Golden Days

by Union Duke

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1.
Heavy Wind 02:38
Out, out here I'm tumbling Head over heels But I'm holding the wheel See that I'm safely through undamaged And we'll sing songs when the coast is near In the heavy wind Everything begins to focus in I, I've never been afraid To stare at the deep It don't frighten me You've got this way of making me feel That it's alright, it's gonna be okay In the heavy wind Everything begins to bend and shift And focus in It's a long hard road we've travelled And we're so many miles from home As these mysteries unravel It makes me glad I'm not going alone In the heavy wind Everything begins to bend and shift And turn and twist And focus in
2.
I was given To hard livin' Couldn't see past my ways. And you were fakin', Heartbrakin' Spin on a dime and give me 90 cents change So baby don't break Baby don't break On me I was sittin' Cold kitchen Trying to stoke up the stove With the wood I been cuttin' You done nothin' Spilling my rye on the front of my robe [chorus] All, all the time (You're breaking at nothing at all) You pick at the cracks in the wall. Walk, walk the line (You're breaking at nothing at all) You pick at the cracks in the wall. [chorus]
3.
I wondered what this would feel like Seeing you in the daylight Three years it's been a while You look the same but your hair's blonde now You walk slowly, I'll be taking my time I got you on my mind I got you on my mind I got you on my mind Almost forgot where I'm headed to Thinking about what you used to say to me I know now's not the time Back then we both had to be right You rock steady, I'll be singing my lines [chorus] I wondered where you were headed to And what it was you were trying to do Don't you dare come so close to my house I don't care, it donít mean something now You keep your distance and I'll be fine, drunk on wine Ooh I thought you lived in London now Ooh I'll take the other way to my house Seems I only recall a couple things And it's taken this long to mean anything Seems that I loved you more than I could tell Cause I got you on my mind, I got you on my mind Got you on my mind, I got you on my mind Got you on my mind, I got you on my mind And I got you And I got you
4.
I was young when I first left my home I was drunk and lying on the lawn When I saw your face I had to erase All the ones I'd seen before I was off on a trip from coast to coast I was trying to outrun a lover's ghost Her image was replaced but you came and went away Off to where I just don't know And now I've got an itch that I can't scratch I'm straying from my worn and beaten path And lately I've been thinking I might never make it back Cause you're gone baby gone You're a long way from home You're a stone rolling on On and on and on I was lost in your love for several days I was tossed around a hundred different ways Then suddenly I found when I looked you weren't around But my memories remained So I wandered up and down each corridor I scoured every sea and every shore And now you've got me thinking that you left me wanting more [chorus] In my dreams I'm chasing A bird on the wing But when I am waking I'm lonely again And now I'm wondering where did I go wrong? What did I do to make you move along Sometimes I get to thinking that's exactly what you want [chorus]
5.
Right For Me 02:37
Though the years are passing by There are times now and then when I still wonder If I’ve only been dreaming It’s hard to say I love you so Supposedly my heart would know But my mind is prone to overthinking It’s so darn elusive, it’s so hard to express I confess, You’re not what I expected you to be But you’re right for me I’ve often felt transparent You know exactly what I need Remember all the things that I forget I sometimes wish you’d never change Sometimes I wish you’d stay the same as you were on the day that we first met But I know that you will and I won’t love you any less I confess, You’re not what I expected you to be But you’re right for me Nananananana You're right for me Though the years are passing by There are times now and then when I still wonder If I’ve only been dreaming But if I’m still asleep, then please let me get my rest [chorus]
6.
Built this old cabin, it was the summer of ‘75 Figured I would settle down Find a woman to call my own See how it worked out When I was young I never got sad when the chips were down Never missed my turn for another bump When the bottle came around Old habits die hard and I said (ooh) I miss you ‘round here (ooh) Those words left unsaid Now my dreams are of the past (I’ve been down) Friends have come and gone (I’ve been down) Golden days won’t last forever So find a heart and hold it fast now This hard luck livin’ takes a toll on the eyes Draw a man and twist his frame Leave no room for compromise That’s what I’ve learned So we beat on forward ‘gainst the wind We were born back to the past Another season takes its turn And the years go by [chorus] With no rock bottom there ain’t no mountaintop There ain’t no riverbeds to ride on I was yours and damn sure you were mine We never took the time to work it out [chorus]
7.
Torn In Two 03:10
I sold my soul to get this far But what does that mean I wish I’d never seen a guitar I’m torn in two, I’m torn in two You looked so proud to break my heart Why didn’t I see it coming Now it’s all falling apart I’m torn in two, I’m torn in two, I’m torn in two It’s only country music, and you don’t like it anyway You got a lot of records, but you don’t got a record player Maybe we’ll make this work out right and baby we’ll bring this dark to light So take some time tonight And think about it I never thought we’d get this far I didn’t believe you honey I’m begging you to get in the car I’m torn in two,I’m torn in two Still too bright to see the stars but look at the evening coming You say we’re better off as we are I’m torn in two, I’m torn in two, I’m torn in two [chorus] I can’t help but love a scar but baby I still bleed all summer And now we’re going back to the start We’re born brand new, born brand new, born brand new [chorus]
8.
Let me say for starters That it’s my policy To work hard and drink harder And thus get through the week Ain’t no time for wastin Ain’t no time for sleep Just a simple combination of liquor and caffeine So I’ll take coffee in the morning Whiskey all night long One to get me going The other keeps me going strong I can’t be left alone now You’ve made me feel so blue You’d like to take it slow now I’d like to be with you But I can’t seem to stay sober Can’t seem to slow down How can I win you over When I’m never around [chorus]
9.
Mornings ain't the same when she's away It's like a different time or another place She's my only fighter With the hardest punch in the featherweight I'll go another round Pick you up from off the ground No one ever thought she would ever win I could take her down but I never did Shes my only fighter And she's beautiful with blood on her face I'll go another round Pick you up from off the ground You got me on the ropes, falling back with my head down Yeah you got me on the ropes, falling back with my head down But I won't give up now When we're facing off in the centre ring The momentum's hers, she's the stiffer spring She's my only fighter And she knocks me out with a single swing [chorus] She's my only fighter, coming up She's my only fighter, doing what she wants She's my only fighter [chorus]
10.
You told me you loved me But that was so long ago I said that I needed you So where did all the love & needing go I don’t know You found yourself a taller man He may be taller but he’s coming up short on charm And it’s convenient if you need to reach the top shelf Baby but it’s like conversing with a brick wall I’m on the run from the government They’re trying to steal my pay You once called me a lunatic But the tax man doesn’t seem to see it that way I know that you ain’t no doctor But you sure made me feel a whole lot better some days If you could pay a visit to the man to get me off the hook just go and tell ‘em I’m completely insane And while it’s true we had a brief romance under different circumstances we could have had it all But in love there’s never second chances Now we’re back to sideways glances Never thought we’d fall so far I'm gonna run for prime minister I got some good world views I know you think I'm too immature So I won't be counting on a vote from you But I'm close with my constituents A filled up ashtray and a forty ounce bottle of booze And I could help you get a job as finance minister And you could pay our foreign debt with IOUs [chorus] But we fell hard Didn't realize just how good you were At breaking things apart Didn't know that I was folding in a game of hearts I didn't see that this was in the cards You told me you loved me But that was so long ago I said that I needed you So where did all the love & needing go I don’t know I fell in love with a better girl when I say better I mean literally very way I've got a hundred year plan She's included in it So I know just how I'll be spending my days [chorus]
11.
Sometimes my friends say That I have to know, my girl she loves me And I suppose that it's easy love in Montreal She doesn't want nobody else at all just me How don't you know Those eyes see you in the light so come on It's my time and it's 'bout time I know Guys trying but the technique is lost Cause she's all mine, all mine It's hard so far away from my baby Yeah it's hard so far away from my baby But I know that we will remain holding on Sometimes my friends review And tell me I am senseless That girl she loves you So how don't you know How don't you know How don't you know [chorus] Well I, I like your city, where you're coming from The distance makes us wait, anticipate the day now, I don't see the reasons why it's hard so far away from my baby [chorus] It's meant to remind me
12.
I wonder now when you first began To see yourself with another man It must have been apparent that I didn’t fit your plan I wonder now when it first began Some things you have to learn about yourself Some things I could never help You said you needed space but you wanted something else Some things you have to learn about yourself Fare you well on your way my love May all your dreams come true You told yourself you needed to be free and you couldn’t have that and still be with me So every day that passed was just an old routine You told yourself you needed to be free [chorus] I’m not much for starting over I’m scared of letting go Settle down as I get older You’ll be moving on No I'm not much for starting over But it's out of my control Settle down as I get older When all is said and done [chorus]
13.
I want to move out to the country To ride real fast and live real slow Put my wheels onto the road Punch it in first and then we'll go Taking the bends slow Then as fast as we can, then as fast as we can I don't really wanna spend my time filing them papers at a nine to five Getting grey and dying slow No I'd much rather spend my life chasing the edge of that headlight And leaving when it's time to go I won't be overstaying my welcome. If she leaves me then I'll wager I'll use her toothbrush to clean my carburetor. [chorus] If you really want to tell my friends I took a turn to fast and went off the edge [chorus]

credits

released August 5, 2016

Engineered by: Andrew Mullin, Phil Spencer
Assistant Engineer: Julian Decorte
Mixed by: Mark Lawson at Sonobee
Mastered by: Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Original Artwork by: Manny Trinh
Design by: Mark Byk

Special thanks to: Bob Bale, Glenn Smith, Megan & Jalina Smith, Alison Hanley, Rick Donair, Melanie Browne, Matt Wright, Tasker, Warren Katz, Gunner The Dog, all of our friends, family, and our fans! Thanks for your continued support!

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