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The Long Way Around
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

My friends from high school
Married their high school boyfriends
Moved into houses
In the same ZIP codes where their parents live

But I
I could never follow
No I
I could never follow

I hit the highway
In a pink RV with stars on the ceiling
Lived like a gypsy
Six strong hands on the steering wheel

I’ve been a long time gone now
Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down
But I’ve always found my way somehow

By takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around
Takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around

I met the queen of whatever
Drank with the Irish and smoked with the hippies
Moved with the shakers
Wouldn’t kiss all the asses that they told me to

No I
I could never follow
No I
I could never follow

It’s been two long years now
Since the top of the world came crashing down
And I’m getting’ it back on the road now

But I’m takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around
I’m takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around
The long
The long way around

Well I fought with a stranger and I met myself
I opened my mouth and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself

But I
I could never follow
No I
I could never follow

Well I never seem to do it like anybody else
Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down
If you ever want to find me I can still be found

Takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around
Takin’ the long way
Takin’ the long way around…..
 

Easy Silence
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

When the calls and conversations
Accidents and accusations
Messages and misperceptions
Paralyze my mind

Busses, cars, and airplanes leavin’
Burnin’ fumes of gasoline and
Everyone is running and I
Come to find a refuge in the

Easy silence that you make for me
It’s ok when there’s nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay

Monkeys on the barricades
Are warning us to back away
They form commissions trying to find
The next one they can crucify

And anger plays on every station
Answers only make more questions
I need something to believe in
Breathe in sanctuary in the

Easy silence that you make for me
It’s ok when there’s nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay

Children lose their youth too soon
Watching war made us immune
And I’ve got all the world to lose
But I just want to hold on to the

Easy silence that you make for me
It’s ok when there’s nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me

The easy silence that you make for me
It’s ok when there’s nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay


Not Ready To Make Nice
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting

I’m through with doubt
There’s nothing left for me to figure out
I’ve paid a price
And I’ll keep paying

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I know you said
Can’t you just get over it
It turned my whole world around
And I kind of like it

I made my bed and I sleep like a baby
With no regrets and I don’t mind sayin’
It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her
Daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger
And how in the world can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they’d write me a letter
Sayin’ that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
‘Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

Forgive, sounds good
Forget, I’m not sure I could
They say time heals everything
But I’m still waiting
 
 
Everybody Knows
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris

Tell me now
If you came sneaking up behind
Would you know me
And see behind the smile
I can change like colors on a wall
Hoping no one else will find what lies beneath it all
I think I hide it all so well

Steppin’ out
Everyone can see my face
All the things I can’t erase
From my life
Everybody knows
Standing out
So you won’t forget my name
That’s the way we play this game
Of life
Everybody knows

Looking through the crowd
I search for something else
But every time I turn around
I run into myself
Here I stand
Consumed with my surroundings
Just another day
Of everybody looking
I swore they’d never see me cry
You’ll never see me cry

Steppin’ out
Everyone can see my face
All the things I can’t erase
From my life
Everybody knows
Standing out
So you won’t forget my name
That’s the way we play this game
Of life
Everybody knows

You say I’ll pay the price
That’s the chance that I’ll take
Though you may think I’m telling lies
But I just call it getting by

Steppin’ out
Everyone can see my face
All the things I can’t erase
From my life
Everybody knows

Standing out
So you won’t forget my name
That’s the way we play this game
Of life
Everybody knows
I am just barely getting by


Bitter End
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris

The words that you said
They still ring in my head
Don’t you know
We say goodbye
With a tear in our eye
Oh where’d you go

It’s alright
You can sleep tonight
Knowing you’ll always live on
In a song

Farewell to old friends
Let’s raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
Will you be the same when we see you again

Remember the days
When we’d laugh as you played
Who would have known
The water would come and just take you away
Oh where’d you go

It’s not alright
I can’t sleep tonight
Knowing you should have played on
On and on

Farewell to old friends
Let’s raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
Will you forgive me when I see you again

You had a good time
Drinking all of our wine
After the show
We all rode the wave
Of that crazy parade
Oh where’d you go
What happened to
The ones we knew
As long as I’m the shiniest star
Oh there you are

Farewell to old friends
Let’s raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
We’ll still be here when you come ‘round again

Lullaby
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

They didn’t have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, ‘cause I’m never never
Givin’ you up

I slip in bed when you’re asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there’ll be so much to do
So tonight I’ll drift in a dream with you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, ‘cause I’m never never
Givin’ you up

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you’re miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, ‘cause I’m never never
Givin’ you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, ‘cause I’m never never
Givin’ you up
Is forever enough, ‘cause I’m never never
Givin’ you up

 
Lubbock Or Leave It
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Mike Campbell

Dust bowl, Bible belt
Got more churches than trees
Raise me, praise me, couldn’t save me
Couldn’t keep me on my knees
Oh boy
Rave on down loop 289
That’ll be the day you see me back
In this fool’s paradise

Temptation’s strong
(Salvation’s gone)
I’m on my way
To hell’s half acre
How will I ever
How will I ever
Get to heaven now

Throwin’ stones from the top of your rock
Thinkin’ no one can see
The secrets you hide behind
Your southern hospitality
On the strip the kids get lit
So they can have a real good time
Come Sunday they can just take their pick
From the crucifix skyline

Temptation’s strong
(Salvation’s gone)
I’m on my way
To hell’s half acre
How will I ever
How will I ever
Get to heaven now
Get to heaven now

International airport
A quarter after nine
Paris Texas, Athens Georgia’s
Not what I had in mind
As I’m getting out I laugh to myself
‘Cause this is the only place
Where as you’re getting’ on the plane
You see Buddy Holly’s face

I hear they hate me now
Just like they hated you
Maybe when I’m dead and gone
I’m gonna get a statue too

Temptation’s strong
(Salvation’s gone)
I’m on my way
To hell’s half acre
How will I ever
How will I ever
Get to heaven now
Get to heaven now
How will I ever
Get to heaven now


Silent House
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Neil Finn

These walls
Have eyes
Rows of photographs
And faces like mine
Who do
We become
Without knowing where
We started from

It’s true
I’m missing you
As I stand alone
In your room

Everyday that will pass you by
Every name that you won’t recall
Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house

One room
Two single beds
In the closet hangs
Your favorite dress
The books
That you read
Are in scattered piles
Of paper shreds

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house
Silent house

In the garden
Off the living room
A chill fills the air
And the lilies bloom

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this

And I will try to connect
All the pieces you left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
And I’ll remember the years
When your mind was clear
How the laughter and life
Filled up this silent house
Silent house


Favorite Year
Words & Music by Sheryl Crow, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines

We were young and so inspired
We weren’t the only ones who thought
We’d change the world
No sun would set without us
No one we knew could ever doubt us

We had our future figured out
We knew a love like ours would always save the day
And that we’d always be ok

But would you know me now
Would you lay me down beside you
Tell me everything I want to hear
Like that was your favorite year
Like that was your favorite year

You looked at me like no one else
But sometimes love just doesn’t seem to conquer all
We search for someone else to blame
But sometimes things can’t stay the same

But would you know me now
Would you lay me down beside you
Tell me everything I want to hear
Like that was your favorite year
Like that was your favorite year

Holdin’ on to the memories
Of when we were younger
I can’t forget
‘Cause when we were together
That’s when I was at my best

And would you know me now
Would you lay me down beside you
Tell me all the things I long to hear
Like that was your favorite year
Like that was your favorite year
‘Cause that was my favorite year

Voice Inside My Head
Words & Music by Linda Perry, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

I was only a kid
When I said goodbye to you
Ten summers ago
But it feels like yesterday
Lost, scared and alone
Nothing I could give to you
I tried, I really did
But I couldn't find another way

And I want
And I need
Somehow to believe
In the choice
I made
Am I better off this way

I can hear the voice inside my head
Saying you should be with me instead
Every time I'm feeling down, I wonder
What would it be like with you around

So I, I made my way
Cold and roaming in the wild
I’m forever changed
By someone I never knew
Now I've, I’ve got a place
I’ve got a husband and a child
But I’ll never forget
What I've given up in you

And I want
I need
Somehow to believe
In the choice
I made
Am I better off this way

I can hear the voice inside my head
Saying you should be with me instead
Every time I'm feeling down, I wonder
What would it be like with you around

And I want
I need
Somehow to believe
In the choice
I made
Am I better off this way


I Like It
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris

Some people think I’m crazy
But try to understand
I get satisfaction
Out of everything I can
The losers and the winners
The laughter and the tears
The noises of the day to day
Is music to my ears
And I like it
Yeah I like it, whooaa

Gonna live it up this time
And dance like the song is never ending
Gonna get so high tonight
You won’t be able to bring me down
‘Cause I like it
Yeah I like it

Driving down the highway
The wind is in my hair
And if I hit a traffic jam
I swear that I won’t care
Livin’ the lows
Makes the highs that much higher
And the sun will shine through
The smoke and fire of love
Whooaa love
Whooaa

Gonna ride this merry-go-round
And dance like the night is never ending
Gonna get so high on life
You won’t be able to bring me down
‘Cause I like it
Yeah I like it
Oh baby
I like it
Whooaa, I like it

A sea
Couldn’t wash away
The happiness I’ve come to find since love
Has taught me how to break
Break these chains that hold me back

Noisy streets and the
Sleepy bars and the
Neon signs and the
Rusty cars
How many nights have I wondered how
One goes through life without
Seeing the beauty of love
Whooaa the beauty of love
Whooaa

Gonna live it up in this town
And dance like the song is never ending
Gonna get so high tonight
You won’t be able to bring me down

And I like it
Yeah I like it
Whooaa baby
I like it
Oh yeah
I like it
That's the beauty of life

 
Baby Hold On
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Pete Yorn, Gary Louris

Hey
It might never be the same
We might never live those days
gone by
But we can try

Good mornin’
Let’s kick the babies out of bed
How ‘bout you and me instead
Hanging on
Not up and gone

(Baby hold on)
Let’s start this over
(Baby hold on)
We’re not much older now
(Baby hold on)
If you still see what I see
Keep holdin’ on
Hold on to me

Baby
It’s good to see you smile again
I know we can’t escape
So let’s pretend
We’re someplace else

It’s a new day
Let’s look at all we’ve got
It’s everything we thought
We ever wanted
It’s beautiful

(Baby hold on)
Let’s start this over
(Baby hold on)
We’re not much older now
(Baby hold on)
If you still see what I see
Keep holdin’ on
Hold on to me

I look across the room and catch you staring at me
And see the love we almost left behind
So lead me by the hand and let’s make up
Let’s make up for lost time

(Baby hold on)
Let’s start this over
(Baby hold on)
We’re not much older
(Baby hold on)
If you still see what I see
Keep holdin’ on

(Baby hold on)
Hold on to me
(Baby hold on)
Just hold on to me
(Baby hold on)
Hold on to me
Keep holdin’ on

Hey
It might never be the same
We might never live those days
Gone by
But we can try


So Hard
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Dan Wilson

Back when we started
We didn’t know how hard it was
Living on nothing
But what the wind would bring to us
Now we’ve got something
I can imagine fighting for
So why is fighting all that we’re good at anymore

And sometimes I don’t have the energy
To prove everybody wrong
And I try my best to be strong
But you know it’s so hard
It’s so hard

It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come fast
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy
It’s so hard

It felt like a given
Something a woman’s born to do
A natural ambition
To see a reflection of me and you

And I’d feel so guilty
If that was a gift I couldn’t give
And could you be happy
If life wasn’t how we pictured it

And sometimes I just want to wait it out
To prove everybody wrong
And I need your help to move on
‘Cause you know it’s so hard
It’s so hard

It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come fast
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy
So hard

I can live for the moment
When all these clouds open up for me to see
And show me a vision
Of you and me swimming peacefully

Last night you told me
That you can’t remember
How to feel free

It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come fast
It’s so hard when it doesn’t come easy, easy
It’s so hard…..


I Hope
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Keb’Mo’

Sunday morning
I heard the preacher say
Thou’ shall not kill
I don’t wanna hear nothin’ else
About killin’ and that it’s God’s will

‘Cause our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
So let’s learn from our history
And do it differently

(I hope)
For more love, more joy and laughter
(I hope)
We’ll have more than you’ll ever need
(I hope)
We’ll have more happy ever afters
(I hope)
And we can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery
(I hope)
I hope

Oh Rosie
Her man he gets too rough
And all she can say
Is he’s a good man he don’t mean no harm
He was just brought up that way

But our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
It’s ok for us to disagree
We can work it out lovingly

(I hope)
More love, more joy and laughter
(I hope)
You’ll have more than you’ll ever need
(I hope)
You’ll have more happy ever afters
(I hope)
And you can all live more fearlessly
And you can lose all your pain and misery
(I hope)
I hope

There must be a way
To change what’s going on
No I don’t have all the answers

But I hope
(I hope)
For more love, more joy and laughter
(I hope)
You’ll have more than you’ll ever need
(I hope)
You’ll have more happy ever afters
(I hope)
And we can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery
(I hope)
I hope
And we can lose all the pain and misery

Bonus song on Taking The Long Way CD bought at Best Buy
 
Thin Line
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Gary Louris, Bob Schneider
 
Some days rock and some days roll
And some seem to last forever
Some days it's all you want
And some days it never never
Won't you tell me why
Things couldn't be a little easier
Some days everything is cool
And some days I can't get it together

'Cause there's a thin line, yeah,
Between wrong and right, between black and white
It's been a long time, yeah,
Since I could close my eyes and see the light
And there's some sunshine, baby,
Shining down on me and it's all I need
To see the thin line, between me and you and you and me

How do things get so messed up
And seem so out of control
It's time to wake up, make our minds up
Time to get out of this hole

Won't you tell me why
It's as easy as you let it be
It's so hard to see the other side
When you won't let go of what you think you know

Because there's a thin line, yeah,
Between wrong and right, between black and white
It's been a long time, yeah,
Since I could close my eyes and see the light
And there's some sunshine, baby,
Shining down on me and it's all I need to see
The thin line between me and you and you and me

Don't look so sad
Let's see if we can find
A way to make things right between us
And while we can't change each other's minds
We'll pick each other up again every time

And there's a thin line, yeah,
Between wrong and right, between black and white
It's been a long time, yeah,
Since I could close my eyes and see the light
There's some sunshine, baby,
Shining down on me and it's all I need
To see the thin line between me and you and you and me

'Cause it's a thin line, yeah,
Between wrong and right, between black and white
It's been a long time, yeah,
Since I could close my eyes and see the light
There's some sunshine, baby,
Shining down on me and it's all I need
To see the thin line between me and you and you and me
Because it's a mighty thin line
 
Bonus song at iTunes with pre-ordered Taking the Long Way CD
 
Live Wire
Words & Music by Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Mike Campbell
 
They call me the real live wire
A natural born fighter
Ridin' down this long lonely highway
Drivin' straight through
Haven't played in three days and nights now
Yeah I'm long overdue

Get outta my way!
Oh ohh oh ...

They call me the true heart breaker
Cause I don't take home takers
There's nothing and no one to stop me
From having fun
This must be a misunderstanding
Cause I've loved only one

Get outta my way!
Oh ohh oh ...

They call me the real live wire
Yeah I'm a red-eye flyer
Flying down this four lane freeway
Gonna catch that last plane
In less than 24 hours
Gonna do it all again

Get outta my way!
Oh ohh oh ...

I'm a real live wire
Yeah I'm a real live wire
 

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