Swamp Guy Kayton

The Tame, The Guilty and the Dirt Road Scuffle

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  • 06:27 Download Lyrics
    Just The Same

    I’ve stood on the corner with fortune
    Walked the streets with fame
    Watched stars fall from the heavens
    Slept out in the rain
    It’s pennies on the dollar a hand full of change
    When it comes right down to it we’re all just the same

    I’ve held a hand out for the aging
    Spoke the words of King James
    Busk for food and shelter
    And prayed for those too ashamed
    Its tears on a cheek a heart full of pain
    When it comes right down to it we are all just the same

    Angels walk with me
    Angels talk to me
    Everyone listens for free

    I’ve watched buildings fall to the ground
    Souls go down in flames
    Heroes climb to the sky
    Life is hard to explain
    It takes a world melting for people to be humane
    When it comes right down to it we are all just the same

    Angels walk with me
    Angels talk to me
    Everyone listens for free

    We hear the sounds of freedom
    See the motion of peace
    We hold the hand of the future
    Knowing life is a lease
    It’s a moment in a lifetime a soul with a given name
    When it comes right down to it we are all just the same

    Angels walk with you
    Angels talk to you
    Listen is all you have to do

    Our Father in heaven hallowed be your name
    Your kingdom come your will be done
    On earth as it is in heaven
    We are all just the same

  • 07:22 Lyrics
    Jimmy Was Here

    Jimmy was a quite kid, never did no one harm
    Raise by his grandma lil, she never paid him no mind
    He grew up running free, standing on the edge of fate
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Always too late

    Jimmy liked to skip school, sniff a little tube of glue
    If we don’t teach the kid, his dreams will never come true
    He came back shakin’ at school, they sent him home for the day
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Always too late

    Jimmy had nothing to do, with all his friends in school
    There’s not much he can learn, lying at the bottom of a pool
    We gave up on him, we failed to educate
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Thoughts and prayers are
    Always too late

    Here lies Jimmy an unknown soul in the war on drugs
    One child left behind without kisses and hugs
    We can’t give up on our kids
    So keep’m in your thoughts
    And keep’m in your prayers
    But don’t you let’m be to late

    Jimmy signed my yearbook, thirty years ago this day
    He wrote above his name, Jimmy was here today
    He could make me laugh, he was good classmate
    My thoughts and prayers were
    My thoughts and prayers were
    A little too late

    Jimmy was here today
    Jimmy was here today
    Jimmy was here today
    So don’t forget him
    In your thoughts and prayers

  • 03:53 Lyrics
    Walter Sonny

    My Name is Walter but you can call me Sonny
    My disposition’s bright, my jokes are all funny
    I can fix anything you broke
    Cept a heart, cause they never mend

    Life is to short to sit around and cry
    Heaven moves the earth, tears fill the sky
    Love is just one step away
    When I walk with the lord

    I believe, I believe
    I will find what I seek, when I open my eyes and choose
    I believe, I believe
    I have all I need, when I put on my walkin shoes

    I lost my love, when she was young with freckles
    She held my hand, when we heard the angles
    I will hold her hand again
    If I believe in the lord

  • 05:08 Lyrics
    Devil Woman Blues

    You is something baby
    You is something in deed
    Something evil
    Something real sweet
    Like whips and lace
    A devil woman with an angel’s face

    You ain’t nothing baby
    You ain’t nothing to me
    Nothing but candy
    Nothing but mean
    Like fire and ice
    A devil woman treats me real nice

    You don’t know anything baby
    You don’t know anything that’s true
    Anything at all
    Anything would do
    Like shallow and deep
    A devil woman can make me weep

    Where I gonna go
    What a I gonna do
    I can run but I can’t lie
    I can run but I can’t lie
    I can run but I can’t lie
    Devil woman has said goodbye

    You know I’m a fool baby
    A fool for loving you
    Foolish and blind
    Foolish but true
    Like steamy and cold

    A devil woman has taken my soul

    She's a taken my soul away

    She's a taken my soul

  • 05:02 Lyrics
    Somethings Will Never Be the Same

    It’s not about the money
    It’s not about the house
    It’s all about the love I can’t live without

    It’s not about the tear drops
    It’s about the shame
    It’s all about the heart broken from all the pain

    Like Kings and Queens
    Shootin’ stars and moonbeams
    Like a rainbow and a pipe dream
    No matter how hard I try
    I know something’s will never be the same

    It’s not about the mean words
    It’s not about what I heard
    It’s all about the sound of your lovely voice

    It’s not about the damn law
    It’s not about what I saw
    It’s all about the smile on your pretty face

    It’s not about bad times
    It’s not about the blues
    It’s all about memories keep me thinkin’ about you

    It’s not about the dreams
    It’s not about what’s true
    It’s all about where I am all alone without you

  • 07:10 Lyrics
    Ballard of Amos Newton

    Amos was about six, six foot four
    Skinny as a rail and limber as a young pine
    Cheeks like louie armstrong and his eyes are the road map home
    South Norfolk only placed he ever go

    Shipyard can make, make a young man
    75 brought the end to the draft and the war
    Take a bull by the horns don’t mean he’ll getter done
    Youthful years are no longer on the run

    Work blues and a patch, patch with a name
    18 inch pipe wrench and fifty foot of inch and a half hose
    Forty foot upside a tanker its time to cut her loose
    Dry dock’s down smoke signals diffuse

    From the liquor in his veins to the moonshine in his eyes
    Time makes a hero and young man wise

    Unlikely as the color, color of our skin
    Respect reigns down as the night shift settles in
    Tug boats distant echo through the grinding sand blast
    Graveyard fads a young man’s tan fast

    Lunch whistle blows as we break, break for the gate
    First time I stepped foot in a black mans home
    Pride rolls across his face as his wife kept us feed
    Son of a boss at his table to break bread

    We lower our heads thankful, thankful to be alive
    Center piece of the table not a single word was said
    First time my eyes laid sight on a loaded gun
    Downed a few shots headed back to the yard to get it done

    From the liquor in his veins to the moonshine in his eyes
    Time makes a hero and young man wise

    Summer fades as schools about to begin
    Books can’t teach what admiration can
    Nothing like hard work to drive a boy into a man
    Theres no stopping when you know you can

    Sitting down at the end, end of the dock
    Boots gloves a hard hat and an old pipe wrench
    Some say he made it for the gate others say he still cuts’m free
    Mr Newton your a better man than me

    Forty years later seems like, like yesterday
    You know right is tight and left is always lose
    We know where we are when we know where we’ve begin
    A man is not made by the color of his skin

    From the liquor in his veins to the moonshine in his eyes
    Time makes a hero and young man wise

    From the liquor in his veins to the moonshine in his eyes
    Time makes a hero and young man wise

  • 02:46 Lyrics
    Grandpa's Hat

    I don’t smoke a pipe nor dip snuff
    Never chew tobacco or roll my own cigarettes
    But I’ll be back directly to put on grandpa’s hat

    Think about the times and where we’re at
    How far we’ve come and how far we’ll go
    What we’ve learned and what we know
    And the wisdom of the man that wore this hat

    Born in Carolina to farm the land
    Raised chickens and planted corn in the fields
    He’d be coming in soon to bring in the meal

    Think about the heart and the way it feels
    How much is trust and how much is fate
    When mean love and when we mean hate
    And the heart of a man that shows how he feels

    If I knew then what I know now
    I’d a listen with my heart wide open

    Crusin’ in his 50 Ford all through town
    He’d tell tales about when he was a kid
    Ridin’ on his pony and wearing his cowboy hat

    Think about your dreams with all your might
    From where they’ve come and where they part
    What we learn when we open our heart
    And the laughter of man who enjoys his life

    I don’t smoke a pipe nor dip snuff
    Never chew tobacco or roll my own cigarettes
    But I’ll be back directly to put on grandpa’s hat

    Think about the times and where we’re at
    How far we’ve come and how far we’ll go
    What we’ve learned and what we know
    And the wisdom of the man that wore this hat

    And the wisdom of the man that wears his hat

  • 06:00 Lyrics
    Lily White Lies

    She was cute as she could be
    Hid her candy in her pocket
    With a face covered in chocolate
    She was cute as she could be

    She was sweet and full of envy
    Stole other girl’s boyfriends
    Knowing broken hearts never mend
    She was sweet and full of envy

    She tells lies lily white lies
    You can see it her eyes when she similes
    I don’t know why I’m so surprised

    She was pretty without a smile
    On a warm day things can feel cold
    Love is not made of gold
    She was pretty without a smile

    So that’s the way it goes
    You take my heart and tie it in bows
    What goes around seems so sad
    What comes around hurts so bad
    What have I taught you
    You think only heaven knows

    She is bitter and she is angry
    Took my love never gave it back
    Her daddy is to blame for that
    She is bitter and she is angry

     

  • 04:41 Lyrics
    My Little Girl

    She was born on July 4th
    A big celebration
    With lots of fireworks

    She was a sweetheart at one
    Never cried a tear
    Always smiled from ear to ear

    She was an angle at three
    Entertained us all
    By what she could do and say

    She’s Sill my little girl
    Still holds my little world

    She was a princess at five
    Wore frilly little dresses
    And served us all a cup of tea

    She was a teacher at ten
    Taught the neighbor’s kids
    And us all what it meant

    She was a queen at thirteen
    She wore the crown
    And made us all so very proud

    She’s Sill my little girl
    Still holds my little world
    Still makes me cry
    Still makes me wonder why
    She had to go away and I never got to say goodbye

    She was a heartbreaker at sixteen
    Until her heart was broken
    By a driver she was taken

    She was hit on the corner of 19th
    Just crossing the street
    By someone who had, had a drink

    She never saw twenty
    Never walked down the isle
    And never had a chance to say goodbye

    She’s Sill my little girl
    Still holds my little world
    Still makes me cry
    Still makes me wonder why
    She had to go away and I never got to say goodbye

  • 04:36 Lyrics
    Illegal Immigrant

    I ain’t asking for no trouble, just a little luck
    I’ve paid down and double, for a ride in a trunk
    Miss my wife and children, seven lives in need
    A better life the only reason, I’d leave love to bleed

    That’s the price for the land of the free and the home of the brave

    A harvest moon cast a shadow, in the dead of the night
    Distant dreams feel hollow, when I’m running for my life
    How many roads must I follow, before my soul worthless?
    An illegal immigrant will never know, the sweet smell of success

    There’s only greed in the land of plenty and the nation of waste

    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I pray for you
    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I pray for you
    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I stay for you

    You can have all your drugs, I’m the one that’s illegal
    Who’s gonna sweep your floors, who will sweat in your fields
    You know this aint no damn country, for a hard working man
    Lock me up throw away the key, I no longer feel human

    There’s no justice in the land of laws and the rights of the few

    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I pray for you
    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I stay for you
    My love, I walk, I run, I hide and I pray for you
    My Love

  • 05:42 Lyrics
    Odd Fellows Hall

    Open up the slider and identify yourself, voices calling can I have this dance
    There’s a party in the great hall tonight, with a hundred shades of darkness
    See the whites of their eyes, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    Ghost men smokin’ cigarettes and talkin’ bout the weather
    Waitn’ on the ladies for a dance, like shadows silent in the night
    Hear’m dancing in the dark, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    From the civil war to prohibition, international order of the oddies
    Used to be the place, the place to be, old crows on a telephone line
    Watch’m gatherin’ on Main Street, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    Jebadiah and Sisters of Charity, payin’ debts of the poor
    Freein them all from the rich, while the Red Cross gives out blood
    Hearts pumpin’ with generosity, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    During the Great Depression, a life savor for the hungry
    Always a helping hand, given hope to the hopeless
    Reach out and find someone, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    Feel the presences of the sprit, here today and gone tomorrow
    Pourin’ out their hearts and souls, direct descendents of the past
    Standing side by side, down at the Old Fellows Hall

    Now a new cast of characters walk these hollowed hallways
    Joe the barber and the Rocket Fish, Angel Reader and the Starlite
    So many faces come and go, down at the Odd Fellows Hall

    See the white of their eyes, hear’m dancing in the dark
    Watch’m gathern’ on Main Street, hearts pumpin with generosity
    Reach out and find someone, as they stand side by side
    So many faces come and go, down at the Odd Fellows Hall
    Down at the Odd Fellows Hall

  • 03:27 Lyrics
    I Wish I Was a Pirate

    Watching the waves rolling over the sand
    Telling stories about men who sailed the seas
    It’s been a long time ago
    Since those sailors called her their home
    These men were pirates
    Though they say their gone, they still live on in my heart

    All along the light house
    There’s been many a shipwreck
    With Captain Hook and Long John Silver, John Lafoote
    Well shiver me timbers, I wish I was a pirate too

    Every since I was a young man
    Spent my time around the old sea
    From the islands to the capes
    Down the coast all the way to Ocracoke
    Dreamed of sailing as they did
    Never knowin’ where I was going, only where I’ve been

    All along the light house
    There’s been many a shipwreck
    With Captain Hook and Long John Silver, John Lafoote
    Well shiver me timbers, I wish I was a pirate too

    Trimming my sails on a course through time
    Sometimes it’s a wasteful life we lead
    Searching for the answers
    To the questions of our lives
    Like a pirate I sail on
    Just let the wind blow and the stars will guide me away

    All along the light house
    There’s been many a shipwreck
    With Captain Hook and Long John Silver, John Lafoote
    Well shiver me timbers, I wish I was a pirate too

  • 03:43
    Never Thought I'd Have the Blues
  • 05:46 Lyrics
    That's My Boy

    Everywhere I go, he’s underneath my feet
    He just wants to see
    Everything I do, whatever I’m up too
    He tries to imitate me

    Swings a hammer and drives an old nail
    It just won’t seem to go
    When he hits his thumb, he tries to hide the tears
    He’s a man and he wants me to know

    He’s growin’ up now
    He don’t want me to hold his hand
    He’s growin’ up now
    Each day he acts a little more like a man
    Yea, that’s my boy

    On Saturday we go into town
    He gets a bottle of pop
    Hops up in the chair and tells old Joe
    Take a little off the top

    Then we drive around in our new pickup truck
    He sits in my lap
    On the radio, plays a country song
    We sing along and clap

    He’s growin’ up now
    He don’t want me to hold his hand
    He’s growin’ up now
    Each day he looks a little more like a man
    Yea, that’s my boy

    Now my boy has grown up before my eyes
    Now my boy has grown into a man
    Now my boy has a son of his own
    Now my boy has to hold on to his hand

    We get together when the weekend rolls around
    And tune up that old truck
    Just the three of us, we’ll spend a little time
    Get some dirt on our hands.

    When we drive around in that old pickup
    It brings back memories
    I think to myself, how much he has grown
    And how much he’s apart of me

    He’s grown up now
    He don’t need me to hold his hand
    He’s grown up now
    Each day I realize he’s become a man
    But he’s still my boy

    Yea that’s my boy

NOTES
The Tame, the Guilty and the Dirt Road Scuffle is full of great songwriting with lots of interesting characters who influenced Swamp Guy like…
Grandpa – Who gave up his straw hat from the 1940s to his young grandson.
Jimmy – Who was in a class freshman year of high school and die from an overdose of sniffing glue.
Lily – Who can be found in many a young girl raised by her imperfect father.
Walter - Who …
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