Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions
  • 1

    Talk on Indolence

    Talk on Indolence

    Well Iíve been lockiní myself up in my house for sometime now
    Readiní and writiní and readiní and thinkiní
    And searching for reasons and missing the seasons.
    The Autumn, the Spring, the Summer, the snow.
    The record will stop the record will go.
    Latches latched the windows down,
    The dog coming in the dog going out.
    Up with caffeine and down with a shot.
    Constantly worried about what Iíve got.
    Distracting my work but I canít make a stop
    And my confidence on and my confidence off.
    And I sink to the bottom and rise to the top
    And I think to myself that I do this a lot.
    World outside just goes it goes it goes it goes it goes it goesÖ
    And witness it all from the blinds of my window.
    THREE, FOUR

    Iím a little nervous íbout what youíll think
    When you see me in my swimming trunks
    And last night in New York I got raging drunk
    Remember one time I got raging drunk with you

    Now, I can recall a time when we made the city
    Streets our playground, kissing in the fountains
    Filled with cigarettes and bottles
    Sped through Italian city streets of cobblestone

    Because we had to
    Because I loved you
    Because the damned alcohol
    Beacuse what ever at all

    Now Iíve grown to aware of my mortality
    To let go and forget about dying
    Long enough to drop the hammer down
    And let the indolence go wild and flying through

    Because we had to
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    Pretty Girl from Feltre

    Pretty Girl from Feltre

    Susanna, Italiana, what do you want to do?
    I thought I had figured it out nut that was before you

    Walking a mile into town
    Hoping to see you around
    Hoping your man is nowhere to be found
    And hoping weíll go to your room
    And hoping weíll go to your room

    Quietly act like you love me until I leave Feltre
    And when you learn of my return
    Watch what the townspeople say

    Riding in your cargo van
    Driving your momís cargo van
    If you only knew how charming it was
    The lure of your folks cargo van
    The lure of your folks cargo van

    Go tell Max
    Be clear with the facts
    Leave me a letter to there
    I still have the one from before
    From when I turned twenty four
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    Colorshow

    Colorshow

    Be loud let your colors show
    Try to keep the madness low
    If they hear and itís wrong
    And they come with torches on
    Yeah come on

    Be loud let your colors show
    Try to keep the madness low
    I tell them no with my hands
    Make them understand the plan of it
    Bright and gone

    And Iím done forever
    Itís you and me forever
    Cause Iím done forever
    Itís you and me forever

    Be loud let the others know
    First a whisper then it grows
    I tell them go with my hands
    Make them understand the last of it
    Yeah come on, pain and all

    Leave out pack your things and go
    Leave the baby makers home
    Thereís a time (now) and a place (now)
    Someone built to take the race
    When it calls you go head down

    Head down donít you make a sound
    Keep your plans all to yourself
    Theyíll come true they follow you
    Theyíre what youíre obligated to
    Donít you listen to nobody else

    And Iím done forever
    Itís you and me forever
    Cause Iím done forever
    See itís you and me forever
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    Distraction #74

    Distraction #74

    I was in love with your beauty from the day you walked my way.
    Oh how I wish that was enough to have made me want to stay.
    See Iím as true as I try to be and I must say my girl.
    I tried the best to give to you all of the truest in the world.

    But when I left your house that morning in that ragged thunderbird
    Tried so hard to fight the voices from the devilís that I heard.
    See thereís a highway to the right of us I took it years ago.
    And since a year ago canít drive past, without turning down that road.

    And I knew it,
    I never should have turned the wheel
    And I knew it,
    The voices calling me were real
    I knew it
    Listen to the song they sing
    I knew I was wrong
    And I knew I was wrong

    So give me a try at describing just how difficult it is.
    When you kinda love two girls to figure out which one you miss.
    Stumble away from your stairway with your perfume on my clothes.
    Well I kinda loved two girls but now Iíve kinda lost Ďem both.

    And I knew it,
    I never should have turned the wheel
    And I knew it,
    The voices calling me were real
    I knew it
    Listen to the song they sing
    I knew I was wrong
    And I knew I was wrong

    And if I could gather up the damage that I rendered in my life.
    Place it on a scale and weigh against the damage done that night.
    Then itíd be safe to say the weight of all I did and didnít do.
    Would surely float against the lightest straw I ever did to you.
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    Sixteen in July

    Sixteen in July

    What was it like for you
    I can tell you in truth what it was like for me
    To be sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    License in my hand
    Freedom on my mind
    I was sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    With summer to my left
    And no one to my right

    What did you want to hear on your radio
    Even if it did not come in clear
    Youíd still be sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    With license in your hand
    and freedom on your mind
    If youíre sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    With summer to your left
    And no one to your right

    For me it was shortcut road
    The girl was new and the car was old
    Were you in love like me?
    Or at least as in love as you can be?
    When youíre sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    With license in your hand
    and freedom on your mind
    I was sixteen in July, sixteen in July
    With summer to my left, and no one to my right
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    Left on Laura Left on Lisa

    Left on Laura Left on Lisa

    Nobody knows it but I am so sad
    Nobody knows it but I am so sad
    And that is the saddest of all my girl
    That is the saddest of all

    We climbed the ladder to the top of my house
    Never letting go of your hand
    The sky trades the moon for the sun my girl
    The sky trades the moon for the sun

    And I gave to you my ugly brown coat
    You made it pretty when you put it on
    Warmth in the early morning chill my girl
    Warmth in the early April

    Then you said you'd trade the love of a man
    Tears fell soft from your face to my hands
    Said you'd trade your heart for mine my girl
    I traded my heart for those days

    And you made it clear it was strictly a deal
    Of springtime love and that's how I should feel
    So I set the clock back an hour my girl
    I set the time a just right

    You see somewhere back there when I was boy
    Furious I had become by the point
    That men are just liars and thieves of sorts
    Men are just liars and thieves

    But I still believe and I stand by my words
    I don't know what you have seen or you've heard
    But somebody's lying to you my girl
    Somebody's lying to you

    You really made me believe I could stay
    Part with you actions in part what you said
    But that was just foolish pride my girl
    And those are only feelings inside

    So I'm going back to the place where we met
    I'm going to find the beer bottle we left
    Wedged in the limbs of the tree that we sat in
    Wedged in the magnolia tree

    Well we hid for days like a proud pair of thieves
    Too sure we were right too stubborn too leave
    Wasted with the moment we lifted my girl
    Stolen forever with you
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    A Lover Like You

    A Lover Like You

    Do I need to tell you?
    I donít need to be untrue
    Not when I have a lover like you.

    Now it donít take that much thought
    Not with all the love youíve got
    And you give it to me free
    Some might take that for granted but certainly not me
    No not when I have a lover like you

    I havenít eyes for anyone else
    Iím thinking of you and nobody else
    I havenít eyes for anyone else but you
    YooouuuÖ.

    She may be all on my case
    Want to kiss me on my face
    Put my hands on her waist
    Take me back to her place
    I would happily follow
    But not when I have a lover like you.

    I havenít eyes for anyone else
    Iím thinking of you and nobody else
    I havenít eyes for anyone else but you
    But yooouuuÖ.
    But yooouuuÖ.
    But yooouuuÖ.
    But yooouuuÖ.
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    Pretend Love

    Pretend Love

    Donít be fooled by my words
    Donít be fooled by my song
    If you choose to belive them
    Youíll plainly be wrong

    I have love for my family
    I have love for my friends
    Thatís as far as it goes,
    And I must let you know
    My love for you was pretend.

    Pretend love, pretend love,
    Donít be mistaken, Iíve only been fakiní
    Pretend love

    Donít you know Iíve a gift
    And Iíve wraped it in truth
    Your birthdayís tomorrow,
    But the gift is not for you,

    But if I came with a present
    I would bring you a clue
    Hopes youíd finally see
    That your feelings for me
    Will never be returned

    Pretend love, pretend love
    Donít be mistaken, Iíve only been fakiní
    Pretend love

    Pretend love, pretend love
    Donít be mistaken, Iíve only been faking
    Pretend love
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    Matrimony

    Matrimony

    Things didnít work out like they should,
    Farther from how you thought they would
    Do you still want my hand?
    Do you think Iím still your man?
    Iíll change everything I can.
    MatrimonyÖ

    Holy plans and holy gifts
    Holy shit what did we get
    You said youíve got plans of your own
    Youíre gonna work and Iíll stay home.
    Do you still want my hand?
    Do you still think Iím your man?
    Iíll change everything I can.
    MatrimonyÖ

    My dog is loud and my dog is wild
    Weíre too young to have a child
    Can you keep the dog next week?
    Iíll be gone the next three.
    Do you still want my hand?
    Do you still think Iím your man?
    Iíll change everything I can.
    MatrimonyÖ

    I ainít through I ainít walking out
    Leaving ainít what Iím about,
    You may scream and I may shout.
    But baby I love you.
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    The Lowering: A Sad Day in Greenville Town

    The Lowering: A Sad Day in Greenville Town

    If I had known, your heart was down
    That lonely day in Greenville town
    Then I would have been more concerned
    But later on I truly learned
    How it can feel in every bone
    To really see youíre all alone

    But Iíll kiss your head
    When death finds your bed
    And you are gone

    And if I had seen,the way it would be
    Iíd hushed your cries, when you came to me
    If I could do what I did to you
    The same to me that I would love for you to see
    That I sleep with remorse
    And regret hangs round my doorÖ
    For ever more.

    If I had known the lowering tide
    Was lowering with the way you felt inside
    If I had known all hope was gone
    A broken heart and a broken home
    That pierced, my loverís past
    And carved a lonely pathÖ
    For her to walk

    So if ever someone one says to you,
    Life isnít fair, get used to it
    Then you should say Well it might be
    If folks like you would let it be

    But Iíll kiss your head
    When death becomes my bed
    And I am gone
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    The Fall

    The Fall

    Well bring me something new that I havenít felt before
    Like messages of love and directions to your door
    But please talk slowly, I donít hear good anymore
    And we all fall down
    And we all fall down

    Donít die on me lady, only good things can come
    To those who practice reason and recognize good fun
    Your absence is the bullet and the past is your gun
    And we all fall down
    And we all fall down

    She still doesnít answer though she knows sheís done wrong
    We buried the memories along with the songs
    When she wakes up, I hope that we are gone
    And we all fall down
    And we all fall down

    Thereís a visitor in black at my neighbors house
    My neighbor says tomorrow the visitor says now
    When he comes here please tell him that Iím out
    And we all fall down
    And we all fall down
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    Famous Flower of Manhattan

    Famous Flower of Manhattan

    And I found a flower in a field
    A field of cars and people; rows of concrete, paint, and steel
    Manhattan is where it grew

    And I thought to cut it from itís stem
    And take it from the cracks between bricks that it lay in
    And save it from city strife
    Away from the city life

    Then someone they whispered in my ear
    A county girl canít be made out of anybody here
    Donít touch it, it loves you not
    Donít touch it, it loves you not

    Cause blue birds donít fly without their wings
    And when we put them in a cage the world canít hear them sing
    So selfish when greed sets in
    Possession, the king of sin

    And people donít ever let you down
    Forever find a way to kill whatever life theyíve found
    A heart beat and I want it too
    Manhattan is where she grew

    So I left and I let the flower be
    And yesterday saw the flower on cable TV
    Much prettier than here with me
    For all of the world to see
    Much prettier than here with me
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    40 East

    40 East

    Sleep darling rest your mind
    Iíll drive all night to get to you
    Please moan softly if you must moan at all
    Iím moving through the night toward you

    Sleep darling, sleep darling
    Iím on my way to you
    Iím on my way to you

    Rest my angel, not one word,
    Between you and I on the telephone line
    You are weary and need your sleep
    So leave the hard thinking and the driving to me

    Sleep darling, sleep darling
    Iím on my way to you
    Iím on my way to you
    Let go
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    Gimmeakiss

    Gimmeakiss

    Gimme a dance, gimme a chance, gimme your hands
    Give me just a little bit of your sweet romance
    Give me your hands
    I know what they say about me
    Hell, I started most of them rumors myself you see
    So give Ďem to me

    It wont take long for me to tell you who I am
    You hear my voice right now well thatís pretty much what I am

    So gimme a smile, gimme a while, gimme a mile
    Give me just a little bit of your sweet devine
    Just give me a smile
    I know what you said about me
    I think maybe if I had a preachiní judge then Iíd forgive you see
    So give Ďem to me

    It wont take long for me to tell you what I am
    You hear my voice right now well thatís pretty much what I am

    Iím bailin on my life
    Cause Iím wailing on my life
    So please just gimme a kiss

    Well I know youíre waiting for a ring
    Ease up little lady, see, Iím not promising anything

    So gimme a chance, gimme a dance, gimme your hands
    Give me just a little bit of your sweet romance
    Just give me your hands
    I know what they say about me
    Hell, I started most of them rumors myself you see
    So give Ďem to me

    It wont take long for me to tell you who I am
    Well you hear this voice right now well thatís pretty much all I am
    Iím bailin on my life
    Cause Iím wailing on my life
    So please just gimme a kiss
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    Denouncing November Blue

    Denouncing November Blue

    November came and went,
    Like a summer that I spent,
    With a no name girl that walked in jelly shoes.
    I returned to my home,
    With a heart part made of stone,
    And I cried all night for a girl I never knew.
    From the east it comes,
    Her love and the rising sun,
    And I pray each time they come, itís not the last.
    You see Iíve got strong,
    I made it through what came along,
    But I canít move on for the beauty of the past.

    Came across a pretty girl,
    For about a month she was my world,
    And I held her hand, and swore weíd never part.
    I moved on, she stayed behind,
    I said Iíd call, she said sheíd write,
    We lost touch the moment I drove off.
    I left town like a gambler with,
    The sense of cashiní all the chips,
    Before I lost them all on a bad deal.
    I made believe I was in a race,
    Drove ten thousand miles in seven days,
    While writing a book called "Being A Free Man".
    Met more people than the president,
    The good times came and the good times went,
    And I learned how to ignore my hunger pangs.
    I looked ahead to the open road, thought about the people and what they know,
    And wrote a book called "People Donít Know Nothin".
    (no matter what they tell ya, man)

    Once I spent my last dime,
    And counted the ratio of miles to time,
    I looked up to my disdain and my surprise.
    I had driven my car around the world,
    Ended back in the town with the girl,
    So I wrote a book called "Life in Prison".

    (Volume. 1)

    I see that girl every now and then,
    And we drink to having such good friends,
    And apologize for the way it did not last.
    Funny thing that itís all true,
    And Iíll always love November Blue,
    But I turned her down for the beauty of the past.

    November came and went,
    Like a summer that I spent,
    With a no name girl that walked in jelly shoes.
    I returned to my home,
    With a heart part made of stone,
    And I cried all night for a girl I never knew.
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    Four Thieves Gone

    Four Thieves Gone

    Four thieves gone
    One woke up
    Said we canít use the songs we wrote
    Swear Iíve heard that very line
    I canít claim this music mine

    Three thieves left
    One got smart
    I saw him leaving in his car
    From the road
    I heard him scream
    It lacks originality

    Two thieves left
    They both agree
    They live and die off melody
    One just fell dead
    On his back
    When we listen to the track

    One thief left
    He went to jail
    He left a mile on paper trail
    Heís in for life
    He doesnít care
    Itís worth the songs that put him there

    Four thieves gone
    Four thieves gone
    Four thieves gone
    Four thieves gone
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    Pretty Girl from Rowan County

    Pretty Girl from Rowan County

    Didn't she say, didn't she say, didn't she say
    I don't love you anymore, I don't need you anymore
    I can't call you anymore, I don't feel you anymore
    I got my own cross to bear and I can take it anywhere
    And if I choose to take it elsewhere then I will

    Now everyone of us got something to say
    And everyone of us got someone to pay
    Everyone of us at the end of the day says what have I done

    Now everyone of us got something to see
    And everyone of us got somewhere to be
    Everyone of us got something to bleed when we're on our own

    But didn't she say, didn't she say, didn't she say
    I don't love you anymore, I can't feel you anymore
    I can't call you anymore, I don't love you anymore
    I got my own cross to bear, I can take it anywhere
    And if I choose to take it elsewhere then I will

    Now everyone of us got something to find
    Over where the train hits the end of the line
    Everyone of us got something to cry about all night long
    But anyone can see there's a reason to ride
    And anyone can see there's a reason to fly
    Anyone can see there's a reason to try if you're on your own

    But didn't she say, didn't she say, didn't she say
    I don't love you anymore, I don't need you anymore
    I can't call you anymore, I don't feel you anymore
    I got my own cross to bear and I can take it anywhere
    And if I choose to take it elsewhere then I will

    Now I can take it to the sea
    And I can take it away
    I can take it to the hills
    And I can take it away
    I can keep it to myself, when no one else can tell
    And live my life in secret misery

    But didn't she say, didn't she say, didn't she say
    I don't love you anymore, I don't need you anymore
    I can't call you anymore, I don't feel you anymore
    I got my own cross to bear, I can take it anywhere
    And if I choose to take it elsewhere then I will
    If I choose to take it elsewhere then I will
    If I choose to take it elsewhere then I will
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    The Bloody Apology

    The Bloody Apology

    And I hope I didn't do you in
    I hope I see you again
    I'm lookin to apologize
    For all of my childish lies
    I'm ashamed I broke my word

    And I'd like to catch up with your father now
    And show him exactly how
    The hate that has grown for him
    How I've not the strength to forgive
    Such a sin as this

    Apologies roll off his tongue
    I toned down his talkin' said I am the one
    That came here to make good and right
    To ease this girl's pain by taking your life
    Apology's mine
    Apology's mine
    Apology's mine tonight

    Love for a daughter you don't have to wait
    Love can't explain it nor god's will nor fate would account for all you've lost

    It might be over but it's not too late
    Trading my freedom for setting things straight with a man that has it coming

    And I bring in form of a violent deed
    Revenge, my apology
    The life of an evil man
    His severed molesting hands
    And a quiet relief for you

    Apologies roll off his tongue
    I toned down his talkin' said I am the one
    That came here to make good and right
    I'll ease this girl's pain by taking your life
    Apology's mine
    Apology's mine
    Apology's mine tonight
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    The Strangest Thing

    The Strangest Thing

    What happened back there?
    Nothing has gone like we planned
    All of our dreams, they just fell by the way
    The true love I once had is dead

    Looking through old photographs
    Pulled by a print from the past
    Yeah we called it love but please don't close the book
    Might not have ever been that

    Forget the morningtime, I'll be asleep
    My fix from last night did a number on me
    Awake I'd be awful company to keep
    Have your breakfast this morning alone

    I'll share myself when I'm good and ready
    I've got gold and I've got confetti
    I'll give to you and you'll give back to me
    And forever our song we will sing

    The strangest thing that came to me was last night in my sleep
    I dreamt you never left
    I looked up to thank the moon And saw a set of lights
    A set of red tail lights
    I said to myself
    I thought that I would never change
    but when I woke that night
    The strangest thing had come to me, I finally was awake
    I slept for seven years

    What happened back there?
    Nothing has gone like we planned
    All of our dreams, they have fell by the way
    The true love I once had is dead

    And forever our song we will sing
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    The Worst Thing

    The Worst Thing

    Where are you?
    I'm not asking what town you know what I mean
    Yes, you guessed it
    I'm not that concerned with being sweet to you
    A gentleman would never say the words that I am about to

    Who are you? I'm not asking your name you know what I mean.
    Lets cut through all this courtesy
    And just tell me what you need
    A gentleman would never say the words that I am about to

    You're the worst thing
    You're the worst thing
    That ever happened to me

    You're the worst thing
    You're the worst thing
    That ever happened to me
    To me

    Where are you?
    I'm not asking what town you know what I mean