Chris Heers The Road Shines Ahead

The new release for 2015 from Chris Heers and the Dirt Rich Band!

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F A N N Y E    K A T R I N A


Lost my boat in Katrina and I fell into the sea

Hundred miles of water all around me

And I saw the mast go down down down

Only thing left floating was a bag of potato chips

And I held onto that big yellow bag for forever it seemed

Somewhere on the third day I started seeing things


She said her name was Fannye and she looked a lot like the woman on the pancake    

  syrup bottle

She swam right up next to me

The gulf sun reflected on her deep brown face

We talked for hours and then she said


It’s gonna be better than it ever was

Yeah it’s gonna be better than it ever was


I talked about all the things I had that were so important to me

She said they’re all just sea foam on the gulf breeze

Yeah I lost my boat, nothing left in this world but this bag of potato chips

She said child you’re gonna eat those too

She said when everything has gone away you’ll see

Nothing can touch who you really are child when you’re free


Oh it’s gonna be better than it ever was

Yeah it’s gonna be better than it ever was  


She said I could go on in detail but it would be like

trying to explain outer space to a fish

Child just know that you don’t know and have faith

Then she looked up and I looked up in the sky

And there was a giant Coast Guard Twin Huey floating there

And as those Coast Guard Angels floated down for me

I looked at Fannye to thank her but she was gone in the sea


Somewhere over New Orleans I ate the last potato chip

and as the wind tore that bag from my hands I knew this


It’s gonna be better than it ever was

Yeah it’s gonna be better than it ever was

It’s gonna be better than it ever was

Yeah it’s gonna be better than it ever was




L E A N I N G    I N T O    B A R S T O W


I got the windows rolled down got the radio up and I’m headin’ out of Vegas tonight

And it’s half past one on a four day run and the desert is a welcome sight

I can see you there in that dress you wear and it’s keeping my foot on the gas

I’ll drink a gallon of joe just to make it back home and hold you in my arms at last


There’s a full moon shining lighting up the highway like a beacon to you

If I can make it on time past the moonlit state line I’ll roll a diesel right on through


Well my eyelids are heavy there’s a blue and white Chevy and it seems he’s right on my heels

And I’m a leanin’ into Barstow I can’t drive this slow yeah you know how it feels

But the road is made for the big and brave and may the fella with the best rig win

I’ll brave a long hard road and the highway patrol to hold you in my arms again


And there’s a full moon shining lighting up the highway like a beacon to you

If I can make it on time past the moonlit state line I’ll roll a diesel right on through


Well it’s just me and the road and another ten miles and I think I got my second wind

On Angel wings, strong caffeine, and good old radio friends

When you miss someone so much you can’t stand it well you can do anything

Now I’m a leaning into Barstow I finally run out of road I’m home again


And there’s a full moon shining lighting up the highway like a beacon to you

If I can make it on time past the moonlit state line I’ll roll a diesel right on through

Yeah there’s a full moon shining lighting up the highway like a beacon to you

If I can make it on time past the moonlit state line I’ll roll a diesel right on through


Right on through, right on through, right on through, right on through



T R A I L E R 19


Long day and her feet are sore

She’s twenty-nine years old

Today’s one more

She’s watching Idol

Yeah there’s another one gone

Well at least they tried

They might’ve lost but they won


She says hey that’s me here in Trailer 19

I’m just a face in the crowd

Just a name on someone's time sheet

Somebody blow out these candles

Somebody wish me a dream

Yeah who knows what tomorrow might bring

Here in Trailer 19


They tell her no

No no no no no

No we don't like you at all

Hey girl it's time to go home

But she just keeps smiling

Hell what do they know

It's a brand new day

And that's the way she rolls


She says hey that’s me here in trailer 19

I’m just a face in the crowd

Just a name on someone’s time sheet

Somebody blow out these candles

Somebody wish me a dream

Yeah who knows what tomorrow might bring

Here in Trailer 19


She just keeps rolling

She keeps rolling


She says is this really me here in trailer 19

I'm still the same old girl

But now I'm lighting up that silver screen

So help me blow out these candles

Here's to chasing our dreams

Yeah who knows what tomorrow might bring

Here in Trailer 19

Here in Trailer 19



H A L F W A Y


She’s climbing in Sedona in the middle of a warm September night

Halfway up a sheet of rock it takes a pro a good two days to climb

They always say they always tell you don’t you ever climb alone

But something about a sheet of rock halfway up to Heaven feels like home


She lays back in her sling and lets the white Sedona moon light up her face

Ah and every yellow star starts whispering her name

Then a giant silhouetted bird floats by so close she feels his wing

And all her problems fall away

She drifts on off to sleep


Leave your broken heart your shattered heart down there on the ground

The pain it goes away up here in the clouds


Morning finds her rested ten hours more to climb

Up here in the red Sedona wind and the Indian sunshine

Some people when they lose their dreams

They put a bottle in their hand

Some people find a giant sheet of rock in the middle of the sand


She makes the top, drops her rope, and sticks a climbing shoe over the edge

And she sees red pebbles fall away into the silent wind

And that giant silhouetted bird he was nowhere to be found

She arches her back, pirouettes, dives into the clouds


Leave your broken heart your shattered heart down there on the ground

The pain it goes away up here in the clouds

Leave your broken heart your shattered heart down there on the ground

The pain it goes away up here in the clouds


Halfway down she pulls her chute  

She floats down to the ground

She says forget him and his girlfriend too I don’t need him anyhow

Yeah there are still so many rocks to climb and I’ve only come halfway

Then a big ol’ Arizona smile breaks across her face



D R U N K E N    B A K E R


When he was five years old in his Indiana home

He saw his daddy in the kitchen with an apron on

Saw him fire up an oven with a pie on board

You could smell banana lemon and meringue good Lord


It was five years later on the other side of town

He got an after school job at the Hotel Brown

While the other kids were out playing football games

He was running with the oven and the baked Soufflé


Hey drunken baker buddy keep it going

Everything tastes better when the Bourbon is flowing

You‘re the enemy of everything Atkins

Don’t you love it when the crumbs hits the napkin

Yeah you drunken baker you give it all you got

And for the sake of the cheesecake have another shot

And if you’re ever on the wagon I’ll sell this place

So drunken baker bake away


He made a Crème Brŭlée and you know the thing was

It didn’t wanna get right till he got real buzzed

When he tried to re-create it in a sober state

Got the lemon interrupting with the sugar and the egg

And so he drinks by the hour if the truth be known

If for no good reason but quality control

Someday he’ll quit the habit and retire I think

Buddy not just yet here have another drink


Yeah drunken baker buddy keep it going

Everything tastes better when the Bourbon is flowing

You‘re the enemy of everything Atkins

Don’t you love it when the crumb hits the napkin

Yeah you drunken baker you give it all you got

And for the sake of the cheesecake have another shot

And if you’re ever on the wagon I’ll sell this place

So drunken baker bake away


Bake it


Yeah the Beam’s in the kitchen ‘cause the Jack just drowned

And the money’s in the oven at the Hotel Brown


Yeah drunken baker buddy keep it going

Everything tastes better when the Bourbon is flowing

You‘re the enemy of everything Atkins

Don’t you love it when the crumbs hit the napkin

Yeah you drunken baker you give it all you got

And for the sake of the cheesecake have another shot

And if you’re ever on the wagon I’ll sell this place

Drunken baker bake away

Bake away

Bake away



T W E N T Y N I N E    P A L M S


Your brother tied a bunch of cans to the back of my Volkswagen van

Then we drove away just me and you

Across the shimmering desert plains

With nothing but our future and that highway and our honeymoon


Down in Twentynine Palms

By the pool and the wavy sands

With the rice still up in your hair our love was all we had

And we had it all

But we let it go

Now ain’t that a country song wrapped in an old mirage

Down in Twentynine Palms


It’s funny how time slips away

Man that line it‘s so cliché

But it is what it is ‘cause it’s true

When that sun is floating high

Sometimes the road ahead shines and I see you


Down in Twentynine Palms

By the pool and the wavy sands

With the rice still up in your hair our love was all we had

And we had it all

But we let it go

Ain’t that a country song wrapped in an old mirage

Down in Twentynine Palms

Down in Twentynine Palms

Down in Twentynine Palms



R O A D    T R I P


I bought a car on a whim last week

Top down won’t go up so I got it real cheap

I need gasoline a new sunrise and I’m free


It’s early morning in this Washington town

And I’m supposed to be at work by now

The time clock rings I don’t hear a thing


I don’t know where I’m going but the sun is shining

Yeah It’s a beautiful day I just feel like driving


I’m feeling cooler than old Steve McQueen

I never saw Colorado this green

My iPhone rings boss says get your ass back here


I said I’ve been meaning to tell you for quite sometime

I got the USA in front of me and the time feels right

So tear up my card I’m clocking out from here


I don’t know where I’m going but the sun is shining

Yeah it’s a beautiful day I just feel like driving


I got Slim Jim pork rind everything I need  Slim  Jim

I just saw Nebraska at a high rate of speed  Big  Red

Red Bull wheatfield midwest town  Red  Bull

I turn the high beams on ‘cause I can’t slow down


I don’t know where I’m going but the moon it’s shining

Yeah It’s a beautiful night I still feel like

I still feel like driving

Driving



J O E    S E C U R I T Y


The wind was low on the breaking waves

As we made our way to the beach that day

And we found ourselves in a living Hell

But we took the task and we rang that bell

I was nineteen then in ‘45 when we saved the world that day

And here I am now just eighty years young at the Disneyland front gate


I’m just Joe Security now

I’ve got a badge and smile and I walk around

If the boys could only see me now

Ah they bought this ride when they wouldn’t back down


We took a riverboat around the Saigon bend

You could hear that trouble was coming in

And we found ourselves in a firefight

Three were wounded and one man died

I was forty-three in ‘69 on that day in Vietnam

And here I am now at the teacup ride making sure no one falls off


I’m just Joe Security now

I’ve got a badge and smile and I walk around

If the boys could only see this now

They bought this ride when they wouldn’t back down


We went to Hell and back and somehow I’m home alive

I’d do it all again if freedom called but I’m too damn old to fight

When I look into this crowd

I see freedom all around


I’m just Joe Security now

Yeah I’m a little proud when I walk around

I wish the boys could only be here now

Ah they bought this ride when they wouldn’t back down

When we wouldn’t back down


The wind was low on the breaking waves



P O N Y    E X P R E S S


Rode in from my Daddy’s mine fifteen miles from the town hall sign

Dry Creek, Nevada 1861

I didn’t need no help off my horse but a little blonde girl she held the door

She said hey Bobby’s boy what ya doin’ here

I said hey Shirley girl how ya doin‘ kid

I got couple of letters for my brothers God I miss ‘em

I hear they’re all pinned down South Texas somewhere

She said the mail ain‘t going nowhere for a while

Go in and see my daddy and he’ll tell you


So I made my way into the station room

Shirley’s daddy was there with a fellow all bruised

And two long bloody arrows layin’ by his side

And I caught his few short dying words

He said this letter right here it’s gotta go for sure

It’s for Lincoln and it’ll save a thousand lives


Well I saw Shirley’s eyes well up with tears

when her daddy said I’ll ride it by myself from here

You did a good job son and then that rider passed on

And I said sir let me ride it in you know I can

I can’t feel my legs but on a horse I’m as fast as any man


He said there’s a little bay pony by the garden fence

I got a bad feeling boy I’m sending you to your death

Then I made my way out back and pulled myself up on him and I said


Run run pony run tonight

We can make it to the end in time

You got my legs and I got the stars that guide us

If you can run pony run


Well tumbleweeds the size of wagon wheels rolled in front of us as we

  blew downhill  past the high blue cactus that marked the county line

And we blew by hard and we blew by fast I’m gonna serve my country I’m

gonna serve at last I’m gonna get this letter through no matter what it takes


Nighttime fell and somewhere on the road

I heard the Paiutes calling down that ridge below

And I’d be lying like hell if I didn’t say I was scared

But we skirted that ridge slowly in the soft moonlight

Without a sound in sight


Well somewhere east of Middlegate the Big Dipper showed

I knew we had it made and then I saw a dozen Paiutes block the trail

And they took up shoutin‘ I took up my fear

And then the Pony shot right and down away from there

And I just held on tight to my rifle and the US Mail and I said


Run run pony run tonight

We can make it to the end in time

You got my legs and I got the stars that guide us

If you can run pony run


A few months later I got word that Lincoln got a letter

And it saved a thousand lives



S  H  O  R  E  L  I  N  E  (feat. Vanessa Andrea)


On the shoreline

A thousand miles away from you

All the men left in October

To do what sailing ships and cannon do

The sand is warm around my feet

And the salt air is good to breathe


I wish there was a way that I could hold you

I wish there was a way that I could hear you

I wish there was a way that I could see you see you

From the shoreline

Out on the sea

Coming back to me


On the shoreline

A thousand miles away from you

And I’ll be here for a while now

The captain says there’s still more work to do

It’s cold here on the beach

I hope it’s warm there ma chérie

I wish there was a way that I could hold you

I wish there was a way that I could hear you

I wish there was a way that I could see you see you

On the shoreline

From the deep blue sea

Like a lighthouse for me


I wish there was a way that I could hold you

I wish there was a way that I could hear you

I wish there was a way that I could see you see you

On the shoreline / From the shoreline

Out on the sea



N  A  T  U  R  A  L  L  Y    H  I  G  H


I strap on my running shoes about 5am

My roommates had a rough night so they’re sleeping in

They went out and I stayed home and read Mark Twain

Then I slept like I haven’t slept in years


And it’s better than the best beer brighter than tequila

Smoother than whiskey it’s warmer than wine

It’s bigger than brandy it’s bolder than cocaine

No I don’t need a marijuana hit

‘Cause I’m naturally high on this


I run past the liquor store and the sleeping neon signs

Past the clubs and pubs and bars ‘til I hit the countryside

The Oklahoma sky is big and blue and bright

I forgot how beautiful life is


And it’s better than the best beer brighter than tequila

Smoother than whiskey it’s warmer than wine

It’s bigger than brandy it’s bolder than cocaine

No I don’t need a marijuana hit

‘Cause I’m naturally high on this


The summer sun is shining through the live oak trees

And I am flying on my own two feet


And it’s better than the best beer brighter than tequila

Smoother than whiskey it’s warmer than wine

It’s bigger than brandy it’s bolder than cocaine

No I don’t need a marijuana  

I don’t need a marijuana

I don’t need a marijuana hit

‘Cause I got my running shoes

Yeah I got my running shoes


And I’m naturally high on this



T  H  E    M  A  T  A  D  O  R


Enter in the matador he’s coming back he's sixty-four

Returning living legend from the old bullfighter way

Enter in the beast he’s full of piss eh hombre you wanna piece he says

You wave that cape of yours just stay out of my way

And round and round they go


El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go now


The bull he charges across the ring the matador stands listening

then effortlessly steps aside and lets the red cape go

No one is the wiser but the matador he’s blinder

than the darkest night of Neptune and nobody needs to know

And round and round they go


El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go now


The crowd is going crazy he’s never heard ‘em cheer this loud

So he folds that red cape two by two and he lays it on the ground

He looks up at the heavens but something interrupts his prayer

As two horns in the stomach lift him high into the air

And round and round they go


El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go now


The Matador with hands outstretched

He’s holding on to every breath

The fans they never love you more than when you says goodbye

Another living legend found a better way to leave this town

As Angels with sombreros on come float across the sky

And round and round they go


El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go

El toro toro toro off you go now


Off you go now



T H E    C A C T U S


The green cactus rises off the sand

Stretches out his arms to find the moon

He used to be somebody they called Joe

But that was a long time ago

He used to be somebody they called Joe

But that was a long time back


The old black crow descends upon his arm

He says hey cactus what’s happening

But the cactus don’t say nothing ‘cause he can’t

He just stands there on the sand


Well he almost made it in or so he thought

Those pearly gates were shining but they were shut

Then an Angel with a Rolex took his hand and said Joe you’re a busy man

Yeah an Angel with a Rolex took his hand and said Joe

  you were such a busy man

And Joe the life of a cactus it’s mighty long

And night after night after night

He throws his three long shadows across the land

And he stands


Well something strange started to happen

After a period of time the cactus he got used to standing there

Used to the desert

The occasional rabbit, coyote, tortoise and the snake

Sounds of the night


And that night a rain cloud descended on that valley

And a thunderclap and a lightning strike left him in pieces on the ground

A million smoldering pieces of cactus

And there he was walking on a cloud

Yeah he was a man again

And he looked out and there was his family coming out to greet him

And those gates were open wide this time

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