Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) Album Lyrics by Sturgill Simpson


Sturgill Simpson Lyrics

Cuttin' Grass - Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) Lyrics
(Lyrics to the Full Album on one page)

All Around You

There will be days
When the sun won't shine
When it seems like the whole world is against you
Don't be afraid
Life is unkind
You can let go of the pain if you choose to

'Cause time slips away
Skies fall apart
Failing too long
A universal heart
Glowing, flowing, all around you

There will be nights that go on forever
Like you're long-lost at sea
Never to be found
Just know in your heart
That we're always together
And long after I'm gone
I'll still be around
'Cause our bond's eternal

And so is love
God is inside you all around you
And up above

Knowing, showing you the way

'Cause time slips away
Skies fall apart
Failing too long
A universal heart
Glowing, flowing, all around you



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All the Pretty Colors

Well, grey is the color of my world since you left me
On that bright and sunny, orange and mournful day
No more rainbows shining out my window
Like you my skies of blue have gone away

I guess you bought and sold all the silver and the gold
This old world don't seem to shine no more
Yellow, purple, pink, and red have been replaced by lead
Like the foggy holler that I'm headed for

And all the colors are bleeding
Where's ol' Van Gogh when you need him
I bet you my left ear he can relate
And all the pretty blue is fading
From the sea of tears I'm wading
And it's 'cause of you my world's gone grey

Well, some would say grey's a better way to live than blue
Not quite black and white but in between
But I've been so down ever since those eyes of brown
Followed white lines back to pines eternal green

And all the colors are bleeding
Where's ol' Van Gogh when you need him
I bet you my left ear he can relate
And all the pretty blue is fading
From the sea of tears I'm wading
And it's cause of you my world's gone grey

And all the pretty blue is fading
From the sea of tears I'm wading
And it's 'cause of you my world's gone grey



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Breakers Roar

Oh, how the breakers roar
They keep pulling me farther from shore
Thoughts turn to a love so kind
Just to keep me from losing my mind
So enticing, deep dark seas
It's so easy to drown in the dream

Oh, and everything is not what it seems
This life is but a dream
Shatter illusions that hold your spirit down
Open up your heart and you'll find love all around
Breathing and moving are healing
And soothing away
All the pain in life holding you down

Bone breaks and heals
Oh, but heartaches can kill
From the inside, so it seems
Oh, I'm telling you it's all a dream
It's all a dream
It's all a dream
It's all a dream
It's all a
It's all a dream



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I Don't Mind

There's a lonely feeling I carry
That will follow me all my days
I walked out on the heart you were nursing
Turned my back on a love you saved

Well, just when my clouds were drifting
My plan got rearranged
But there ain't no going back now
And ain't no way that I can change

I believe that I found God
About the same time that I found you
All that stuff about heaven and angels
Well, I know now that it's all true

But you drift in and out of my dreams now
Like a ship out at sea in a storm
And when I wake up every morning
I roll over to find you still gone
Gone

I'm alone in a way that I've never been
Since you left me behind
If you think you can ever love me again
Please go ahead, I don't mind
Oh, no

It feels like you're so far away now
And I'm stuck out here all by myself
All the things I wish I had told you
Still inside my mind bottled and shelved

In my dreams although I can hear you
There's a darkness that hides you from sight
So I search all around trying to feel you
All I find is a world without light

There's a world I want to leave
And a world where I want to stay
There's a dream that I believe
When I wake up it goes away
It goes away

I'm alone in a way that I've never been
Since you left me behind
If you think you can ever love me again
Please go ahead, I don't mind



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I Wonder

Loneliness is setting in
How I feel you don't know
All my tomorrows, they depend
On how my todays go
Ain't seen your face for a few years or more
You don't write, you don't call
Tell me what are all the memories for
When you don't remember at all?

I'm sad and lonely
I wonder do you feel the same
Tell me am I the only one
Drinking and cursing your name?

Maybe someday you'll walk into
Some bar I'm singing in
You'll hang your head in sorrow and cry
When you see the shape that I'm in

Oh, I'm sad and lonely
I wonder do you feel the same
Tell me am I the only one
Drinking and cursing your name?

Tell me am I the only one
Drinking and cursing your name?



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Just Let Go

Woke up today and decided to kill my ego
It ain't ever done me no good no how
Gonna break through and blast off to the Bardo
In them flowers of light far away from the here and now

Taking a 49 divine day vacation
From reality and all else in between
Gonna transmigrate to my destination
Far beyond time in an eternal dream

Am I dreaming? Am I dying?
Either way I don't mind at all
Oh, it feels so good you just can't help but crying
Oh, you have to let go so the soul may fall

Oh my God, it's so beautiful
Everything is a part of me
It's so hard looking through all the lies made of wool
But if you close your eyes it becomes so easy to see



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Life Ain't Fair and the World Is Mean

Well that label man said son now
Can you sing a little bit more clear
Said your voice might be too genuine
Your song's a little too sincere
Can you sing a little more about outlaws
And the way things used to be
He told me you just worry about writing them songs
Leaving everything else to me

Well my daddy was a Highwayman
But he never wrote any old country songs
Papaw never stayed out raising hell
'Til the break of dawn
But he raised a proud coal miners daughter
And I'm proud to be her son
She told me boy I don't care if you hit it big
Because you're already number one

And that's the way it goes in this day and age
Well you ain't gotta read between the lines
You just gotta turn the page
Well the most outlaw thing that I've ever done
Was give a good woman a ring
And that's the way it goes
Life ain't fair and the world is mean (woo)

Well I still got the wife and the dog
And about three kids in the can
I got off the road
And found the end of that long white line in the promise land
Still won't hear my song on the radio
Or see me at the CMA's
But you can always find me in a smokey bar
With bad sound and a dim lit stage

And that's the way it goes in this day and age
Well you ain't gotta read between the lines
You just gotta turn the page
Well the most outlaw thing that I've ever done
Was give a good woman a ring
And that's the way it goes
Life ain't fair and the world is mean

That's the way it goes
Life ain't fair and the world is mean



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A Little Light

Through all these Earthly trials of sorrow
Through all these days of mortal sin
Through all these eternal nights with no tomorrow
Gotta stay on the straight and narrow and find a little light within

Gotta walk that road all the way to Heaven
Gotta walk that road until the dawn
Gotta walk that road all night
All you need is a little light
And the closer you get, Lord, the brighter it turns on

Don't need no compass no map or chart
Don't need no stars shining above
Don't need nothing but a little light in my heart
Glowing inside me like a blanket of love

Gotta walk that road all the way to Heaven
Gotta walk that road until the dawn
Gotta walk that road all night
All you need is a little light
And the closer you get, Lord, the brighter it turns on
I said the closer you get, Lord, the brighter it turns on



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Life of Sin

Lately things have been a little complicated
Quality of life has got me down
Sex is cheap and talk is overrated
And the boys and me still working on the sound

A little happiness, a little love was all I wanted
Sure as Hell thought I'd found it but I was wrong
She left my heart feeling taunted and my memories all haunted
But it's her I have to thank for all my songs

So every day I'm smoking my brain hazy
All I can do to keep from going crazy
But the paranoia is slowly creeping in
I keep drinking myself silly
Only way for this hillbilly
And I thank God for this here life of sin

Every morning when I rise I look in the mirror and despise
The sight of everything and all that I've become
The level of my medicating some might find intimidating
But that's alright cause' it don't bother me none

Lately things have been a little complicated
Quality of life has got me down
Sex is cheap and talk is overrated
And the boys and me still working on the sound



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Long White Line

I won't be 'round this old town
Anymore for a long long time
Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line
Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line
I woke up, my baby was gone, without her I don't need no home
Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line
Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line

Went to the bank to get my dough
I don't care where I go
Gonna' push this rig 'til I push that girl out of my mind
If somebody wants to know
What's become of this so-and-so
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line

New York City, Old St. Joe
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This old rig is humming and rolling, she's a-doing fine
If somebody wants to know
What's become of this so-and-so
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line, go home now!

New York City, Old St. Joe
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This old rig is humming and rolling, she's a-doing fine
If somebody wants to know
What's become of this so-and-so
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line

I won't be 'round this old town
Anymore for a long long time
Gonna hit the road and start looking for the end of that long white line
Tell em' I'm somewhere looking for the end of that long white line



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Living the Dream

Time and time again Lord I keep going through the motions
A means to an end but the ends don't seem to meet
Walking around living the dream anytime I take the notion
Til the truth comes bubbling up so bittersweet

Ain't no point getting outta bed if you ain't living the dream
It's like making a big old pot of coffee when you ain't got no cream
I don't need to change my strings
'Cause the dirt don't hurt the way I sing
Oh, I don't have to do a Goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die

Been waiting on an angel waitress to come and take my order
Tell me all about the special today
Staring at a puddle of mud in my spoon couldn't be much boarder
Hoping them circles on the paper don't call back telling me to start today

That old man upstairs, he wears a crooked smile
Staring down at the chaos he created
He said "son if you ain't having fun just wait a little while
Momma's gonna wash it all away
And she thinks Mercy's overrated"

Ain't no point getting outta bed if you ain't living the dream
It's like making a big old pot of coffee when you ain't got no cream
I don't need to change my strings
'Cause the dirt don't hurt the way I sing
Oh, I don't have to do a Goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die
Oh, I don't have to do a Goddamn thing except sit around and wait to die



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Old King Coal

Many a man down in these here hills
Made a living off that old black gold
And now there ain't nothing but welfare and pills
And the wind never felt so cold

I'll be one of the first in a long long line
Not to go down from that old black lung
Yeah, my death will be slower than the rest of my kind
And my life will be sadder than the songs they all sung

Well now Old King Coal what are we gonna do
When the mountains are gone and so are you

Well they come from the city to lend a hand
Carrying signs saying, "Shut the mines down"
We ain't looking for pity and you don't understand
So go back to your city now 'cause this ain't your town

And Old King Coal what are we gonna do
When the mountains are gone and so are you

My Great Grandfather spent his days in a coal mine
And his nights on the porch in his chair
Now he's in heaven and down here in hell
Where the rivers run muddy and the mountains are bare

So Old King Coal what are we gonna do
When the mountains are gone and so are you

Well now Old King Coal what are we gonna do
When the mountains are gone and so are you



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Railroad of Sin

Well they say you live and learn but it really seems more to me
Like all along I've been learning how to live
Well for years I been drifting like a boat lost out at sea
I've been out walking them ties on the railroad of sin

When I'm looking back on my life now at some of the things I done
Makes me wanna hang my head in shame
I was a no good, no account, low down heart breaker
On that railroad of sin I was a high balling train

I'm just a poor boy had to beg, steal, and borrow
Just a leaf blowing lonesome in the wind
I'm just a hitchhiker on that old highway of sorrow
Just a high balling train on that railroad of sin

Well you won't feel it and you won't hear it coming
'Cause when she's rolling slow it don't make a sound
But I got that throttle to ten on the railroad of sin
I'm coming off of the rails and I can't slow it down

I'm just a poor boy had to beg, steal, and borrow
Just a leaf blowing lonesome in the wind
I'm just a hitchhiker on that old highway of sorrow
Just a high balling train on that railroad of sin

Well I'm a poor boy had to beg, steal, and borrow
Just a leaf blowing lonesome in the wind
I'm just a hitchhiker on that old highway of sorrow
Just a high balling train on that railroad of sin



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Sitting Here Without You

You could have told me you didn't care about me
You could have told me you was the cheating kind
I'd be out on the town running around
Seeing what else I could find
Instead of sitting here without you
And with you on my mind

I'm all alone in the night
And I know you ain't coming back to me
There's a moon over me so bright
Oh it lights up my sorrow for everyone to see

You could have told me you didn't care about me
You could have told me you was the cheating kind
I'd be out on the town running around
Seeing what else I could find
Instead of sitting here without you
And with you on my mind

Don't have to tell nobody how I'm feeling
Don't have to tell nobody how I cry
Oh It's written on my face cause' I know you're out there stealing
All them sweet, sweet kisses from all them other guys

Well you could have told me you didn't care about me
You could have told me you was the cheating kind
I'd be out on the town running around
Seeing what else I could find
Instead of sitting here without you
And with you on my mind

I'd be out on the town running around
Seeing what else I could find
Instead of sitting here without you
And with you on my mind



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Sometimes Wine

I have always tried to keep my glass full
Sometimes I have whiskey and sometimes wine
Baby, why is it whenever your glass is empty
You come along and knock over mine?

I'd like to tell you, I can make it without you
And I won't shed a tear when you walk out the door
Lord knows I've been down that road a time or two
But then I've never been without you before

I couldn't tell you how much I paid for this bottle
And how long we've been here your guess is as good as mine
Sometimes that wine don't hit me like it ought to
But that old whiskey suits me fine

I'd like to tell you that I can make it without you
And I won't shed a tear when you walk out the door
Lord knows I've been down that road a time or two
But then I've never been without you before

Drove me to drinking, ran off with some other man
But a broken heart heals like a bottle empties with time
Well, since you've been gone, this life's been more than I can stand
So sometimes whiskey and sometimes there's wine

I'd like to tell you that I can make it without you
And I won't shed a tear when you walk out the door
Lord knows I've been down that road a time or two
But then I've never been without you before
But then I've never been without you before



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The Storm

Please don't think me a lazy man
'Cause I've been sitting around all day with the blues
I know how it looks but don't misunderstand
It's just that I can tell a storm's about to brew
'Cause there's thunder inside my mind
There's lightning behind these eyes

There's a lull and the wind is dying down
Don't let it fool you the storm ain't done
Flood waters rolling in and my heart's gonna drown
Our love wilted like a flower that ain't got enough sun

Well the thunder in my head might go away
And the river of pain will flow back to the sea
Well if you would only come back home to stay
It'd bring a stop to the rain and happiness to me
Well if you would just come back I'd be so grateful
And the storm would be over
The world wouldn't seem so mean and hateful
And I'd lay you down on a bed of yellow clover

'Cause there's a lull and the wind is dying down
Don't let it fool you the storm ain't done
Flood waters rolling in and my heart's gonna drown
Our love wilted like a flower that ain't got enough sun

There's a lull and the wind is dying down
But don't let it fool you the storm ain't done
Flood waters rolling in and my heart's gonna drown
Our love wilted like a flower that ain't got enough sun



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Time After All

They say that life can decide in the blink of eye
If our silly little dreams will ever come true
But the dreams in my mind all go by so slow
What the hell else can I do

I wanna slow it all down and watch it roll by
See where the sweet melody falls
I wanna roll off the tempo, lay back and get high
'Cause it's only time and time after all

I've grown tired of cold places and the same old cold faces
And I'm tired of the smoke they all blow in my eyes
I'm sick of the banging, can't take no more clanging
I'm tired of yelling over top that back line

They say time takes care of itself
It gets by without no help at all
Like a jar of sand that sits on the shelf
It's only time and time after all

I wanna slow it all down and watch it roll by
See where the sweet melody falls
I wanna roll off the tempo, lay back and get high
'Cause it's only time and time after all
There's only time, time after all



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Turtles All the Way Down

Introducing Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

I've seen Jesus play with flames
In a lake of fire that I was standing in
Met the devil in Seattle
And spent 9 months inside the lions den
Met Buddha yet another time
And he showed me a glowing light within
But I swear that God is there
Every time I glare into the eyes of my best friend

Says my son, "It's all been done
And someday you're gonna wake up old and gray
So go and try to have some fun
Showing warmth to everyone
You meet and greet and cheat along the way"

There's a gateway in our minds
That leads somewhere out there, far beyond this plane
Where reptile aliens made of light
Cut you open and pull out all your pain
Tell me how you make illegal
Something that we all make in our brain
Some say you might go crazy
But then again it might make you go sane

Every time I take a look
Inside that old and fabled book
I'm blinded and reminded of
The pain caused by some old man in the sky
Marijuana, LSD
Psilocybin, and DMT
They all changed the way I see
But love's the only thing that ever saved my life

So don't waste your mind on nursery rhymes
Or fairy tales of blood and wine
It's turtles all the way down the line
So to each their own 'til we go home
To other realms our souls must roam
To and through the myth that we all call space and time



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Voices

There's a voice that I can hear sometimes out here on the mountain
When it's dark and the sky is pouring acid like a fountain
And the Memories like coal dust stain the window of my eyes
So ask them no more questions they can't sell you no more lies

I hear voices all around me in society's depression
Over and over they recite their first impression
The rivers are all crying but the ocean cannot speak
Until her waters crash into uncharted shores so dark and bleak

How I wish somebody'd make these voices go away
Seems they're always talking but they ain't got much to say
A picture's worth a 1000 words but a word ain't worth a dime
And we all know they'll go on talking til the end of time

Don't call it a sign of the times when it's always been this way
Forked tongues and voices behind curtains with no name
They plot their wicked schemes setting fate for all mankind
With evil that can fill God's pretty skies with clouds that burn and blind

How I wish somebody'd make these voices go away
Seems they're always talking but they ain't got much to say
A picture's worth a 1000 words but a word ain't worth a dime
And we all know they'll go on talking til the end of time



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Water in a Well

They say that looks can be deceiving
And there's been rumors going round
One look at me's the same thing as believing
Everything you've heard without hearing a sound
So if my eyes remind you of water in a well
It's 'cause your heart is the stone
I know sometimes it can seem like my mind
Belongs to a child that's grown
But somewhere between you and me I've lost my way
And I've been trying to get home
Trying like hell but it's too soon to tell
If our love has all dried up like water in a well

Lord knows I've tried to move on
And get you out of my mind
You find your way in to all of my songs
Every memory I manage to find
Someday if I'm standing on some big old stage
And you're down in the crowd
Trying to tell your friends I used to know him when
But in your heart you'll know it ain't true somehow
Trying like hell but it's too soon to tell
If our love has all dried up like water in a well

I know you see what it's doing to me
I'm up here playing my part in this nobody town
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