Lyrics: Highfield

Shoulder Season

words and music: Garnett Betts

Pull up your collar
Step back from the road
No one’s even slowin” down
Got a shoulder all your own
License to shoulder on
Got your license to shoulder on

Every hour and every dollar
Every warehouse job you know
Made the Phd. that shadows you
Everywhere you go
The educated traveller runs on hope
With a license to shoulder on

Chorus

Luck be damned for sure
Guess it should have been no surprise
No one left no new address
And though you tried and tried and tried
Can’t see no reason to leave
This shoulder season

Oh, sometimes you’d call her
Step back from the road
Now you’re the ghost of love that passed
In a fast lane all your own
License to shoulder on
Got your license to shoulder on

Chorus

Luck be damned for sure
Guess it should have been no surprise
No one left no new address
Though you tried and tried and tried
Can’t see no reason to leave
This shoulder season

Oh the world’s getting smaller
Now you’ve seen it from up close
Seven years to pace yourself
The good and bad for your health
License to shoulder on
Got your license to shoulder on

Chorus

Luck be damned for sure
Guess it should have been no surprise
No one left no new address
And though you tried and tried and tried
Can’t see no reason to leave
This shoulder season

The educated traveller runs on hope
The educated traveller runs on hope

Fool Moon  

words and music: Garnett Betts

Sequence the same
But the face has changed
This must be, some parade

And so, back to the street
And left in the lane
Not only the address has changed

Chorus

’cause you said, and you did
So what was the rest of it?
You promised and you gave
But now here alone anyway
Does it all come down to
Miles and heart
Or are you just another fool moon
Apart?

The path was at hand
And you’d both play in the band
Well it worked for one
But not to plan
And so love, here and gone
You take your London home
And rebuild it
Stone by stone

Chorus

’cause you said, and you did
So what was the rest of it?
You promised and you gave
But now here alone anyway
Does it all come down to
Miles and heart
Or are you just another fool moon
Apart?

Bridge

Where’s the bridge to another’s
Point of view
When you’re so close you can’t see into
The heart across from you?
Without surprise you trust
Until you have to trust
Until you have to trust
In surprise!

Chorus

’cause you said, and you did
So what was the rest of it?
You promised and you gave
But now here alone anyway
Does it all come down to
Miles and heart
Or are you just another fool moon
Apart?

Chorus

You said, and you did
So what was the rest of it?
You promised and you gave
But now here alone anyway
Does it all come down to
Miles and heart
Or are you left, just another fool moon
Apart?
Just another fool moon
3. Smart Guys Don’t Fade Away

words and music: Garnett Betts

Was a long way down Highfield
To the cross town number five,
And we’d stamp our feet freezin’
Outside the Legacy Hotel

Where uncle Frank played Friday night
With style and story we could never tell
Eddy’s dad’s youngest younger brother
And he was cool as hell!

Chorus

He’d say. “if you’re waiting, you’re fading
Smart guys don’t fade away
And if you’re playin’ you’re sailin’
Over this town in a deep freeze
Old enough to know what you got,
Are you going to fade away or not?
If you’re waiting, you’re fading
And smart guys don’t fade away!”

Bridge

And we’d step back from the curb
For every bus we’d never ride
With one eye up the road
While the music played inside
But one night alone I took the next one
That I wasn’t waiting for
You know the perfect chance don’t take you
Where you never been before

Chorus

…cause if you’re waiting, you’re fading
Smart guys don’t fade away
And if you’re playin’, you’re sailin’
Over this town in a deep freeze
Old enough to know what you got,
Are you going to fade away or not?
If you’re waiting, you’re fading
And smart guys don’t fade away!

It was a long way down Highfield
To the cross town bus we met
Now the Legacy is just a memory
But the music’s not done yet

Well uncle Frank played himself out west
Still calls Val his last brunette
But now he says,” know when to change your ways son
A second chance is so hard to get!”

Chorus

“‘Cause if you’re waiting, you’re fading
Smart guys don’t fade away
And if you’re playin’ you’re sailin’
Over this town in a deep freeze
When you’re old enough to know all you got,
Are you going to fade away or not?
If you’re waiting, you’re fading
And smart guys don’t fade away!

No smart guys don’t fade away!”

Moving
words and music: Garnett Betts

The rooms are quiet as the yard
We used to lay there in the moonlight
‘Till you’d start upstairs like you were sneaking in
But it’s not that late now
And some one else
Is moving in

The old place is ready at last
For some one else to belong
Write themselves down
Lead their past all along
As each room keeps track of them

 

Chorus
And we’ll be the ghost
They’ll never know
A few signs of life left
Not long ago
Worry, laughter
Love tendered and made
Will echo forever
In the rooms that we made
But the rooms we made
We’ll be taking away

Bridge

And it all moves along
Faster than you realize
I guess for every one it’s the same
Years ago you know
You’d say you’d empathize
Now for all that you miss
You know you’re to blame
So they can move in today

 

Chorus
And we’ll be the ghost
They’ll never know
A few signs of life left
Not long ago
Worry, laughter
Love tendered and made
Will echo forever
In the rooms that we made
But the rooms we made
Oh the rooms we made
We’ll be taking away

 

 

Riverside

words and music: Garnett Betts

Oh, come down to the levee on the riverside
Feel the heat of the day rise
Into the summer night
Clear into the summer night
Down by Riverside

Take that worry wound up inside
Been afraid to to stumble
Tryin’ to make it right
Let that trouble rise
Clear into that simmer night

Chorus

And the river’s slow and the night’s so clear
Makes you wonder why it’s been so long
Since you’ve been down here
Just to walk by the water
And the stars above
Let your head cool down and the heat rise up
Clear into that summer night
Down by Riverside

Bridge

Up on the bridge the cars run up above
There’s no slowin’ down, less you’re broken down
Don’t have to leave town
There’s no map, no money down
Right here you can measure
Between your dream and forever

Chorus

Where the river’s slow and the night’s so clear
Makes you wonder why it’s been so long
Since you’ve been down here
Just to walk by the water
And the stars above
Let your head cool down and the heat rise up

Clear into that summer night
Down by Riverside

No you can’t see round the bend in the river
Look up at the stars, you see forever
In the middle of town

Chorus

Where the river’s slow and the night’s so clear
Makes you wonder why it’s been so long
Since you’ve been down here
Just to walk by the water
And the stars above
Let your head cool down and the heat rise up

Clear into that summer night
Down by Riverside

Everything’s so clear
And that’s why you’re here
Clear into that summer night
Down by Riverside

Our Great Estate

words and music: Garnett Betts

Well it would have been so easy
To live a life of ease
Be the man in the window
Staring over the trees
And would I be shapeless
In my easy chair
The prophet in my glass
And friends to spare
Oh, friends to spare

And if it hasn’t been so easy
Sure it’s been grand
Always so clear
Where I had to make a stand
And if time is really money
It’s expensive to be poor
But not a day I signed away
That’s for sure
Oh that’s for sure!

Chorus

Come dance
With me in the park
It’s always been our great estate

Come dance
With me in the park
It’s always been our great estate

Bridge

Now here I stand before you
My library intact
My conscience is my mansion
And here I’m looking back
At the glory and defeat
You were gentle and so kind
And the greatest wisdom I have seen
Has been yours not mine

Chorus

Come dance
With me in the park
It’s always been our great estate

Come dance
With me in the park
It’s always been our great estate

Well it would have been so easy
To live a life of ease
Instead of dancing in the falling leaves
Underneath the trees

Humbled and I’m grateful
To have come so far
Holding on to the universe
Dancing in my arms

Chorus

Come dance
With me in the park
It’s always been our great estate

Come dance
With me in the park
Let it always be
Let it always be our great estate

Rendezvous

words and music: Garnett Betts

Dusty blue suit
Desert dry throat
This Dateland Road maybe far as you go
Rendezvous

Second hand stopped
On that cross road sand
A date with the past,
Maybe your last stand
Rendezvous

Chorus

But you’re still ‘little shakey on what went down
Hitchin’ on Dateland Road
If a ’57 Chevy turned on your last dime
You still won’t hitch a ride
Back to some simple time

Walk on, walk on to your
Rendezvous!

So all the cards fell
On the plans you made
But this desert sand
May be your promise and
Your rendezvous

‘Cause up from your well
Calls your every choice
“Can you live where you stand
Stand for your voice
Rendezvous?”

Chorus

But you’re still ‘little shakey on what went down
Hitchin’ on Dateland Road
If a ’57 Chevy turned on your last dime
You still won’t hitch a ride
Back to some simple time

Walk on, walk on to your
Rendezvous!

Bridge

Do you find the cross road?
Does it find you?
Show you the troubled and the wise
The holy and the fool

Every road’s your own
Take it home with you
North, South, East, and West is
Yes, yes, yes, yes!

Chorus

But you’re still ‘little shakey on what went down
Hitchin’ on Dateland Road
If a ’57 Chevy turned on your last dime
You still won’t hitch a ride
Back to some simple time

Walk on, walk on to your
Rendezvous!
Oh walk on, walk on to your
Rendezvous

North, South, East, and West for you

Rendezvous

7000 Days

words and music: Garnett Betts

There’s no wonder
Home would call you south
Alessandra
The years made love and doubt

Half your life’s been here
You’re no longer the one
Who stepped down from the train
Who stepped down from the train
So young

And you’re no longer
A language on your own
Alessandra
For all the life you’ve known

Love and night school plans
Til the hungry years were gone
But lately you’ve been lonely
And tired of being so strong

Chorus

But if you stop and start again
There’s no telling where that will end
The Northern lights will light
All your Spanish ways
After 7000 days, 7000 days

Bridge

Do you remember when
You thought the spring so cold
No dancing in the square but the sky danced
Green and gold

Will it be leaving here
That lies awake with you
Do you belong where you began
In your Coyoacan?

Chorus

But if you stop and start again
There’s no telling where that will end
The Northern lights will light
All your Spanish ways
After 7000 days, 7000 days

Half your life’s been here
You’re no longer the one
Who stepped down from the train
Who stepped down from the train
So young

Chorus

But if you stop and start again
There’s no telling where that will end
The Northern lights will light
All your Spanish ways
After 7000 days, 7000 days

Do you belong where you began
In your Coyoacan?

Love Against Time  

words and music: Garnett Betts

Dream of drivin’ blind
On the highway
Tension in the turn
Get your timing right
Wakes you up in a cold sweat
Too early for the day
Shoulder feels like gravel
And the sky is grey

Sun up comes
You’ll be on your ride
Slow motion drive
Fast track life
Day dream ’bout
Letting it out
And power through the turn
But the rules of the road
And your tires don’t burn

Chorus

No one knows about the race you run
Or the feel of the wheel
No one knows about your racing life
That it’s love against time
It’s love against time
Love against time
Love against time

Bridge

Back in college when it wasn’t right
You walked away
Had a standard, and you held it high
You’d drive fast
And you’d drive hard
And you’d drive far or die

But how far back
Would you drive for love tonight?

Chorus

No one knows about the race you run
Or the feel of the wheel
No one knows about your racing life
That it’s love against time
It’s love against time
Love against time
Love against time

No one knows about your racing life!
That it’s love against time

Love against time

You Will

words and music: Garnett Betts

You say you’ve knocked around this world
Here you’re back again
But the last two miles
You may never walk them
Cross the bridge to the river road
Anyone there you used to know
Where it meets Highfield

So, Zip down at the diner
Got you this parking lot job
You can stay in the trailer
Where the Legacy Hotel stood
And for some it’s there standing still
But it came down the year
You left Highfield

Chorus

You say you’re livin’ like an old hotel
Too many rooms
Too much truth to tell
But it can’t remember or recognize
That the Legacy will never rise again
But you will

Bridge

How did your long road become the long run
I still see you in that window booth
You were all coffee, math, and hockey
And politics
Always wondered how you’d choose

Chorus

You say you’re livin’ like that old hotel
Too many rooms
Too much truth to tell
But it can’t remember or recognize
That the Legacy will never rise again
But you will

You say you’ve knocked around this world
And you back again
But the last two miles
You may never walk them
Cross the bridge to the river road
Still looks the same
But no one you’d know
Where it meets Highfield

Chorus

You say you’re livin’ like that old hotel
Too many rooms
Too much truth to tell
But it can’t remember or recognize
That the Legacy will never rise again
But you will

I know you will
I can see that you will
I know you will

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