Live at Gary Lee's Motor Club 09​/​09​/​15

by Jim Dalton

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Recorded live at Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub in Denver Colorado, on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Very special guest Jeremy Lawton on Accordion, Trumpet, Lap Steel, and Bass and backing vocals.

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released September 11, 2015

All songs written by James Dalton (ASCAP) except "Justin O. Picker" (T.Dalton), "Marie" (Dalton/Clyne), "Don't Mess With My Truck" (J.Lawton), and "Mexican Jail" (Dalton/Hickman)

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Colorado-based Country, Americana, Roots singer-songwriter, and lead guitarist for Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers. Lead singer & guitarist of the Railbenders and the Hickman-Dalton Gang.

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Track Name: The Outlaw Way
Well the deed is done
He holds the smokin' gun
And stands stands before the man on the judgement day
After livin' life the outlaw way

The preacher man's words that he heard
are ringing' true in his head
"You live the life, you'll live to have regret
'cause in the end you'll have to pay the debt"

He's been runnin' with the devil in the dark of night
Now the sun is comin' up and he can see the light
But it's too late now because the deal's been done
Long ago he gave his soul for the guns and gold
Now there's nowhere he can turn that's gonna save his soul
Cause there's a price to pay, a heavy price to pay
Livin' the Outlaw Way

For the sinnin' kind there will come a time
The music ends, you do the final dance
And then you turn and face the consequence
The preacher man's words that he heard are ringin' true in his head
The sinnin' kind will live to have regret
'cause in the end they'll have to pay the debt

He's been runnin' with the devil in the dark of night
Now the sun is comin' up and he can see the light
But it's too late now
Because the deal's been done
Long ago he gave his soul for the guns and gold
Now there's nowhere he can turn that's gonna save his soul
Cause there's a price to pay, a heavy price to pay
Livin' the Outlaw Way
Track Name: Amigos
When you're out at the bar and you've had way too much
Who's gonna come pick you up?
Next time just call me and don't go to jail
You still owe me last weekend's bail

Wherever we go, no matter how far
Nothing can change who we are
Amigos, amigos

When your piece of shit pickup breaks down once again
I know you don't have AAA
Who will reluctantly help out a friend?
Who's only a phone call way?

And when you've got a secret that you need to hide,
who's gonna keep it inside
Amigos, right from the start
Amigos, we'll never part
Amigos, is Spanish for friends
Amigos, until the end

And if some jerk, down at your work
Is pissing you off to no end
Don't kick his ass, you'll probably get canned
I'll handle your light work my friend

When you're crazy ass girlfriend kicks you out again
You know who lives just 'round the bend
By the way that relationship's one you should end
I'm telling you this as a friend

Cause I heard she's seeing like 10 other guys
Amigos will tell you no lies
Track Name: Victoria
Was from the start that I knew
It was nothing like before
There was something so much more

There was nothing I could do
To keep from coming back for more
Once you opened up the door

Like the stars out in the night
When it was dark you were the light
Victoria, ah Victoria

Like the pleasure in the pain
You were the sunlight through the rain
Victoria, ah Victoria
I miss you so

Certain things cannot remain
Like the moth into the flame
With you that's what I became

As I sit here in these chains
The only thing that stays the same
Is I keep calling out your name

Ah ah, Victoria
Ah ah, Victoria
Track Name: Road Dog
Road dog you've been on this road for so long
Slinging that guitar
And singing them songs
You know every highway
from Ballard to Broadway
Road dog you keep rolling on

Your journey's had a lotta strange turns
Road blocks to get through
Never longer than a sojourn
There's no settling you
And you can see now where you're going
as you check the rear view
Home can't be closer for you

The days they pass by in the blink of an eye
You can't slow 'em down though you try
The road takes from you and from loved ones your time
The price paid to roll down the line

Road dog you've been on this road for so long
Slinging that guitar
And singing them songs
You know every highway
from Ballard to Broadway
Road dog you keep rolling on

The years they pass by in the blink of an eye
You can't slow 'em down though you try
The road takes from you and from loved ones your time
The price paid to roll down the line
Track Name: Luz de Luna
Instrumental
Track Name: Wouldn't Change a Thing
I don't have expensive things
It ain't easy trying to make a living on a six-string
But it's alright, I wouldn't change a thing

My day starts when the sun goes down
and in the morning I'll be driving on
to the next town, ain't always
but I wouldn't change a thing

They say there's a lot money out here to be made
Well I've still haven't seen yet, maybe someday
But it's alright, I wouldn't change a thing
'cause I can take or leave those material things
And even if I ever get a chance to grab the brass ring
It wouldn't matter cause I wouldn't change a thing

Because I make a living driving, up and down the line
Playing music for good people and we have a good time
Sometimes they bring me whiskey, or a beer with a lime
And some have been known to bring the smoke from time to time

My day starts when the sun goes down
and in the morning I'll be driving on to the next town
It isn't easy, but I wouldn't change a thing
Track Name: Drop Me Off at the Honky Tonk
Wrap me up in a blanket of smoke and whiskey
There won't be anybody waiting at home to miss me
Jukebox is gonna play my song
You know the one where someone's been done wrong
And I don't wanna be alone tonight
So don't take me home

Drop me off at the honky tonk
Drop me off at the honky tonk

It won't be long 'til this working day is through
And when it's over, well I know just where I'm going to
It's been so long they say I should forget about you
Well that's real easy to say but not so easy to do

But every cloud's gonna have a silver lining
My is where the neon lights are brightly shining
Jukebox is gonna play my song
You know the one where someone's been done wrong
And I don't wanna be alone tonight
So don't take me home

Drop me off at the honky tonk
Drop me off at the honky tonk
I don't wanna be alone tonight
So drop me off at the honky tonk

Wrap me up in a blanket of smoke and whiskey
There won't be anybody waiting at home to miss me
Jukebox is gonna play my song
You know the one where someone's been done wrong
And I don't wanna be alone tonight
So don't take me home

Drop me off at the honky tonk
Drop me off at the honky tonk
I don't wanna be alone tonight
So drop me off at the honky tonk
Track Name: Country Song
There's a country song playing on my radio
It's bringing back some memories as I'm driving down this road
And this song reminds of somebody I use to know
But that was quite a while ago
Where she is now, I don't know

I must have spent a few too many miles on this road
I miss the life I used to know
And the longer that I move along, the more I know
the road I'm on is wrong

But I keep on hoping there is maybe some way
Our paths will cross again some day
And if I keep on believing, we'll meet again one day

Got an old guitar in the back seat of my car
I need to write a song tonight
I got another one tonight
It's another one about a man with a broken heart
But I can make it end alright because it doesn't
have to be real life

I must have spent a few too many miles on this road
Tell me where does the time go
And the longer that I move along, the more I know
the road I'm on is wrong

But I keep on hoping there is maybe some way
Our paths will cross again some day
And if I keep on believing, we'll meet again one day
Track Name: Pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Donde esta?

Mi pantalones
Donde estamos?
I cannot find you
Where did you go?

One weekend I did go
To Puerto Peñasco
It's down in Mexico
Where I lay on the sand

I met some locals
And there was a man
He had marijuana
There in his hand

There was a fiesta
Yo bebo cerveza
Y dos cervezas
Then dos more cervazas
One in each hand

And then came tequila
and a mariachi band
Too much fiesta
I took a siesta
There on the sand

Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Donde esta?
Track Name: Drive Away
How did we end up in this place?
What is it that we've come to face?
If you you know that it can never last
I guess it's better just to put it in the past

And I don't want to have to let you down
I don't want to have to let you down
So if there's nothing left for you to say
I think it's time for me to drive away

You don't have to tell me like ain't fair
When the unexpected hits you from nowhere
And it ain't always easy standing ground
When your world is upside down and turned around

And I don't want to have to let you down
I don't want to have to let you down
So if there's nothing left for you to say
I think it's time for me to drive away
Track Name: Serial Killer
He missed your sister's wedding in Japan
'Cause he was doing hard time in the can
He can't come home and stay for the holidays
'Cause they locked him up and threw the key away

You shouldn't have fallen in love with a serial killer
That's something only crazy bitches do
Once you go falling in love with a serial killer
Chances are things won't end well for you

You say that he is just misunderstood
He's done some bad things but he can still do good
You say deep down inside he's really a sweet guy
Can't understand why others wanna see him fry

You shouldn't have fallen in love with a serial killer
That's something only crazy bitches do
Once you go falling in love with a serial killer
Chances are things won't end well for you

He can't fix broken things around the home
or qualify to cosign on a loan
and the next time you barbecue you should only make enough for you
'cause he'll be dining with the boys from cell block 2
Track Name: Better That Way
I was hanging with some buddies on a Saturday night
When some guy starts talkin' tough and tries picking a fight
I might have punched him in the nose if it was back in the day
But I just shook his hand and bought his beer, it's better that way

Some guy gave me the finger on the freeway today
I think I might have cut him off, or somehow got in his way
I might have run him off the road if it was back in the day
But I just smiled and waved and let it go, it's better that way

It's better that way

So if you're in a situation and your feeling some frustration
Let it go, let go
'cause you can't change what happens but you can change your reaction
Don't you know "tranquilo."

Well I just realized this song is not very long
And if I really wanted I could go on and on
But I think that I've said everything I wanted to say
So I'll just keep it short and sweet, I think it's better that way
Track Name: California Breakdown
The wheels on the bus
Don't wanna go 'round
We got another California breakdown

We were doing alright
'til everything went wrong
Now we're stuck on the side of the road
where we don't belong

It's a California Breakdown
It's a California Breakdown

Jessie's trying out for the next bit part
This time she really nails it
She played it from the heart

This could be the big break
The one she's waiting for
But her only take is on the cutting room floor

California Breakdown
Feeling all alone far away from home
Trying to figure out how she's gonna
make it out here in this town
It's a California Breakdown
It's a California Breakdown

Johnny's writing songs
Out in Hollywood
He just needs connections
He knows his tunes are good

Then he hears his song
It's in a picture show
Then he finds he's been wronged as
he's sitting all alone and he watching the credits roll

Another California Breakdown
Stranded on the road
Where souls are sold
Trying figure out how he's gonna make it count
here in this town
It's a California Breakdown
It's a California Breakdown
Track Name: Elizabeth
As I drive around the bend
to that Pennsylvania borderline again
I seem to find, my mind racing back to you

Wishing you were by my side
Just the two of us, nothing to hide
We find that place
That only you and I can find

And how I need you
God knows I need you
Liz how I miss you
and how I wish that you were here with me tonight

Hey Elizabeth
Let's run away
So far away we'll leave it all behind
Elizabeth let's run away
And start a brand new day tonight

You say they wouldn't understand
and I know I didn't figure in their plan
But say what you will
Nothing can change the way we feel

Like Romeo and Juliet
Ours is a love that time will not forget
It will live on
Long after you and I are gone

Hey Elizabeth
Let's run away
So far away we'll leave it all behind
Elizabeth let's run away
And start a brand new day tonight

And how I need you
God knows I need you
Liz how I miss you
and how I wish that you were here with me tonight

Hey Elizabeth
Let's run away
So far away we'll leave it all behind
Elizabeth let's run away
And start a brand new day tonight
Track Name: Marie
Four riders behind me
Three bullets left
Two hours 'til sunset
Just one regret

I went lusting for gold
I found only lead
Lo siento, siento, Marie

Marie, ah, Marie
Even in death my heart waits only for thee
Marie, ah, Marie
Mi corazon pertenece
Ahora y siempre
En vida o muerte
Solo a ti

Crying, she stood in her white Sunday dress
The wide world awaits, I would ride to possess
My own envy and greed
I let lure me away
When I knew in my heart with Marie I should stay

Marie, ah, Marie
Even in death my heart waits only for thee
Marie, ah, Marie
Mi corazon pertenece
Ahor e siempre
En vida o muerte
Solo a ti
Track Name: You Got a Problem
I see you acting high and mightier than thou
All I can do is scratch my head and wonder how
You get away with things you do and say
You'll step on anyone who gets in your way

Well I've had it up to here with you
So what I'm gonna say is long overdue
I'm getting tired of biting my lip
So I'm doing you a favor and giving you a tip

You got a problem
You gotta fix that shit
You got a problem
Everybody's tired of it

You flaunt your money, wear expensive clothes
Buy pricey shoes to use for stepping on toes
But there are certain things you can't buy with dough
But that's something that you're never gonna know

If you keep looking out for number one
You're never gonna realize what you've done
And like I said I'm tired of biting my lip
So I'll say it once again, I'm shooting from the hip

You got a problem
You gotta fix that shit
You got a problem
Everybody's tired of it

You think the world never did revolve around anyone but you
You are the most important person in world in the eyes of you