Live at the Lost Highway July 22, 2015

by Jim Dalton

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Recorded live solo on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Lost Highway Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. There are no overdubs. All guitar and vocal parts were performed live via looping. All clams/mistakes, off-time loops, and pitchy vocals are left in their pure imperfect state. In other words, this is raw as shit.
Thank you to all my amigos who were there!

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released July 25, 2015

Live sound mixed by Dave Avery.
Recording engineered by Dave Avery.

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Jim Dalton Denver, Colorado

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: 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: 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: Call It Good
For reasons not too hard to comprehend
The story here is comin' to an end
So things didn't go the way we thought they could
Why don't we agree to call it good

No way we can go back the start
There is nothing left to tear apart
No need to explain
What is understood
Why don't we agree to call it good

May the road rise to meet you
The sunshine always greet you
And may the wind be always at your back
Let's have no regrets
We did the best we could
But the time is right to call it good

We did our best, outlasted all the rest
But in the end we couldn't pass the test
And things didn't go
Like we hoped they would
The time has come for us to call it good
The time is right for us to call it good
Why don't we agree to call it good
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 BBQ
YOU SHOULD ONLY MAKE ENOUGH FOR YOU
CAUSE HE'LL BE DINING WITH THE BOYS FROM CELL BLOCK TWO
Track Name: She's Talkin' Spanish
She's talking Spanish
She's talking Spanish
Can't understand it
But I like it anyway

She's talking Spanish
She's talking Spanish
Can't understand it
Don't know what she's trying to say

Her words they flow oh so effortlessly
It's a thing a beauty
I don't know what she is saying to me
This Mexican cutie

If she's asking "How are you?"
I don't have a clue
Cause I didn't study enough
She's talking Spanish
And I think that I'm in love
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 please 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, that's 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 banging like 10 other guys
Amigos will tell you no lies

Amigos, right from the start
Amigos, we'll never part
Amigos, means Spanish for friends
Amigos, until the end
Track Name: Pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Mi pantalones
Donde esta?

Mi pantalones
Donde estamos?
I cannot find you
Donde esta?

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 sangria
Y dos cervezas
Then dos more cervezas
Two 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: Don't Go Leavin' On Me Now (with Eryn DeSomer)
DON'T GO LEAVIN' ON ME NOW
I DON'T WANNA BE WITHOUT
YOUR LOVE, YOUR LOVE

(JIM) I DON'T KNOW THE DOUBT
YOU'VE COME TO KNOW
OR HEAR THE VOICES
SAYIN' IT'S TIME TO GO
ARE YOU LONGING TO BE FREE?
TELL ME HOW CAN IT BE
I'M SO WRONG FOR YOU
WHEN YOU'RE SO RIGHT FOR ME?

DON'T GO LEAVIN' ON ME NOW
I DON'T WANNA BE WITHOUT
YOUR LOVE, YOUR LOVE

(ERYN) PLEASE EXPLAIN
WHAT IT YOU HAS CHANGED?
'CAUSE NOTHING'S NEW
I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO
'CAUSE YOU LEFT ME LONG AGO
AND NOW I NEED TO KNOW
DO YOU REMEMBER
THESE SIX WORDS I SPOKE TO YOU?

DON'T GO LEAVIN' ON ME NOW
I DON'T WANNA BE WITHOUT
YOUR LOVE, YOUR LOVE

(JIM) I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU CANNOT BELIEVE
(ERYN) AND I CAN'T SEE THE THINGS YOU CANNOT SEE
(BOTH) WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE YOU STAY
I NEVER THOUGHT WE'D SEE THE DAY
THAT WE WOULD COME THIS FAR
AND THROW IT ALL AWAY

DON'T GO LEAVIN' ON ME NOW
I DON'T WANNA BE WITHOUT
YOUR LOVE, YOUR LOVE
Track Name: Tucson Troubadour
There's a dude a know from north of Mexico
Some people call him Roger
I just call him bro
And I also call him Singing Scorpion
and the Dylan of the desert
and the poet on the run

His name is Roger Clyne and he lives among the cactus
He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice
He always leaves 'em wanting more
He's the Tucson Troubadour

He is lean and mean, a songwriting machine
He wrote that song Banditos, and the King of the Hill Theme
He is also a conservationist
and when people don't recycle, he gets kinda pissed

His name is Roger Clyne and lives among the cactus
He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice
He sings about an open door
He's the Tucson Troubadour

And you can take him out of Arizona
But you'll never take Arizona out of the man
He's loves the Arizona land
He digs the Arizona sand

Yeah you can take him out of Arizona
but you'll never take Arizona out of the man
He's got an Arizona tan
Give him an Arizona hand

And he has a lot of songs that rhyme with O like DinerO, MexicO, AmericanO, BuffalO
Just went I thought that he was done rhyming in O
He went and wrote another and it's called ¡GeronimO!

His name is Roger Clyne and lives among the cactus
He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice
He always leaves 'em wanting more
He's the Tucson Troubadour

His name is Roger Clyne and lives among the cactus
He's never on time and he doesn't like to practice
He sings about an open door
He's the Tucson Troubadour

He always leaves 'em wanting more
He's the Tucson Troubadour

Cha! Cha! Cha!
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: Can't Love You Like He Can
You're telling me that you would leave him
If you could have a chance with me
Well I hate to break it to ya
Some things just aren't meant to be

So you might hold on to what you have
'cause there's no chance for you and me
I'm not trying to make you sad
I'm just trying to make you see

I can't love you like he can
I hope that you can understand
I want a woman not a man
So I can't love you like he can

Now you're telling me it's hard
Well I just don't know what to say
Except buddy, it ain't in the cards
So you must turn and walk away

Cause you're barking up the wrong tree
That dog don't hunt for me
Don't wanna see tears in your eyes
But I love the ladies, not the guys

So I can't love you like he can
I hope that you can understand
I want a woman not a man
So I can't love you like he can

I'm not trying to be rude
It's not that I do not approve
But long ago I did conclude
I could never do a dude

Stand behind your man
Cause I can't love you like he can
Track Name: Peñasco
I think it's time now to go
Down to Puerto Peñasco
I miss those Sandy beaches
And seeing all my amigos
I need a pick me up
Cause lately I'm feeling so low
Let's pack our things and let's go
Down to Puerto Peñasco

Lately all it's doing is raining
Quite lot around here
And all I hear are people complaining
Cause the skies ain't so clear
But I can see the light
Breaking thru the clouds
Because it won't be long
Until we're going down

So vamanos mi amigos
Down to Puerto Peñasco
Track Name: Never Drinkin' Again
I WENT TO MY FAVORITE TAVERN
THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE ONE QUICK BEER
BUT ONE QUICKLY TURNED TO ANOTHER
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT ISN'T QUITE CLEAR

HEARD I WAS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
HEARD I MADE A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS
CAUSE I TOLD THE BARTENDER ALL DRINKS WERE ON ME
NOW I'VE NOTHING LEFT FOR MY RENT

SO I'M NEVER DRINKIN' AGAIN
'CAUSE I DO STUPID SHIT AND PISS OFF MY FRIENDS
SO I'M PUTTING IT ALL TO AN END
AND I'M NEVER DRINKIN' AGAIN

NOW, I'M USUALLY NOT TOO MUCH TROUBLE
AFTER I'VE HAD TWO OR THREE
BUT AFTER ONE TOO MANY DOUBLES
I'M NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, YOU SEE

SO I'VE FINALLY COME TO MY SENSES
THE WRITING WAS THERE ON THE WALL
TIME TO GO MEND A FEW FENCES
THIS IS MY FINAL LAST CALL

THEN I'M NEVER DRINKIN' AGAIN
'CAUSE I ACT LIKE A DICK AND EMBARRASS MY FRIENDS
SO I'M PUTTING IT ALL TO AN END
AND I'M NEVER DRINKIN' AGAIN

NOW I KNOW THAT YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE ME
YOU SAY THAT YOU'VE HEARD IT BEFORE
BUT THIS TIME I REALLY MEAN IT
TO CELEBRATE LET'S HAVE JUST ONE MORE, THEN...
Track Name: Whiskey Rain
Well here I am once again
In this darkness on my own
And I don't have anybody
show me the light
I am alone

Just one more glass to drown this sorrow
Then it's time for me to go
I won't be back here tomorrow
Where I'm headed, Lord only knows

I've been drivin' down this dark stretch of highway
for as long as I can recall
It don't matter if they don't approve of my way
that won't change things at all

Whiskey rain, whiskey rain
Come down on me and wash away this pain
Whiskey rain don't you go away
I need you to stay

Another night in this bar room
that don't see the light of day
and I've been guided by the full moon
but I never do find my way

So one more glass could drown this sorrow
Then it's time for me to go
I won't be back here tomorrow
Where I'm headed, Lord only knows

I've been drivin' down this dark stretch of highway
for as long as I can recall
and don't matter if they don't approve of my way
That won't change me at all
Track Name: I-70 Westbound
Well there's a road that I know that can get you up to heaven for a day
Where you just might see an eagle fly or watch the bighorn play
Or you can take a trail that'll lead you to the river's edge
Where you can listen to the rollin' waters carry all your troubles away

On I-70 Westbound, I-70 Westbound
We'll get away for a little while on I-70 Westbound

There's nothing that can quite compare to the Colorado sun
When you're high in the Rocky Mountains and away from everyone
And you know the Mile High city always will be home to me
But for those times when I gotta get away there's a place I'll be

On I-70 Westbound, I-70 Westbound
We'll get away for a little while on I-70 Westbound

Well I just can't wait to get next to a fire tonight
Where I can hold my baby in my arms until morning light
And when we wake up we can take a long walk and see what we can find
Come on let's pack it up, hit the road, it's time to leave the city behind
Track Name: Drivin' Back to Denver
There's a long stretch of road
Out in front of me tonight
I'm burning midnight oil but I'm still running strong
And I've been doing 90 but it ain't fast enough
Because I've been away from home too long

But I'm driving back to Denver
Been driving all night long
I'm missing home that's where I need to be
Driving back to Denver
And I can't wait too see those Mile High city lights shine for me

Got a flat in Carolina
Broke down in Arkansas
Drove to fast through Oklahoma
Had a little trouble with the law

Found myself right in the middle of a bar room brawl in Kansas City
It's plain to see that life for me out on the road ain't pretty