Highway 45

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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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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Pop-laced acoustic-rock from the Chicago area.

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Track Name: Regretville
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
Track Name: Weight of the Girl
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
Track Name: Some Days Are Dragons
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.
Track Name: Dipshit
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
Track Name: The Night Before Thanksgiving
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
Track Name: Last Ditch Man
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
Track Name: There's A Girl In My Bedroom
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
Track Name: The Faith
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
Track Name: Two To Hold
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...
Track Name: The Long Way Around
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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