Better Than Gold

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released February 16, 2018

Recorded at Curry House Studios (Columbus, OH) and Monster
Studios (Nashville, TN).
Produced, engineered and mixed by Mike Landolt.
Mastered by Fred Blitzer at Vital Music USA (Columbus, OH).
Jerry DePizzo appears courtesy of Concord Records.

Front cover photo: Joshua Black Wilkins
Back cover photo: Mike Darling
Artwork & Layout: Erica Blinn & PJ Schreiner

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Track Name: Softer Side
sing me something that lasts as long
as this path that I've been walking
between your house and mine
I've been wearing holes in my sneakers
coincidentally passing by

why don't you come and see
what kind of trouble
we can get in tonight

tell me all your simple dreams
yeah tell me that you want to
hey I've got somethin' for you
come and put your hand in my pocket
your trust in my offer, please

why don't you come and see
what kind of trouble
we can get in tonight

why don't you come down sweet darlin'
I've got a feeling you’re burning inside
I've been waitin' all night
gonna show you some of my softer side

I'll be waiting here for you
if you decide you want to
yeah you know where to find me
come and put your needle on my record
there’s some words I think you might like to hear

why don't you come and see
what kind of trouble
we can get in tonight

why don't you come down sweet darlin'
I've got a feeling you’re burning inside
I've been waitin' all night
gonna show you some of my softer side

I'll be waiting here for you
if you decide you want to
yeah you know where to find me

why don't you come down sweet darlin'
I've got a feeling you’re burning inside
I've been waitin' all night
gonna show you some of my softer side…
Track Name: Dance With The One (Who Brought You Here)
who was the one
came to your window
stood in the rain till the coast was clear
waited till nightfall
climbed your garden wall
dance with the one who brought you
here

think I'll sit out 'take me home tonight'
you can swing from the chandelier
'let it be'
'take on me'
dance with the one
with the one
with the one who brought you
here

shined shoes
I've outgrown
a rented tux
and I'm walking home

you can have
'the way you make me feel'
'billy jean' and the 'man in the mirror'
'fools rush in'
'against the wind'
dance with the one
with the one
with the one who brought you
with the one
with the one
with the one who brought you
here
Track Name: Dreamer's Heart
when I was a kid
I worked so hard
trying to make straight A's
I thought it meant
something in life
now I look back these days
and I should've

followed my dreamer's heart
cared a little less about what was on the test
and just tried to follow my dreamer's heart

I went to college
for six long years
I thought I'd never graduate
I finally did
what did I get?
a pile of debt that I can't pay
and I should've

followed my dreamer's heart
cared a little less about what was on the test
and just tried to follow my dreamer's heart

I'd like to tell myself at eight years old,
you don't have to be so worried about it
you can't trust the life that you've been sold
listen to your heart it won’t leave you in the cold
you're the only one who knows what's in your soul

I could get a job
that I can't stand
and start a weekend cover band
that nine to five
that perfect life
I haven't ever felt less alive

inside my head
I'm just a girl
tryin' to figure it out
inside I'm perfect
I am not fragile
I live in my own world
still trying to
Track Name: A Little Rain
all we’ve been getting is rain these days
the water’s so high I can't see my legs
I had to buy a canoe to get back to you
then I went and threw the paddles away

sometimes all you want is a little dry land
a break in the tide to give relief to the sand
a little hole in your shoe and you’re soaked right through
I guess you know what makes me think of you

I’d rather sit right here in this boat
than listen to another single line of this joke
I didn't think it was funny till I figured you out
guess who's laughing now

I didn't think I'd get so high that I'd be fallin'
I didn't think a little rain could take down every thing

things were looking up and I was optimistic
if there was a sign you know I must've missed it
then the sky opened up and that's when I knew
I've done just about all I can do
I've done just about all I can do

I’d rather sit right here in this boat
than listen to another single line of this joke
I didn't think it was funny till I figured you out
guess who's laughing now

you know ever since that muddy water started to flow
all those little cracks they've been starting to show
ain't it amazing what you learn to ignore
till you just can't take any more
I just can't take any more

it seems that until now it's been a slow leak
and I could always bail you out
but now you'd better find somebody who can laugh at your jokes
cause I'm through foolin' around
I said, I'm through foolin' around

I didn't think I'd get so high that I'd be fallin'
I didn't think a little rain could take down every thing
Track Name: Suitcases and Truck Stops
the neighborhood is quiet there's nobody out tonight
I can't help but feel like I'm on the outside
I'm running down the list of my apologies
if any one I've missed I'm sure you'll remind me

got this bed to myself but it's nothing like I thought it'd be
I didn't know I'd miss you, I never thought you'd really leave

it's time to be moving on I should be past this place
I've got to get on my way
on my way

been living in this car, suitcases and truck stops
try to do what makes us happy 'cause we only get one shot
it's not enough to say we did the best we could
it's not enough to say we did all the things we should

it's time to be moving on I should be past this place
I've got to get on my way
on my way
on my way

I just wanna stretch my legs try my shoes on another street
and wake up, under a different sky
Track Name: Gypsy
hey there honey I'm givin' you my number
maybe later we can grab a bite
I know a spot up the road if your evening's feeling low
that's really rockin' on a Saturday night

I'm not one to really beat around the bush
you know it seems like such a waste of time
well now whatta ya say we get on outta here baby
come on take me to the end of the line

I know you're worried if I stay the night
there’s no telling what I might do
I won't stick around and try to slow you down
I'm just a gypsy ridin' on through

some folks are born with all the luck they'd ever want
and some of that they might not ever need
I might not have much but what I want there's plenty of
and I know how to get it all for free

said, I ain't lookin for a man with any money
you know what I got you can't afford
I'm not looking for a place to lay my boots down honey
they don't even have to touch the floor

I know you're worried if I stay the night
there’s no telling what I might do
I won't stick around and try to slow you down
I'm just a gypsy ridin' on through

if you ever get in trouble some
I'll be right there
but you don't have to worry about it none
in the morning I'll be outta your hair

I know you're worried if I stay the night
there’s no telling what I might do
I won't stick around and try to slow you down
I'm just a gypsy ridin' on through
I won't stick around and try to slow you down
I'm just a gypsy ridin' on through
Track Name: Better Than Gold
baby
you know I can love you better
she thinks she can change ya
I'm not gonna let her
my love's something that I think you should try
give it time I'm gonna
make, you, mine

baby
she thinks she can cheat you
I might not be a sweet saint
but I know how to treat you
I've got something that I think you should know
baby we could be
better than gold

I can't get next to you
I only wanna get next to you
it's the same old sorry
the same. old. song. and dance

baby
you know I can love you
you know I can love you better
she's only gonna mistreat you
bring you down and leave you bitter
maybe the stars will be on our side
my fortune teller says she's
always right

I can't get next to you
I only wanna get next to you, next to you
I can't get next to you
it's the same old sorry
the same old song and
same old sorry the
same, old, song, and dance
Track Name: Don't You Be Lonely
baby don't you be lonely don't you walk away
maybe I could be the only game that you play
oh, spin my wheel
tell l me pretty baby how does that feel
step in line
spend some time
let's get a little bit crazy on this carnival ride
baby don't you be lonely don't you walk away
maybe I could be the only game that you play
don't pass me by
you light me up like a carnival lights up the sky throwing darts
try to pin my heart
meet me under the farris wheel when the fireworks start
I could be yours if you want me
yours if you ask me to stay
come on baby don't leave me this way
don't you even see me?
yeah you keep walking away
if you could only be me, oooh
I know you would know what to say
you'd say baby don't you be lonely
baby don't you be lonely
baby don't you be lonely
baby don't you be lonely
I could be yours if you want me
yours if you ask me to stay
I could be yours if you want me
ooh
I could be yours if you want me
I could be yours if you want me
I could be yours if you want me to stay
Track Name: Big Chief and the Medicine Man
big chief said to medicine man
I can't bear walking across this land
it hurts my feet and I've got nowhere to stand
oh help me please mister medicine man

big chief called on medicine man
do you have any thoughts boy what's your plan
he said we'll lay these hides all across this land
oh thank you thank you mister medicine man

go now bang your medicine drum
bang it in the evening till the morning sun
think on your feet cause you're under the gun
looks like trouble has just begun

big chief said to medicine man
you failed me once you won't do it again
when the moon is round that'll be your end
unless you can fix this mess I'm in

go now bang your medicine drum
bang it in the evening till the morning sun
big chief callin' for you you'd better run
you better make good before the rising sun

whoa spirits' cried medicine man
big chief's gonna take my life in his hands
give me a sign tell me what'll I do?
Then a vision came across like mocassin shoes

go now bang your medicine drum
bang it in the evening till the morning sun
think on your feet cause you're under the gun
go now bang your medicine drum
bang it in the evening till the morning sun
big chief callin' for you you'd better run
looks like medicine man has won
Track Name: When I'm with Suzie (I Do What I Want)
Suzie and me we sure have fun
we do a lot of things you might call dumb
we're having a blast just raising our glass
and if you don't like it, I didn't ask
when I'm with Suzie, we sure have a real good time
we drink cheap tequila from a brown paper bag
She ain't a lot of lookin' but she ain't no drag
She's just gettin' hot about eleven o' clock
and it might seem to you like we don't know when to stop but
when I'm with Suzie, we sure have a real good time
when I'm with Suzie I do what I want
I do what I want and I take what I need and
she does what she wants, does what she wants with me
you know some of us have a little more sense but then
some of us haven't got a clue
and when I'm alone I find myself asking, what would Suzie do?
I take her downtown cruisin' looking to park
cause everybody knows what she do in the dark
you tell her she's fine, she doesn't give you the time 'cause when the cruisers are cruisin' you'd better get in line
when I'm with Suzie, we sure have a real good time
when I'm with Suzie I do what I want
I do what I want and I take what I need and
she does what she wants, does what she wants with me
you know some of us have a little more sense but then
some of us haven't got a clue
and when I'm alone I find myself asking, what would Suzie do?
Track Name: Loving You
are you gonna take your time?
are you gonna waste mine?
leaving me to wonder
what's coming down the line
those stakes were high
egos were higher
at our best we were magic
at our worst we're shattered

I'm gonna take my time loving you
want you to take your time loving me

I remember it well
a t-shirt I held
up to my face cause it was
drenched in your smell
those days were endless
our hearts were hopeless
somehow we managed not to lose our focus

I'm gonna take my time loving you
want you to take your time loving me

you came upon me now it’s safe to say
for burning bleeding hearts I've got the taste
for what was innocent has been replaced

you were harder to align
and I was getting lost trying
all I wanted to know
is are you gonna be mine?
I've got you now
won't let go
be my 'forever' I'll be your 'for sure'

I'm gonna take my time loving you
want you to take your time loving me
I'm gonna take my time loving you
want you to take your time loving me