD IS WHERE MY MEMORIES WERE MADE

SO HOSPITABLE AND UNFORGETTABLE, GROWIN’ UP IN THE HOOSIER STATE

NEIGHBORHOOD GAMES OF FLASHLIGHT TAG WHEN THE WEATHER TURNED WARM

DISAPPEAR INTO YOUR OWN LITTLE WORLD, WE WERE THE CHILDREN OF THE CORN\

 

GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND TO THE PLACE I CALL HOME

ANY TIME I’M AWAY, EACH TIME I’M ALONE

WHERE THE PEOPLE I LOVE, THEY CALL ME BY NAME

EVER SINCE I LEFT, I AIN’T BEEN THE SAME

WHEREVER I GO, YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND

I’M GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND

 

WE’D GATHER EVERY YEAR AT THE BRICKYARD AND WAIT FOR MARY TO SAY,

“GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES, HOPE TO SEE YOU IN VICTORY LANE!”

THEN THE THUNDER OF 33 ROARS THROUGH THE AIR

AS THEY WAVE THE FLAG AND GO GREEN

IT’S A BREATH-TAKIN’ SITE, A 500 MILE RACE TOWARDS A DRIVER’S DREAM

 

CONCERTS OUT AT DEER CREEK, UNDERNEATH A STARRY SKY

WE WATCHED COUGAR BECOME MELLENCAMP

WHILE THE WHY STORE GOT US “HIGH”

AUTUMN DAYS IN SOUTH BEND, COULD THE IRISH HOLD THEIR GROUND?

AND FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ‘GAINST AN AUBURN SKY

PLAYIN’ FOR THAT HOMETOWN CROWD

 

GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND TO THE PLACE I CALL HOME

ANY TIME I’M AWAY, EACH TIME I’M ALONE

WHERE THE PEOPLE I LOVE, THEY CALL ME BY NAME

EVER SINCE I LEFT, I AIN’T BEEN THE SAME

WHEREVER I GO, YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND

I’M GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND

 

WITH WINTER CAME ROUNDBALL, OLD GYMS AND PICK-UP GAMES

FROM THE HARDWOOD TO THE BACKYARD, WE ALL LOVED TO PLAY

HIGH SCHOOL HEROES WERE MADE EACH WEEK ON A LAST SECOND CALL

HEATED BATTLES IN MACKEY ARENA, AND DOWN SOUTH IN ASSEMBLY HALL

 

WE ALL GREW UP TO WANDER INDIANA AND IT’S RICH HISTORY

FROM THE BANKS OF THE WABASH TO THE HALL OF FAME OUT EAST

FROM THE DUNES IN THE NORTH TO THE HILLS IN THE SOUTH

THROUGH THE FORSTS, LAKES, AND STREAMS

COVERED BRIDGES AND LOG CABIN HOMES AND OL’ BRICK MAIN STREETS

 

CHRISTMAS DOWN AT THE CIRCLE, WE’D WATCH EM LIGHT UP THAT BIG OL’ TREE

HELD TOGETHER BY VETERANS, THAT MADE THIS COUNTRY FREE!

 

GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND TO THE PLACE I CALL HOME

ANY TIME I’M AWAY, EACH TIME I’M ALONE

WHERE THE PEOPLE I LOVE, THEY CALL ME BY NAME

EVER SINCE I LEFT, I AIN’T BEEN THE SAME

WHEREVER I GO, YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND

I’M GOIN’ BACK IN MY MIND

 

 
Lyrics

6. Goin Back in my Mind (IN Song)
Chad Mills  

Rain Song

Last night I had this dream about a cloudy day

Rain started to fall from the skies, but before I could get away

As I searched for the shelter, I noticed there was a change

It wasn’t the clouds or the sky or the air

It was sprinklin’ a different rain

 

I tried so many times, tried to understand

Tried to reach for you but I always left with empty hands

You blamed it on circumstance, said you couldn’t be torn

I just kept hangin’ onto a dream….what if the rain fell warm

 

What a feelin’ I felt that day as the drops fell on my skin

And when it ended I wondered, would it ever rain again?

Can you imagine no longer…shivering in the storm?

What if it were different, what if the rain that fell was warm?

 

I tried so many times, tried to understand

Tried to reach for you but I always left with empty hands

You blamed it on circumstance, said you couldn’t be torn

I just kept hangin’ onto a dream….what if the rain fell warm

 

Don’t wanna’ change the past, what yesterday holds is true

Tomorrow’s what I’m searchin’ for….

I wanna’ dance in the rain with you

 

 

 

 
Lyrics

7. Rain Song
Chad Mills  

Just Then She Smiles

Just like the kinda’ way you feel your way thru the dark

My sense of touch is aware

Distractions floodin’ with the wind I’m in tune

With the weight of your stare

 

Settle on our wish to hush the roar

Echoing in our mind

Cannot see the light ahead

I’m out of practice and out of time

 

Don’t point don’t reach, don’t send it all…into the night

We shift we twist…we find a way….until it’s right

Just then she smiles at me and I know everything’s gonna’ be alright

 

Promises to open up, yeah

Promise keep and promise bend

Communication torn, it’s cursed and worn

We’re always tryin’ to men

 

There are times when I patience breaks and I can’t take

Anything she gives

I hide away in a place, she tries to find

Her little fugitive

 

Don’t point don’t reach, don’t send it all…into the night

We shift we twist…we find a way….until it’s right

Just then she smiles at me and I know everything’s gonna’ be alright

 

I can see why we struggle, put our backs against the wall

But no matter how high the struggle, we never seem to fall

No no, yeah…

I’d rather take the good times with the bad

Than have no time at all

 

Don’t point don’t reach, don’t send it all…into the night

 

 

 
Lyrics

8. Just Then She Smiles
Chad Mills  

Fade Away

STARIN’ OUT THE WINDOW ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON

ECHOES FROM THE NIGHT BEFORE, THEY’RE FILLIN’ UP THE ROOM

CONVERSATION AT MY FEET AST THE SUN COMES SHININ’ THROUGH

RUNNIN’ FAST ON THE BROKEN GLASS AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO….

 

I’M WEARY, CAN’T YA’ STEER ME A COURSE I’M SURE NOW

THAT I CAN NEVER STAY

GOTTA’ LEAVE HERE, CANNOT BE HERE, YOU LEFT ME NO CHOICE….

…BUT TO FADE AWAY

 

PAINTED VISIONS ON THE WALL, THEY’RE PLAYIN’ WITH MY MIND

INDECISION’S BOUND TO FALL AND I’LL GO BACK TO FINE

BUT THESE RATTED WEBS THAT CHAIN US ALL, NOT AWARE OF THEIR CRIME

THEY’RE AS FREE AS A 15 – TO – LIFE IN CELL # 39

 

TORN BETWEEN THE CROWDED STREET AND A FIELD THAT NO ONE KNOWS

SHELTERED FROM THE COLDEST RAIN, I CRY TO THE WIND THAT BLOWS

CAUSE THIS SHELTER HAS ALL BUT DRIED US UP, THE CROOKED PATH WE CHOOSE

RAPED THE LAND THE OLDEST MAN, HIS ANGRY FIST IS CLOSED

 

I’M WEARY, CAN’T YA’ STEER ME A COURSE I’M SURE NOW

THAT I CAN NEVER STAY

GOTTA’ LEAVE HERE, CANNOT BE HERE, YOU LEFT ME NO CHOICE….

…BUT TO FADE AWAY

 

 
Lyrics

9. Fade Away
Chad Mills  

Little Town

19 DAYS TILL A CHAPTER IS CLOSED

AS SHREDDED PAGES ARE STREWN

60 YEARS A CELEBRATION EXPLODES

HAIL HAIL, IN THE PALE AFTERNOON

 

IN QUIET SUBURBIA, NO-NAME TOWN

DEVIL GRINS AT THE IRONY

A HAVEN FOR CHILDREN YOUR GUARD IS LET DOWN

SICK WAR GAME CATASTROPHE

 

AND ARROGANT ARE WE TO ARGUE OUR PIECE

AND THEN SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

AND THE ONES WHO POINT FINGERS THEIR MINDS ARE DISEASED

‘CAUSE ALL THEY POINT OUT IS INSECURITY

THEY ARE STUCK BETWEEN THEIR GUILT AND REALITY

AND THEY’RE SLAPPED IN the FACE WITH “THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ME”

AND IT’S TOO CLOSE TO HOME SO THEY PACK UP AND LEAVE

WE WOULDN’T WANT ANYTHING TO BREAK THE ROUTINE

 

CHAOTIC SCENES OF PANIC AND TERROR

SURREAL ON YOUR TV

PASSING COMMENTS OF “THAT’S SO SAD”

CONVENIENT SYMPATHY

YOU CALL THEM MONTSTERS AND MINDLESS ASSISSINS

SO SICK AND SO DERANGED

I’LL TELL YOU WHAT’S SICK IS WE COULDN’T HEAR THEM SCREAMIN

IT WASN’T IN YOUR SCHEDULE TO CHANGE

 

AND ARROGANT ARE WE TO ARGUE OUR PIECE

AND THEN SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

AND THE ONES WHO POINT FINGERS THEIR MINDS ARE DISEASED

‘CAUSE ALL THEY POINT OUT IS INSECURITY

THEY ARE STUCK BETWEEN THEIR GUILT AND REALITY

AND THEY’RE SLAPPED IN the FACE WITH “THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ME”

AND IT’S TOO CLOSE TO HOME SO THEY PACK UP AND LEAVE

WE WOULDN’T WANT ANYTHING TO BREAK THE ROUTINE

 

GATHER YOUR KIDS AROUND THE TABLE

AND TELL THEM WHAT WENT DOWN

ERASE ALL THE HATE AND THE PREJUDICE

BEFORE MORE BODIES ARE LAID IN THE GROUND

 
Lyrics

10. Little Town
Chad Mills  

Keep Right Except To Pass

Well way back sometime ago when the first cars hit the streets

A simple rule was laid down for the one in the driver’s seat

It calls for slower traffic to smile and be polite

Just keep your hands at 10 and 2 and please stay to the right

 

Wherever you may travel unless you drive like I

There will be some people now, who want to pass you by

So do your darndest to oblige and stay in the right hand lane

Then lead-foot lunatics like me we will not go insane

So keep right except to pass that’s why my nose is in your ass

One foot on the brake and one of the gas….get over and let me pass

 

Well I guess some people cheated their way thru drivers ed

They musta’ not been listenin’ to what that teacher said

‘Cause every day I find someone and I know that there are more

Who must’ve misunderstood just what the left lane’s for

 

Now it doesn’t really matter if you think you’re going fast

‘Cause I’ll still be behind you, just waiting to get past

And the way I feel I will not yield and pass you on the right

No I’ll just wait and tailgate until you let me by

 

So keep right except to pass that’s why my nose is in your ass

I’ll take you to my driving class….get over and let me pass

 

Left lane loafers is the name I’ve given to you

Ignoramusi that drive but do not have a clue

Do they forget about their mirrors or see me and not care

You Left Lane Loafers you stress me out you make me lose my hair

 

Now I know all you drivers have seen the stinkin’ signs

Keep right except to pass, it’s there in black and white

But I guess you feel it’s another law that you don’t have to obey

But then you’ll have to deal with me at the wheel and that’s a hefty price to pay

 

So keep right except to pass that’s why my nose is in your ass

You’ll get mad and I’ll just laugh….get over and let me pass

 

Well I’m travelin’ I’m movin’ I’m makin good time

But then I have to hit the brakes no I’m on your behind

I scream I yell I spit I cuss adrenaline thru my veins

Sixty miles and hour and you’re in the left hand lane

 

Now I don’t want you to judge me from the lyrics in this song

And think that I’m a crazy man with whom you can’t get along

But the voices in my head they tend to tell me what to do

And I’d hate to be in front of me when they’re in a crappy mood

 

So keep right except to pass that’s why my nose is in your ass

Ride your bumper ‘till at last….get over and let me pass

One foot on the break and one on the gas…………get over and let me pass

 
Lyrics

11. Keep Right Except to Pass
Chad Mills  

 

 
 
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