Highway 45

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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Joe Davis In an alternate universe, where justice exists, this album is hailed as a classic. Favorite track: Regretville.
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1.
Regretville 04:18
Hop in my whiskey ride and I'm drivin' down Highway 45 blow all the lights on the way to Regretville I hear they've got a bar there open all night Julie's waiting in the dark for me to kiss her a little green house on a little green street conniving and undermining directors Best laid plans kept me drunk in her back seat Hop in my whiskey ride and I'm drivin' down Highway 45 blow all the lights on the way to Regretville I hear they've got a bar there open all night That night she didn't want me to take the high road backfire makes the baby cry Too afraid to speak so I ghosted I wasn't strong enough to watch him lose his mind Hop in my whiskey ride and I'm drivin' down Highway 45 blow all the lights on the way to Regretville I hear they've got a bar there open all night Walk it off dial it back talk it down Make it work lay it out kick it around Walk it off dial it back talk it down Make it work lay it out kick it around The man just wanted to buy me a beer They were too kind and carried the load I attacked him in a battle I had no stake in And I'm pretty sure there's plenty more up the road Hop in my whiskey ride and I'm drivin' down Highway 45 blow all the lights on the way to Regretville I hear they've got a bar there open all night
2.
He's not sleeping well this winter he can't make it through the night he's got the weight of the world and the weight of the girl pushing in 'cause she left him now he loves her and now it's twisting him The boy is blind to the baggage it's about proximity and the weight of the girl on his worth is hard to believe and he's moving like a vapor through his own story Like a heavy, dead animal that's the weight of the girl like a dense, dying star that's the weight of the girl he's collapsing into himself from the weight of the girl will he ever get over, I wonder from having been under the weight of the girl Sysyphus in a t-shirt the Ancient Mariner in jeans it's a force of will to Netflix and chill while his head and heart explode the cure for what's always ailed him is letting go Like a heavy, dead animal that's the weight of the girl like a dense, dying star that's the weight of the girl he's collapsing into himself from the weight of the girl will he ever get over, I wonder from having been under the weight of the girl Second guessing every moment regret's a terrible place to live believe me I know I've got the scars to show so far be it from me we all want tabla rasa but you've got to kick it clean Like a heavy, dead animal that's the weight of the girl like a dense, dying star that's the weight of the girl he's collapsing into himself from the weight of the girl will he ever get over, I wonder from having been under
3.
Some days are dragons some days are flies some days I work real hard to avoid your eyes I give you lip you throw me shade but we climb to higher ground some days Old Noah was late building that ark he said "I can only build in the day not after dark" The Lord said, "Noah, buddy, find a way or you won't make it to higher ground no way" Back and forth is the law of the land what starts out on the ocean winds up on the sand don't leave me hanging no not today I want to find some higher ground some way they spurned the Magdalene called her a whore she'd been dead so long what'd they do that for Now these old, robed men are hanging tough but we all know their higher ground isn't high enough Back and forth is the law of the land what starts out on the ocean winds up on the sand don't leave me hanging no not today I want to find some higher ground some way Some days are dragons some days are pie we can all get burned or all get a slice and if we're quiet and enjoy our pie we could all make it to higher ground would't that be nice OH! we could all make it to higher ground wouldn't that be nice.
4.
Dipshit 03:12
You've got it all together and you're always saying so you speak in obscure movie quotes that no one else would know Your status updates are full of what you think is wit you're full of advice and platitudes but you live like a dipshit Make sure you're the brainy fish at the dumb end of the pond all bitches be crazy after you give up the wand you're never really listening you're prepping your next quip you think you're a racontuer but you sound like a dipshit You've got this swagger that you just haven't earned liar liar pants on fire from the bridges that you've burned enraged but disengaged, anger doesn't make you smart I want to shout and dress you out but I haven't got the heart The music gets louder as the hairline recedes you're sweet and magnanimous when you're talking to the plebes we better just deal 'cause you shoot from the hip you're like Babe Ruth hitting balls of truth but you're just a dipshit
5.
I'm staring at your face across the table once again seems to happen every 3 or 4 years the night before Thanksgiving we all pile into this bar consecrate our memories of youth in holy beer I notice you've doing something different with your hair I notice you're not wearing your wedding ring again this year I'm staring at the mirror in the mens room again like I do every time I'm here Trying to find the words I've been swallowing a lifetime and use paper towels to wipe away years I hope you haven't noticed, when you talk I watch your mouth it'll wreck me 'til Christmas tonight when you walk out But I will sit silently seeing what I always see how it could be my 25 year dream you and me in mt front seat In my dream we never age, we never fumble like new lovers and every single kiss could stop the world And all the passing years aren't regrets they're just chapters of the greatest love story you ever heard I hope you haven't noticed the way I catch my breath handing you my heart scares me to death But I will sit silently seeing what I always see how clear it is to me my 25 year dream you and me in mt front seat And I know that life is short, I've said it a billion times in the dark when I should be asleep God dammit I should just make a pass at you and see where we land The fear is strong and the will is weak You check your phone, "Is that the time?" I try not to linger as you hug me goodbye I will drive silently and see what I always see how clear it is to me my 25 year dream you and me in my front seat I will live silently I will see what I always see how clear it is to me my 25 year dream you and me in my front seat
6.
Let me be your "why not?" Let me be your back up plan My pride's never been a problem I'll be your last ditch man Let me be your bottom out let me be your desperate text let me be the one you settle on when you say "what the heck" You can keep me holding on I've got no place to be I'll hang here in the corner and keep my mouth shut until the action gets so slow you're left with me I've got everything I need I would never ask for more I would never beg or try to convince you I just figure you're worth waiting for And if it never happens then it never happens if we never cross that line or break that glass then so it is I'll feel lucky you were here with me and happy that I got to be in whatever column I got to be with you
7.
There's a girl in my bedroom I can't stop shouting about it. There's a girl in my bedroom How'd I ever live without it? She says: Come over here, boy Come over here, boy There's a girl under my covers and she's saying that we're lovers. There's a girl half undressed Saying that she loves me the best She says: Come over here, boy Come over here, boy There's a girl saying words now that sound like they're from a movie There's a girl's breath in my ear now and it's doing things to me When she says Come over here, boy Come over here, boy Come over here, boy Come over here, boy
8.
The Faith 04:30
I make this drive night upon night the drive is short but it's hard I see something just outside my headlights staring at me through the dark You were just here on my lips I was just holding your face now I'm on this dark road again because this is where we hang in space The open window keeps me awake Thelonious Monk keeps the fears inside A freight train crosses the road ahead I watch the drag rumble out of the night I can still hear you breathing how you murmured my name in your sleep Blue window light on your skin and how I always have to leave How can I trust this thing in my hands I always test Messiah's wounds How can I be more certain of the dirt How can I have the faith to be good for you Fear and sleep hunt together and my car's not throwing much light this twenty miles feels like forever and I can feel them close behind When fear and sleep over take me as I drive the last few feet I'm sorry, Love, I will doubt you 'Cause I'm too weak a man to believe I'm sorry, Love, I will doubt you 'Cause I'm too weak a man to believe
9.
Two To Hold 03:38
She lived happily ever after though she never fixed her toys she didn't see a reason once she'd stopped loving the boy she didn't have to breathe last night in fact I think she forgot she lost her wind to the dream she had and the change she could not stop Go to her swiftly go to her softly and take her slow there's a sunrise at the waterline it doesn't take two to hold her only regret her only confession she was so afraid to let go she wanted to hold the magic that it doesn't take doesn't take two to hold It always bothered the misfits that she called her closest friends they way she'd fold up and swallow herself and call it a means to an end when the revelation came to her it was cool and crystal clear she needed to erupt and radiate and she couldn't do that with him near Go to her swiftly go to her softly and take her slow there's a sunrise at the waterline it doesn't take two to hold her only regret her only confession she was so afraid to let go she wanted to hold the magic that it doesn't take doesn't take two to hold Now all that she's left with is a memory of his face she wouldn't trade a single minute they shared for another moment in that space She wouldn't say it was easy wouldn't say she didn't fear the fall but she would rather she had lost her sight than never had his love at all Go to her swiftly go to her softly and take her slow there's a sunrise at the waterline it doesn't take two to hold her only regret her only confession she was so afraid to let go she wanted to hold the magic that it doesn't take doesn't take two to hold Hop in my whiskey ride and I'm driving...
10.
If they ask you about me tell them I was good at falling down but if they press you about things I did and walked away from tell them I took the long way around The lines on my face the white in my beard If they ask you about me tell them I took the long way around

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This is me now. The nostalgia. The regrets. The wisdom I've managed to gain. This is me on Highway 45.

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released September 1, 2017

Written, produced and performed by Eric Peter Schwartz
Featuring vocals by Millie Collins, Al Williams and J.J. Williams
Cover featuring Heidi Schultz and Eric Stafford Dinse

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